I’m finding @emptywheel especially astute critiquing NYT’s journalistic practice here. It’s almost as if the paper failed to follow-up on its own reporting. From the initial bombshell article on March 17, 2018: nyti.ms/2GB9dK4
Now let’s see the likes of @3r1nG@metabolizedjunk get recognized for their contributions of regional, linguistic, cultural expertise on trolls-n-bots info-ops in Latin America, emphasizing how Russia doesn’t hold a monopoly on tactics.
Facebook’s eye-watering profit margins and monopoly market position earns it mind-boggling revenues that could fund an army of localized content moderators. Instead, it tends to outsource to contractors who in turn hire temp workers. reuters.com/investigates/s…
Are platforms coming to grips with the mostly-hidden, yet-priced costs of their services? @rgorwa reviews @TarletonG’s “Custodians of the Internet: Platforms, Content Moderation, and the Hidden Decisions that Shape Social Media.”
Facebook’s religious zeal for data driven testing orthodoxy meant a user-governed platform had but one meagre chance to prove itself, measured by growth hacker benchmarks biased to hockey stick shaped graphs in the analytics tool. lareviewofbooks.org/article/platfo…
Please make a note that this UK Parliament select committee clearly defining the world standard for a rigorous investigation into Cambridge Analytica, Facebook, GSR, AIQ, etc. uncovering series of profound concerns. Compare with what we’ve seen from our committees in US Congress.
Irony of these demonstrably xenophobic, nativist, nationalist Vote Leave ads: they were done by a Canadian shop, the one with an exclusive IP license with SCL Elections, a firm largely financed by an American family, run on Facebook, controlled by American who won’t come to UK.
It’s Saturday night under the Trump regime. Just reading Carter Page’s FISA application. How’s your day going?
Remember, the FISA court that approved and renewed these surveillance requests was secretly appointed by Chief Justice Roberts. So whatever’s is under the pages of redactions in this application passed that muster.
Under-appreciated dynamic in Campaign 2016 is newly intensive direct response retailing of Trump by Parscale. Focused on donations and merch, relentlessly A/B testing with FB’s VIP access, built upon new notion of consumers literally buying into candidate Trump like a product.
Facebook being the ultimate direct response marketing machine and Trump being the ultimate direct response candidate. When politics, democracy, marketing, and entertainment collapse into a monolithic expression of consumerism.
Specimens of laughably bad Mercer disinformation for a (potentially legally dubious) Brexit “fictionalization” of a crime/investigation in progress!? I’d say wait for an upcoming verité documentary instead.
Zuck’s follow-up email to @karaswisher about his Holocaust Denial flub reads as a double-down on being a spineless collaborator to mollify the “jew-haters” he allowed as an ad targeting audience. He should fire himself after all.
Maybe I’m wrong here, but I don’t see how his response contends with Holocaust or Sandy Hook denialists. He’s basically saying, unless they explicitly incite violence, it’s up to other users to drown them out?
This moment in the @karaswisher Zuck interview was something else. Thiel, Bannon and Mercers most certainly have ideological relationships. And a little due diligence would’ve turned up CA as part of SCL which had very troubling press coverage a click away recode.net/2018/7/18/1757…
Fraudulent Certification of data deletion was from SCL not Cambridge Analytica. Facebook failed to do a simple search to find an article from 2005 exposing what they were actually dealing with. They didn’t do due diligence. slate.com/articles/news_…
As for Thiel, Bannon, Mercer being same kind of dark triad, well this was also covered in the press, so Zuck is being disingenuous at best. His deference to Thiel as first investor will always plague Facebook. bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
Holy crap! Anyone who’s seen me give talks may recognize screenshot on the right of American hoaxers-for-profit motivated by money not politics, like the Macedonian teens. Turns out, not only were they hyper-partisan but also coordinated with Macedonians! buzzfeednews.com/article/craigs…
In case you were wondering, SCL Group, holding company for Cambridge Analytica, had an office in Macedonia. sclgroup.cc/worldwide
Here’s @CraigSilverman’s thread on this bombshell investigation that blows apart the preexisting theory that commercial hoaxer opportunists were cleary distinct from hyperpartisans and state actors. Turns out the boundaries are blurry as can be.
