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Fake News Or Real? [...]

> Fake news stories can have real-life consequences. On Sunday, police said a man with a rifle who claimed to be "self-investigating" a baseless online conspiracy theory entered a Washington, D.C., pizzeria and fired the weapon inside the restaurant. > > So yes, fake news is a big problem. > > These stories have gotten a lot of attention, with headlines claiming Pop...

 

The Truth About Internet Search [...]

> Are Jews evil? It’s not a question I’ve ever thought of asking. I hadn’t gone looking for it. But there it was. I press enter. A page of results appears. This was Google’s question. And this was Google’s answer: Jews are evil. Because there, on my screen, was the proof: an entire page of results, nine out of 10 of which “confirm” this. The top result, ...

 

Never Talked to Taiwan [...]

Claim: Trump's talking to the Taiwanese President was unprecedented and possibly dangerous. Claim: True ## History Origin Propagation Issues and Analysis...

 

Have Not Experienced Such Trauma [...]

> It seems possible to model the eventuality of a dead child’s photo showing up on the feed, but the designers didn’t consider it. Perhaps because those who write these algorithms have not experienced such trauma, or perhaps they just weren’t talking about the human feelings in their product meetings—especially when you are a company focused on engagement a...

 

Eight Photographs [...]

> In November, 2014, Norma broke up with Morcos. He barraged her with texts, sometimes telling her that she needed to talk to him because his mother was deathly ill. (This was a lie.) Other texts threatened to post online her intimate photographs. A few months later, Norma received a text message from a stranger, who said that he’d seen her page on PornHub, one of t...

 

Harassment Silences Online Voices [...]

> This assessment came from a participant in my study on online harassment—a young woman of color living in a low-income neighborhood in New York City. Her tone was only half-ironic. While she faces plenty of challenges in her daily life, the digital world worries her more. She’s scared of being harassed for what she posts online, having personal photos hacked and...

 

Light Rail Ransomware [...]

> San Francisco Municipal Railway riders got an unexpected surprise this weekend after the system’s computerized fare systems were apparently hacked. According to the San Francisco Examiner, the MUNI system had been attacked on Friday afternoon. > > MUNI riders were greeted with printed "Out of Service" and "Metro Free" signs on ticket machines on late on Friday an...

 

Chicago Mayer Pays BIG For Trying To Make ‘Sanctuary City’ For Immigrants – American News [...]

Posted by [[American News]], a conservative site supporting Trump. Claims Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, whose name the article mis-spells (along with 'mayor') said that Chicago would be a "sanctuary city". Emanuel did say this, although he did not pay big. The article claims that he can be prosecuted under law and sentenced to up to 10 years of prison under section 13...

 

Identity More Than Policy [...]

Supporters of Sanders, on the whole, were not to the left of supporters of Clinton on policy. Instead, there was something more presentational about the divide how they chose to express belief more than belief itself, a feeling about how policy should be discussed and in what terms. > Perhaps for that reason, the generational difference in ideology seems not to ha...

 

Inside a Fake News Sausage Factory [...]

> TBILISI, Georgia — Jobless and with graduation looming, a computer science student at the premier university in the nation of Georgia decided early this year that money could be made from America’s voracious appetite for passionately partisan political news. He set up a website, posted gushing stories about Hillary Clinton and waited for ad sales to soar. > > ...

 

Google Ad Crackdown Is Ad Hoc [...]

> There are literally hundreds of ad networks. Literally hundreds. Last week my inbox was just filled everyday with people, because they knew that Google was cracking down — hundreds of people wanting to work with my sites. I kind of applaud Google for their steps, although I think what they're doing is kind of random. They don't really have a process in place for i...

 

Seeding Trump Groups [...]

> Do you know who wrote the actual FBI Clinton story? > > I do know who wrote the story, but only through an anonymous pen name. Privacy is something that we take very seriously in our writers group. The actual reasonings behind that story ... it's one of hundreds that have been written about mysterious deaths of Clinton associates or political foes. This one kind of...

