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January 27, 2017 10:46 AM
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Wonderland: Truth, lies, statistics and alternate facts

Wonderland: Truth, lies, statistics and alternate facts | Public Relations & Social Marketing Insight | Scoop.it

What we’ve got here is [NOT] a failure to communicate” to slightly alter the famous line from the movie Cool Hand Luke.


That line best describes public response to the Trump inauguration, the massive DC and national Women’s March, and the public and social media response to the first six days of the new administration.


The Trump campaign and transition teams, and the new White House advisors all pride themselves on their social media savvy. Led by the newly sworn-in POTUS and Twitter-in-Chief, social media is now alive with the sound of truth, lies, statistics and “alternate facts.”


And the new administration is scrambling to respond....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

Twitter is filled with competing truths, lies and “alternate facts.” More than 2.5 million Twitter followers have pledged to support Alt-Gov accounts and a real movement is born.

loancount's comment, January 28, 2017 5:10 AM
Interesting...!!
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January 26, 2017 3:02 PM
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Department of Agriculture sticks it to Donald Trump with unofficial USDA account on Twitter

Department of Agriculture sticks it to Donald Trump with unofficial USDA account on Twitter | Public Relations & Social Marketing Insight | Scoop.it

You can count the Department of Agriculture as the latest federal agency under attack from Donald Trump who is now actively rebelling against him. After Trump punished the National Park Service for tweeting about his inauguration crowd size, and the Badlands was forced to delete its tweets about climate change, these agencies have begun sticking it to Trump by rolling out secondary non-government Twitter accounts that he can’t control. Lo and behold, the unofficial USDA Twitter account.

The @AltUSDA account on Twitter has been in existence for less than a day but already has tens of thousands of followers, and it’s been posting helpful tweets along the lines of “Read the USDA Climate Change Solutions page while you still can” along with a link to an article on the usda.gov website which, for the moment at least, is still visible. It’s expected that the Trump administration will forcibly remove such information in order to pretend that climate change isn’t real. But @AltUSDA is going further....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

More Resist actions as USDA government employees put up an unofficial Twitter account. They already have more than 67.400 followers.You can support the efforts to make sure "alternate facts" and lies are not presented on US government websites by following @AltUSDA.

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September 22, 2011 11:27 PM
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Julian Assange: 'I am – like all hackers – a little bit autistic'

Julian Assange: 'I am – like all hackers – a little bit autistic' | Public Relations & Social Marketing Insight | Scoop.it
When I started hacking you were just one layer above the bare metal. You were typing into this wonderful emptiness, waiting to be populated with minds.

 

The thrill of getting into top-secret websites quickly became addictive for Julian Assange. Here he describes all-night hacking sessions, a cat-and-mouse game with a computer administrator and the arrival of the police...

 

Riveting reading

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January 26, 2017 3:23 PM
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U.S. government scientists go 'rogue' in defiance of Trump

U.S. government scientists go 'rogue' in defiance of Trump | Public Relations & Social Marketing Insight | Scoop.it

Employees from more than a dozen U.S. government agencies have established a network of unofficial "rogue" Twitter feeds in defiance of what they see as attempts by President Donald Trump to muzzle federal climate change research and other science.

Seizing on Trump's favorite mode of discourse, scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency, NASA and other bureaus have privately launched Twitter accounts - borrowing names and logos of their agencies - to protest restrictions they view as censorship and provide unfettered platforms for information the new administration has curtailed....

 

Employees at the EPA and the departments of Interior, Agriculture and Health and Human Services have since confirmed seeing notices from the new administration either instructing them to remove web pages or limit how they communicate to the public, including through social media....

 

Within hours, unofficial "resistance" or "rogue" Twitter accounts began sprouting up, emblazoned with the government logos of the agencies where they worked, the list growing to at least 14 such sites by Wednesday afternoon....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

With 14 "Alternate" government sites and hundreds of thousands of new followers, US government employees are resisting efforts by the Trump administration to muzzle communications with the public or to remove communications the White House doesn't like, factual or not. You can #resist "alternate facts" in support truth in government by following any of these Alt sites.

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October 25, 2011 11:32 PM
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Truthsquad-Fact-Checks-Controversial-Claims

Sifting through the falsehoods and half-true sentiments popping up left and right online is Truthsquad, a journalist-driven, community fact-checking experiment of NewsTrust, in partnership with the Center for Public Integrity. The site (NewsTrust.net/Truthsquad) aims to help viewers decipher what’s fact and what’s fiction on the Internet, and is gearing up for an especially active 2012 election season.

 

Truthsquad’s goal is to give readers new tools for checking information on the Web — and, in the process, help build media literacy skills with the guidance of professionals, as stated on Truthsquad’s home page. The underlying concept is to combine the center’s newsroom of investigative journalists with crowd-sourcing and partner contributions while engaging visitors. Truthsquad doesn’t just target politicians, but media pundits and public figures as well....

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September 20, 2011 2:20 PM
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Truth-O-Meter, franchised: PolitiFact places its bets on expanding to states

Truth-O-Meter, franchised: PolitiFact places its bets on expanding to states | Public Relations & Social Marketing Insight | Scoop.it

In its expansion, PolitiFact sets its sights on becoming an Associated Press for fact-checking.

 

Four years is a long time to be setting pants on fire.

 

It was August 2007 when PolitiFact officially launched its fact-checking mission and introduced the world to the Truth-o-Meter, giving new weight to the childhood warning of “pants on fire.” Over the years more than 4,000 statements have gone through the meter, registering claims on health care, the national debt, Slim Jims, and the truthiness of Fox News.

 

Fact-checking has seen an interesting progression in recent years, evolving into a stand-alone form of news....

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