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Study: Far-Right Propaganda Gets the Most Engagement on Facebook, Especially When It's Lies

Shocker: Despite conservatives’ endless kvetching about the supposed liberal bias of Silicon Valley technocrats, one of the easiest ways to go viral on Facebook is spouting extreme, far-right rhetoric, according to a new study by New York University’s Cybersecurity for Democracy project.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Articles, Social Media, Software, Computing, Silicon Valley, The New York Times, Misinformation, Deception, Ben Shapiro, Fake News, QAnon, NewsGuard, Laura Edelson


America's Leaders Have No Clue What to Do About Disinformation

As disinformation and misinformation have increasingly been blamed for rising political extremism and polarization in the U.S., lawmakers have naturally sought to cobble together some sort of legislative response. The problem is that Congress is, themselves, so polarized that they can’t seem to agree on how to do…Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Politics, Science, Congress, Articles, America, Journalism, Comcast, Att, Fox News, Human Behavior, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, Bernie Sanders, Luna, Misinformation


Nashville Bombing Suspect Was Anti-Government Extremist, Believed in Lizard People: Report

In the early hours of Christmas Day in 2020, an RV in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, began broadcasting the sounds of gunfire and warnings for anyone in earshot to immediately evacuate. After about 15 minutes, it exploded, killing the perpetrator, wounding at least eight others, and damaging hundreds of buildings.Read more...
Tags: Science, Articles, Nashville, Conspiracy Theories, Deception, Nashville Tennessee, Alt Right, David Icke, New World Order, Fake News, QAnon, Nashville bombing, Pseudohistory, Far Right Politics In The United States, Terrorism In The United States


MyPillow Genius Says He's Absolutely Thrilled to Be Sued By Dominion for $1.3 Billion

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, the rabidly pro-Trump pillow magnate who bafflingly became one of the key figures in the ex-president’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 elections, is now facing a billion-dollar defamation lawsuit from election tech manufacturer Dominion Voting Systems. While the suit appears to…Read more...
Tags: Science, United States, Rudy Giuliani, Trump, Deception, Sidney Powell, Lindell, Dominion, One America News Network, Big Lie, Mike Lindell, My Pillow, Dominion Energy, Dominion Voting Systems, Politics Of The United States


TikTok Users Are Burning Snowballs in Viral Videos to 'Prove' the Snow is Fake

Have you seen those viral videos on TikTok and Twitter where users are burning snow to “prove” that it’s actually fake? Needless to say, the snow is real. The viral videos actually show a perfectly normal reaction to placing the flame of a lighter or match against a snowball. But that hasn’t stopped these videos from…Read more...
Tags: Weather, Science, Articles, Snow, Software, Bill Gates, Internet Culture, Video Hosting, Deception, Alt Right, Fake News, QAnon, Tiktok, Pseudohistory, 911 Conspiracy Theories


A Phishing Scam Targeting Postmates Drivers Pretends to Represent the Company to Empty Out Victims’ Accounts

As if gig workers didn’t have it hard enough already, they now have to be on the lookout for possible phishing scams from malicious actors that pretend to represent their company. Read more...
Tags: Uber, Science, Crime, Fraud, Social Engineering, Phishing, Postmates, Spamming, Online Food Ordering, Deception, Meghan Casserly, Confidence Tricks


Beware of These Creative Online Dating Scams

Both the Better Business Bureau and the FBI are warning people about romance scams, which are expected to remain an elevated threat leading up to Valentine’s Day. This type of scam has been made worse during the pandemic, as cases have spiked by 18% in the last year, according to the FBI. Here’s what you need to know. Read more...
Tags: Crime, Fraud, Fbi, Lifehacks, Social Engineering, Better Business Bureau, Spamming, Matchmaking, Deception, Confidence Tricks, Romance Scam, Advance Fee Scam, Technical Support Scam, Money Mule


Facebook to Restrict Content From Myanmar's Military Government Following Coup

Facebook has pledged to restrict the widespread distribution of content from Myanmar’s military regime following a successful coup that toppled the democratically elected government on Feb. 1. The pledge comes from a new blog post at Facebook’s website that seems to implicitly acknowledge the potential for…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, Politics, Science, Social Media, Software, Myanmar, Operating Systems, Misinformation, Deception, Tatmadaw, Rohingya people, Social Information Processing, Technology Internet, Islam In Myanmar


