Google and Facebook Have Failed Us - The Atlantic
The machines have shown they are not up to the task of dealing with rare, breaking news events, and it is unlikely that they will be in the near future. More humans must be added to the decision-making process, and the sooner the better.
algorithms  socialmedia  news  tech&society  NDL301 
14 days ago
How Russian & Alt-Right Twitter Accounts Worked Together to Skew the Narrative About Berkeley
They use these so-called “free speech” rallies as recruitment events to increase their membership, and they know violence sells. They also know that increasing their size and consolidating power requires more mainstream support, and a quick way to get that support is by portraying themselves as brave martyrs fighting against a supposed uprising of “violent leftists” — represented by Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and anyone else they can fool the media into demonizing. By traveling to liberal cities where they know they’ll encounter resistance, they can then frame their violence as a defense against “intolerant leftists” trying to “shut down free speech.” This, in turn, gives mainstream conservatives and right-wing figures a reason (or, in some cases, an excuse) to support their cause.

By saturating social media, they also hijack the mainstream media narrative
fakenews  propaganda  antifa  tech&society  socialmedia  NDL301 
6 weeks ago
Inside The Partisan Fight For Your News Feed
the analysis of 667 websites and 452 associated Facebook pages reveals the extent to which American online political discourse is powered by a mix of money and outrage.
fakenews  radlib 
10 weeks ago
Random acts of meaning
Workshop materials from Tim Sherrat for DH projects - more hack than yack.
june 2017
Why media companies insist they're not media companies, why they're wrong, and why it matters | Napoli | First Monday
the framing of social media platforms and digital content curators purely as technology companies marginalizes the increasingly prominent political and cultural dimensions of their operation, which grow more pronounced as these platforms become central gatekeepers of news and information in the contemporary media ecosystem. In these situations, in which there is a disconnect between function and framing, we have a “discourse [that] serves to shape an institution that it fails to describe” [17]. This techno-centric framing can contribute to these platforms operating largely outside of the legal and regulatory frameworks that have been established for electronic media organizations; frameworks that were established largely because of the significant political and cultural dimensions of their operation.
socialmedia  tech&society  radlib 
may 2017
Why We’re So Hypocritical About Online Privacy
Because people’s concerns about privacy don’t seem to translate into behaviors to protect privacy, it is quite easy to envision a future in which everything we do online becomes part of our public reputation. Our digital footprint can already be used to infer our deepest character traits; a 2013 study of 58,000 Facebook users (who volunteered for the study) was able to reliably predict sexual orientation, gender, race, age, religious and political views, level of intelligence, alcohol and cigarette use, drug use, and whether the volunteer’s parents were separated. The researchers were also able to predict, to some degree, personality traits, such as extraversion, conscientiousness, openness, emotional stability, and agreeableness.

If that’s what we can do already, is it really so hard to imagine a future in which our Uber ratings could be used to infer our likability or emotional intelligence, our Spotify and Netflix preferences to infer our curiosity and openness to experience, or our Amazon history to infer our impulsivity and conscientiousness?
privacy  jterm2018  tech&society 
may 2017
Prior Exposure Increases Perceived Accuracy of Fake News by Gordon Pennycook, Tyrone D Cannon, David G. Rand :: SSRN
Tagging a story as disputed doesn't help. If people see stories repeated, their belief in them goes up regardless of whether they want to believe them or not.

"These findings have implications beyond just fake news on social media. They suggest that politicians who continuously repeat false statements will be successful, at least to some extent, in convincing people those statements are in fact true. Indeed, the word “delusion” derives from a Latin term conveying the notion of mocking, defrauding, and deception. And the familiarity effect for highly salient and impactful information we demonstrate here suggests that familiarity may also play an important role in domains beyond politics, such as the formation of religious and paranormal beliefs where claims are difficult to either validate or reject empirically. When the truth is hard to come by, familiarity is an attractive stand-in." Study involved hundreds of people using Mechanical Turk.
fakenews  psychology 
may 2017
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