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Edelman Trust Barometer 2021

“After a year of unprecedented disaster and turbulence – the Covid-19 pandemic and economic crisis, the global outcry over systemic racism and political instability – the 2021 Edelman Trust Barometer reveals an epidemic of misinformation and widespread mistrust of societal institutions and leaders around the world. Adding to this is a failing trust ecosystem unable… Continue Reading

Partisan divides in media trust widen, driven by a decline among Republicans

“In just five years, the percentage of Republicans with at least some trust in national news organizations has been cut in half – dropping from 70% in 2016 to 35% this year. This decline is fueling the continued widening of the partisan gap in trust of the media. Nearly eight-in-ten Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents (78%)… Continue Reading

6 Things You Need to Do to Prevent Getting Hacked

Wired: “There are two big reasons why people get hacked. Flaws in software and flaws in human behavior. While there’s not much you can do about coding vulnerabilities, you can change your own behavior and bad habits. Just ask former US president Donald Trump, whose Twitter password was “maga2020!” Or Boris Johnson, who revealed details… Continue Reading

The most popular posts on Facebook are plagiarized

The Verge – “Being original on Facebook doesn’t pay, according to its own data. The conventional wisdom around the “widely viewed content report” that Facebook released last week is that it obscured more than it revealed. The company’s effort to demonstrate that most users do not regularly see divisive news stories in their feeds received… Continue Reading

How Americans feel about ‘cancel culture’ and offensive speech in 6 charts

Pew: “Americans have long debated the boundaries of free speech, from what is and isn’t protected by the First Amendment to discussions about “political correctness” and, more recently, “cancel culture.” The internet has amplified these debates and fostered new questions about tone and tenor in recent years. Here’s a look at how adults in the… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, August 21, 2021

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, August 21, 2021 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the… Continue Reading

Tweeters Behind Feeds Like DC REALTIME NEWS Make Every Shooting Known

Washington City Paper: “…While some social media spot news reporters such as Alan Henney have been around for more than a decade, several new ones, including DC REALTIME NEWS, MoCo PG News, CordellTraffic, and Killmoenews, have risen to prominence in recent years. Together they have more than 47,000 followers on Twitter. Some show their support… Continue Reading

More Americans now say government should take steps to restrict false information online

Pew: “Amid rising concerns over misinformation online – including surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, especially vaccines – Americans are now a bit more open to the idea of the U.S. government taking steps to restrict false information online. And a majority of the public continues to favor technology companies taking such action, according to a new… Continue Reading

U.S. Officials Rush to Delete Online Pics of Afghan Allies

Gizmodo: “Amid the catastrophe that’s been the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan this week, U.S. agencies have initiated sweeping purges of online information concerning friendly Afghan nationals. Fears have arisen that the country’s ruling Taliban could seek retaliation against individuals with even the slightest associations to the Americans and the shattered Afghan security forces. The Associated… Continue Reading

How to make a TikTok

Mashable: “Have you been lurking on TikTok and are finally ready to dive in and post your first video? We’ve got you covered. There are so many different kinds of videos posted on TikTok — from dance videos to Booktok — and it can be challenging to figure out how to recreate TikTok trends. While… Continue Reading

Amateur Investigators Provide Evidence Identifying Jan 6 Rioters

NPR: “As rioters made their way through the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, many of them livestreamed their actions and posted photos and videos on social media. That steady stream of content created an enormous record of evidence that law enforcement needed to sift through to build cases against the accused. Now, more than 575… Continue Reading