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(NPR)   Social media misinformation stokes worsening civil war in Ethiopia. Thank god something like that could never become a problem in the US   (npr.org) divider line
    More: Scary, Ethiopia, United States, Facebook accused, deadly civil war, Tigray Region, Tamu Shatallah, ethnic violence, War  
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1124 clicks; posted to Main » and Politics » on 15 Oct 2021 at 2:20 PM (6 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2021-10-15 1:22:31 PM  
Fark Facebook.

In one recent instance, Zelalem saw an inflammatory Facebook post from a media outlet that falsely blamed members of an ethnic minority group for carrying out murders and kidnappings that took place on Sept. 27.

The post quickly got hundreds of shares and likes. A day later, on Sept. 28, Zelalem said the village cited in the post was ransacked, burnt to the ground and the inhabitants were murdered.

"Despite multiple efforts to report the post, it remains up and live as of this moment," he said.
 
2021-10-15 2:25:14 PM  
Yeah, Zuck only cares about censoring English speakers. The rest of the world can go to hell.
 
2021-10-15 2:26:07 PM  

special20: Yeah, Zuck only cares about censoring English speakers. The rest of the world can go to hell.


And only the ones that don't generate enough ad revenue while saying mean things to Nazi-wannabes.
 
2021-10-15 2:28:11 PM  
Because The West would tolerate armed insurrection by religious or ethnic minorities and allow them to exit the country like Cataluña, Cherokee Country, Basques, or other free peoples in free countries.

/s
 
2021-10-15 2:31:12 PM  
'I know FB is a threat to security and farks with people's heads psychologically but how the fark else will i let people know I had chicken last night? Plus, i really like getting my data farmed doing stupid questionnaires about what kind of pizza topping I am!' - Stupid people who continue to use that piece of shiat thing and other social media
 
2021-10-15 2:32:05 PM  
I blame Canada
 
2021-10-15 2:33:23 PM  
We get it, you're slowly building the case for US intervention....  JFC.  Can we just stop doing this shiat for a decade or three?
 
2021-10-15 2:35:53 PM  
Those people you don't like have been hoarding all the food!   All this time!   Look at them with their sized 32 waist!
 
2021-10-15 2:36:30 PM  
This is what we get for getting rid of free over the air television and letting a handful people own all the stations. 😂
 
2021-10-15 2:38:02 PM  
Me in 1994:  this internet thing will result in cross cultural understanding and a shared truth based on freely available knowledge.

This is why I don't gamble.
 
2021-10-15 2:41:16 PM  
Remember when we thought that if people could share their ideas and concerns with massive amounts of people instantly that it would promote peace?

Boy, were we stupid.
 
2021-10-15 2:42:01 PM  
People in the US can't even be bothered to go to a store to buy things. You really think they're going to fight a war? Do you have any idea how much work that is?
 
2021-10-15 2:42:17 PM  
You never had these types of problems in Palace chat.

Even Foothills, The Resort and Vineyard weren't too bad.

/my lawn...off.
 
2021-10-15 2:47:04 PM  

waxbeans: This is what we get for getting rid of free over the air television and letting a handful people own all the stations. 😂


Social media issues in Ethiopia?
 
2021-10-15 2:48:01 PM  

Andric: People in the US can't even be bothered to go to a store to buy things. You really think they're going to fight a war? Do you have any idea how much work that is?


Nonsense, you can pilot a drone from your couch.  Why do you think we're pushing for broadband expansion?
 
2021-10-15 2:57:53 PM  
Seems like these guys are playing with fire here, when does zuckerberg get suicide bombed or facebook employees start getting sniped
 
2021-10-15 3:07:34 PM  

FLMountainMan: We get it, you're slowly building the case for US intervention....  JFC.  Can we just stop doing this shiat for a decade or three?


Gotta have our proxy wars with China somewhere. Apparently.
 
2021-10-15 3:11:00 PM  

FarkinNortherner: FLMountainMan: We get it, you're slowly building the case for US intervention....  JFC.  Can we just stop doing this shiat for a decade or three?

Gotta have our proxy wars with China somewhere. Apparently.


Considering one of our last proxy wars with the Soviet Union was in Ethiopia, it wouldn't be a shock.  China is heavily investing in Ethiopia right now.
 
2021-10-15 3:16:16 PM  
"More than once, Haugen accused Facebook's algorithms of 'literally fanning ethnic violence' in Ethiopia."

Thoughtful, all of that ethnic murder would definitely work up a sweat.

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2021-10-15 3:18:10 PM  

Rapmaster2000: FarkinNortherner: FLMountainMan: We get it, you're slowly building the case for US intervention....  JFC.  Can we just stop doing this shiat for a decade or three?

Gotta have our proxy wars with China somewhere. Apparently.

Considering one of our last proxy wars with the Soviet Union was in Ethiopia, it wouldn't be a shock.  China is heavily investing in Ethiopia right now.


Not much of a war.  The Soviets helped them adopt communism, famine ensued (I think Vietnam and Grenada are the only countries where that hasn't happened), the world had to bail them out, which indirectly led to more famine.
 
2021-10-15 3:23:44 PM  

Rapmaster2000: Me in 1994:  this internet thing will result in cross cultural understanding and a shared truth based on freely available knowledge.