Instagram Bans Anti-Vaxxer Robert Kennedy Jr. For Spreading Covid-19 Misinformation

Instagram has banned notorious anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. for spreading misinformation about covid-19 and the safety of vaccines. Strangely, Kennedy is still doing the exact same schtick on Instagram’s parent platform Facebook, a place where he hasn’t been banned. At least not yet.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Instagram, Medicine, Pseudoscience, John F Kennedy, Vaccine, Kennedy, Deception, Robert Kennedy, Robert F Kennedy Jr, Kennedy Family, Covid 19 Vaccine, Health Medical Pharma, Misinformation Related To Vaccination, Covid 19 Misinformation


When QAnon Blows Up Your Friend Group

My ex was the first person to tell me about Q. This was near the end of 2016, and we were in the beginning stages of our relationship. I took it as us having the same, passive interest in conspiracy theories. The kind of interest where you go, “LOL sounds like a Dan Brown novel!” I laughed it off, but he dug deeper…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Articles, Dan Brown, Donald Trump, Deception, Alt Right, Human Interest, Fake News, QAnon, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Pseudohistory, Far Right Politics In The United States, Terrorism In The United States, Conspiracy Theories In The United States


Twitter User Hit With Criminal Charges for Memetic Voter Suppression in 2016 Election

If the online MAGA army wasn’t nervous before today, the Department of Justice just gave them a good reason to tighten their sphincters. In a surprising announcement, DOJ officials said on Wednesday that they’ve charged a prominent Twitter user with taking part in a conspiracy to trick citizens into not voting during…Read more...
Tags: Politics, Science, Articles, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Injustice, Doj, Internet Meme, Deception, Robocall, Voter Suppression, QAnon, Far Right Politics In The United States, Business_finance, Religion_belief, Internet Manipulation And Propaganda


Twitter Launches 'Birdwatch,' a Community to Help Moderate Misinformation

Twitter announced on Monday that it had officially launched Birdwatch, a program designed to combat misinformation on the platform by deploying a small group of users to flag potentially misleading content.Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Articles, San Francisco, Software, Donald Trump, Operating Systems, Real Time Web, Text Messaging, Misinformation, Deception, South of Market, QAnon, Birdwatch


Amazon is removing products promoting the QAnon conspiracy

Amazon has begun the process of removing QAnon-related products from its platform. A spokesperson for the company said that the process may take a few days. Any sellers that attempt to evade the company’s systems and list products will be subject to action, including a blanket selling ban across Amazon stores. News of the ban was first reported by The New York Times. The company is shutting down the nation’s newest favorite conspiracy theory by removing products sold by QAnon adherents from...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Facebook, Congress, Articles, Tech, United States, New York Times, Staten Island, Deception, Capitol, Hoover Dam, Fake News, Parler, QAnon, Web Servers


Michelle Obama calls on Silicon Valley to permanently ban Trump and prevent platform abuse by future leaders

In a new statement issued by former First Lady Michelle Obama, she calls on Silicon Valley specifically to address its role in the violent insurrection attempt by pro-Trump rioters at the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday. Obama’s statement also calls out the obviously biased treatment that the primarily white pro-Trump fanatics faced by law enforcement relative to that received by mostly peaceful BLM supporters during their lawful demonstrations (as opposed to Wednesday’s criminal activity)...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Twitter, Obama, Articles, Social Media, Tech, Joe Biden, Law Enforcement, Michelle Obama, Silicon Valley, Donald Trump, BLM, Twitch, Shopify, Social Media Platforms


Pro-Trump mob storms the US Capitol, touting ‘Stop the Steal’ conspiracy

A chaotic scene unfolded in Washington D.C. on Wednesday as a large crowd of pro-Trump protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol Building. The Trump supporters flooded into the nation’s capital to attend a rally held earlier by President Trump outside the White House. The rally was timed to protest lawmakers gathering Wednesday to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral win. At his own event, Trump encouraged his supporters to continue demonstrating against Congress, claiming incorrectly that Vi...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Twitter, Usa, Social Networks, Congress, Washington, Government, Senate, White House, Tech, Spokesperson, Joe Biden, United States, President, Vice President


Europe urges e-commerce platforms to share data in fight against coronavirus scams

