Take it from the insiders: Silicon Valley is eating your soul | John Harris

January 19, 2018

Former Google and Facebook executives are seeming alarm systems about the permeating power of tech, writes Guardian columnist John Harris One source of anxiety came close to being 2017′ s signature theme: how the internet and the tiny handful of enterprises that dominate it are affecting both individual minds and the present and future of the planet. The old-time theory of the online world-wide as a burgeoning utopia appears to…

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Antisocial media: why I decided to cut back on Facebook and Instagram

January 17, 2018

Only when I tried to quit social networks did I realise how addictive and enclose they are designed to be. Now I am convinced we are heading for a public health crisis It was winter 2016 when I reached rock bottom. I went on a three-day Facebook binge. I can’t remember what set it off, but I recollect how it objective. I woke up in a gutter, heart pounding, thinking…

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Is Melania Trump getting unfairly blamed for White House tree removal?

January 17, 2018

Yesterday afternoon, CNN broke the tale that one of the iconic Jackson Magnolias outside countries of the south look of the White House needs to be removed. The tree is suffering from canker and is on the brink of falling down in big part stemming from a fixing in the 1970 s that left the core be submitted with cement. In the tale, CNN mentioned that–as with a number of…

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Steve Bannon’s #War Has Finally Run Out of Ammo

January 16, 2018

When Steve Bannon got fired from his task as President Trump’s manager strategist in August, he told the Weekly Standard he experienced free. “I’ve got my hands back on my weapons. I built a fucking machine at Breitbart, ” he said of his return to the far right media outlet. In response to Bannon’s White House ouster, one prominent Breitbart personality took to Twitter to declare ” #WAR. “ Now,…

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Here are the people who read the most fake news, according to a first-of-its-kind study

January 13, 2018

Ya, we know what this person reads. Image: Corbis via Getty Images A brand-new examine corroborates your worst anxieties about fake news in the U.S. — it’s widespread, skews pro-Trump, and is primarily consumed by your conservative uncle. Oh, and reality checking hasn’t worked at all. A group of academic researchers have written what they are calling the first scientific, data-based analyze of Americans’ exposure to fake report in the…

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The 2018 internet resolution everyone should have: Bring back your browser bar

December 30, 2017

An open memoranda, to all marginally-smart people/ consumers of internet “content”: Hi. Some doubts. Do you… Want the internet to be better in 2018? Want your favorite media stores to survive 2018? Want the proliferation of “fake news”( both the now-meaningless word and actual bullshit news) to stop? Actually care about deep, true reporting? Actually care about neighbourhood writing and reporting? Actually care about writing that isn’t written for the…

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Facebook’s fake news problem landed Zuckerberg dubious title of ‘Misinformer of the Year’

December 26, 2017

Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg gets held accountable for his platform’s role in the fake report scenery with Media Matter’s “Misinformer of the Year” bestow . Image: Paul Marotta/ Getty Images Rupert Murdoch, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck. Those are some of the large-hearted media figures Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is joining with this year’s dubious difference of “Misinformer of the Year.” That’s the title given to the…

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Thirty countries use ‘armies of opinion shapers’ to manipulate democracy report

November 26, 2017

Governments in Venezuela, the Philippines, Turkey and elsewhere use social media to affect elections, drive schedules and counter commentators, says report The governments of 30 countries around the globe are using legions of so called sentiment shapers to meddle in elections, improvement anti-democratic schedules and repress their citizens, a new report shows. Unlike widely reported Russian attempts to influence foreign elections, most of the offending countries use the internet to…

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‘Stranger Things’ wants you to turn your Eggo box into creepy DIY costumes

November 22, 2017

Trump invites the media’s children into the Oval office, and can’t do anything right . Image: DREW ANGERER/ Getty Images Donald Trump sure knows how to shed a fun party — candy, garbs and insults included. On Friday, the children of the White House Press Corps were invited to join their parents at work and celebrate Halloween at the White House. And, as expected, things get really awkward, really fast….