 

Fake News Has Just Begun [...]

> You're talking about the future of this (fake-news business) which looks more insidious because it's more real? > > That's the way that it's going to be. Not just from where I am. I mean, this is probably going to be my last run in the fake-news biz, but I can promise you that it's not going to go away. It's even going to grow bigger and it's going to be harder to ...

 

Liberal Asymmetry [...]

> When did you notice that fake news does best with Trump supporters? > > Well, this isn't just a Trump-supporter problem. This is a right-wing issue. Sarah Palin's famous blasting of the lamestream media is kind of record and testament to the rise of these kinds of people. The post-fact era is what I would refer to it as. This isn't something that started with Trump...

 

Hundreds of Ad Networks [...]

> "There are literally hundreds of ad networks," he says. "Early last week, my inbox was just filled every day with people because they knew that Google was cracking down — hundreds of people wanting to work with my sites." > > Coler says he has been talking it over with his wife and may be getting out of the fake-news racket. But, he says, dozens, maybe hundreds o...

 

Coler Believes Fake NEws Did Not Have Impact [...]

> Coler says he has tried to shine a light on the problem of fake news. He has spoken to the media about it. But those organizations didn't know who he actually was. He gave them a fake name: Allen Montgomery. > > Coler, a registered Democrat, says he has no regrets about his fake news empire. He doesn't think fake news swayed the election. > > "There are many facto...

 

Asymmetrical Disinformation [...]

> During the run-up to the presidential election, fake news really took off. "It was just anybody with a blog can get on there and find a big, huge Facebook group of kind of rabid Trump supporters just waiting to eat up this red meat that they're about to get served," Coler says. "It caused an explosion in the number of sites. I mean, my gosh, the number of just fake ...

 

Pot for Food Stamps [...]

> He was amazed at how quickly fake news could spread and how easily people believe it. He wrote one fake story for NationalReport.net about how customers in Colorado marijuana shops were using food stamps to buy pot. > > "What that turned into was a state representative in the House in Colorado proposing actual legislation to prevent people from using their food sta...

 

Father’s Manifesto [...]

>The coexistence of racism and sexism in the so-called manosphere dates back to the dawn of the internet. One early men's rights site, Fathers' Manifesto, interspersed references to Warren Farrell's book The Myth of Male Power with calls to exile blacks from America....

 

Weev Libertarianism [...]

>Nonwhite voters' rejection of libertarianism has stoked extremism among some frustrated libertarians, according to the Daily Stormer's Weev. He described for me what he saw as the thinking among libertarians who join the cause: "First it's just, 'Leave me alone, don't legislate shit about me, let me have what I work for,'" said Weev, who does tech support for a va...

 

Racist Libertarianism [...]

>In March, Loyola University economics professor Walter Block announced on LewRockwell.com that he was forming a group known as Libertarians for Trump. Discussing the subject of slavery in a 2013 blog post, Block wrote: "The slaves could not quit. They were forced to 'associate' with their masters when they would have vastly preferred not to do so. Otherwise, slave...

 

Credibility Inception [...]

> Yarvin finds Trump lacking, a "hilariously pathetic" Hitler or Mussolini. "It's like watching the magician's 12-year-old son try to play with his father's spellbook," he says. Yet Yarvin values Trump's "ability to present himself as the candidate of 'No.'" By effectively hijacking the Republican Party and subverting political norms, Trump may hasten the downfall ...

 

Theil’s Incompatibility  [...]

>Thiel, who reportedly donated more than $1 million to Trump's campaign and was named to his transition team in November, has circled neoreactionary ideas. "I no longer believe that freedom and democracy are compatible," he wrote on the Cato Institute's blog in 2009, adding that women and "welfare beneficiaries" have through their voting habits "rendered the notion...

 

Neoreactionary Enlightenment [...]