European lawmakers are pressing major e-commerce and media platforms to share more data with each other as a tool to fight rogue traders who are targeting consumers with coronavirus scams. After the pandemic spread to the West, internet platforms were flooded with local and other dubious coronavirus offers — even after some of the firms banned such advertising. The concern here is not only consumers being ripped off but the real risk of harm if people buy a product that does not offer the prot...
Tags: Verizon, Facebook, Ecommerce, Europe, Microsoft, Yahoo, Ebay, Marketing, Communication, Tech, Eu, European Union, E-commerce, Policy, West, Commission


Microsoft secretly seized domains used in COVID-19-themed email cyberattacks

A court has granted a bid by Microsoft to seize and take control of malicious web domains used in a large-scale cyberattack targeting victims in 62 countries with spoofed emails in an effort to defraud unsuspecting businesses. The technology giant announced the takedown of the business email compromise operation in a Tuesday blog post. Tom Burt, Microsoft’s consumer security chief, said the attackers tried to gain access to victims’ email inboxes, contacts and other sensitive files in order t...
Tags: Security, Crime, Email, Microsoft, Russia, Tech, Spokesperson, Iran, Fraud, Fbi, Cybercrime, United States, Social Engineering, Phishing, Federal Bureau of Investigation, TechCrunch


TikTok joins the EU’s Code of Practice on disinformation

TikTok is the latest platform to sign up the European Union’s Code of Practice on disinformation, agreeing to a set of voluntary steps aimed at combating the spread of damaging fakes and falsehoods online. The short video sharing platform, which is developed by Beijing based ByteDance and , is hugely popular with teens — so you’re a lot more likely to see dancing and lipsyncing videos circulating than AI-generated high tech ‘deepfakes’. Though, of course, online disinformation has no sing...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Twitter, Europe, Internet, China, Tech, Eu, European Union, Whatsapp, Artificial Intelligence, Beijing, Mozilla, Commission, Propaganda


Tech giants must open up about the coronavirus ‘infodemic’, say EU lawmakers

Platforms still aren’t doing enough to tackle disinformation related to the coronavirus crisis, the European Commission said today. In a Communication it is pressing tech platforms to produce monthly reports about their efforts in this area, asking for more detailed data on actions being taken to promote authoritative content; improve users’ awareness; and limit coronavirus disinformation and advertising related to it. It also wants to see increased cooperation from platforms towards re...
Tags: Health, Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Europe, China, Russia, US, Social Media, Tech, Eu, European Union, United States, Commission


A ‘stalkerware’ app leaked phone data from thousands of victims

A spyware app designed to “monitor everything” on a victim’s phone has been secretly installed on thousands of phones. The app, KidsGuard, claims it can “access all the information” on a target device, including its real-time location, text messages, browser history, access to its photos, videos and app activities, and recordings of phone calls. But a misconfigured server meant the app was also spilling out the secretly uploaded contents of victims’ devices to the internet. These consumer-grade ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Security, Social Media, Tech, Facebook Messenger, Computing, Alibaba, Signal, Operating Systems, Federal Trade Commission, Mobile App, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Deception, Quintin, App Maker


Disinformation ‘works better than censorship,’ warns internet freedom report

A rise in social media surveillance, warrantless searches of travelers’ devices at the border, and the continued spread of disinformation are among the reasons why the U.S. has declined in internet freedom rankings, according to a leading non-profit watchdog. Although Freedom House said that the U.S. enjoys some of the greatest internet freedoms in the world, its placement in the worldwide rankings declined for the third year in a row. Last year’s single-point drop was blamed on the repeal of ne...
Tags: Security, Privacy, Government, China, Social Media, Tech, Iran, Skills, Law Enforcement, Policy, Estonia, Parliament, Iceland, Social Media Platforms, Deception, U S


Take Multiple Pictures of Your Next Flat Tire So You Can Re-Use the Excuse in the Future

I have a friend who used to love to use food poisoning as an excuse to take a day off work or otherwise avoid things she didn’t feel like doing. It’s a pretty good lie because food poisoning can make you feel really awful but only for a short amount of time. No one will be surprised at how totally okay you look the…Read more...
Tags: Lies, Lifehacks, Excuses, Deception, Flat Tire


