Telegram

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/17/russia-blocks-millions-of-ip-addresses-in-battle-against-telegram-app

Telegram is widely used by the Russian political establishment, and prominent politicians and officials have openly flouted or criticised the ban. Data from the app showed several Kremlin officials had continued to sign in on Tuesday evening, four days after a court ordered the service to be blocked over alleged terrorism concerns.

Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower living in Russia, also came out in support of Telegram’s founder, Pavel Durov, on Tuesday, tweeting: “I have criticized @telegram’s security model in the past, but @Durov’s response to the Russian government’s totalitarian demand for backdoor access to private communications – refusal and resistance – is the only moral response, and shows real leadership.”

My note: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LIB290/permalink/759252774273629/

both #socialmedia and #global issue #Telegram is making #headline again:
This time in regard of #Putin‘s government #censorship to its own people.
Last time the access to the #encryption code of Telegram was discussed in regard to extremist using Telegram to communicate: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/isis-telegram-app_us_59259…
What is your opinion about finding the balance between users (ISIS extremist but also political dissidents) rights and government intervention?

twitter bots

Bots in the Twittersphere

An estimated two-thirds of tweeted links to popular websites are posted by automated accounts – not human beings

APRIL 9, 2018 http://www.pewinternet.org/2018/04/09/bots-in-the-twittersphere/

The role of so-called social media “bots” – automated accounts capable of posting content or interacting with other users with no direct human involvement – has been the subject of much scrutiny and attention in recent years. These accounts can play a valuable part in the social media ecosystem by answering questions about a variety of topics in real time or providing automated updates about news stories or events. At the same time, they can also be used to attempt to alter perceptions of political discourse on social media, spread misinformation, or manipulate online rating and review systems. As social media has attained an increasingly prominent position in the overall news and information environment, bots have been swept up in the broader debate over Americans’ changing news habits, the tenor of online discourse and the prevalence of “fake news” online.

 

Verified on Facebook

How to Get Verified on Facebook: A Step-by-Step Guide

Dara Fontein https://blog.hootsuite.com/how-to-get-verified-on-facebook/

Which Facebook verification badge is right for you?

There are two types of Facebook verification badges, so you want to make sure you apply for the right one.

If you are a public figure, media company, or large brand, you can apply for the blue verification badge.

If you are a smaller or local business or organization, you can apply for the gray verification badge. For businesses with multiple brick and mortar shops and a Facebook Page for each, you can add the gray verification badge to Pages for specific locations.

dating scams in social media as global issue

Dating scams now are becoming a global issues, thanks to social media.

Here are some resources to study, if of interest for you. Please contribute with your sources.

popular media:

FTC: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2015/07/faking-it-scammers-tricks-steal-your-heart-and-money

FBI: https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/sandiego/news/press-releases/fbi-warns-of-online-dating-scams

https://www.wikihow.com/Spot-an-Online-Dating-Scammer

peer-reviewed articles

Whitty, M. T., & Buchanan, T. (2016). The online dating romance scam: The psychological impact on victims – both financial and non-financial. Criminology & Criminal Justice: An International Journal16(2), 176-194. doi:10.1177/1748895815603773

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Kopp C, Sillitoe J, Gondal I, Layton R. THE ONLINE ROMANCE SCAM: A COMPLEX TWO-LAYER SCAM. Journal Of Psychological & Educational Research [serial online]. November 2016;24(2):144-161. Available from: Academic Search Premier, Ipswich, MA. Accessed April 3, 2018.

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Whitty, M. T., & Buchanan, T. (2012). The Online Romance Scam: A Serious Cybercrime. Cyberpsychology, Behavior & Social Networking15(3), 181-183. doi:10.1089/cyber.2011.0352

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data misuse

This Is So Much Bigger Than Facebook

Data misuse is a feature, not a bug—and it’s plaguing our entire culture.

ETHAN ZUCKERMAN 

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/03/data-misuse-bigger-than-facebook/556310

In the 17-months-long conversation Americans have been having about social media’s effects on democracy, two distinct sets of problems have emerged. The ones getting the most attention are bad-actor problems—where someone breaks the rules and manipulates a social-media system for their own nefarious ends. Macedonian teenagers create sensational and false content to profit from online ad sales. Disinformation experts plan rallies and counterrallies, calling Americans into the streets to scream at each other. Botnets amplify posts and hashtags, building the appearance of momentum behind online campaigns like #releasethememo. Such problems are the charismatic megafauna of social-media dysfunction.

People are mean online, and bullying, harassment, and mob behavior make online spaces unusable for many people. People tend to get stuck in cocoons of unchallenging, ideologically compatible information online, whether these are “filter bubbles” created by algorithms, or simply echo chambers built through homophily and people’s friendships with “birds of a feather.” Conspiracy theories thrive online, and searching for information can quickly lead to extreme and disturbing content.

If you want to know more about who’s watching you, download Ghostery, a browser extension that tracks and can block these “third-party” trackers.

We need an ecosystem that encourages competitors to existing social-media platforms, which means ensuring a right to export data from existing social networks and new software that lets us experiment with new services while maintaining contacts on existing ones. We need to treat personally identifiable information less like a resource to be exploited and more like toxic waste, which must be carefully managed, as Maciej Ceglowski has proposed. This may require a digital EPA, as Franklin FoerPaul Ford, and others have argued—a prospect that would be more appealing if the actual EPA wasn’t currently being gutted.

Tribalism, manipulation, and misinformation are well-established forces in American politics, all predating the web. But something fundamental has changed. Never before have we had the technological infrastructure to support the weaponization of emotion on a global scale. The people who built this infrastructure have a moral obligation to own up to what they’ve done.