In what began in 2007 as a series of blog posts now sometimes cited by the alt-right, Yarvin laid out a political philosophy known as neoreaction or the "Dark Enlightenment." Combining a technocratic sensibility with reactionary political thought, neoreaction rejects Enlightenment concepts such as democracy and equality and instead advocates something much closer to a...

 

Weev in Ukraine [...]

Andrew Auernheimer, a.k.a. Weev, a notorious troll who moved to Ukraine to elude US authorities, claims he is ready to take alt-right trolling to the next level. Trump "is going to come in with a mandate," says Weev, who now helps run the Daily Stormer, "and if Congress doesn't give him what he wants, then it gets really fun for us. The battle gets really enjoyable an...

 

Cernovich [...]

>Likewise, provocateurs have increasingly sought to subvert journalism—facilitated by Facebook's feckless response to fake news stories flooding its platform during the height of the 2016 presidential race. A phony tale about the death of an FBI agent involved in the Clinton email investigation was shared far and wide just days before the vote.** Sites like Mike ...

 

Russian Troll Farms [...]

>The alt-right has elevated fringe trolling into a virulent form of propaganda that Spencer and others dub "meme magic." Trolls push hateful memes such as the Jewish "Happy Merchant" and the black "dindu nuffin" (a slur meant to echo "I didn't do nothin'") without fear of censure, thanks to the anonymity of Twitter and other platforms. Some journalists have specula...

 

Facebook Bans Ethnic Affinity Targeting [...]

> After weeks of push back from U.S. lawmakers, media and civil rights leaders, Facebook FB -0.46% on Friday announced it will stop allowing advertisers to use “ethnic affinity” to target the reach of employment, housing and credit-related ads with the aim of better preventing discrimination on the social network. > > Facebook’s policies ban discriminatory adve...

 

Pizzagate [...]

> The repercussions have been far-reaching. Mr. Alefantis, his friends and employees are now dealing with a flood of nasty comments on social media, threatening phone calls and even visits to their restaurant from people who say they believe the fake news articles. Mr. Alefantis has gotten in touch with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the local police and many so...

 

Herrenvolk Democracy [...]

> Herrenvolk democracy is a system of government in which only the majority ethnic group participates in government, while minority groups are disenfranchised.[1] Similar concepts include ethnic democracy and ethnocracy. The German term Herrenvolk, "master folk", was used in 19th century discourse that justified colonialism with the racial superiority of Europeans.[2]...

 

Curator Schrader on Facebook [...]

> Schrader ‘s job was to help make sure that inaccurate news didn’t trend on Facebook. But he said his trending topics division was eliminated just weeks after criticism earlier this year, that Facebook’s information gatekeepers were suppressing conservative viewpoints. He said his division could have helped minimize the amount of fake news. > > “By stopping ...

 

Lateral Reading [...]

> Teens also can learn basic skills used by professional fact-checkers, Dr. Wineburg says. Rather than trusting the “about” section of a website to learn about it, teach them “lateral reading”—leaving the website almost immediately after landing on it and research the organization or author. Also, explain to teens that a top ranking on Google doesn’t mean ...

 

Eighty-eight percent of 18 year-olds Get News From Facebook [...]

> By age 18, 88% of young adults regularly get news from Facebook and other social media, according to a 2015 study of 1,045 adults ages 18 to 34 by the Media Insight Project....

 

Legislative Polarization Is Asymmetrical [...]

> This movement among the public, and particularly the engaged public, tracks with increasingly polarized voting patterns in Congress, though to a far lesser extent. As many congressional scholars have documented, Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are now further apart from one another than at any point in modern history, and that rising polarization among ele...

 

Democratic Consolidation Reflects Broader Social Shifts [...]

> A second consideration is that the nation as a whole has moved slightly to the left over the past 20 years, mostly because of a broad societal shift toward acceptance of homosexuality and more positive views of immigrants. Twenty years ago, these two issues created significant cleavages within the Democratic Party, as many otherwise liberal Democrats expressed more ...

 

Not Quite Asymmetrical Polarization [...]

