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Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘Listening Tour’ Stops in DC

It’s ironic that privacy vulture Mark Zuckerberg’s first day of Senate testimony so closely resembled the action in a first–person shooter: 44 waves of poorly programmed, time–limited attackers that didn’t come close to doing any real damage. It was like Zuckerberg was shooting tunnel rats in Fallout. The Senate questioning was so ineffective Zuckerberg could have gone all Microsoft on ...

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Trust Us! Remember When Facebook Wanted Nude User Pics to Combat Revenge Porn?

Now that the cat is out of the bag about how Facebook has been allowing the exploitation of user data for years, it is important to recognize that this evil corporation’s misdeeds have been hiding in plain sight for quite some time. It took the story that third-party Cambridge Analytica had used commonly accepted data-mining practices on Mark Zuckerberg’s social ...

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Hey Conservatives, Facebook is for finding cat videos, not news

Google and Facebook have admitted to changing their internal algorithms in a manner that favors some sites over others and Twitter has been accused of “shadowbanning” conservatives. The move has channeled traffic away from right-leaning sites and personalities while leaving left-wing entities virtually unharmed or even fairing better. Those changes have caused a massive drop in revenue for many outlets ...

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China Uses The Same Excuse As This CNN Analyst To Censor Social Media

CNN Broken News

  by Ryan Pickrell With fears of Russia soaring to new heights, a CNN national security analyst is employing a classic argument used by the Chinese government to support censorship, arguing that social media sites should be held accountable for the content their users post to protect national security. “Social media firms are aiding and abetting our enemies, providing them ...

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Facebook Admits Social Media May Be Bad For Democracy

  by Eric Lieberman A top Facebook executive admitted Monday that the social media platform may have a harmful effect on democracy, an apparently dire concern of the company. There have been many moments in the past where it appeared like social media helped cultivate democratic principles and institutions, however, more recent events changed Facebook’s perception. “From the Arab Spring ...

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Heil Twitter: Social media fascism on display

A.F. Branco political cartoon - The Shadow Knows

Twitter and its big brother, Facebook, proclaim they are “platforms”, not content providers, but as they continue to curate, mold and, in some cases, hide certain traffic, they look more like heavy-handed censors every day –  and it’s dangerous. Twitter and Facebook have taken every precaution to avoid the label “media company” or “content provider.” Instead, they both assert that ...

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Survey: Parents and kids worlds apart on social media

Common Sense and SurveyMonkey, the world’s leading People Powered Data platform, released the results of a survey of parents and teens on the subject of social media that finds a major disconnect between what parents feel they know about their kids’ online activities and how kids view their parents’ awareness of what they are actually doing. The “Social Media Disconnect” survey ...

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Is Binge Watching the New Normal?

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America’s status as a binge watching, streaming, multitasking nation enters 2017 with strong momentum according to a Survey. “American consumers continued to stream, binge watch and demand more media in 2016. As the growing forces of social media and over-the-top services continue to accelerate, particularly among millennials and Generation Z, the consumer rules,” said Kevin Westcott, vice chairman and U.S. media ...

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Age a Factor in How Americans Get Their News

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While many Americans consume news online, many still prefer to get it from television. A study released Wednesday shows that 57% of Americans prefer to get their news from television with cable news outlets Fox, CNN and MSNBC their first choices. The report also found that 62% of Americans get their news from Facebook, Blogger, LinkedIn, Twitter and other social media. Print ...

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Trump May Replace Press Conferences with Social Media

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The White House Press Corps isn’t sure just how relevant they’ll be as President-elect Donald Trump is considering using Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to get his message directly to the people instead of having daily press briefings. Conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt asked Trump’s Press Secretary Sean Spicer if Trump would be doing traditional press conferences: HH: Do you ...

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Are digital campaigns the machine politics of the 21st century?

The days of strong-arm politics creating a single party-dominance so concrete it rivaled dynastic monarchies, when urban kingmakers such as the infamous Boss Tweed ruled from the smoky back rooms of pool halls, are now like fables in the rich backstory of America’s political heritage. Their primary purpose in the enlightened now is seemingly to convey a moral, one of ...

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Digital Campaigning and the Rise of Populism in the 2016 Primary

Populism is amongst the most significant factors of the 2016 election cycle. Even Carly Fiorina credited competitor Donald Trump’s frontrunner status to his vehement anti-establishment rhetoric. Office seekers tout their populist credential; pundits often weigh the credentials of a candidate against it. But what does “populism” really mean, and how is it being utilized in voter outreach? The simple answer ...

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How Bush and Obama use social media shows much about them

George Bush and veterans on July 4th

Barack Obama has far more likes of his Facebook account than does former President George W. Bush, but digging deeper shows that Bush’s fans get a little more for their like. First, we see a difference in how each figure uses Facebook to honor the July 4th holiday. Obama – It’s All About Us Happy Fourth. Posted by Barack Obama ...

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Posting Pics of Passed out Pals, the New Craze?

With the advent of social media came the opportunity to share embarrassing pictures with friends on a large scale. These snapshots might be seen as funny at age 15 or even 21 but what about at 25 or even 35? Especially when looking for a job, these ‘tagged’ internet images, might well cause an employer to choose a less controversial ...

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