Facebook charges above top dollar for commercials run against live murder videos!!

From CBS News here:

Facebook on Tuesday acknowledged it had overcharged some advertisers for video ads on the social media site’s mobile carousel. It was the latest in a long string of admissions about incorrect advertising metrics by the company.

“During our regular reviews to ensure the accuracy of our systems, we recently found and fixed a bug that misattributed some clicks on video carousel ads as link clicks,” Facebook wrote in a post on its site.

Anybody else think Facebook’s ‘digital friends’ is just sad and f*cked in the head??

From CNBC here:

“Ultimately one of the objectives of this is to have your own digital friend, your virtual assistant that is basically customized for you and under your control,” Yann LeCun, head of Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR) group, said in a meeting with reporters.

I thought this Facebook’s mission was to connect the world and not to connect lonely people with their own custom made digital friends?

And the part about the customized friend being under your control?  That sounds a bit creepy yo.

 

So what’s the NSA for again?

From the Intercept here:

IN MID-APRIL, an arsenal of powerful software tools apparently designed by the NSA to infect and control Windows computers was leaked by an entity known only as the “Shadow Brokers.” Not even a whole month later, the hypothetical threat that criminals would use the tools against the general public has become real, and tens of thousands of computers worldwide are now crippled by an unknown party demanding ransom.

The main question here is whether the NSA will receive any money from the ransomware attacks that are happening all over the world because these techno-geniuses can’t keep their shit locked down.

At least that way their budget could be cut and they could farm some programmers out to the hacker community.

The ugly math of Facebook livestreamed murders

Whatever it costs Facebook to pay 7,500 people to monitor its live video streams to censor murder and suicide out and whatever reputational damage these murder/suicide videos cause to Facebook’s already tarnished brand is far outweighed by how much money Facebook can wrangle from advertisers.

So however depressing it is that the world’s largest social media platform broadcasts murders and suicides and whatever mental damage is done to these 7,500 people who are going to monitor the live streams you can at least take solace that Mark Zuckerberg and his shareholders are making money.

God Bless America.

Headline of the month!

From the Guardian:

Facebook is becoming a 21st-century Roman Colosseum for murder

Underneath the headline:

How could the social media giant host a video of a killing on its site for two hours before deleting it?

If you haven’t been following a person (now dead) livestreamed a murder he committed on Facebook.

I guess this is the connected world Zuckerberg has been on about for years!!

 

Uncle Sam gets his Twitter Stalin Game on

From the Guardian here:

Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), a division of homeland security, issued a summons to Twitter on 14 March seeking records including the phone number, mailing addresses, and IP addresses associated with @ALT_USCIS, an account that purports to convey the views of dissenters within the government.

So this social media shit is great why?