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Russia used hundreds of fake accounts to tweet about Brexit, data shows

November 20, 2017

Researchers have found that accounts run away from troll farm in St Petersburg tried to sow discord between Britons Concern about Russian force in British politics has intensified as it emerged that more than 400 fake Twitter accounts be deemed to be run from St Petersburg published posts about Brexit. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh identified 419 accounts operating from the Russian Internet Research Agency( IRA) attempting to influence…

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How Russia used social media to divide Americans

October 24, 2017

Russian trolls and bots focused on controversial topics in an effort to stoke political separation on a tremendous scale and it hasnt stopped, experts say For the past year, the world has reeled over intensifying reports of how Facebook infiltration was far more widespread than Mark Zuckerberg claimed when Barack Obama pulled him aside at a conference held in Peru last-place November to inform the young titan he had a…

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Facebook is wishing a happy Rosh Hashanah to seemingly random users

October 11, 2017

Thanks ? Image: @OHWEEBEASTIES/ TWITTER SCREENSHOT As much as Facebook ostensibly wants to be your friend, it mainly simply wants to be a developing, massive data cache of their own lives, fitted with loadings of data concerning you–some true-life, some false. The latest comic proof: some Facebook customers were saluted with a “Happy New Year” message on the top of their News Feeds Wednesday and Thursday in celebration of Rosh…

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Facebook and Google promote politicized fake news about Las Vegas shooter

October 6, 2017

The spread of rightwing blogs, claiming the shooter was an anti-Trump liberal, on to mainstream platforms is the latest example of hyper-partisan trolling after a tragedy Facebook and Google promoted false-hearted news stories claiming that the crap-shooter who hundreds were injured at a festival near the Mandalay Bay casino, the most recent example of fake report polluting social media amid a violate news story. The flow of misinformation on Monday…

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CNN severs ties with rightwing pundit Jeffrey Lord over Nazi tweet

August 11, 2017

Network corroborates the republican commentator is no longer a benefactor after he tweeted a Nazi slogan at the head of a liberal advocacy group CNN cut ties Thursday with conservative commentator Jeffrey Lord after he tweeted a Nazi praise at a commentator. A system spokesman had reaffirmed that Lord was no longer with the network and told Nazi praises are indefensible. The statement came hours after Lord tweeted the Nazi…

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Trump’s Twitter is becoming hilariously predictable

July 3, 2017

The media critic-in-chief’s live-tweeting shtick is wearing thin . Image: Chip Somodevilla/ Getty Images Donald Trump’s obsession with live-tweeting his morning cable word binges has performed his erratic timeline…incredibly, disconcertingly, comically predictable. One Boston journalist attested it on Saturday morning, with his own impressively prophetic tweet. SEE ALSO: The president is literally tweeting what he participates on TV David Bernstein was watching Fox and Friends when he saw guest Hermain…

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‘I’m president, they’re not’: Donald Trump savages media at veterans rally

July 2, 2017

President pins tweet referring to fraud bulletin before intimating media have subversive agenda and criticising his wander restriction troubles Donald Trump has slammed out at the bogus media, accusing it of trying to gag him and his supporters during a lecture at an missionary contest reputation ex-servicemen in Washington. The fake media is trying to stillnes us, but we will not let them, he mentioned. The bogus media tried to…

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Twitter may introduce feature to let users flag ‘fake news’

July 1, 2017

The move would participate Twitter follow Facebook, which last year feed a space for customers to report tales they deemed spurious or inaccurate Twitter is considering specific features that they are able to let users pennant tweets that are false or inaccurate, in an attempt to combat the spread of disinformation on the platform. The brand-new boast, a landmark series for reporting on elections in nine countries, investigates at the…

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Risk review serviceable portrait of Julian Assange’s vanity

July 1, 2017

Laura Poitrass documentary about the WikiLeaks founder captures his creepy fancy and luminary hauteur but leaves important questions unasked No one has proceeded from superstar to zero quite as quickly or as embarrassingly as Julian Assange, and by embarrassingly I mean for those of us who formerly very revered him. The humanity himself is unembarrassable. It seems clear that Snowden documentary, and the movie tries to writhe away from Assange…

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