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Facebook struggles as Russia steps up presence in unstable west Africa | World news | T... - 0 views

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    "A report by investigators from the Digital Forensic Lab, a global network of digital forensic researchers run by US-based thinktank the Atlantic Council, reveals how pro-Russian Facebook pages in Mali coordinated support for anti-democracy protests and the Wagner group, a controversial Russian private military contractor that was invited into the unstable country last year after the overthrow of President Bah N'daw by the military."
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Facebook fails to label 80% of posts promoting bioweapons conspiracy theory | Facebook ... - 0 views

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    "Facebook failed to label 80% of articles on its platform promoting a fast-spreading conspiracy theory that the US is funding the use of bioweapons in Ukraine, according to a study released Friday by the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH)."
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Facebook harms children and is damaging democracy, claims whistleblower | Facebook | Th... - 0 views

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    "Facebook knows its systems lead teenagers to anorexia-related content. The company had to "break the glass" and turn back on safety settings after the 6 January Washington riots. Facebook intentionally targets teenagers and children under 13. Monday's outage that brought down Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp meant that for more than five hours Facebook could not "destabilise democracies"."
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Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen details company's misleading efforts on 60 Minute... - 0 views

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    "Frances Haugen: When we live in an information environment that is full of angry, hateful, polarizing content it erodes our civic trust, it erodes our faith in each other, it erodes our ability to want to care for each other, the version of Facebook that exists today is tearing our societies apart and causing ethnic violence around the world. 'Ethnic violence' including Myanmar in 2018 when the military used Facebook to launch a genocide. "
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AI Can Write Code Like Humans-Bugs and All | WIRED - 0 views

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    "Alex Naka, a data scientist at a biotech firm who signed up to test Copilot, says the program can be very helpful, and it has changed the way he works. "It lets me spend less time jumping to the browser to look up API docs or examples on Stack Overflow," he says. "It does feel a little like my work has shifted from being a generator of code to being a discriminator of it.""
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Modelers Project A Calming Of The Pandemic In The U.S. This Winter : Shots - Health New... - 0 views

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    "or its latest update, which it released Wednesday, the COVID-19 Scenario Modeling Hub combined nine different mathematical models from different research groups to get an outlook for the pandemic for the next six months. "Any of us who have been following this closely, given what happened with delta, are going to be really cautious about too much optimism," says Justin Lessler at the University of North Carolina, who helps run the hub. "But I do think that the trajectory is towards improvement for most of the country," he says. The modelers developed four potential scenarios, taking into account whether or not childhood vaccinations take off and whether a more infectious new variant should emerge. "
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Twitter tests 'misleading' post report button for first time - BBC News - 1 views

  • "We may not take action on and cannot respond to each report in the experiment, but your input will help us identify trends so that we can improve the speed and scale of our broader misinformation work."
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    ""We may not take action on and cannot respond to each report in the experiment, but your input will help us identify trends so that we can improve the speed and scale of our broader misinformation work." "
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Instagram has looked deep into my soul - and I really don't like what it has found ther... - 0 views

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    "So when I discovered the pocket of Instagram where you can find out what it thinks you're interested in (on the app, you'll find it under Settings> Security> Access data > Ads), I obviously felt it my duty as a netizen to see what dark insights it had into my private soul. Here goes: jewellery; luxury goods; electronic music; love; emotions; fashion design; crafts. I mean: no offence, Kraftwerk (and loved ones) but I could not name eight things I am less interested in. Maybe oxbow lakes."
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This Researcher Says AI Is Neither Artificial nor Intelligent | WIRED - 0 views

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    "We need to look at the nose to tail production of artificial intelligence. The seeds of the data problem were planted in the 1980s, when it became common to use data sets without close knowledge of what was inside, or concern for privacy. It was just "raw" material, reused across thousands of projects."
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Looking up health symptoms online less harmful than thought, study says | Health | The ... - 0 views

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    "These findings suggest that medical experts and policymakers probably do not need to warn patients away from the internet when it comes to seeking health information and self-diagnosis or triage. It seems that using the internet may well help patients figure out what is wrong."
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The information warriors fighting 'robot zombie army' of coronavirus sceptics | World n... - 0 views

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    ""It's really easy to lose track on social media," Bowman said. "And most people are not on Twitter, but this stuff percolates on to Facebook, WhatsApp chats, everywhere." The ambition, Ritchie says, is not "for Toby Young to tweet, actually I was wrong. They're in an ideological system where they're not interested in a real debate. It's for the person who hears someone say something bizarre, and thinks, I don't know how to reply to that.""
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Rival disinformation campaigns targeted African users, Facebook says | Technology | The... - 0 views

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    "Rival French and Russian disinformation campaigns have sought to deceive and influence internet users in the Central African Republic ahead of an election later this month, Facebook said on Tuesday. Facebook said it was the first time it had seen foreign influence operations directly engage on its platforms, with fake accounts denouncing each other as "fake news"."
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We can reduce gender bias in natural-language AI, but it will take a lot more work | Ve... - 0 views

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    "However, since machine learning algorithms are what they eat (in other words, they function based on the training data they ingest), they inevitably end up picking up on human biases that exist in language data itself."
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Features of digitally captured signatures vs. pen and paper signatures: Similar or comp... - 0 views

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    "Recent studies concluded that the smoothness of a tablet screen leads to an alteration of handwriting features, whereby the impact on graphomotor execution varies according to the level of the writer's handwriting skills"
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Facebook says it rejected 2.2m ads seeking to obstruct voting in US election | Facebook... - 0 views

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    "A total of 2.2m ads on Facebook and Instagram have been rejected and 120,000 posts withdrawn for attempting to "obstruct voting" in the upcoming US presidential election, Facebook's vice president Nick Clegg has said. In addition, warnings were posted on 150m examples of false information posted online, the former British deputy prime minister told French weekly Journal du Dimanche on Sunday."
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Engineer who created Facebook 'like' button swears off social media apps | TheHill - 0 views

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    "Engineer who created Facebook 'like' button swears off social media apps"
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Facebook and Twitter Cross a Line in Censorship - 0 views

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    "THE GLARING FALLACY that always lies at the heart of pro-censorship sentiments is the gullible, delusional belief that censorship powers will be deployed only to suppress views one dislikes, but never one's own views. The most cursory review of history, and the most minimal understanding of how these tech giants function, instantly reveals the folly of that pipe dream."
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Facebook to ban QAnon-themed groups, pages and accounts in crackdown | Facebook | The G... - 0 views

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    "Facebook will ban any groups, pages or Instagram accounts that "represent" QAnon, the company announced Tuesday, in a sharp escalation of its attempt to crack down on the antisemitic conspiracy movement that has thrived on its platform."
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Twitter is developing a new misinfo moderation tool called Birdwatch - 0 views

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    "As Americans continue to grapple with media distrust, conspiracy theories, bots, trolls, and general panic amid multiple unprecedented crises, Twitter is once again trying a new method of identifying misinformation. A new feature in development at the social media platform, called "Birdwatch," was first reported by reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong (h/t Tech Crunch) in early August. "
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Doctors use algorithms that aren't designed to treat all patients equally - 0 views

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    "The battle over algorithms in healthcare has come into full view since last fall. The debate only intensified in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, which has disproportionately devastated Black and Latino communities. In October, Science published a study that found one hospital unintentionally directed more white patients than Black patients to a high-risk care management program because it used an algorithm to predict the patients' future healthcare costs as a key indicator of personal health. Optum, the company that sells the software product, told Mashable that the hospital used the tool incorrectly. "
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