Facebook found hosting masses of far right EU disinformation networks

A multi-month hunt for political disinformation spreading on Facebook in Europe suggests there are concerted efforts to use the platform to spread bogus far right propaganda to millions of voters ahead of a key EU vote which kicks off tomorrow. Following the independent investigation, Facebook has taken down a total of 77 pages and 230 accounts from Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain and Poland — which had been followed by an estimated 32 million people and generated 67 million ‘interactions’ ...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Europe, France, Germany, Tech, Eu, Spain, European Union, United Kingdom, Italy, Poland, Dublin, Vox, Sheryl Sandberg, Far Right


Facebook still a great place to amplify pre-election junk news, EU study finds

A study carried out by academics at Oxford University to investigate how junk news is being shared on social media in Europe ahead of regional elections this month has found individual stories shared on Facebook’s platform can still hugely outperform the most important and professionally produced news stories, drawing as much as 4x the volume of Facebook shares, likes, and comments. The study, conducted for the Oxford Internet Institute’s (OII) Computational Propaganda Project, is intended to...
Tags: Security, Social, Facebook, Twitter, Europe, Isis, Sweden, Vladimir Putin, France, Germany, US, Social Media, Tech, Eu, European Union, Digital Media


My Out of Work Husband Lies to Me

From the U.S.:  My husband started to work from home like a year ago, it was just a part-time job and not very consistent.It worked well at the beginning but slowly started to be an issue in our relationship. I work full-time and I guess I started to be jealous of his schedule, being able to be home, etc. Since he had so much time, he started to play computer games again (used to play them 24/7 as a teenager) which also included joining some online forums. In July I discovered that he was talkin...
Tags: Gaming, General, Video Games, Relationships, Anxiety, Lying, Self-esteem, Trauma, Infidelity, Unemployment, Emotional Affair, Avoidance, Deception


Here Is TurboTax's Actual Link to File for Free

If you’re looking for TurboTax’s free file option, you probably won’t find it by visiting TurboTax.Intuit.com.Read more...
Tags: Design, Taxes, Lifehacks, Deception, Turbotax, TurboTax Intuit


Twitter removes thousands of accounts that tried to dissuade Democrats from voting

Twitter has deleted thousands of automated accounts posting messages that tried to discourage and dissuade voters from casting their ballot in the upcoming election next week. Some 10,000 accounts were removed across late September and early October after they were first flagged by staff at the Democratic Party, the company has confirmed. “We removed a series of accounts for engaging in attempts to share disinformation in an automated fashion – a violation of our policies,” said a Twitter spo...
Tags: Security, Social, Facebook, Twitter, Tech, Spokesperson, Homeland Security, Reuters, Democratic Party, Deception, Democratic National Committee, Instead Twitter, Fake News, Disinformation


Tool up for the midterms with this Facebook junk news aggregator

With the US midterms fast approaching purveyors of online disinformation are very busy indeed spreading their hyper-partisan junk on Facebook . Their goal: Skewing democratic outcomes by putting out misleading, deceptive or incorrect information that’s packaged as real news about politics, economics or culture — yet presented in a way that panders to prejudices and is more likely to get virally spread on mainstream social media platforms where it has the chance to influence people’s views. Thi...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Advertising Tech, US, Social Media, Tech, United States, Digital Media, Mitch McConnell, Propaganda, Oxford University, Social Engineering, Internet Culture, Media Literacy, Social Media Platforms, Deception


Mark Zuckerberg gets joint summons from UK and Canadian parliaments

Two separate parliamentary committees, in the UK and Canada, have issued an unprecedented international joint summons for Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg to appear before them. The committees are investigating the impact of online disinformation on democratic processes and want Zuckerberg to answer questions related to the Cambridge Analytica-Facebook user data misuse scandal, which both have been probing this year. More broadly, they are also seeking greater detail about Facebook’s digital...
Tags: Security, Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, UK, Privacy, Government, Social Media, Tech, Eu, European Union, Artificial Intelligence, Policy, Canada, Atlantic


Zuckerberg gets joint summons from UK and Canadian parliaments

Two separate parliamentary committees, in the UK and Canada, have issued an unprecedented international joint summons for Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg to appear before them. The committees are investigating the impact of online disinformation on democratic processes and want Zuckerberg to answer questions related to the Cambridge Analytica-Facebook user data misuse scandal, which both have been probing this year. More broadly, they are also seeking greater detail about Facebook’s digital...
Tags: Security, Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, UK, Privacy, Government, Social Media, Tech, Eu, European Union, Artificial Intelligence, Policy, Canada, Atlantic