Category: Social Networking

YouTube Unleashed a Conspiracy Theory Boom. Can It Be Contained?

YouTube Unleashed a Conspiracy Theory Boom. Can It Be Contained?

Kevin Roose | The New York Times | Source URL Last month, the YouTube star Shane Dawson uploaded his new project: a 104-minute documentary, “Conspiracy Theories With Shane Dawson.” In the video, set to a spooky instrumental soundtrack, Mr. Dawson unspooled a series of far-fetched hypotheses. Among them: that iPhones […]

Facebook Says It Needs to Collect All Your Data to Protect Against Terrorism and Child Abuse

Facebook Says It Needs to Collect All Your Data to Protect Against Terrorism and Child Abuse

Matt Novak | GIZMODO | Source URL Facebook was slapped with a ruling in Germany today that limits how the social media giant can collect data across its multiple platforms, like WhatsApp and Instagram. And Facebook is not happy about it, to say the least. The company says it’s collecting […]

YouTube to crack down on conspiracy videos: Video site to stop recommending ‘blatantly false’ videos to users

YouTube to crack down on conspiracy videos: Video site to stop recommending ‘blatantly false’ videos to users

Mark Prigg | The Daily Mail | Source URL YouTube claims it will stop recommending conspiracy videos.  Following complaints over the number of unwelcome videos appearing in recommendations, the Google-owned site says it plans to try and banish them. It says  ‘borderline’ videos that come close to violating community guidelines or […]

How Facebook tracks you on Android

https://mirrors.dotsrc.org/cdn.media.ccc.de/congress/2018/h264-hd/35c3-9941-eng-deu-How_Facebook_tracks_you_on_Android_hd.mp4 https://cdn.media.ccc.de/congress/2018/mp3/35c3-9941-eng-How_Facebook_tracks_you_on_Android_mp3.mp3 In this talk, we’re looking at third party tracking on Android. We’ve captured and decrypted data in transit between our own devices and Facebook servers. It turns out that some apps routinely send Facebook information about your device and usage patterns – the second the app is opened. […]

Facebook says its controversial new $200 ‘Portal’ video-calling device DOESN’T listen in on users – but admits it will monitor how you use it to create targeted ads

Annie Palmer & Tim Collins | The Daily Mail | Source URL Facebook has admitted its $200 Portal device, which goes on sale today in the US, will monitor user activity to serve lucrative personalized ads to owners.  The firm claims it collects devise usage information to understand how Portal is […]

SPLC Leads Soros-Funded Groups in ‘Orwellian’ Attempt to Ban ‘Hate Speech’ on Social Media

SPLC Leads Soros-Funded Groups in ‘Orwellian’ Attempt to Ban ‘Hate Speech’ on Social Media

Tyler O’Neil | PJ Media | Source URL Last week, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) teamed up with five other groups funded by George Soros to pressure tech companies to “reduce hateful activities on their platforms.” While this sounds like a noble goal, mainstream conservative and Christian groups that […]