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Apr 30, 2022 7 tweets 3 min read
It’s #NationalHonestyDay, what better time to hear from a few of the leading voices in Big Tech on what they really think of some of the issues plaguing their platforms… 🤔
⬇️ If @Youtube was honest…

You know when you’re happily watching a video about the merits of different types of fishing rods and two recommended videos later you’re watching some political propaganda? Yeah, we invented that. Pretty smart if you ask us (you can’t).
Jan 6, 2022 4 tweets 1 min read
Last week, we tweeted a reminder that Mozilla accepts cryptocurrency donations. This led to an important discussion about cryptocurrency’s environmental impact. We’re listening, and taking action. 1/4 Decentralized web technology continues to be an important area for us to explore, but a lot has changed since we started accepting crypto donations. 2/4
Sep 22, 2020 21 tweets 8 min read
The producers of The Social Dilemma brought some serious and valid concerns about the impact of social media platforms to a broad Netflix audience. BUT… 🧵 There were glaring omissions, including insights from those who have been key thought leaders on these topics, including women and people of color.
Dec 11, 2019 5 tweets 3 min read
The UK general election demonstrates the ongoing limitations of @Facebook & @Google’s current “transparency” tools.

Exhibit A: days before the UK election, a bug in FB’s tools made paid-for messages, worth a combined £7.4 million, inaccessible to scrutiny… What’s up with this @Facebook? It was a similar situation before the European Parliamentary election earlier this year, before the US elections in 2016, and in others across the world.
Dec 10, 2019 5 tweets 2 min read
New research just covered by the @washingtonpost points to serious concerns with @Facebook’s ad delivery algorithms.… The findings could have huge implications for political polarization as well as electoral campaign efforts to reach an audience beyond their “base.”
Nov 8, 2019 4 tweets 2 min read
Word is that @Facebook and @Google are considering a ban on microtargeting of political ads.
We think that’s good news, but with some important caveats... 🧵1/4 @Facebook, @Google – and in particular @YouTube – should consider broad changes to their policy, rather than limiting their restrictions solely to ads run by candidates for office. 🧵2/4
Nov 4, 2019 4 tweets 4 min read
When asked by @inafried why @venmo transactions are public by default, exec @Dan_Schulman said:

"I think the boundaries between private and public are much more blurred than it was when we were growing up.”

Glib response... but it’s misleading. 🧵👇… A Mozilla-Ipsos poll last year revealed that 83% of people ages 18-34 think that financial transactions should *only be visible to the parties involved.*…
Sep 17, 2019 10 tweets 3 min read
Today, we're announcing our 8 latest Creative Media Awards: Art and advocacy projects that examine artificial intelligence’s effect on media and truth.

Meet the recipients in our blog — or, right here in this thread.… @foreignobj is building a Turing Test app. It highlights the state of AI mimicry technology, its uses, and its dangers.
Aug 28, 2019 6 tweets 4 min read
Dear @venmo,

It’s Mozilla (again). We want to talk about privacy (again). [Thread]

In July 2018, one of our fellows revealed just how much personal information is up for grabs on your app: “Venmo: how the payment app exposes our private lives,” wrote @guardian, in response.…
Jul 15, 2019 5 tweets 3 min read
(A thread about @amazon & privacy 👇)

It’s #PrimeDay — which means you can get all sorts of connected products on sale. But is it worth it if that new gadget compromises your privacy and security? We were surprised to learn that countless connected products for sale on Amazon *don’t even have privacy policies.* So there’s no way to know if they’re mishandling your data.
Jun 27, 2019 7 tweets 3 min read
Hey there. Here’s a thread about @venmo & privacy: In @WIRED yesterday, an infosec expert revealed how he easily scraped millions of @venmo transactions using the platform’s API.

“There’s a fair amount of useful information here available for nefarious purposes,” he wrote.…
May 22, 2019 4 tweets 2 min read
Last year, Mozilla awarded $225,000 to art and advocacy projects that spotlight the outsized impact AI has on our everyday lives. Today, two of those projects are launching into the world.… MonsterMatch is a dating app simulator that reveals the invisible algorithmic bias and discrimination that often takes place on dating apps.…
Apr 24, 2019 5 tweets 2 min read
Today, Mozilla is publishing the 2019 #InternetHealth Report — our third annual examination of the internet, its impact on society, and how it influences our everyday lives.… This year’s Report features three spotlight articles. One examines the need for better machine decision making — that is, asking more questions like "Who designs the algorithms?" and "Who is being discriminated against?"…
Jan 8, 2019 4 tweets 2 min read
Are you a headline-only reader?

You're not alone. You can also overcome this!

Tune in to the latest episode of IRL to uncover how the internet has changed reading and how we’re changing alongside it. For more listening on how the internet has changed the way we receive information and from who, check out @TheAtlantic’s Crazy/Genius episode on how the internet broke the news business:…
Nov 27, 2018 6 tweets 5 min read
We’re teaming up with over 100 organizations, including @internetsociety, @webfoundation and @Wikimedia to call on #G20Summit Argentina to live up to their responsibilities: Put people first & adopt a positive, forward-looking digital agenda.


We urge G20 members to invest in expanding affordable internet access for everyone, including through community networks, to boost economies and digital literacy programmes to empower all individuals to reap the benefits of the digital age. #G20openletter Image
Nov 26, 2018 4 tweets 3 min read
You *may* have noticed that we've been talking a lot about misinformation this year. Looks like we're not alone… We knew disinformation was moving beyond the fringe and entering the mainstream, so we spoke with NYTimes reporter @sheeraf and Moz Fellow @noUpside on our podcast to figure out what everyday folks can do to take action:…
Nov 2, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
23% of Twitter activity related to the deadly Pittsburgh shooting were driven by BOTS –– automated accounts engineered by people to manipulate what you see and read online.

[thread]… With the US midterms next week, the issue of malicious bots is more urgent than ever as they drive an ever-widening gap between people’s understanding of what’s true and what’s not.

We investigated the rise of social media bots on IRL earlier this year:…
Oct 24, 2018 9 tweets 3 min read
AI has a huge impact on our lives: It influences what we read, who we date, & whether or not we're hired for our next job.

So how do we keep AI accountable?

Today, Mozilla is awarding $225,000 to 7 art & advocacy projects that shine a light on the AI in our everyday lives. 👇 .@noahlevenson is creating Stealing Ur Feelings, an interactive documentary that reveals how social networks and apps use your face to secretly collect data about your emotions.
Aug 24, 2018 10 tweets 4 min read
We’re spending the week welcoming our newest Mozilla Fellows — technologists, activists, researchers, and artists committed to a healthy internet:

Say hi to, or strike up a conversation with (thread): Fellow @tapia will embed @bitsoffreedom to explore transculturality and its digital implications, specifically in Latin America and in Europe.
Aug 23, 2018 9 tweets 3 min read
This week, we’re introducing the newest Mozilla Fellows — folks who will spend the next several months making the internet a more secure, inclusive, and open space.

Today, say hello to (thread): Fellow @alex__morley will explore open methods to compare, integrate, and increase participation in scientific research.
Aug 22, 2018 10 tweets 3 min read
Yesterday, we announced our newest Mozilla Fellows — 26 technologists, activists, and scientists making the internet a healthier place.

This week, we’ll be introducing each Fellow + their work right here. [Thread] Fellow @Neurosarda is a neuroscience Ph.D. candidate and community organizer bringing open practices into academia. She will be working on PREreview, an open platform to facilitate the collaborative writing of preprint reviews.