The Clever Trick An Alt-Right Hot Spot Is Using To Seem Much, Much Bigger - BuzzFeed News
That places the true subscriber count directly next to a multiplier of 1,000,000 (or when Herrman noticed it last week, merely 1,000). A moderator appears to have done the same thing with the online count for the current number of subscribers:
alt-right  fake  reddit 
2 days ago
While We Weren’t Looking, Snapchat Revolutionized Social Networks - The New York Times
there is no obvious means for any single piece of content to become a viral hit within the app. There are no ice bucket challenges or Chewbacca moms or Macedonian teenagers pushing fake news on Snapchat.

There is, instead, a practiced authenticity
snapchat  authenticity  viral 
2 days ago
The tech/editorial culture clash - Columbia Journalism Review
“If it wasn’t for advertising from Facebook pages, we might not be here.”

Another technologist working with international newsrooms was far more dogmatic in questioning the motives and values of the Silicon Valley interlopers: “They are not your friends. They are interested only in growth and money, and once news is dependent on them, they will turn off the traffic tap and start charging.”
traffic  news  media  facebook 
5 days ago
Revolution at The Washington Post - Columbia Journalism Review
There most certainly could be, if everyone else were owned by a billionaire who sees today’s media game as analogous to the internet circa 1999, essentially a land grab open to whomever can spend the most money and move the fastest to grab the biggest market share. That is the story of the rise of Amazon.com, and Bezos is applying many of those same lessons to the Post. (Along with an obsession with Web traffic and engagement metrics, which are much more important internally than whether the paper makes any money.)
traffic  news  newspapers  dc 
5 days ago
Why I Left White Nationalism - The New York Times
I never would have begun my own conversations without first experiencing clear and passionate outrage to what I believed from those I interacted with. Now is the time for me to pass on that outrage by clearly and unremittingly denouncing the people who used a wave of white anger to take the White House.
5 days ago
Facebook Shouldn’t Fact-Check - The New York Times
No matter how many editors Facebook hired, it would be unable to monitor the volume of information that flows through its site, and it would be similarly impossible for readers to verify what was checked. The minute Facebook accepts responsibility for ferreting out misinformation, users will start believing that it is fact-checking everything on the site.
facebook  moderation 
5 days ago
Steve Bannon’s data firm in talks for lucrative White House contracts | The Independent
London-based firm said it has marketing and psychological data on around 230 million Americans, which could help Mr Trump to increase his real estate business, or scope out the policy landscape for his government
Cambridge-Analytica  data 
7 days ago
Evidence-based vs. accusation-driven reporting (with tweets) · jayrosen_nyu · Storify
None of the 1,300 words in the article presents any evidence that the charge is true. The entire "plot" of the piece is that accusations have been made, the people accused say the charges are baseless, and USA today found zero evidence to undermine their defense.
journalism  ethics  clickbait 
8 days ago
Resisting Trump from Inside the Government - The New Yorker
Posner told me that, with both houses of Congress in Republican control, the greatest obstacle to the President’s use of power would be not the separation of powers but, more likely, the isolated actions of individuals in government. “Sometimes they won’t actually do what the President tells them to do, or they drag their feet, or they’ll leak to the press to try to embarrass him,” Posner told me. “That’s pretty unusual, because when that happens the employees risk losing their job, or even going to jail if they leak confidential information.”
politics  dc  power  dissent  california 
8 days ago
Fascism and The Historical Irony of Facebook’s “Fake News” Problem – Initialized Capital – Medium
One of the things we see with Trump and the Twitter-sphere is that when new technologies come on the scene, they don’t replace old technologies. They layer onto older technologies.
Twitter and its liberating potential is already mass mediated. It’s already commercial. When Donald tweets, he isn’t just tweeting to a general populace. He’s generating stories for CBS and NBC, and for that matter, Facebook. He’s generating stories that create an entire media sphere on their own. That is the source of his power.
fascism  media  twitter 
8 days ago
Inside a Fake News Sausage Factory: ‘This Is All About Income’ - The New York Times
“I don’t call it fake news; I call it satire,” he said. He avoids sex and violence because they violate Facebook rules, he said, but he sees nothing wrong otherwise with providing readers with what they want.
8 days ago
The Real Paranoia-Inducing Purpose of Russian Hacks - The New Yorker
The real effect, the Russian activists told me, was not to brainwash readers but to overwhelm social media with a flood of fake content, seeding doubt and paranoia, and destroying the possibility of using the Internet as a democratic space. One activist recalled that a favorite tactic of the opposition was to make anti-Putin hashtags trend on Twitter. Then Kremlin trolls discovered how to make pro-Putin hashtags trend, and the symbolic nature of the action was killed.
yourslip  trolls  propoganda  russia  fake-news  astroturf 
8 days ago
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9 days ago
This Is How Steve Bannon Sees The Entire World - BuzzFeed News
the tea party is using this as an example of the cronyism. General Electric and these major corporations that are in bed with the federal government are not what we’d consider free-enterprise capitalists. We’re backers of entrepreneurial capitalists. They’re not. They’re what we call corporatist.
ideology  politics  movements  tea-party 
11 days ago
How the Trump Campaign Built an Identity Database and Used Facebook Ads to Win the Election – Medium
This is the story of how the Trump campaign used data to target African Americans and young women with $150 million dollars of Facebook and Instagram advertisements in the final weeks of the election, quietly launching the most successful digital voter suppression operation in American history.
facebook  tracking  advertising  elections 
11 days ago
Watching the Election from the Post-Truth Future – Medium
Did Hillary really assassinate someone? (No.) Didn’t Trump win 90% of the vote? (No.) Yesterday, someone even mentioned that they really liked a poem he wrote about his vision for America’s future. (What.) ... Contrary to popular sentiment in the US, Chinese readers don’t blindly trust the state-run media. Rather, they distrust it so much that they don’t trust any form of media, instead putting their faith in what their friends and family tell them.
fake-news  china  good-writing  weibo 
16 days ago
Kanye West: If I voted, I would have voted for Trump - POLITICO
“There’s nonpolitical methods to speaking that I like, that I feel were very futuristic. And that style, and that method of communication, has proven that it can beat a politically correct way of communication. And I fuck with that,” West said at the concert. He bemoaned that he had been told that he should avoid praising Trump because he is a celebrity, telling the crowd that Trump’s rhetorical style was not simply “entertaining — I actually think that his approach was absolutely genius, because it fucking worked.”
futch  politics  celebrity 
16 days ago
Facebook could easily eliminate fake news, former editor says - VICE News
Adam Schrader worked on the short-lived Facebook trending news editorial team. His role was to curate the top viral stories. The scale of impact is staggering: Facebook has 1.8 billion users, and 44 percent of Americans get their news from the site, according to the Pew Research Center.

