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10 publishers are responsible for 69% of climate change denial content on Facebook

The Guardian »

Ten publishers are responsible for 69% of digital climate change denial content on Facebook, a new study from the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) has found. The outlets, which the report labels the “toxic ten”, include several conservative websites in the US, as well as Russian state media.

  • Breitbart, a far-right news site once run by former Trump strategist Steve Bannon
  • Western Journal, a Conservative news site
  • Newsmax, which has previously been sued for promoting election fraud conspiracies
  • Townhall Media, founded by the Exxon-funded Heritage Foundation
  • Media Research Center, a “thinktank” that received funding from Exxon
  • Washington Times, founded by self-proclaimed messiah Sun Myung Moon
  • The Federalist Papers, a site that has promoted Covid misinformation
  • Daily Wire, a conservative news site that is of the most engaged-with publishers on Facebook
  • Russian state media, pushing disinformation via RT.com and Sputnik News
  • Patriot Post, a conservative site whose writers use pseudonyms

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How to delete your social media accounts » Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, TikTok, YouTube, and more

Kirk McElhearn, Mac Security Blog »

Social media is polarizing. While it’s done a lot of good for society, bringing people together, it’s also responsible for fomenting a lot of anger and distrust. From conspiracy theories to tools for radicalization, and the hostility that some users experience, social media services are responsible for amplifying anger, hatred, and racism.

A lot of the effects of social media depend on how we use these services. The problem with social media is that it thrives on “engagement,” and anger and fear or powerful ways of getting people to engage (like posts, comment on them, share them, etc.). The more engagement on social media, the more views, and the more ad revenue the companies make.

Many people are deciding to change the way they use social media: either curtail their usage, or stop using some social media services entirely.

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The richest Americans became 40% richer during the pandemic

Dominic Rushe, The Guardian »

The 400 richest Americans added $4.5tn to their wealth last year, a 40% rise, even as the pandemic shuttered large parts of the US, according to Forbes magazine’s latest tally of the country’s richest people.

The Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos, retained top spot for a fourth consecutive year with a net worth of $201bn, followed by Elon Musk of Tesla and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, with net worths of $190.5bn and $134.5bn respectively.

The ranks of the super rich were swollen by 44 newcomers, the highest number since 2007, among them Melinda French Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, bitcoin billionaires Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss and Noubar Afeyan, co-founder of the Covid-19 vaccine maker Moderna.

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Video » Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen’s full opening statement at Senate hearing

Whistleblower Frances Haugen told a U.S. Senate subcommittee that Facebook is “morally bankrupt” and in need of regulation and independent oversight. Haugen said, “There is nobody currently holding Zuckerberg accountable but himself.”

Frances Haugen is Smart. Forthright. Trustworthy. A Powerful combination.

The Register » Facebook far too consumed by greed to make itself less harmful to society, whistleblower tells Congress

The Guardian » Facebook harms children and is damaging democracy, claims whistleblower

The Guardian » ‘Moral bankruptcy’: whistleblower offers scathing assessment of Facebook

MIT Technology Review » The Facebook whistleblower says its algorithms are dangerous. Here’s why.

Mother Jones » The Facebook Whistleblower Doesn’t Have the Solution

The Verge » Facebook runs the coward’s playbook to smear the whistleblower

NPR » Here are 4 key points from the Facebook whistleblower’s testimony on Capitol Hill

  • Haugen was an insider, making her a powerful critic
  • Research shows Facebook coveted young users, despite health concerns
  • Democrats and Republicans actually are united on regulating Facebook
  • Haugen says Facebook broke the law

Fortune » Whistleblower to Senate: Facebook is ‘morally bankrupt’ and ‘disastrous’ for democracy

GZERO Media » Is Facebook like a car or a cigarette?

AP » Ex-Facebook manager criticizes company, urges more oversight

More bad news for Facebook » Personal information of more than 1.5 billion Facebook users For Sale on popular hacker forum

Privacy Affairs »

The private and personal information of over 1.5 billion Facebook users is being sold on a popular hacking-related forum, potentially enabling cybercriminals and unscrupulous advertisers to target Internet users globally.

This constitutes the biggest and most significant Facebook data dump to date.

It is seemingly unrelated to an earlier 2021 Facebook data dump, where 500 million users were affected.

Highlights:

  • Data scrapers are selling sensitive personal data on 1.5 billion Facebook users.
  • Data contains users’: name, email, phone number, location, gender, and user ID.
  • Data appears to be authentic.
  • Personal data obtained through web scraping.
  • Data can be utilized for phishing and account takeover attacks.
  • Sold data claimed to be new from 2021.

It’s not just you: Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and Whatsapp are down

XDA-Developer »

Facebook services across America, Europe, and Asia are being disrupted this morning, causing users of Facebook itself, Facebook Messenger, and its sister services Instagram and WhatsApp to throw up error messages when attempting to access any of the sites and services on any OS. The issue could be related to DNS, as none of the domains are returning an IP. The outage is also affecting services that offer a Facebook login, such as Pokemon Go.

Did Facebook pull the plug?

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