YouTube Recommendations: Platform for Influencers without Responsibility

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They actually recommended Alex Jones InfoWars Conspiracy Theories 15 billion times — that’s more than the combined traffic of the New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian, Fox News, MSNBC, combined.

Tristan Harris “Bayer Leaps Talk #5” (6:13 – 06:27)

Very seldom do we have the courage to place ourselves under the microscope for inspection

Keywords: culture, psychology

As humans we need to get better at our relationship with social media. It’s far too jejune to blame social media for how we behave. To do so would be to forfeit any free will & strip ourselves of agency. Instead of just having a singular spotlight on the responsibility of social media, why not rig up another spotlight and shine it on our own responsibility to be aware of how we behave & how it can be manipulated? No intelligent algorithm can work its magic without you taking first action, and continuing to take further action. Your attention can’t be monetised unless you wilfully give it up. We are the start point, but we are also the end point.

https://jamiedobbs.home.blog/2020/10/02/ive-watched-the-social-dilemma-now-what

The solution is the most powerful search engine on earth — Google

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Winning online is not about functionality, but about what app or website customers open of their own volition.

https://stratechery.com/2020/the-anti-amazon-alliance

Once lying is acceptable, it becomes part of the system

It is shocking to hear people claim superior spirituality on the basis of falsehoods. I remember people who claimed they never watched television, but were lying. I remember people saying that they dressed a certain way because of spiritual conviction, but were lying. I remember moms boasting about the superior spirituality of their children, but they were lying. And, yes, they knew they were lying.

https://graceformyheart.wordpress.com/2020/04/27/why-do-they-lie

Why Are Others Wrong While I’m Right?

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Wheat & Tares

When we discover that someone disagrees with us on a matter we consider settled, we often go through three steps to “understand” why they are wrong, and those three reasons go from most charitable to least:

  • They are ignorant. If they knew what I know, if they had the facts I do, they would see things as I do.
  • They are too stupid to understand the facts. This is the next line of thinking once we realize that they know the facts we know and simply interpret them differently or feel differently about them.
  • They are acting in bad faith. They don’t want to know the truth because their intentions are bad. They don’t care about others or the truth, just whatever immoral or unjust thing they want.

The problem is that both sides of a disagreement think these things about the other party, but they don’t question…

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Plane caught fire mid-air, attempted to turn around: Iran issues initial report on Ukrainian airliner crash

RT Daily news

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A Ukrainian airliner that crashed near Tehran was on fire and tried to turn around before crashing, Iranian investigators have said in a preliminary report. Iran has invited all relevant parties to participate in the probe.

Eyewitnesses observed a fire on the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 while it was still airborne, Iran’s civil aviation organization noted. The aircraft attempted to return to Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport before crashing, killing all 176 people on board, the organization said. The Iranian investigators confirmed that no distress calls or messages were received from the pilot before the plane hit the ground.

Ali Abedzadeh, who leads the civil aviation organization, stated that all relevant countries have been invited to send representatives to help carry out the ongoing investigation into what caused Wednesday’s crash.

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Rescue team works among debris of a plane that crashed after take-off from Iran's Imam Khomeini airport
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The Mainstream Platforms of Online Surveillance Giants

These platforms allow people to access them supposedly for free, but instead of charging them a fee they require people to give up their personal data. This is then analysed to aggregate people into groups, and to make predictions about their interests and characteristics – primarily so they can use these insights to generate advertising revenue. The report found that the scale of harvesting and monetising of personal data by these platforms is incompatible with people’s right to privacy.

Even though the main calls in the report are to governments and how they must regulate the industry, it behoves us all to look at the roles we play.

At Amnesty, we are just as dependent on these platforms as big corporations, political parties, and local businesses in order to reach, engage and grow our audiences. The pervasive power of these platforms is exactly why Amnesty has brought out a report on them.

What are our options?

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/11/we-called-out-facebook-and-google-but-need-them

Edward Snowden: How to make facts

On Saturday, I just had enough time to post a link to the interview Joe Rogan did with Edward Snowden:

http://fun.freezine.org/activity/p/20376/

This is a deep link to a segment where Snowden was explaining how important evidence is in establishing facts (i.e., in journalism, in courts, etc.). I myself contrasted this with the way science works (the scientific method cannot prove anything, scientific theories are simply descriptions of phenomena that have not yet been refuted by testing hypotheses). IMHO it would be nice if more people took the skeptical attitude inherent in the scientific approach.