Big data: toxic 'technology is the new fourth estate'

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Big data: toxic 'technology is the new fourth estate'

Big Data Committee Blasts Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryle Sandberg For Ignoring Parliament's Subpoena

https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/big-data-committee-blasts-mark-zuckerber...

"...Jim Balsillie, the former chief executive of Research in Motion, which invented the Blackberry smartphone, testified earlier Tuesday that a 'toxic' social media business model is a threat to democracy.

'By displacing the print and broadcast media in influencing public opinion, technology is becoming the new fourth estate. In our system of checks and balances, this makes technology co-equal with the executive, the legislature and the judiciary,' he said. 'Social media's toxicity is not a bug -- it's a feature..."

Michael Moriarity Michael Moriarity's picture

Perhaps only peripherally related, but here is an interesting blog post that shows how it is possible to use facebook to trace the development of a middle aged Philadelphia man from a fairly normal centrist to a rabid white supremacist. It starts with Fox News, then moves to right wing web sites like Breitbart, and finally to the Daily Stormer, and issuing death threats on twitter.

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Had the same centrist gentleman turned to the Guardian he could have transformed himself into a warmongering imperialist and raving Russophobe conspiracy theorist instead.

Michael Moriarity Michael Moriarity's picture

NDPP wrote:

Had the same centrist gentleman turned to the Guardian he could have transformed himself into a warmongering imperialist and raving Russophobe conspiracy theorist instead.

I think the nazi white supremacist is quite a bit worse. Do you disagree?

NDPP

No. Because the Nazi white supremacist is  widely recognizable and acknowledged to hold malign views while the other isn't and can even present as an ordinary liberal bourgeois 'progressive', while holding a worldview every bit as deluded, dangerous and destructive.

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The Age of Mass Deception: Manipulation and Control in Digital Communications

https://twitter.com/PiersRobinson1/status/1137269226757140480

"Technological advances in communications have fundamentally transformed opportunities for states to influence and manipulate the masses..."

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"More on Facebook's new Nazi-adoring head of public policy in Ukraine..."

https://twitter.com/MarkAmesExiled/status/1136697737150324737