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TikTok Content Farms Use AI Voiceovers to Mass-Produce Political Misinformation

“In September 2023, NewsGuard identified what appeared to be the first of its kind: a network of 17 TikTok accounts using AI text-to-speech software to create videos advancing conspiracy theories about celebrities, amassing hundreds of millions of views. Now, the phenomenon appears to be growing and shifting its focus to politics. NewsGuard has identified 41 TikTok accounts in English and French using AI-generated narration to spread political misinformation at scale. Call it the rise of the TikTok AI content farm. (Content farms are entities that generate large volumes of low-quality content, typically to attract views and ad revenue.) These 41 AI content farm accounts, which NewsGuard detected with the help of AI detection tool TrueMedia.org, published 9,784 videos in just 458 days, from March 2023 to June 2024, cumulatively garnering over 380 million views. Most of these accounts were created in 2024. On average, each account posted at least one video daily, with some publishing up to four AI-narrated videos a day. The videos spread false narratives on topics including U.S. and European politics and the Russia-Ukraine war.”

Search everywhere optimization: 7 platforms SEOs need to optimize for beyond Google

Search Engine Land: “It’s “search everywhere optimization.” This means that, as organic search strategists, we must take more ownership to optimize beyond Google. Search is more fractured than ever, so people turn to places beyond Google to find what they need. My agency has access to a wealth of proprietary and client data and we’re… Continue Reading

LLRX June 2024 Articles and Columns

Protecting the Vulnerable: Navigating Online Risks for Minors – Veronica Garrick PowerPoint Has Its Problems – Jerry Lawson AI in Banking and Finance, June 30, 2024 – This semi-monthly column by Sabrina I. Pacifici highlights news, government documents, NGO/IGO papers, industry white papers, academic papers and speeches on the subject of AI’s fast paced impact… Continue Reading

The Greatest Social Media Site Is Craigslist (Yes, Craigslist)

Slate – “While the internet has morphed and changed, the controversial classifieds site has remained largely the same—hearkening back to a time when everyone online trusted each other more….The site has changed relatively little in both functionality and appearance since Newmark launched it in 1995 as a friends and family listserv for jobs and other… Continue Reading

When the Terms of Service Change to Make Way for A.I. Training

The New York Times [no paywall]: “Last July, Google made an eight-word change to its privacy policy that represented a significant step in its race to build the next generation of artificial intelligence. Buried thousands of words into its document, Google tweaked the phrasing for how it used data for its products, adding that public… Continue Reading

11 steps to keep Meta from stealing your data to train AI

Deborah Copaken: “You only have until June 26, 2024 to say no to Meta taking your personal photos and words and using them to train their generative AI. Here are step-by-step directions for opting out…Facebook has led to all sorts of horrors, including an orange-haired, coup-instigating felon in the White House; Russian interference in our… Continue Reading

Sinclair floods local news websites with hundreds of deceptive articles about Biden’s mental fitness

Popular Information: “This month, Sinclair Broadcast Group has flooded a vast network of local news websites with misleading articles suggesting that President Biden is mentally unfit for office. The articles are based on specious social media posts by the Republican National Committee (RNC), which are then repackaged to resemble news reports. The thinly disguised political… Continue Reading

LinkedIn’s AI Career Coaches Will See You Now

Amanda Hoover, Wired: “LinkedIn has ramped up its generative AI tools in the past year and is moving to incorporate the tech into even more of its offerings. On Thursday, the career site announced new features like a pilot for AI-powered expert advice, an interactive chat to break down information in LinkedIn courses, and more… Continue Reading