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(Washington Post)   Zuckerberg was warned months ago about Facebook being used to spread disinformation to disrupt elections. Thanks Obama   ( washingtonpost.com) divider line
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2017-09-25 02:28:30 AM  
I should have seen the writing on the wall when someone wrote "INFOWARS.COM = TRUTH" on a bathroom wall in 2012.

I guess I did literally see the writing on the wall, but not in that way.
 
2017-09-25 05:12:46 AM  
I refuse to pay The Washington Post even one cent to read this article. They can rot.
 
2017-09-25 05:13:35 AM  
Fink Traitorberg knew damn well what he was doing.  He was more concerned with testing the ability of his platform to subvert governments than he was loyalty to the United States. Zuckerberg thinks that the laws are for little people, not him.
 
2017-09-25 05:17:15 AM  
I would have deleted my Facebook account over this except that I never wanted one to begin with.
 
2017-09-25 05:20:30 AM  

backhand.slap.of.reason: Zuckerberg thinks that the laws are for little people, not him.


He's not wrong.
 
2017-09-25 05:20:40 AM  

daffy: I refuse to pay The Washington Post even one cent to read this article. They can rot.


Is it because you can't figure out how to read the article for free or because you know that the article might contain actual facts that challenge what you perceive reality to be?
 
2017-09-25 05:21:55 AM  

orangehat: daffy: I refuse to pay The Washington Post even one cent to read this article. They can rot.

Is it because you can't figure out how to read the article for free or because you know that the article might contain actual facts that challenge what you perceive reality to be?


Put my money on the latter.
 
2017-09-25 05:24:46 AM  

daffy: I refuse to pay The Washington Post even one cent to read this article. They can rot.


If your browser as an anonymous/incognito mode, you can use it to read WP articles.
 
2017-09-25 05:29:23 AM  
The moderation of both Facebook, Twitter and youtube all lean heavily authoritative left.  And Hillary STILL lost.
 
2017-09-25 05:33:55 AM  

ChuckRoddy: The moderation of both Facebook, Twitter and youtube all lean heavily authoritative left.  And Hillary STILL lost.


YouTube has moderators?
 
JJR
2017-09-25 05:40:29 AM  
ChuckRoddy: The moderation of both Facebook, Twitter and youtube all lean heavily authoritative left.  And Hillary STILL lost.
I still think these 3 companies should merge and become: You Twit Face...... sorry
 
2017-09-25 05:41:57 AM  

JJR: ChuckRoddy: The moderation of both Facebook, Twitter and youtube all lean heavily authoritative left.  And Hillary STILL lost.
I still think these 3 companies should merge and become: You Twit Face...... sorry


The Middleman (great show, go find it!) had "Your Face In A Tube".
 
2017-09-25 05:45:41 AM  
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2017-09-25 05:54:23 AM  

daffy: I refuse to pay The Washington Post even one cent to read this article. They can rot.


It's precisely this attitude which made the rise of snake oil peddlers like Facebook possible, nay inevitable.
 
2017-09-25 05:59:20 AM  
Here are the Facebook Rules and Ethics for Acceptable Advertisements:

1- Did the payment clear?
2- Always follow the first rule.
 
2017-09-25 06:07:18 AM  

ChuckRoddy: The moderation of both Facebook, Twitter and youtube all lean heavily authoritative left.  And Hillary STILL lost.


Both apples, bananas and oranges are awesome.

See?
 
2017-09-25 06:11:54 AM  

daffy: I refuse to pay The Washington Post even one cent to read this article. They can rot.


You are wise man, my friend.
 
2017-09-25 06:17:43 AM  

daffy: I refuse to pay The Washington Post even one cent to read this article. They can rot.


In the age of the likes of NoScript, AdBlock Plus and their counterparts, if you're still being blocked by paywalls, you're not doing things right.  My 69 year old father manages to block videos and paywalls.  You would think a tech-savvy Farker would have this shiat covered.
 
2017-09-25 06:20:20 AM  
The Washington Post bemoaning other media for spreading fake news.

                    img.fark.net
 
2017-09-25 06:26:06 AM  
It would really be nice to think fake news stories is what caused Trump to win the election, and not that enough people were just stupid enough to vote for Trump.
It would be nice to believe that.
 
2017-09-25 06:26:09 AM  

ComradeIvan: daffy: I refuse to pay The Washington Post even one cent to read this article. They can rot.

You are wise man, my friend.


You're both pathetic
 
2017-09-25 06:33:58 AM  

ComradeIvan: daffy: I refuse to pay The Washington Post even one cent to read this article. They can rot.

You are wise man, my friend.


Don't you mean comrade?
 
2017-09-25 06:36:12 AM  

ComradeIvan: daffy: I refuse to pay The Washington Post even one cent to read this article. They can rot.

You are wise man, my friend.


The notion that People charge money for news is somewhat annoying all by itself.
 