> The authors of the Pew report find it more difficult to deal with the question of whether these important changes are comparable for the two parties. A brief section on “Is Polarization Asymmetrical” carefully navigates the treacherous waters often associated with this question.  They note the shift in ideological consolidation among Democrats between 1994 and ...

 

Petticoat Government [...]

> Some contemporary presidential spouses have led active, involved political lives, providing more than a sounding board. Woodrow Wilson’s second wife, Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, served as a sort of shadow president when her husband was diminished by a stroke. (Critics called her administration the “petticoat government.”) Eleanor Roosevelt published books, maga...

 

Facebook Promotes Poll of ‘Doctors’ Who Say Hillary Clinton Is Sociopath [...]

> Two weeks after firing its entire editorial staff, Facebook’s Trending news section highlighted a report by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons—which believes that the “gay male lifestyle” shortens lives by 20 years and abortion can cause breast cancer—claiming “most doctors polled” had “serious concerns” about Hillary Clinton’s ...

 

Mermaid Sites [...]

> Though BuzzFeed News looked at nine fake news sites in its analysis, there was a 10th, American News, that didn’t make it in. American News, liked by more 5 million people on Facebook, was bigger than the rest of the sites in the analysis by a wide margin. American News is not a fake news site, per se, but it often takes a nugget of truth and writes a dramatically...

 

Facebook FYI post on Hoaxes [...]

> In January 2015, Facebook got more aggressive. It wrote a News Feed FYI blog post with the title “Showing Fewer Hoaxes.” People were complaining about fake news and hoaxes, the blog post said, so Facebook would diminish these posts’ reach. “A post with a link to an article that many people have reported as a hoax or chosen to delete will get reduced distribu...

 

The Push for News at Facebook [...]

> And while it was likely never the company’s intent to create a system that encouraged people to hear only what they wanted — whether or not it was true — Facebook didn’t get here by accident. It made a huge push over the last four years to be a destination for news, indeed, to be your “perfect personalized newspaper.” Since that Obama tweet, the company ...

 

Facebook Lies About Curation [...]

> Now that it had new tools in place to identify and promote trending stories, Facebook took another step that it largely kept secret: It began making editorial decisions about the content that would appear in Trending. The company had hired a team of humans to curate its Trending column, but in August 2015, it told Recode that its algorithms alone were responsible fo...

 

Original Sharing Is Down at Facebook [...]

> So-called “original sharing,” where people post their own photos, text updates, etc., instead of simply pressing “share,” was declining. The extent of Facebook’s original sharing problem came to light in an April 2016 article in The Information, which reported that original sharing was down by 21% in mid-2015 compared to the previous year. With sharing dow...

 

Trump’s Racism vs. Obama Hug [...]

> Clearly, these Democrats hadn’t yet taken notice of his Facebook page. Two days later, a Trump post about immigration would receive more than 190,000 shares on Facebook. That was almost twice as many shares as Obama’s election night post had three years earlier....

 

Zuckerberg: A Personal Platform for News [...]

> By November 2014, Mark Zuckerberg was feeling pretty confident in Facebook’s capacity to deliver the latest news, enough so that he likened Facebook’s aim, incredibly, to that of a newspaper’s. “Our goal is to build the perfect personalized newspaper for every person in the world,” he said. “We’re trying to personalize it and show you the stuff that’...

 

Facebook Adds Trending [...]

> Five months later, on August 6, 2013, Facebook held a press event that, according to TechCrunch, repeatedly “emphasized real-time content” in its News Feed. The next day, Facebook added another feature: Trending. Facebook emphasized that Trending, a module that highlights some of the most talked about content on Facebook, was a small test, and promised to “sha...

 

Mobile Share Added to Facebook in 2012 [...]

> Facebook’s transformation began almost immediately after the 2012 election. On November 14, 2012, a full eight days after the vote, a TechCrunch headline proclaimed: “Facebook Finally Launches ‘Share’ Button For The Mobile Feed, Its Version Of ‘Retweet.’” > The move, seemingly minor at the time, set the table for a behavior shift on Facebook, encouragi...

