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White House deleted chat and social apps from government devices

FCW.com: “White House officials no longer have text or social media messaging apps on their official phones because of records management headaches, according to a letter from a key House oversight official. The news came in an account of an Oct. 18 staff briefing on the administration’s records management practices from three officials in the White House Counsel’s office. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, recapped the meeting in an Oct. 20 letter to White House Counsel Don McGahn. The White House officials, Gowdy said, explained “how text messaging capabilities have been removed from official devices because there are not sufficient technology solutions to capture this information in accordance with the [Presidential Records Act],” and that “similar measures have been taken for social media applications.”

How Fiction Becomes Fact on Social Media

The New York Times: “…In the coming weeks, executives from Facebook and Twitter will appear before congressional committees to answer questions about the use of their platforms by Russian hackers and others to spread misinformation and skew elections. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Facebook sold more than $100,000 worth of ads to a Kremlin-linked company,… Continue Reading

Study – America’s Next Commercial Revolution: Influence vs. Affluence

Via Quartz at Work, Marc Bain:”…For its new report, titled “America’s Next Commercial Revolution: Influence vs. Affluence,” A.T. Kearney examined demographic, economic, and technological trends to predict how US buying behavior will change over the next 10 years. (The firm also released a global version based on surveys with more than 7,000 consumers across seven… Continue Reading

The Future of Truth and Misinformation Online

Pew Report, October 19, 2017– Experts are evenly split on whether the coming decade will see a reduction in false and misleading narratives online. Those forecasting improvement place their hopes in technological fixes and in societal solutions. Others think the dark side of human nature is aided more than stifled by technology…A Pew Research Center study… Continue Reading

Pen America Report – Faking News: Fraudulent News and the Fight for Truth

“Warning that the spread of “fake news” is reaching a crisis point, Faking News: Fraudulent News and the Fight for Truth evaluates the array of strategies that Facebook, Google, Twitter, newsrooms, and civil society are undertaking to address the problem, stressing solutions that empower news consumers while vigilantly avoiding new infringements on free speech. Faking News… Continue Reading

Newsweek – Trolls, Bots and Fake News: The Mysterious World of Social Media Manipulation

Newsweek, Samuel Earle: “If it was once common to hear mass anti-government movements in the Middle East described as “Twitter uprisings” and “Facebook revolutions,” today these social media platforms are more likely to be linked to their potential for manipulating public opinions and influencing elections, including the one that saw Donald Trump elected as America’s “First… Continue Reading

NYT – How Russia harvested American rage to reshape US politics

Nicholas Confessore and Daisuke Wakabayashi – The New York Times –  “YouTube videos of police beatings on American streets. A widely circulated internet hoax about Muslim men in Michigan collecting welfare for multiple wives. A local news story about two veterans brutally mugged on a freezing winter night.  All of these were recorded, posted or… Continue Reading

Publishers seek removal of millions of papers from ResearchGate

Academic social network accused of infringing copyright on a massive scale: “Leading publishers are stepping up their fight against ResearchGate by ordering the academic social network to take down papers that they say infringe copyright. The move could see millions of articles removed from the site, as the publishers say up to 40 per cent… Continue Reading

Video toolkit provides instruction on repelling fake tweeters

Poynter – Henk Van Ess: “This video toolkit is intended to help you debunk dubious tweets. It was first developed in research by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and the Arena Program at the London School of Economics to detect Russian social media influence during the German elections. It was also the basis for a… Continue Reading

Research – Facebook Ad Reach Is More Than U.S. Census Bureau Data in All 50 States

Adweek: “Facebook’s issues with reporting ad reaches larger than the actual population base appear to be even more prevalent, according to a new report from the Video Advertising Bureau. Early last month, Pivotal Research analyst Brian Wieser pointed out discrepancies between Facebook’s ad reach and U.S. Census Bureau data, including: Facebook claims that it can reach 41 million… Continue Reading

Northeastern University – What’s New – Fake News and the Next Generation

“It’s been a decade since the rise of Facebook and Twitter began to replace our shared news consciousness with personalized social media. Today’s college freshmen were just eight when the iPhone was released, destined to become a constant companion with these new sources of information. What is next generation’s view of the news like? How… Continue Reading

Google – Updating our Transparency Report and electronic privacy laws

“Today, we are releasing the latest version of our Transparency Report concerning government requests for user data. This includes government requests for user data in criminal cases, as well as national security matters under U.S. law. Google fought for the right to publish this information in court and before Congress, and we continue to believe… Continue Reading