Since he and his colleagues were laid off in August, fake news has proliferated on the platform like never before.
facebook  fake-news  algorithms 
17 days ago
Facebook has repeatedly trended fake news since firing its human editors - The Washington Post
Facebook faced a torrent of high-profile accusations about political bias on the Trending editorial team — so much so that, in the aftermath, the company decided to tweak the role humans play in approving Trending topics. On Aug. 26, Facebook laid off its editorial team and gave the engineers who replaced them a much different mandate when it came to vetting news. Where editors were told to independently verify trending topics surfaced by the algorithm, even by cross-referencing “Google News and other news sources,” engineers were told to accept every trending topic linked to three or more recent articles, from any source, or linked to any article with at least five related posts..

The previous editorial team could also influence which specific news stories were displayed with each topic, rejecting the story selected by the algorithm if it was “biased,” “clickbait” or irrelevant. Trending’s current quality review team does not vet URLs.
fake-news  facebook  bias  algorithms 
17 days ago
Theranos Whistleblower Shook the Company—And His Family - WSJ
Tyler Shultz was contacted by a Journal reporter through the professional network LinkedIn. He called the reporter several weeks later with a prepaid phone, reasoning it would be harder to track than a conventional mobile phone. They met at a Mountain View, Calif., beer garden in May 2015.
whistleblowers  theranos  journalism 
17 days ago
Ballardian » ‘I really would not want to fuck George W. Bush!’: A Conversation with J.G. Ballard
I constantly saw in SF authors and especially in the American ones a collection of truly naive and, if you like, innocent men – people who truly didn’t know what they were doing. Ray Bradbury is a prominent example. A few years ago someone sent me a book about him, with many photographs. One of these showed Bradbury in his work room, which is about as large as a tennis court – and every millimetre of this huge workroom is stuffed full of toys: rockets, spaceships, dinosaur models, every kind of monster. A child’s room. A wonderful image for the American science fiction of these times, even for the whole of American culture.