2017-09-25 06:37:44 AM  
There's been a sharp increase in drewg activity lately.

My common sense is tingling.

It's telling me bigger news drops are coming.
 
2017-09-25 06:42:02 AM  
The breakthrough moment came just days after a Facebook spokesman on July 20 told CNN that "we have seen no evidence that Russian actors bought ads on Facebook in connection with the election."

So, in combating fake news, they disseminated fake news of their own.

Hypocrites.
 
2017-09-25 06:46:38 AM  

daffy: I refuse to pay The Washington Post even one cent to read this article. They can rot.


Click on the "Reader version" icon while the page is still loading and stop complaining.
 
2017-09-25 06:50:54 AM  
Zuckerberg is possessed by many demons.
 
2017-09-25 06:53:00 AM  

way south: ComradeIvan: daffy: I refuse to pay The Washington Post even one cent to read this article. They can rot.

You are wise man, my friend.

The notion that People charge money for news is somewhat annoying all by itself.


Businesses, how do they work?
 
2017-09-25 06:56:16 AM  

jjwars1: ComradeIvan: daffy: I refuse to pay The Washington Post even one cent to read this article. They can rot.

You are wise man, my friend.

Don't you mean comrade?


I think you mean Drew's comrades.
 
2017-09-25 06:56:45 AM  

backhand.slap.of.reason: Fink Traitorberg knew damn well what he was doing.  He was more concerned with testing the ability of his platform to subvert governments than he was loyalty to the United States. Zuckerberg thinks that the laws are for little people, not him.


What laws, specifically?
 
2017-09-25 06:57:20 AM  

ChuckRoddy: The moderation of both Facebook, Twitter and youtube all lean heavily authoritative left.  And Hillary STILL lost.


Not to be that guy with an extra side of that guy, but Hillary was a really shiatty candidate. Might have been a great person. Might have been a great leader. But I'll bet a dollar she equivocates when asked if she wants cream and sugar in her coffee.
 
2017-09-25 06:57:31 AM  
FTA:  Like the U.S. government, Facebook didn't foresee the wave of disinformation that was coming and the political pressure that followed.

If you were on any gaming site in the past, you knew this was coming.

In the past, gaming sites have been plagued by phony reviews, phony posters praising the game, and obnoxious fanboys who would argue to death that a game was good when it clearly wasn't.

Then one day the rumor started going around that game companies were paying professional trolls, and sure enough, investigating the people posting blatant lies about games turned up some interesting "coincidences."

There were accounts that raved about the game that had posts elsewhere on the site revealing their gamer tags.  Reviewing the gamer tags revealed no history of playing the game in question.  There were accounts who only posted positively about a certain companies games, while posting negatively about other companies games (and I bet you can easily guess exactly what company got loads of fake positive comments.)

Anyway, we've seen this all over Facebook and Twitter, and we've seen it here on Fark.  It stands to reason that Reddit, the chans, and tons of other places are all inundated by these trolls and bots.  It's really pathetic that the admins and mods of these sites are standing around and letting this happen, rather than taking action to defend their country.
 
2017-09-25 06:57:53 AM  

Glitchwerks: There's been a sharp increase in drewg activity lately.

My common sense is tingling.

It's telling me bigger news drops are coming.


Yeah.

They've been doing a lot of friend thread shiatting in the last couple days.
 
2017-09-25 06:58:09 AM  

baronbloodbath: The breakthrough moment came just days after a Facebook spokesman on July 20 told CNN that "we have seen no evidence that Russian actors bought ads on Facebook in connection with the election."

So, in combating fake news, they disseminated fake news of their own.

Hypocrites.


Did the fact that they conducted an experiment on their product (the users) by manipulating people's feeds to focus on negative news--did that fall into the farking memory hole?  Because it seems like I'm the only person that remembers that they conducted experiments in negative news on their users.
 
2017-09-25 07:00:48 AM  

Glitchwerks: It's really pathetic that the admins and mods of these sites are standing around and letting this happen, rather than taking action to defend their country.


They can't all be motivated by failed gubernatorial runs, can they?
 
2017-09-25 07:03:18 AM  
Good lord, stop crying.  And next time don't run a flaming criminal.
 
2017-09-25 07:04:37 AM  
Disinformation (lies) on the internet? No way! I've been reassured that's unpossible.

/caveat emptor voter
 
2017-09-25 07:07:28 AM  
The man is now gone from the presidency...yet we're still pealing back the layers of the history of his time.
Caught between address the issue...and seeming partisan/interfering in the election.

No drama Obama may have dropped the ball due to his typical caution.

Frankly, sometimes you just have to pop the zit.
 
2017-09-25 07:07:50 AM  
Facebook is telling skinny old men to buy bras in its targeting ads, running ads in Hebrew for people who would have a hard time reading an Israeli street sign, and now telling smart young upwardly mobile young people to vote racist -- why aren't they in charge of hurricane relief or healthcare?