This is why I don't gamble.


I don't think you or me or many other people were thinking about it that deeply at the time. Probably to the extent of "Oh man this is cool!" and "Hmmm, could I use this to look at naked pictures??"

What happened is that people realized that you could get a lot of information about the users without that much effort or finagling for consent. I'd say this was around the time that Facebook was getting big, and started to become huge ad space for businesses that wanted to get in front of those eyeballs.

Fast forward a few years, people start buying this information for non business purposes, political campaigns start to figure that if they push ads to the right sections of social media, and they track that stuff down to location, age range, gender, income, they can get more impact than a regular tv spot ad.

Fast forward to now. Now you got malicious actors, be it individual cranks, think tanks, governments, who realize that they can take this data, which the social media people still sell to anyone because they don't give a shiat and that's where the real money comes from now, and fark with people. All the common sense tips we tell people isn't gonna help grandma when people who are paid thousands of dollars are told to tell her that Jesus says inject bleach.

NO ONE could have predicted where we ended up.
 
2021-10-15 3:32:55 PM  

FLMountainMan: Not much of a war.  The Soviets helped them adopt communism, famine ensued (I think Vietnam and Grenada are the only countries where that hasn't happened), the world had to bail them out, which indirectly led to more famine.


The Eritrean Independence War was a proxy war.  Most of those people you saw enduring famine were refugees from a war.

"Bailing them out" aka giving food to the people starving in refugee camps, didn't lead to them starving more. How exactly did that "led to more famine"?

The Ethiopian Famine I've found to be one of the most misunderstood events of my lifetime.

On the plus side, it's good that you understand communism and central planning contributed to the problem.  Most people just say "MOVE TO WHERE THE FOOD IS LOL" without understanding that they lived where the food is.  They were forced out of where the food was.  Their food was stolen, slaughtered, and burned.
 
2021-10-15 3:40:14 PM  

Andric: People in the US can't even be bothered to go to a store to buy things. You really think they're going to fight a war? Do you have any idea how much work that is?


Those are not the same people 😕
 
2021-10-15 3:43:02 PM  

special20: Yeah, Zuck only cares about censoring English speakers. The rest of the world can go to hell.


You may be joking, but that actually is the case. Apparently, as pathetic as Facebook's efforts (LOL) at limiting bullshiat are here, they're even worse in the rest of the world, and they don't have enough people who actually speak and read the languages in which these kinds of things are written, so most of them are not addressed at all.

Facebook wants to be the de facto communication service for the "third world," but they don't want to be regulated, as it should be. And because Zuckerberg doesn't live in Ethiopia, he has no farks to give about what happens there. Not unlike most Americans, I'm guessing.
 
2021-10-15 3:51:26 PM  

Smelly Pirate Hooker: special20: Yeah, Zuck only cares about censoring English speakers. The rest of the world can go to hell.

You may be joking, but that actually is the case. Apparently, as pathetic as Facebook's efforts (LOL) at limiting bullshiat are here, they're even worse in the rest of the world, and they don't have enough people who actually speak and read the languages in which these kinds of things are written, so most of them are not addressed at all.

Facebook wants to be the de facto communication service for the "third world," but they don't want to be regulated, as it should be. And because Zuckerberg doesn't live in Ethiopia, he has no farks to give about what happens there. Not unlike most Americans, I'm guessing.


Lies. The government should take over Facebook.  End of the story
 
2021-10-15 4:10:23 PM  

Harry Freakstorm: Those people you don't like have been hoarding all the food!   All this time!   Look at them with their sized 32 waist!


"Sally Struthers has been holding out on us!"

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2021-10-15 5:23:19 PM  
Their ancestors being slaves to white people has caused them to be disadvantaged and violent today. What? Their ancestors weren't slaves? Oh, never mind.
 
2021-10-15 5:37:17 PM  

Rapmaster2000: Me in 1994:  this internet thing will result in cross cultural understanding and a shared truth based on freely available knowledge.

This is why I don't gamble.


Big Biz in 1998: Don't waste your time on this kitschy www garbage you damn Gen-Xers

/fark me I should have learned Perl
//and Xml
///stayed in printing and graphics
//// why is 4 slashies the limit?
 
2021-10-15 7:20:04 PM  

Andric: People in the US can't even be bothered to go to a store to buy things. You really think they're going to fight a war? Do you have any idea how much work that is?


If Amazon & the 'net go down, with folks accustomed to instant service,   look out... gonna get nasty quick !
 
2021-10-15 9:16:03 PM  

OlderGuy: Andric: People in the US can't even be bothered to go to a store to buy things. You really think they're going to fight a war? Do you have any idea how much work that is?

If Amazon & the 'net go down, with folks accustomed to instant service,   look out... gonna get nasty quick !


If by "nasty" you mean "whiny", sure. But without the internet, where will they whine?
 
2021-10-15 10:34:18 PM  

One Size Fits Some: OlderGuy: Andric: People in the US can't even be bothered to go to a store to buy things. You really think they're going to fight a war? Do you have any idea how much work that is?

If Amazon & the 'net go down, with folks accustomed to instant service,   look out... gonna get nasty quick !

If by "nasty" you mean "whiny", sure. But without the internet, where will they whine?


Not much whine... Amazon can't deliver the cheese..
 
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