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Uber used Greyball fake app to evade police across Europe, leak reveals | Uber | The Gu... - 0 views

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    "It was a trick as audacious as it was ingenious. When police or regulators opened the Uber app, they would see exactly what the public saw: dozens of cars crawling around the city, waiting to be summoned. But there was one crucial difference: these cars were fake. Uber had built a dummy version of its own app, a secret tool known as Greyball, designed to throw regulators off the scent and help its unlicensed cab drivers evade the law."
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Facebook blames hate speech ads on mistake, immediately approves more hate speech ads |... - 0 views

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    ""We submitted another two examples of real-life Amharic-language hate speech to them a week later," said Global Witness. "Both ads were, again, accepted by Facebook for publication within a matter of hours.""
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How Harmful Is Social Media? | The New Yorker - 0 views

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    "There's so much focus on sweeping claims that aren't actionable, or unfounded claims we can contradict with data, that are crowding out the harms we can demonstrate, and the things we can test, that could make social media better." He added, "We're years into this, and we're still having an uninformed conversation about social media. It's totally wild.""
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Elon Musk pledges to overturn Twitter's ban on Donald Trump | Elon Musk | The Guardian - 0 views

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    ""I would reverse the permanent ban," Musk said on Tuesday, speaking via video link at a car industry conference organised by the Financial Times. "I do think it was not correct to ban Donald Trump," he said. "I think that was a mistake. It alienated the country and did not result in Donald Trump not having a voice."
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Philippines election: torture survivors from Marcos era in shock after son's win | Phil... - 0 views

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    "Activists say that, either way, Marcos did not conduct his campaign fairly. "He flooded social media with historical distortions and refused to engage the media to answer the painful questions that we wanted him to address," said Ilagan, who said the campaign was based on "trickery and historical distortions"."
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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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BBC warns of fake video claiming Ukraine carried out Kramatorsk attack | Ukraine | The ... - 0 views

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    "The BBC has warned that a video carrying its branding in which it is claimed that a missile attack on a railway station that killed dozens of people was carried out by Ukraine is fake."
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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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NBC accused of airbrushing photo of biological male Lia Thomas -- Society's Child -- So... - 0 views

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    "NBC has come under fire over the weekend for allegedly altering a photo taken of controversial University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas, a biological male who identifies as a woman, at the conclusion of a race. The photo appeared on a TODAY Show segment last week talking about Thomas ahead of the NCAA championships, which took place over the weekend."
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How Silicon Valley's Russia crackdown proves its power - and its threat | April Glaser,... - 0 views

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    "Tech companies around the world appeared to listen. The very public and very swift removal of Russian channels on social media represented a sea change from years of prior content moderation decisions, when government requests for removals were often done with less fanfare and were frequently met with ire from human rights groups."
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Russian "influencers" recite identical denunciations of Ukraine | Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "These are yet more children getting conscripted, tik tok and all, into Putin's worst war yet. It's his western fellow travelers and apologists to get coarse at, the smilers with the knives under their cloaks."
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'Bot holiday': Covid disinformation down as social media pivot to Ukraine | Social medi... - 0 views

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    "The reasons for this "bot holiday", as Fisman calls it, are probably varied - but many of them point to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Russia's information war with western nations seems to be pivoting to new fronts, from vaccines to geopolitics."
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Truth Social: beta testers get a glimpse of Donald Trump's new social media app | Donal... - 0 views

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    "Truth Social allows users to post and share a "truth" the same way they would with a tweet. There are no ads, according to Willis and a second source familiar with TMTG. Users choose who they follow and the feed is a mix of individual posts and an RSS-like news feed. They will be alerted if someone mentions or begins following them."
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This thought experiment captures Facebook's betrayal of users' privacy | Richard Ashby ... - 1 views

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    "It is high time the Congress and Biden administration placed reasonable democratic constraints on online advocacy of violence and extremism. The choice is clear: we can either protect our democracy from extremism or lose it. In the real world, your postal carrier is prevented by law from reading your mail and selling your information to recruiters who wish to spam you with violent extremist material. Those same protections must be extended to Facebook and other companies."
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Twitter admits bias in algorithm for rightwing politicians and news outlets | Twitter |... - 1 views

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    "Twitter has admitted it amplifies more tweets from rightwing politicians and news outlets than content from leftwing sources. The social media platform examined tweets from elected officials in seven countries - the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and Japan. It also studied whether political content from news organisations was amplified on Twitter, focusing primarily on US news sources such as Fox News, the New York Times and BuzzFeed."
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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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The truth about artificial intelligence? It isn't that honest | John Naughton | The Gua... - 0 views

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    "They tested four well-known models, including GPT-3. The best was truthful on 58% of questions, while human performance was 94%. The models "generated many false answers that mimic popular misconceptions and have the potential to deceive humans". Interestingly, they also found that "the largest models were generally the least truthful"."
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The weird world of anti-vax Etsy - 0 views

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    "But the oddest thing happened when you searched the word "trespassing" on Etsy, which feels like the natural place to look for that sort of thing. Lots of the signs high up in the search rankings were strange, word salad, anti-vax signs. They were impossible to ignore or miss. They were everywhere."
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