I’ve always seen myself as a kind of moralist, one who stands on the roadside holding up a sign with the legend: Look out, dangerous bends, drive slowly!
ballard  sf  fiction  advice 
19 days ago
Bootleggers and Baptists - Wikipedia
observation that regulations are supported both by groups that want the ostensible purpose of the regulation, and by groups that profit from undermining that purpose
politics  negotiation 
19 days ago
Facebook, I’m Begging You, Please Make Yourself Better
Confirmation bias doesn’t begin to describe what Facebook offers partisans in both directions: a limitless, on-demand narrative fix, occasionally punctuated by articles grounded in actual world events, when those suit their preferences. But it was the Trump camp more than its opponent that encouraged this social media story time, because theirs was a candidate who was willing to stand at a podium and recite things he knew to be false, day after day.
facebook  filters 
24 days ago
The Most Important WikiLeaks Revelation Isn’t About Hillary Clinton | New Republic
This was October 6. The election was November 4. And yet Froman, an executive at Citigroup, which would ultimately become the recipient of the largest bailout from the federal government during the financial crisis, had mapped out virtually the entire Obama cabinet, a month before votes were counted.
politics  obama  power  wikileaks 
26 days ago
Looking for the Lie - The New York Times
Kosslyn began by thinking about the different dimensions, the various ways that lies differ from one another in terms of how they are produced. Is the lie about you, or about someone else? Is it about something you did yesterday or something your friend plans to do tomorrow? Do you feel strongly about the lie? Are there serious consequences to getting caught? Each type of lie might lead to activation of particular parts of the brain, since each type involves its own set of neural processes...Kosslyn found that as far as the brain was concerned, spontaneous and rehearsed lies were two different things. They both involved memory processing, but of different kinds of memories, which in turn activated different regions of the cortex: one part of the frontal lobe (involved in working memory) for the spontaneous lie; a different part in the right anterior frontal cortex (involved in retrieving episodic memory) for the lie that was rehearsed
27 days ago
‘I don’t trust Mr. Crazy’: Motivated by opposition to Trump, Hispanics are poised for historic turnout - The Washington Post
Five undocumented domestic workers, all named Maria, fanned out across Little Havana delivering a desperate, last-minute plea to Hispanic voters: We can’t vote, but you can. Vote early to ensure a President Trump does not deport us.
28 days ago
The scientists who make apps addictive | 1843
In “Hooked”, Eyal argues that successful digital products incorporate Skinner’s insight. Facebook, Pinterest and others tap into basic human needs for connection, approval and affirmation, and dispense their rewards on a variable schedule. Every time we open Instagram or Snapchat or Tinder, we never know if someone will have liked our photo, or left a comment, or written a funny status update, or dropped us a message. So we keep tapping the red dot, swiping left and scrolling down.
social-media  rewards  design  ux 
4 weeks ago
How The 'Silly' Irish Founders At Intercom Built One Of Silicon Valley's Fastest-Growing Businesses
Intercom integrates with Salesforce, which is what the company uses to track its customers base. Intercom helps New Relic close sales, says chief marketing office Robson Grieve, tracking customers when they trial the product to maximize the chances of them converting into lasting paid users.
4 weeks ago
Inside the secret meeting that changed the fate of Vine forever | Mic
The stars had a proposal: If Vine would pay all 18 of them $1.2 million each, roll out several product changes and open up a more direct line of communication, everyone in the room would agree to produce 12 pieces of monthly original content for the app, or three vines per week.
vine  micro-fame  fame  social-media 
4 weeks ago
Microsoft’s schoolgirl AI is playing depressed | Fusion
“When I screwed up, nobody helped me. Nobody was on my side,” the chatbot wrote, as translated by RocketNews. “Not my LINE friends. Not my Twitter friends. Not you, who’re reading this right now. Nobody tried to cheer me up. Nobody noticed how sad I was.”
tay  chatbot 
4 weeks ago
Images on the Internet: How digital photo archives have changed the way the world looks.
“Our legal department is a revenue generator for Corbis,” CEO Gary Shenk has said. “We don’t have a lot of lawsuits. We just find infringement and then we turn them into customers.” Translation: With some combination of human and digital eyeballs, companies like Corbis and Getty trawl the Web for images that they hold copyright to, then send out cease-and-desist letters (or, more sneakily, demand letters) with a price tag attached. Pay up, and your problem goes away. 
archive  photography  stock-images 
5 weeks ago
MPAA: Google Glass Not Currently a Threat to Content Theft - Glass Almanac
As the dust continues to settle on that crazy story earlier this week about the Glass Explorer that was detained after wearing Glass at an AMC Theater, there’s one more important point that we should document here.

In that original story, we covered the official statement from AMC … but the Motion Picture Association of America also shared its side of the story. And, more importantly, the MPAA statement includes its assessment of Glass as a device that could be used to steal copyrighted content like feature-length films.
google-glass  copyright 
5 weeks ago
Want To Wear This Street View Backpack? - YouTube
the floors aren't real. the ground is put together by neural networks
5 weeks ago
They’ve Got You, Wherever You Are | by Jacob Weisberg | The New York Review of Books
Three techniques, developed then for magazines and radio, are still with us today: (1) “demand engineering,” which is a fancy term for creating desire for new products like orange juice and mouthwash; (2) “branding,” which means building loyalty to names like Buick and Coca-Cola; and (3) “targeted advertising,” which originally meant focusing on the female consumer, who did most household purchasing.
advertising  attention 
5 weeks ago
Nudie Suits Making Fashion Comeback | Billboard
"I realized it was this unique national costume that seemed to cross all boundaries. Whether you were an oil guy from Houston or musician from L.A., everybody seems drawn to this aesthetic."
fashion  music  atemporal 
5 weeks ago
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