I'm with the WaPo haters.  After all the six months free with Amazon prime, then $4a month is way more expensive than a Stormfront membership with suggested $50 donation.  And Facebook still has great Stormers pages.
 
2017-09-25 07:12:02 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: It would really be nice to think fake news stories is what caused Trump to win the election, and not that enough people were just stupid enough to vote for Trump.
It would be nice to believe that.


Propaganda works, particularly combined with voter purges and other forms of suppression. Plus, there's an increasingly real possibility that voting numbers were directly manipulated by foreign agents working with the GOP.
 
2017-09-25 07:14:09 AM  
I would love to read this article.  But since the icon is for WaPo, it's not going to happen.

Mods:  Please stop greenlighting links from them.
 
2017-09-25 07:19:04 AM  

Sean VasDeferens: Good lord, stop crying.  And next time don't run a flaming criminal.


Every candidate can be made a "criminal" if the opposition has decades to prepare.
 
2017-09-25 07:28:52 AM  
I would love to read this article.  But since it has a load of words, it's not going to happen.

Mods:  Please stop greenlighting links that have words in them.
 
2017-09-25 07:37:03 AM  

rogue49: The man is now gone from the presidency...yet we're still pealing back the layers of the history of his time.
Caught between address the issue...and seeming partisan/interfering in the election.

No drama Obama may have dropped the ball due to his typical caution.

Frankly, sometimes you just have to pop the zit.


img.fark.net
 
2017-09-25 07:39:44 AM  

JJR: ChuckRoddy: The moderation of both Facebook, Twitter and youtube all lean heavily authoritative left.  And Hillary STILL lost.
I still think these 3 companies should merge and become: You Twit Face...... sorry


An 11 year old account with zero links approved, a 'real name' with location, employment as an aerospace engineer that apparently drives a POS Toyota.

Ivan, in America Aerospace Engineers make more than the $300 a month + cabbage rations earned by their Russian counterparts.  You ought to tell The agitprop boiler-room capo reading over your shoulder that running into these threads and spouting anti-Clinton derp in non-Clinton threads just isn't working anymore.  We know you're there.

And thanks to your speedy, middle of the night responses to this topic, we now know that the information about Zuckerbergs's involvement with Russia is going to go much deeper than 3,000 targeted advertisements.  You guys make it easy to know where to look.
 
2017-09-25 07:48:37 AM  

rogue49: The man is now gone from the presidency...yet we're still pealing back the layers of the history of his time.
Caught between address the issue...and seeming partisan/interfering in the election.

No drama Obama may have dropped the ball due to his typical caution.

Frankly, sometimes you just have to pop the zit.


Yeah, it looks like his cautiousness was a bad decision. It reminds me of that line in Yeats' The Second Coming.

Paraphrasing: the best among us are full of doubt, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.
 
2017-09-25 07:51:55 AM  
Whooo's unfit for office? Yoooou're unfit for office! Go fark yourself Zuckerberg.
 
2017-09-25 08:14:46 AM  

Glitchwerks: FTA:  Like the U.S. government, Facebook didn't foresee the wave of disinformation that was coming and the political pressure that followed.

If you were on any gaming site in the past, you knew this was coming.

In the past, gaming sites have been plagued by phony reviews, phony posters praising the game, and obnoxious fanboys who would argue to death that a game was good when it clearly wasn't.

Then one day the rumor started going around that game companies were paying professional trolls, and sure enough, investigating the people posting blatant lies about games turned up some interesting "coincidences."

There were accounts that raved about the game that had posts elsewhere on the site revealing their gamer tags.  Reviewing the gamer tags revealed no history of playing the game in question.  There were accounts who only posted positively about a certain companies games, while posting negatively about other companies games (and I bet you can easily guess exactly what company got loads of fake positive comments.)

Anyway, we've seen this all over Facebook and Twitter, and we've seen it here on Fark.  It stands to reason that Reddit, the chans, and tons of other places are all inundated by these trolls and bots.  It's really pathetic that the admins and mods of these sites are standing around and letting this happen, rather than taking action to defend their country.


I don't really follow gaming communities online and I never really considered this, but it makes sense. Do you think there's any link here to the alt-right/gaming community correlation, or is that a different thing entirely?
 
2017-09-25 08:16:21 AM  

LordJiro: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: It would really be nice to think fake news stories is what caused Trump to win the election, and not that enough people were just stupid enough to vote for Trump.
It would be nice to believe that.

Propaganda works, particularly combined with voter purges and other forms of suppression. Plus, there's an increasingly real possibility that voting numbers were directly manipulated by foreign agents working with the GOP.


Brexit, Trump, Le Pen, and now the rise of AfD in Germany.

No.  Something is going on here and it isn't propaganda.  Something is happening in the West and we had better figure out what it is.  Quickly.
 
2017-09-25 08:18:43 AM  

daffy: I refuse to pay The Washington Post even one cent to read this article. They can rot.


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