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An update to about my barber's instagram account. It has been taken down. It's possible the username has been changed. We're not sure at this point if Facebook took it down, but it is no longer communicating with people in the community.
This is the third video in a Smarter Every Day series on social media manipulation.
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Renée Diresta is a Mozilla Fellow in Media, Misinformation, and Trust, where she researches unintended consequences of algorithms and works towards helping machines make better decisions. Renee also writes about disinformation and the changing face of information war — check out her essay “The Digital Maginot Line” (https://www.ribbonfarm.com/2018/11/28/the-digital-maginot-line) — and is a contributor to Wired Ideas (https://www.wired.com/author/renee-diresta).
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This is the third video in a series I'm doing on social media manipulation. Facebook is an extremely interesting case to study. They're the largest social media platform in the world and one could argue they've felt the pain of this stuff more than any other platform. I find it to be EXTREMELY interesting that they're transitioning to an ACTIVE position on misinformation as opposed to REACTIVE. I think it's super easy for the public to dismiss what facebook says because of their branding/trust issues.... but regardless of what you think about the company, they are one of the most attacked platforms in the world. Therefore, they're the most experienced people at countering this threat. At times it seems like they're getting their butts kicked, and at others it seems like they're winning. Facebook is not blameless, but directing all of our conversational energy towards the platform itself avoids a major issue, namely the people using the platform to do harm, or to inauthentically promote/discredit something.
The case of the fitness coach was disturbing. This is a well-known individual with millions of followers. She was clearly benefitting from inauthentic followers and commenters. Someone sympathetic to her clearly wrote the comments. The evidence was very damning in my opinion.... but ultimately I made the decision to blur our her page because attribution is difficult. What if someone purchased face comments on Smarter Every Day and said nice things, then framed me as the one who bought the comments? These are the types of things that undermine the very notion of social media integrity.
Another thought here. If you don't use facebook, you may be tempted to leave an anti-facebook comment. Totally cool. I'm not a heavy facebook user myself. I don't post my videos to facebook often because of their intellectual property policies. That being said, I've noticed that the tone of many of these comments has a "superiority" feel to them, with most of the disdain directed at the platform facebook itself. I think this is extremely interesting because its possible platform manipulation has affected how you feel about these platforms themselves. The people I met are trying very hard to make a high integrity platform, but it's clear they are fighting a huge corrupt industry, and in some cases a literal disinformation war. My language will be more charitable in the future.
My biggest problem with Facebook is that you CAN'T DELETE YOUR ACCOUNT. I "closed" my Facebook account long ago (more than 8 years ago) and still today every time I accidentally find myself clicking on a link that leads to facebook it bugs me to reopen my account (it knows who I am due to cross-pollination agreements with companies I still use, like Google, Amazon, etc.). Hopefully my password is complex enough that it can't be taken over by bad actors, but how would I know since I don't use it? It would be much better for them to allow me to actually close and delete my account than leave it in "limbo" forever. But, of course, then they can't include my information in correlation with other people, hence I stop making money for them, so they won't do that.
I learned a ton, and you're right. A few years back when I left Facebook I had a superior mentality because I "wasn't easily swayed, like other people who use Facebook", which is just not true. It was refreshing to know these guys and gals are working toward creating a safer Facebook. Love your videos, God bless!
Facebook is manipulating Facebook. When all the "fact checkers" are lefties and all the "moderators" are lefties anything too conservative for their liking gets flagged. Every day you see the "mistaken" action of conservative pages being taken down.
Also look at Cambridge Analytica. They took data from what was supposed to be a university study on psychology where people filled out personality tests on Facebook. Cambridge Analytica then took this information and created targeted ads and posts that heavily influenced Brexit in the UK and to some extent, the 2016 US Election.
I tend not to use Facebook for much myself and don't put too much stock into "sponsored" news posts or those shared by others, without independently confirming said story on at least 3 different trusted news sources.
Would it be a legality if I filled out a person of trust on a video idea? I could even make it tid bit of real history of my reasoning be advertised to a paper or journal and the computer business will follow protocol on a mind of men who are now mined. Is this a riddle in the middle production type of domain power I feel suppressed and well a bit of the matter I feel are unique. Call my character coach and ask if this is funny or scary? Lol it's a research on the counter destin to make my chess move is not my choice is how I see my thumbs. Want me to put on a suit of change and show what had already been decided or possibly decided....metric can seal the beast and make space dissapeared in conscious frontal lobe. Cut it a d see the projection of my lights be forced out of the Christian church. Not to destin just his board has eyes a d I'm a man who has been visited not by flesh demonstrations to be nullified or undermined in webs or bars?
9:38 EVERYTHING IS CO OPTED. The government and the mainstream EVERYTHING is a MASTER at creating fake "opposition" and then working both sides of the "issue", steering the narrative where they want it to go. Every topic, every group is worked this way.
Who decides what is and isn't "fake news"... so much propaganda in the "real" news", that to many real people that use facebook and other social media, feel that finding TRUTH outside "traditional" or "trusted" sources is a necessity. The real news is not reality, but pushing agendas. Posting OUR research and our journalism, "alternative journalism" has grown and should not be flagged and treated as fake news, which I see happening.
The creators of misinformation is best done by the government agencies assigned to do that, and work with the social media platforms to create algorithms to suppress, shadow ban, or alter views, numbers, hide, promote what ever material / posts they want to control.
