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Facebook Deletes Fake Russian Accounts With Nearly a Million Followers

Facebook Deletes Fake Russian Accounts With Nearly a Million Followers | Internet and websites | Scoop.it
Facebook purged two groups behind more than 500 fake accounts with Russian ties. The group says that the accounts were removed for coordinated inauthentic behavior. One group had ties to Russian news agency Sputnik, while the other had behavior similar to the Internet Research Agency's midterm actions.
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Universal internet access unlikely until at least 2050, experts say | Technology | The Guardian

Universal internet access unlikely until at least 2050, experts say | Technology | The Guardian | Internet and websites | Scoop.it
Half the world’s population is online but lack of skills and investment are slowing growth
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The second 50% of the world to get online will be harder than the first....
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Say goodbye to the information age: it's all about reputation now | Aeon Ideas

Say goodbye to the information age: it's all about reputation now | Aeon Ideas | Internet and websites | Scoop.it
In the reputation age, we should rank the quality of information not by its the content but by the agenda of its source
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Google China: Has search firm put Project Dragonfly on hold?

Google China: Has search firm put Project Dragonfly on hold? | Internet and websites | Scoop.it
Report that Google has put its Project Dragonfly search engine for China on hold.
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Facebook used to 'incite offline violence' in Myanmar, says report

Facebook used to 'incite offline violence' in Myanmar, says report | Internet and websites | Scoop.it
An independent reports says Facebook created an "enabling environment" for rights abuses and violence.
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Is Facebook's News Feed fading?

Is Facebook's News Feed fading? | Internet and websites | Scoop.it
Mark Zuckerberg says users are shifting to private messages and Stories, posing a challenge for ads.
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Will changes to Facebook's news feed impact companies marketing? will it be well accepted - move towards more stories and a video watch channel
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Submarine Cable Map

Submarine Cable Map | Internet and websites | Scoop.it
TeleGeography's Submarine Cable Map has been updated for 2018. It depicts 366 cable systems and 1,006 landing stations that are currently active, under construction, or expected to be fully-funded by the end of 2020.

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How WhatsApp is being abused in Brazil's elections

How WhatsApp is being abused in Brazil's elections | Internet and websites | Scoop.it
Software is being used to scrape phone numbers and send thousands of messages in minutes.
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Pittsburgh shooting: Gab drops offline after attack

Pittsburgh shooting: Gab drops offline after attack | Internet and websites | Scoop.it
PayPal and others pulled support for Gab's "free speech" service after a gun attack on a synagogue.
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IT Companies withrdaw support of Social Media site Gab after Pittsburgh shooting
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The people who clean your Facebook

The people who clean your Facebook | Internet and websites | Scoop.it
What's it like to be someone who watches banned content on social media so you don't have to?
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Inappropriate content on facebook, cleaned up by workers in philaphenes
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Methodology

Methodology | Internet and websites | Scoop.it
When determining bias, there isn’t any true scientific formula that is 100% objective.  There are objective measures that can be calculated, but ultimately there will be some degree of subjective judgement to determine these.  On each page we have put up a scale with a yellow dot that shows the degree of bias for each source.  Each page also has a “Notes” section that gives some details about the source and an explanation of their bias.  When calculating bias we are not just looking at political bias, but also how factual the information is and if they provide links to credible, verifiable sources. Therefore, the yellow dot may indicate political bias or how factual a source is, or in many cases, both.  Further, we have placed a voting poll on each page for readers to vote on the bias of the source.  This provides more information for the media consumer when deciding whether to trust a source.  This is similar to how movie sites such as IMDB or Rotten Tomatoes rate their movies.  They provide the reviewer’s information and also allow the public to rate the movie.  This gives two perspectives in which people can decide whom to trust.  This voting poll also [...]
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Determining bias in online sources
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Evidence Toolkit

Evidence Toolkit | Internet and websites | Scoop.it
Team up with BBC School Report and take fake news to task with the Evidence Toolkit. Equip yourself with all you need to dissect the news and figure out what's really going on.
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Fake News toolkit
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UK slips further down the Worldwide Broadband Speed League to 35th | V3

UK slips further down the Worldwide Broadband Speed League to 35th | V3 | Internet and websites | Scoop.it
Madagascar offers faster average broadband speeds than the UK,Cloud Computing,Communications,Telecoms,Internet ,Cable,Fibre,broadband,Worldwide Broadband Speed League,internet,speed
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A good article to show how countries are ranked with access to Internet speeds
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What is Snapchat, how does it work and what is it used for?

