Facebook hits back at the new privacy features in iOS by telling its users surveilling them helps keep Facebook free. 😂😂😂 theverge.com/2021/5/2/22415…
Probably more accurate to say a little less surveillance would mean Zuckerberg couldn’t buy as much of Hawaii. independent.co.uk/news/world/ame…
In the greater scheme of things Facebook says this does get closer to the truth than most... you’re the product on Facebook.
Which for most folks, at least from what they know, that’s a fair trade off. Platform you don’t pay $ for, hand over your information instead.
I say this as someone who bought a pair of sneakers directly from an Instagram ad last week.

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29 Apr
The energy some Trump conspiracy theorists are devoting to the Arizona audit is stunning.

One Trump supporter I met in Texas this week was convinced AZ would be the first “domino” to fall and the election would be overturned....
So if you’re keeping track, folks have believed:

- Jan 6: Congress would keep Trump in power

- Inauguration Day: Trump would declare martial law

- March 4: Trump would return as President

- Now: Arizona
The good news is that after every false prophecy, the assumption is some people stop believing the BS.

That was the case for Ashley Vanderbilt, a mom we met in S Carolina. She stopped following QAnon when martial law wasn’t declared on Inauguration Day.
Read 4 tweets
21 Apr
Facebook comms accidentally sent a journalist its strategy for downplaying leak of its users data.

It notes with some relief major news outlets are moving on from the story...

This is the data leak they are not going to tell their users directly about. cnn.com/2021/04/09/tec…
So we all really best not keep talking about it.
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10 Apr
Attendees at an event here in Trump National Doral this weekend are attempting to re-write the history of January 6th.

One asks, "what is so terrible about conspiracy theories anyway?"

New reporting today on @CNNnewsroom w/@Acosta.
What is being expressed here is false but not fringe, however. Take a look at polling this week:

"...about half of Republicans believe the siege was largely a non-violent protest or was the handiwork of left-wing activists 'trying to make Trump look bad'"
reuters.com/article/us-usa…
And to answer "what is so terrible about conspiracy theories anyway?"

Read this from @ckmarie.
cnn.com/2021/04/10/pol…
Read 4 tweets
24 Mar
Ahead of tomorrow's Big Tech hearing.

Thinking of all the spin from Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube last year about their tiny labels on election misinformation.

Labels now seem extra pathetic given that misinfo fueled an insurrection.
Zuckerberg will say with a serious face he doesn't want his platform to be used to incite violence -- while also saying Bannon calling for the beheading of Dr. Fauci and Christopher Wray isn't a major problem.
cnn.com/2020/11/13/tec…
Pichai will talk about YouTube cracking down on misinformation -- even though YouTube's CEO told @PoppyHarlowCNN a few weeks before the election she wasn't sure about banning QAnon (lol!)
cnn.com/2020/10/12/tec…
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23 Mar
Bizarre US is not on this list.
politico.eu/article/irelan…
Also a bit wild that Ireland, an island, is bringing in hotel quarantine a full year into the virus.
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10 Feb
#BREAK Facebook will start showing some of its users less political content cnn.com/2021/02/10/tec…
This is a limited test and Facebook has played around with its algorithms before, but still maybe a hint that the company is beginning to grapple with its impact on democracy.
This, I bet, could see a reduction in the amount of engagement posts from news outlets get on Facebook.
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