 

Paris Wade, Conspiracy Writer [...]

> LONG BEACH, CALIF.—Fewer than 2,000 readers are on his website when Paris Wade, 26, awakens from a nap, reaches for his laptop and thinks he needs to, as he puts it, “feed” his audience. “Man, no one is covering this TPP thing,” he says after seeing an article suggesting that President Obama wants to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership before he leaves offi...

 

Prediabetic Analytics [...]

> Imagine you’re trying to cut down on sugar, because you’re pre-diabetic, but there are M&M’s literally everywhere you look, and every time you stress-eat an M&M, invisible nerds exclaim, “Aha! She actually wants M&M’s!” That’s what I’m talking about, but where you replace M&M’s with listicles. > > This human weakness now combines with technologic...

 

The Huffington Post Has a Fake News Problem [...]

> I tell this story to emphasize that it isn’t just Facebook that has a fake news problem, and it isn’t just Donald Trump and kids in Macedonia who are using social media to send the news spinning wildly away from the truth. When sites like the Huffington Post post partisan clickbait that is clearly untrue, they deserve to be shunned, not reshared. > In the contex...

 

Fake Ford Story, February [...]

> Can it be that “The Donald” is already affecting American policy, without even yet being the Republican nominee? > > It sure looks that way, or perhaps it’s just coincidence. However more likely than not, Trump’s constant bashing of Ford moving to Mexico, has apparently been making ripples both within the news media and perhaps among the voting public....

 

Prntly [...]

> On several occasions in October, Donald Trump tweeted links to stories at Prntly.com, a blog that didn’t exist during the last election cycle. One story (now offline but copied here) indicated that Trump’s support from blue-collar workers was the highest since Franklin Roosevelt in the 1930s. > > It'’s not clear what the basis for the claim was beyond that T...

 

AdSense Supports Hoaxing [...]

> This whole Google AdSense thing is pretty scary. And all this Facebook stuff. I make most of my money from AdSense — like, you wouldn’t believe how much money I make from it. Right now I make like $10,000 a month from AdSense. > > [Google’s top news link for ‘final election results’ goes to a fake news site with false numbers] > > I know ways of getting ...

 

I Thought They’d Fact Check It [...]

> I thought they’d fact-check it, and it’d make them look worse. I mean that’s how this always works: Someone posts something I write, then they find out it’s false, then they look like idiots. But Trump supporters — they just keep running with it! They never fact-check anything! Now he’s in the White House. Looking back, instead of hurting the campaign, I...

 

36 Degrees Warmer [...]

> Political people in the United States are watching the chaos in Washington in the moment. But some people in the science community are watching the chaos somewhere else — the Arctic. > > It’s polar night there now — the sun isn’t rising in much of the Arctic. That’s when the Arctic is supposed to get super-cold, when the sea ice that covers the vast Arcti...

 

Inaccurate Pell Grant Payments [...]

> The U.S. Department of Education overpaid Pell grant recipients by $2.03 billion in fiscal 2016 and made another $188 million in underpayments, according to an agency finance report released this week....

 

Leonard Cohen’s Fall [...]

> But the actual cause of his death was not simple old age. As his manager announced on Wednesday, he died following a fall.* And as our population continues to live longer and longer, falls are becoming the great plague of the modern era. They are the leading cause of accidental death in the elderly, and the incidence has increased steadily over the past decade. And,...

 

C. Wright Mills [...]

> Charles Wright Mills (August 28, 1916 – March 20, 1962) was an American sociologist, and a professor of sociology at Columbia University from 1946 until his death in 1962. Mills was published widely in popular and intellectual journals, and is remembered for several books, among them The Power Elite, which introduced that term and describes the relationships and c...

 

How Facebook News Feed Works [...]

> This is the ultimate guide to how Facebook chooses what to show in your News Feed, and how you can get your content seen by more people. > > Understanding how the News Feed works is tough because the algorithm is always changing. So TechCrunch launched this research project for today’s 10th anniversary of News Feed, interviewing Facebook’s team members, compili...