Great series! Would love another one on Reddit. Has opened my eyes and made me smarter today! @smartereveryday how do active accounts get hacked like your barber? Is it safe to just have a facebook account I don't use?
Don’t try your Jedi mind tricks on me! I look at this as folks who want to be manipulated being manipulated. Younger folks who’s brains are still in concrete thinking are easier to manipulate, but they should have a parent to help them understand.
All well and good that FB ‘provides’ links and info such as little i’s in the corner of a story or ad, but how many people actually read those?!?!?! It’s not enough! People are LAZY! They want it easy! Which is sad to me but there has to be more done!
Who is watching Facebook and policing their political manipulation? 30,000 people reviewing content..... your content meant only for those you include in your circle....your photos, you thoughts and those of family and friends.....without your permission. In regard to the calls for regulation....people are more concerned with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter being bad actors as opposed to online bots etc. Their power to influence elections and thereby influence society is frightening. We have witnessed their heavy handed censorship and assault on freedom of speech.
You, sir, are a true patriot. Thank you for gathering first-hand information about a true problem facing our society, in a way that promotes thoughtful discussion & problem solving rather than fear and rhetoric. This is the path we need to take to bridge the schisms that make communication between people difficult on social media. The fact is, people are easily manipulated when they are in an emotionally reactive state. These AI systems want people to be as predictable as possible, which means promoting divisive and inflammatory content. Maybe you should run for office; our country needs more people approaching issues from all sides, with the same reason & attitude that you demonstrate in these videos.
Any person who lets FB, YT or cable media influence them as to polarizing them need to get away from TV and internet for a long long time. I had members of my family at home not speaking to one another due to what they watched on cable news. One day they came home, turned on the Tv's and cable was gone!! Air tv is all I have had here since. My family is again intact. Next it was a matter of shutting down teachers influencing 10th grade students for online protests supporting that teacher's own ideology. That has zero business in a 10th grade English class. Teacher was disciplined, as many parents complained their kids were becoming out of control due to the things this teacher told them.
The biggest problem is when the platform itself has its own agenda. If the big three were absolutely neutral then it would be much easier to spot fraudulent content based upon its extreme nature. But if the platform itself has a perceived bias, then two things happen: 1) genuine content may simply be written off by the viewer as just propaganda being allowed (or even pushed) by the platform, and 2) counter content may be made by gaming the algorithm in an attempt to "level the playing field". If you fix the first problem (addressing platform bias) then these other issues will be much easier to deal with.
Facebook FAILED to protect my page that had 300,000 followers. I told them numerous times as the hacker was posting spam, and eventually naughty stuff. It seems they might have been financed by shares company.
I lost the account and dislike the staff and owners who let me down.
Facebook is ruined, my other pages are having other problems. I really want someone punished for all the problems they have caused.
Facebook practically invented cyber manipulation, now they don't like when they can't control others manipulation, to top it up they also claim they are not to blame when it occurs. I don't do Facebook, I don't do twitter and I don't like or subscribe easily in YouTube.
Facebook doesn't give a stuff about its users.
It is purely a political weapon aimed at reducing democracy and freedom of speech, and building a one world govt controlled by a tech elite.
Like many others, I deleted my account a year ago.
Financial commitment is the ultimate counter attack against fake accounts.
If facebook is not free, say, $5 per month, it would be hard for fake acounts to work. When your account gets hacked you would immediately stop paying for it.
• Hi Destin, 'sup bro? :)
First off your channel is awesome.
I just want to share a story.
I was an admin for a Facebook group. with more than 100,000 members.
It was a debate group, about religion and faith, and yesterday it was taken down by Facebook without any warning at all, just a generic message about "criminal organizations and terrorist groups", AFTER the group was shut down. All of us admins are sure there were no posts of that kind in the group. Is it their AI filtering system that make decisions and judgement calls for shutting down harmless groups?
Is there any way to appeal?
Also, we created a new Facebook group, (same name), and as your video is very informative, I want to share this video to that group.
Wish you a great day, to you and your beautiful family. :)
I'm an atheist (and bit of an anti-theist if I'm being 100% honest) and I've been a huge fan of yours for years. I only just learned you were a Christian, and I just wanted to say thank you for your stance on keeping religion as personal / private, and not a part of your channel or politics. I grew up around all Christians, and all my friends regularly "tried to save my soul" and it drove me insane that they couldn't separate their god from our friendship (I'm friends with only 1 of them still as an adult, but we lost touch for over a decade and only recently reconnected). You are awesome, thanks for the content, have a great day.
If your corporate headquarters is in Menlo Park, California, there is no way that the actions taken by Facebook employees to "balance" content in the platform WON'T be skewed by their own personal biases. The liberal, progressive, anti-conservative mindset is endemic there. Don't even TRY to deny that.
Now you are being as irresponsible as those you warn about. You are over representing some nefarious 'threat' that is supposedly a unique byproduct of social media manipulation. Isn't that exactly what "those that seek to divide us" are supposedly doing? For example, suggesting that genocide in Myanmar is a result of Facebook manipulation is...well..exaggerating to manipulate your audience! Inter ethnic violence is nothing new. Manipulation of identity is nothing new. Social media is simply one more aspect of this phenomenon. Don't ignore it, but don't over represent it.
So Facebook has fake users and eyeballs, it has counter measures but generally it is fake users so not 2 billion users . And generally if I want to politically manipulate the public I will use bridge banners and hope they tell their friends
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