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Bookmarked : Fix Facebook by Making It More Like Google+ - The Atlantic

My colleague Adrienne LaFrance has named the fundamental assumption, and danger, of social media megascale: “not just a very large user base, but a tremendous one, unprecedented in size.” Technology platforms such as Facebook assume that they deserve a user base measured in the billions of people—and then excuse their misdeeds by noting that effectively controlling such an unthinkably large population is impossible. But technology users, including Donald Trump and your neighbors, also assume that they can and should taste the spoils of megascale. The more posts, the more followers, the more likes, the more reach, the better. This is how bad information spreads, degrading engagement into calamity the more attention it accrues.

This isn’t a side effect of social media’s misuse, but the expected outcome of its use. As the media scholar Siva Vaidhyanathan puts it, the problem with Facebook is Facebook.

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La terrifiante hégémonie des monopoles | ploum.net

Ceux d'entre vous qui suivent ce blog connaissent mon intérêt pour les problématiques liées aux monopoles de haute technologie (Google, Facebook, Microsoft, etc.). Ma fascination pour Monopolized vient du fait que j'ai compris que mon combat se dirigeait contre une simple conséquence anecdotique d'un paradigme beaucoup plus large : la monopolisation.

D'ailleurs, entre nous, pourquoi êtes-vous si nombreux à avoir l'intuition que "la financiarisation" de l'économie est une mauvaise chose alors qu'en soit, la finance voire même le trading ne sont que des échanges économiques entre adultes consentants ? À cause de la monopolisation de cette finance.

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Viral Visualizations : How Coronavirus Skeptics Use Orthodox Data Practices to Promote Unorthodox Science Online

Controversial understandings of the coronavirus pandemic have turned data visualizations into a battleground. Defying public health officials, coronavirus skeptics on US social media spent much of 2020 creating data visualizations showing that the government's pandemic response was excessive and that the crisis was over. This paper investigates how pandemic visualizations circulated on social media, and shows that people who mistrust the scientific establishment often deploy the same rhetorics of data-driven decision-making used by experts, but to advocate for radical policy changes. Using a quantitative analysis of how visualizations spread on Twitter and an ethnographic approach to analyzing conversations about COVID data on Facebook, we document an epistemological gap that leads pro- and anti-mask groups to draw drastically different inferences from similar data. Ultimately, we argue that the deployment of COVID data visualizations reflect a deeper sociopolitical rift regarding the place of science in public life.
https://arxiv.org/abs/2101.07993

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My Neighbor Joined NXIVM Sex Cult; It Explains a Lot About Trump’s America

I was born and raised inside a cult (OKC for Ogyen Kunzang Choling) there is a one page explainer of how much things went wrong and the impact on countless children’s, teenagers, today adults like myself.

https://okcinfo.news

I have been thinking about this very subject since four years now and have sometime spoken publicly about the similarities that I lived, even if In a completely different context from OKC and the Trump cult, the gradual loss of discernment, the loyalty towards the cult even at the cost of one’s integrity, the damage it does towards families and friends, the need to cut ties and links with outsiders to cut the cognitive Dissonance alerts between what is experienced and how it should be correctly understood and what is being done, what is being made out of ordinary decent people.

I could go on for hours for each Trump speeches about how he uses gaslighting, manipulation, anger redirection, DARVO and other manipulation techniques to better dive, self harm and even collapse the entire fragile US democratic system.

There is a whole chapter that should be written about regarding algorithmic automated self radicalisation and the role YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Gab, Parler and others are being used to produce an entire generation of miseducated, bowing, serving idiots, abandoning the wheel of their own lives to a sociopath, literally throwing away discernment and critical thinking to advance a servile autocratic regime in the making before our very own eyes.

All of this is related and connected to the infodemic madness currently spreading and all of this is also connected to a deficient education system, illiteracy, lack of media literacy, ignorance about the very structure that power internet and the ad-tech Industry and of course shadow data profiles being used to target individuals at a micro level of precision, all these things won’t be solved by a tech startup or a new unicorn, this mess can only be solved through education, digital media literacy, understanding of the internet structure and what feeds the golem of our attention span.

Our Societies porosity to disinformation, fakenews, misinformation is only equal to the holes we allowed in the democratic structure, increasingly flawed, to the point of being permeable to foreign influence, to the point of self harming ourselves into a utopian nightmare under the sarcastic increasing influence of regimes that are well positioned to send our flawed democratic systems in the dustbin of history if we don’t urgently upgrade them and care about them, refounding them into what they should become to face the future and still serve future generations.

We’re loosing time.

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The Citizens - @facebook is trying to censor/takedown "the real #Facebook Oversight Board" - We have to stop @finkd from harming the Internet.

WARNING: democracy is at risk

On November 3, America will go to the polls. But is it even possible to have a free and fair election in the age of Facebook? Already, the platform is being used to suppress African-American, Black and Latinx votes. Its tools are being used to spread lies and to enable private militias to organize voting station protests.