 

Broken Rewards of Science [...]

> Science has been peculiarly resistant to self-examination. During the ‘science wars' of the 1990s, for instance, scientists disdained sociological studies of their culture. Yet there is now a growing trend for scientists to use the quantitative methods of data analysis and theoretical modelling to try to work out how, and how well, science works — often with dep...

 

Slow Down Decision Making [...]

> In The Science of Equality, Godsil and her co-authors proposed several tactics that seem, based on the research, promising: presenting people with examples that break stereotypes, asking them to think about people of color as individuals rather than as a group, tasking them with taking on first-person perspectives of people of color, and increasing contact between p...

 

Race Neutral Cameras [...]

> One approach is to pursue certain policies in a race-neutral manner. For example, equipping police with body cameras has become a prominent idea in response to the police shootings of black men over the past few years. But the inherent idea behind body cameras doesn’t have to be racial — it can just be about generally holding police accountable, no matter whom t...

 

Rush Limbaugh, Slayer of the Non-Empathetic [...]

> Hochschild shared similar stories in her book. In one example, a woman tells Hochschild about her love for conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh because he stood up to people — feminists, environmentalists, and other liberals — that she felt belittled her and her lifestyle. As the woman explained, “Oh, liberals think that Bible-believing Southerners are ignor...

 

Literally a Heart Attack [...]

> One of the white participants left the session and went back to her desk, upset at receiving (what appeared to the training team as) sensitive and diplomatic feedback on how some of her statements had impacted several people of color in the room. At break, several other white participants approached us (the trainers) and reported that they had talked to the woman at...

 

White Fragility Reinforces Supremacy [...]

> What’s more, accusations of racism can cause white Americans to become incredibly defensive — to the point that they might reinforce white supremacy. Robin DiAngelo, who studies race at Westfield State University, described this phenomenon as “white fragility” in a groundbreaking 2011 paper: > > White people in North America live in a social environment tha...

 

When People Feel Threatened, They Can’t Change [...]

> “Telling people they’re racist, sexist, and xenophobic is going to get you exactly nowhere,” said Alana Conner, executive director of Stanford University’s Social Psychological Answers to Real-World Questions Center. “It’s such a threatening message. One of the things we know from social psychology is when people feel threatened, they can’t change, the...

 

Privilege Callout [...]

> This is how many white Americans, particularly in working-class and rural areas, view the world today. So when they hear politicians and journalists call them racist or remind them about their privilege, they feel like elites are trying to distract from the serious problems in their lives and grant advantages to other groups of people. When Hillary Clinton called ha...

 

Callout Culture Backfires [...]

> In talking with researchers and looking at the studies on this, I found that it is possible to reduce people’s racial anxiety and prejudices. And the canvassing idea was regarded as very promising. But, researchers cautioned, the process of reducing people’s racism will take time and, crucially, empathy. > > This is the direct opposite of the kind of culture th...

 

Suspending Alt-Right Accounts [...]

> Twitter suspended a number of accounts associated with the “alt right” movement on Tuesday as part of a renewed effort to crack down on harassment, USA Today reports. > > Among the accounts suspended: white nationalist Richard Spencer, Spencer’s think tank National Policy Institute, his journal Radix, his publishing company Washington Summit Publishers, forme...

 

Facebook On the Filter Bubble [...]

> That’s consistent with Zuckerberg’s approach to other deeper questions about Facebook’s role in the media, including the charge that it insulates users in ideological bubbles by reinforcing what they already believe. “All the research we have suggests that this isn’t really a problem,” Zuckerberg said on Thursday, citing a Facebook-funded 2015 study that...

 

Snowden on Fake Facebook News [...]

> At Fusion’s Real Future Fair today, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden expressed doubt that Americans would fall hard enough for fake stories on Facebook that it could sway their votes. His comments echoed those recently made by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who claimed it is “extremely unlikely hoaxes changed the outcome of this election in one direction or ...