$5,100,000,000 for what sounds a lot like Microsoft’s anti-competitive behavior back in the day. Platforms don’t know how *not* to be monopolies. Seems like the market needs the EU to preserve a modicum of competition. nyti.ms/2NXlU5f
Good moment to revisit this outstanding cover story in NYT Magazine from the winter. Why even a botched government attempt at trust-busting can be good for the market. Seriously. nyti.ms/2C7Sb6Y
Just heard @d1gi cited by Parkland, FL's Rep @RepTedDeutch in today's #TechHearings about vast quantities of conspiracy theorist video on YouTube in the context of gun violence disinfo. Also Facebook gets hammered about InfoWars and how many strikes it will take to get banned.
Congressman @RepCicilline's remarks and questions in today's #TechHearing focused on misguided priorities of committee because the narrative of algorithmic bias on social media as censorship is itself disinformation. Evidence contradicts this conservative victim-hood narrative.
Congressman @tedlieu re-articulates the ridiculousness of this episode of #TechHearings because it's stupid to discuss speech regulation on private companies in Congress. Something like: "Only thing worse than an Alex Jones video is the premise behind this hearing."
There are dozens of ways Kremlin could’ve purloined our voter analytics. We now know this could’ve included:
— hacking DNC network with malware
— exfiltrating voter registration servers
— infiltrating election machine vendors
— scraping FB
— knowing about unsecured AWS instances of like DeepRoot Analytics RNC data breach
— knowing about unsecured code repositories with sensitive credentials like AggregateIQ who built RIPON software for GOP/PACs
(These two possibilities are known thanks to @VickerySec of @UpGuard)
Are Robert Mueller’s GRU indictments intertwining with Elizabeth Denham’s ICO interim report? Has my quest to repatriate my Cambridge Analytica data under UK law played a role? When ‘Data crimes are real crimes’ theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/j… by @carolecadwalla
Haven’t seen anyone else make this particular point about the UK Information Commissioner being a particularly neutral data cop working on the crime of the century…
…especially given this new detail that ICO appears to be cooperating with FBI
Unbelievable! Microtargeting used by a party against its leadership to manipulate it. Custom Audiences is a clear and present danger to democracy. We should demand a moratorium on it for all Facebook advertisers.
Share data on engagement propensities between users on the left and right especially the propensity to click on ads. Show us that users who consume fake news are equally profitable across the political spectrum. I bet you can’t.
Here’s Facebook’s propensity data for typical right-wing users from 2016. Find me an archetype on the left with these engagement habits.
Also @Facebook, if you were a free speech platform, then you wouldn’t be contracting legions of Filipeno content moderators who clean Facebook’s filth based on their Catholic ideology after a week of “community standards” policy training.
“The ICO was astounded by the amount of personal data stored by political parties.” (They’ve been conducting forensics on hundreds of terabytes from servers seized under criminal warrant.)
Jan-Mar 2017 filed Subject Access Request with SCL (Cambridge Analytica)
July 4, 2017 filed complaint with ICO
May 5, 2018 ICO issues enforcement order to SCL (Cambridge Analytica)
June 4, 2018 SCL fails to comply
July 11, 2018 ICO issues report announcing criminal prosecution
Oh yeah. Congress has questions for Matt Oczkowski about his new data analytics shop Data Propria and his time as director of product at Cambridge Analytica. wired.com/story/congress… by @issielapowsky
Oczkowski said. "It was good enough for Facebook. It was good enough for me."
Who is Joseph Chancellor? Who is Giovanni Doni? Who is Federica Nocera?
But will Congress ask Oczkowski about potential immigration violations at Parscale’s Project Alamo?