From CNBC here:
Facebook says some groups tried to use its platform to sway the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.
In a case study of the 2016 presidential election, the company said it found several instances of “information operations,” its term for governments and organizations who attempt to sway political opinion by spreading fake news and other nefarious tactics.
More proof that Facebook is not a platform where people get connected to make everybody feel better about the world and reach some pie in the sky understanding about people who are different from you.
Facebook is a toilet where people live stream murders and run propaganda operations, shitting fake news all over confused people who are too lazy to verify the info they’re munching on.
I think this completely justifies Mark Zuckerberg’s 5th largest in the world fortune — he has really taken us to a special place!!!
Headline from the Daily Beast:
Sheryl Sandberg, feminist author and chief operating officer of Facebook, says the social-media giant doesn’t see itself as a publisher or an “arbiter of the truth.” The social-networking site has come under fire in recent months for not appropriately fighting “fake news” articles published on its pages. “We are really a platform and we take our responsibilities on false news very seriously.
So it’s looking like Facebook wants all the power and advertising of a publisher without any of the rules and responsibility.
Facebook makes money when people are on Facebook — that’s the deal. Get on Facebook, stay on Facebook, get all your info on Facebook, blah blah blah. And that’s how fake news works — start spreading shit on Facebook, reposting, passing it around, clicks, money, ads for people who want to access people who dig fake news! Boom!
The Trump campaign paid huge money to Facebook to run ads on Facebook looking for people who would eat fake news and vote for the Orange Fuckstick.
Ironically, the Lean In Queen has popped a little fake news of her own. It’s total crap Facebook is not a publisher.
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!!
From Zero hedge here:
The United States was falling behind on education. That meant people who were losing their jobs weren’t being retrained to the jobs that were available. Also, the US doesn’t have a strong safety net. So when people lose their job they can fall quite far. That’s why America is much more focused on strong growth than other countries. Since the safety net is so weak it needs strong growth in order to avoid public anger.
Recent history also shows when you push for extremely strong economic growth you also end up with fraud and abuse which is inflicted on everybody not in the ruling class but minorities especially.
In a post industrial society you can get your goods and services from two places: from the government or from companies.
Look at healthcare — you have a half baked healthcare system (Obamacare) that was always afraid of having government pick up the tab (outside of the successful Medicaid expansion) so it has floundered. Or you have the corporate insurance market where you’re at the mercy (or not) of insurance companies.
If we didn’t have such a shitty government we wouldn’t have to endure such a shitty, predatory economic environment.
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?
From the Guardian here:
Undercover officers in the New York police department infiltrated small groups of Black Lives Matter activists and gained access to their text messages, according to newly released NYPD documents obtained by the Guardian.
The records, produced in response to a February court ruling, provide the most detailed picture yet of the sweeping scope of NYPD surveillance during mass protests over the death of Eric Garner in 2014 and 2015. Lawyers said the new documents raised questions about NYPD compliance with city rules.
A definite shift from monitoring for terrorist activites to monitoring domestic political dissent and social control.
First you have cops killing African Americans and then you have the same institution surveilling the community they’re victimizing for what?
To maintain the status quo. So technology here is not disrupting anything, it’s being used to keep an unacceptable status quo in place.