A group of U.S. states led by New York is investigating Facebook Inc for possible antitrust violations and plans to file a lawsuit against the social media giant next week, four sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.#technology #tech #SocialMedia #Facebook #legal #law
The open secret Jennings filled me in on is that OpenStreetMap (OSM) is now at the center of an unholy alliance of the world’s largest and wealthiest technology companies. The most valuable companies in the world are treating OSM as critical infrastructure for some of the most-used software ever written.#technology #tech #mapping #GIS #OpenStreetMap #Facebook #Apple #Amazon #Microsoft
The four companies in the inner circle— Facebook, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft— have a combined market capitalization of over six trillion dollars. In almost every other setting, they are mortal enemies fighting expensive digital wars of attrition. Yet they now find themselves eagerly investing in and collaborating on OSM at an unprecedented scale (more on the scale later).
When people reject the concept of shaming air #travel, #meat, cappuccinos, cruise ships, barbecues, cheese and/or #Uber, they mainly mean that it gives them an unpleasant #feeling. And yes, shame feels bad. But what if that’s exactly how it’s supposed to feel? Who says changing the #world should always be fun? Shame works because it’s unpleasant. Discomfort is the fuel of progress....
“One of the most difficult things is not to #change #society,” Nelson #Mandela said in his final year as president of South Africa, “but to change yourself.”
We used four data sources on human mobility to construct a composite mobility indicator. Those sources were #Facebook, #Google, SafeGraph and Descartes Labs (Supplementary Information). Each source takes a slightly different approach to capturing mobility, so before constructing a composite mobility indicator, we standardized these different data sources (Supplementary Information).Thanks, there were dweebs at work here. You don't need to know more :)) :)
Facebook said Tuesday that it is banning all QAnon accounts from its platforms, a significant escalation over its previous actions and one of the broadest rules the social media giant has put in place in its history.Interesting observation on response:
Facebook said the change is an update on the policy it created in August that initially only removed accounts related to the QAnon conspiracy theory that discussed violence, which resulted in the termination of 1,500 pages, groups and profiles. ...
“Starting today, we will remove Facebook Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts for representing QAnon. We’re starting to enforce this updated policy today and are removing content accordingly, but this work will take time and will continue in the coming days and weeks,” Facebook wrote in a press release. “Our Dangerous Organizations Operations team will continue to enforce this policy and proactively detect content for removal instead of relying on user reports.”
Reacting to the partial ban in August, QAnon groups and followers shifted tactics to evade moderation, dropping explicit references to Q, and “camouflaging” QAnon content under hashtags ostensibly about protecting children.https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/facebook-bans-qanon-across-its-platforms-n1242339
A developer’s powerful resignation letter is the latest condemnation of the social network’s attitude to hate speechHas anybody actually thought that Zuckerberg and co might actually harbour right-wing beliefs themselves? Or are people just not saying it out loud?
“It sort of reflects that they’re not interested in making that substantial progress, they’re not willing to make that substantial progress that they could.”
Today a group of academics, researchers and civil rights leaders go live on with ‘The Real Facebook Oversight Board’ which is designed to criticize and discuss the role of the platform in the upcoming US election.#technology #tech #internet #SocialMedia #Facebook #accountability
For those of you who say that people should be wise enough to have self-control when facing psycho-social manipulation through social media, I ask this: Do you need to eat?Lifted from a private share.
... The human hardware has specific responses to stimuli which will not change for at least give or take 60 years barring significant evolution. Your human body and nervous system has specific hardware vulnerabilities which will not be patched in a month, much less a week or a fortnight. Psycho-social manipulation is a real vulnerability and there’s no going around it. Legislation and socio-political norms-building may have at best a prefunctory effect on mitigating some of these risks but effectively the vulnerabilities will always be there.
Your mind is hackable. Know this. Plan accordingly.
The US’s top tech bosses were told they have “too much power”, are censoring political speech, spreading fake news and “killing” the engines of the American economy, at a combative congressional hearing on Wednesday....https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/jul/29/tech-hearings-facebook-mark-zuckerberg-amazon-jeff-bezos-apple-tim-cook-google-sundar-pichai-congress
Facebook Inc has taken the European Union to court for invading the privacy of its employees, the Financial Times reported on Monday citing two people with direct knowledge of the matter.No. Sense. Of. Irony. Whatsoever.
The social media company claims EU regulators have asked broad questions beyond the scope of two ongoing antitrust probes, and it has requested that the General Court in Luxembourg intervene, the report added.
If it wasn’t for Facebook, there would be no Brexit.In 2016, a hostile foreign government used Facebook to systematically undermine and subvert an US election. With no consequences. Nobody, no company, no individual or nation state has ever been held to account.
As the ads boycott grows, Mark Zuckerberg shows no sign of backing down.OK, advertisers, you know what to do...
"My guess is that all these advertisers will be back on the platform soon enough" the Facebook chief executive has said.
For years, activists and media have supplied Facebook with a long menu of white supremacist groups to target, and to its credit, it’s finally budging a little (emphasis on little). Last week, Facebook deactivated nearly 200 accounts tied to the white supremacist groups the Proud Boys and the American Guard. Facebook is being proactive, and now it’s chosen to go after...uh...skinheads. All skinheads, be they anti-fascist, anti-racist, or just ska fans.#facepalm #Facebook #politics #AntiRacism
Take-up will have to be colossal for the virus to be totally supressed [sic]. Academics advising the NHS estimate 80% of smartphone users - 60% of the population - would have to actively use it. By comparison, about 67% of UK smartphone users have downloaded messaging app WhatsApp.So, they appear to be doubting that enough people will use the new contact-tracing app, but more than enough people already use Facebook's individual-tracing WhatsApp.
Mobile giant Samsung is donating 2,000 smartphones to the NHS, for staff to use in Nightingale hospitals.#technology #tech #Facebook #Samsung #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus
It will provide Galaxy XCover 4s phones, which are designed to be more robust and can be used while wearing gloves.
Samsung said NHS England had already ordered an extra 20,000 phones and tablets, which it had agreed to supply at cost price, without taking a profit.
Facebook is also donating 2,050 of its Portal video-calling screens.