 

White Twitter Bots Taken More Seriously on Race [...]

> The results, published in the November edition of Political Behavior, concluded that direct, negative responses to racist tweets could have an impact—but, at least in this test's case, they were far more effective when they appeared to come from white users. > > NYU student Kevin Munger began his experiment by identifying 231 Twitter accounts with a propensity ...

 

Economic Confidence Is Partisan [...]

Holy crap. > Right before the election, 16% of Republicans said the economy was getting better. Right after the election, 49%....

 

The Internet Of Garbage [...]

Sarah Jeong, a journalist trained as a lawyer at Harvard Law School, discusses the problem of “online harassment,” with various accounts of harassment that have made their way into mainstream media, as well as lesser-known ones. The Internet of Garbage considers why and how to recalibrate this ongoing project of garbage-removal from content platforms and social me...

 

Breitbart-Weibo Express [...]

> On Monday, the hashtag “Trump wins” featured a post that recounted stories of slurs against Asian-Americans, and attributed them to anti-Trump protesters. The post even specifically claimed that journalist Wilfred Chan had received racist abuse and implied it was from anti-Trump protesters. It was, in fact, abuse from Trump supporters. > > Christina Xu, a tech ...

 

Fake News In China On Weibo [...]

> Worried about fake news about this election? It's rampant overseas too....

 

Gas Chamber Photo-shopping [...]

David French is targeted. > I distinctly remember the first time I saw a picture of my then-seven-year-old daughter’s face in a gas chamber. It was the evening of September 17, 2015. I had just posted a short item to the Corner calling out notorious Trump ally Ann Coulter for aping the white-nationalist language and rhetoric of the so-called alt-right. Within minut...

 

Trumpspect [...]

Many Trump voters support him because they feel he respects them. It's worth noting that Romney probably failed this test. > I ask him if Trump is a racist, and he turns pained. “I want to chose my words carefully. He isn’t a racist, but a realist. It is easy for folks who live in wealthy neighborhoods to say they will accept any neighbor of any color. Who would...

 

Problematic for Who? [...]

Facebook claims that human curation is problematic. But problematic for who? > According to Facebook, it developed two different options for how the 2016 clickbait update would work. One was a classifier based off the 2015 hoax detector based on user reports, and another was the machine learning classifier built specifically for detecting clickbait via computer algori...

 

The Big Five [...]

The Big Five tech companies dominate the NASDAQ in terms of market value. > Here's a fun fact: 30.3 percent of the market capitalization of the Nasdaq is now accounted for by just five companies  Apple Inc., Alphabet Inc. (Google's parent), Microsoft Corp., Amazon.com Inc. and Facebook Inc. That percentage is high, historically speaking....

 

How Stack Overflow Makes Money [...]

> We help companies build their brand and source technical talent through our business products: Display Ads and Talent. These services in turn help developers find better jobs and also learn about companies in a way that is respectful to the user experience (no spammy inmail, no flash ads, etc.). We consider the developer experience in everything we do, which is what...

 

C * P * T * R [...]

CPTR is the algorithm/equation Facebook uses to determine whether to show you something in your feed....

 

Overdoses and Trump [...]

> The map of counties in US that shifted to Trump, from Romney, is almost an exact map of the counties having increases in drug overdoses...

 

Doctorow on Fake News Ban [...]

> In the wake of the Trump election a triumph of fake news both Google and Facebook have announced that they will take countermeasures to exclude "fake news" from their services, downranking them in the case of Facebook and cutting them off from ad payments in Google's case. > > This is the latest step on a long journey. In its early days, Google was bombarded with...

 

Sometimes Viral Worls [...]

Medicare phaseout is highly viral, and gets shared fairly well. > During the campaign, coverage of the issues was blotted out by coverage of Hillary Clinton’s emails and Donald Trump’s broad suite of sociopathic tendencies. And of the issues that did receive any attention, a conspicuously missing one was Paul Ryan’s plan to push Medicare beneficiaries into priva...

