Those comments and other reported elements of the IRA’s intelligence operation — Trump rallies organized by Russian sock puppets, for example — portray a secretive attempt to harness not the ad-buying tools of these companies, but their completely free-to-use network effects. In form and function, many of the things that the IRA is described as doing on social media and in comment sections is not all that different from what anyone else does. Russian trolls (and their profit-minded cousins in “fake news”) “didn’t make up stuff that wasn’t already part of the folklore of the right,” Benkler said. They just “circulated and cut and paste and created all sorts of remixes of all the same sets of stories that were already circulating widely, on the right anyway.” And that’s far more concerning. … [Read more...] about Did Russia’s Facebook Ads Actually Swing the Election?
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Didn’t Zuckerberg say last year, “We stand for connecting every person. For a global community. For bringing people together. For giving all people a voice. For free flow of ideas and culture across nations”? You don’t have to be particularly cynical to see how Russians sharing Trump memes falls under the “free flow of ideas across nations.” As Zuck put it: “We’ve gone from a world of isolated communities to one global community, and we are all better off for it.” Well, maybe we wouldn’t go that far. … [Read more...] about Election Interference Is What Facebook Is Built For
Coming in second place behind BuzzFeed and CNN’s dubious dossier report are multiple Trump-Russia articles published in four-day span early May, according to an Axios analysis of SocialFlow data. Such highly read stories include Trump’s alleged leak of confidential information to Russian diplomats and a purported memo from Trump telling then-FBI Director James Comey to let go of the investigation against former National Security adviser Michael Flynn. … [Read more...] about BuzzFeed’s Infamous Trump Dossier Is Facebook’s Most Read News Story In Past Year
None of us are getting out of this alive. With the advent of consumer tech and the internet, you can now make your wishes known in a myriad of ways. For starters, if you’re wondering where’s the best place to make sure your loved ones follow your will directives and have access to your passwords, you can do this online. … [Read more...] about What happens to your social media accounts when you die?
Blackhall’s move into the U.K. market arrives at moment of growth and growing pains for the local industry. The international expansion of audiovisual production has seen film and TV spending in the U.K. rise to over $4 billion last year, while at the time putting the pressure on top-level talent and service providers, who are in greater demand than ever before. … [Read more...] about Blackhall Studios to Build Major Production Facility in U.K.