What is Snapchat, how does it work and what is it used for? | Internet and websites | Scoop.it
Snapchat has changed a lot in the past few years. Frequent updates means the app looks and works almost nothing like it originally did.
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Message sent, received but no instant reply: how does that make you feel?

Message sent, received but no instant reply: how does that make you feel? | Internet and websites | Scoop.it
Norms that exist in the real world don't necessarily transfer easily to the digital realm. Is it time we developed a new social contract for online communications to prevent reply-status nightmares?
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Etiquette and expectations of social media - do you feel like you are being ghosted? How is your use of social media interpreted by your friends?
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How can I remove Google from my life? | Technology | The Guardian

How can I remove Google from my life? | Technology | The Guardian | Internet and websites | Scoop.it
Geoffrey writes from his Gmail address to ask how he can stop Google from intruding into almost everything
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Social Media’s Re-engineering Effect, From Myanmar to Germany - The New York Times

Social Media’s Re-engineering Effect, From Myanmar to Germany - The New York Times | Internet and websites | Scoop.it
When Facebook, YouTube and others use algorithms to keep us engaged, there can be unintended consequences. Max Fisher, his tools in a trusty Patagonia bag, covers the trend as one of The Times’s Interpreter columnists.
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Polticial impact of countrys like Myanmar of using social media
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Hands-on with Facebook's new home gadget

Hands-on with Facebook's new home gadget | Internet and websites | Scoop.it
Facebook's Portal offers video chat around the home - but do consumers trust Facebook enough?
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Fake Cambridge Analytica ad hits Facebook

Fake Cambridge Analytica ad hits Facebook | Internet and websites | Scoop.it
The bogus advert purports to be for the BeLeave Brexit campaign and received more than 1,000 views.
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What is the internet? 13 key questions answered | Technology | The Guardian

What is the internet? 13 key questions answered | Technology | The Guardian | Internet and websites | Scoop.it
Thousands of miles of cables connected to data centres underpin our way of life. How many people are online, what are they doing there – and what comes next?
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Facebook finds more fake accounts from Iran

Facebook finds more fake accounts from Iran | Internet and websites | Scoop.it
The social network has removed another batch of pages and groups spreading misinformation.
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Fake news being detected, originates from Iran, removed off Facebook
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YouTube pours money into how-to videos

YouTube pours money into how-to videos | Internet and websites | Scoop.it
The video site will spend $20million (£15m) developing educational and how-to content.
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James Bridle: The nightmare videos of children's YouTube -- and what's wrong with the internet today | TED Talk

James Bridle: The nightmare videos of children's YouTube -- and what's wrong with the internet today | TED Talk | Internet and websites | Scoop.it
Writer and artist James Bridle uncovers a dark, strange corner of the internet, where unknown people or groups on YouTube hack the brains of young children in return for advertising revenue. From "surprise egg" reveals and the "Finger Family Song" to algorithmically created mashups of familiar cartoon characters in violent situations, these videos exploit and terrify young minds -- and they tell us something about where our increasingly data-driven world is headed. "We need to stop thinking about technology as a solution to all of our problems, but think of it as a guide to what those problems actually are, so we can start thinking about them properly and start to address them," Bridle says.
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Is Pepper Pig just fake news for kids?  Why is YouTube generating kids worst nightmares? YouTube algorithms are recommending that these videos are relevant to our children
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BBC game challenges young people to spot "fake news"

BBC game challenges young people to spot "fake news" | Internet and websites | Scoop.it
Young people can play the role of a newsroom journalist, making their own decisions on what is true or false in the new BBC iReporter interactive game.
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Spotting fake news
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