 

Twitter unveils new anti-abuse tools that could help combat harassment in the Trump era [...]

New anti-abuse tools > Internal changes: One effort Twitter is making to help curb harassment on its platform is behind-the-scenes: It has retrained all of its support teams on its policies as well as provided them with "special sessions on cultural and historical contextualization of hateful conduct." The teams will also have an "ongoing refresher program" and improv...

 

Facebook Blames Turnout [...]

> “People know there are concerned employees who are seeing something here which they consider a big problem,” she said. “And it doesn’t feel like the people making decisions are taking the concerns seriously.” > The New York Times reported last week that top executives at Facebook have discussed the issue, and that a private Facebook post shared by Zuckerbe...

 

Amplifying False News [...]

> “Facebook, by design, by algorithm, and by policy, has created a platform that amplifies misinformation,” said Zeynep Tufekci, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who has been vocal in the need for social media to consider their role in spreading fake news....

 

Engagement Bias [...]

> Or, as former Facebook designer Bobby Goodlatte wrote on his own Facebook wall on November 8, “Sadly, News Feed optimizes for engagement. As we’ve learned in this election, bullshit is highly engaging. A bias towards truth isn’t an impossible goal. Wikipedia, for instance, still bends towards the truth despite a massive audience. But it’s now clear that demo...

 

Secret Facebook Taskforce [...]

> “It’s not a crazy idea. What’s crazy is for him to come out and dismiss it like that, when he knows, and those of us at the company know, that fake news ran wild on our platform during the entire campaign season,” said one Facebook employee, who works in the social network’s engineering division. He, like the four other Facebook employees who spoke to Buzz...

 

Fall of Big Data and SocMed [...]

> The second major failure is in targeted news on social media – virality is proving fatal to truth in political discourse. Here, the success of BIG DATA led to a major failure in the democratic process. I’m disheartened to hear that Mark Zuckerberg won’t acknowledge the role Facebook played in spreading disinformation in the 2016 campaign. More than half of the...

 

Facebook Automation [...]

> Facebook likes automated solutions that are cheap and require as little human intervention as possible. This is a problem if it is to be the center of global civic life. For example one result of this is that it was comfortable firing all the editors who worked on trending topics. Another is that strangers could “report” Tressie Cottom and she could not keep her...

 

Facebook: 2016 election Summary From Paul Ford [...]

> Facebook is, to its chagrin, part of the conversation about the outcome of the 2016 election. Here is a list of some special moments that we have all shared with Facebook: > > Facebook has ~1.8 billion users and 66% get news from the platform. > In May, Facebook was accused by conservatives of forcing its “Trending Topics” to have a left-leaning bias. >...

 

Asymmetrical Disinformation on Facebook [...]

> "The article’s allegation is not true," a Facebook spokesperson said. "We did not build and withhold any News Feed changes based on their potential impact on any one political party. We always work to make News Feed more meaningful and informative, and that includes examining the quality and accuracy of items shared, such as clickbait, spam and hoaxes." > > A re...

 

Why Facebook Didn’t Block Fake News [...]

Facebook knew the impact on election was non-symmetrical. > Now a new report from Gizmodo claims the company chose not to take steps to suppress fake news earlier this year because it would have "disproportionately impacted right-wing news sites by downgrading or removing that content from people’s feeds." > > Facebook may have been scared of provoking a backla...

 

Report24 is a Fake News Site [...]

> BREAKING: Hillary Announces Massive Hunting Ban… Say Goodbye To Your Favorite Pastime...

 

Tressie Banned [...]

> They don't like my name. Mostly I was reported by political malcontents and Facebook just follows through....

 

Facebook Censored Death Threats [...]

Automating community policing leads to horrible community policing decisions. > On Sunday morning, I awoke to an email from a Donald Trump supporter that contained a threat to my life. I have received such threats before and will surely continue to get them. But this one was especially graphic and specific and has required me to consult with law enforcement—a nightm...