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Revealed: the Facebook loophole that lets world leaders deceive and harass their citizens

Julia Carrie Wong – A Guardian investigation exposes the breadth of state-backed manipulation of the platform. “Facebook has repeatedly allowed world leaders and politicians to use its platform to deceive the public or harass opponents despite being alerted to evidence of the wrongdoing. The Guardian has seen extensive internal documentation showing how Facebook handled more… Continue Reading

5 Sites Like Rotten Tomatoes to Find Average Ratings and Reviews for Anything

Make Use Of: “Track reviews from top critics to find the best-reviewed books, music, gadgets, games, and cryptocurrencies. Rotten Tomatoes is great for movies, but what about the rest? These sites track reviews from top critics to find the best-reviewed books, music, gadgets, games, and cryptocurrencies. With so many newspapers, magazines, websites, and YouTube channels,… Continue Reading

A Hacker Is Selling the User Data of 500 Million LinkedIn Users Online

Make Use Of: “To prove that the data is real, the hacker posted the personal info of two million LinkedIn users to the online forum… On April 6, Cybernews reported that an archive containing user data scraped from 500 million LinkedIn profiles had been posted to unnamed “popular hacking forum.” And ust in case you… Continue Reading

Data scraped from 500 million LinkedIn users found for sale online

Tech Republic: “A massive trove of LinkedIn account data has been found for sale online, containing 500 million user records including email addresses, phone numbers, links to other social media profiles and professional details Reported by CyberNews researchers, the leak was posted to a forum popular with hackers by a user asking for a “four-digit… Continue Reading

Social Media Use in 2021

Pew Research Center – “A majority of Americans say they use YouTube and Facebook, while use of Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok is especially common among adults under 30. Despite a string of controversies and the public’s relatively negative sentiments about aspects of social media, roughly seven-in-ten Americans say they ever use any kind of social… Continue Reading

Americans are super-spreaders of COVID-19 misinformation

“Infodemic pathways: Evaluating the role that traditional and social media play in cross-national information transfer” by Aengus Bridgman, Eric Merkley, Oleg Zhilin, Peter John Loewen, Taylor Owen, and Derek Ruths was published in Frontiers in Political Science. DOI: http://doi.org/10.3389/fpos.2021.648646 “Misinformation about COVID-19 is spreading from the United States into Canada, undermining efforts to mitigate the… Continue Reading

National Archives can’t resurrect Trump’s tweets, Twitter says

Politico: “Twitter will not allow the National Archives to make former President Donald Trump’s past tweets from his @realDonaldTrump account available on the social media platform, the company told POLITICO on Wednesday, in the latest display of Silicon Valley’s power over communications channels used by the U.S. government. The statement came as the National Archives… Continue Reading

Study – 3 in 4 Americans Say Music Has Been Key to Improving their Mental Health During COVID

Sound United – Americans Working Remote Rely on Music to Sustain Energy and Health – “During an otherwise bleak 2020, many Americans report that listening to music helped reduce stress and depression, while boosting work productivity, according to a new study. Per the study, music was more important to improving happiness over watching Netflix or even… Continue Reading

How to check if hackers are sharing your Facebook data

Follow up to 533 million Facebook users’ phone numbers and personal data have been leaked online, see also Mashable: “At this point, there’s a good chance your Facebook data has been hacked, sold, leaked, or generally misused by third parties. Now, at least in the case of the latest troubling Facebook-related incident which made the… Continue Reading

Are my passwords on the dark web? Protect your data after a breach

CNET – “By the time a company tells you your data’s been stolen as part of a breach, your information may already be on the dark web. Here’s how to keep pace with the hackers. Your personal data’s been stolen, but you often won’t learn about it until long after Facebook, Equifax, Marriott, Yahoo, DoorDash or some… Continue Reading

A Comprehensive Guide to Those Responsible for the January 6 Insurrection

“This primer by Seth Abramson also explains, in detail, how and why the attack on the Capitol occurred. The Department of Justice calls the FBI investigation into the January 6 assault on the United States Capitol one of the largest criminal probes in American history. One of the reasons the investigation is so historically vast and complex is that… Continue Reading

533 million Facebook users’ phone numbers and personal data have been leaked online

Business Insider – “A user in a low level hacking forum on Saturday published the phone numbers and personal data of hundreds of millions of Facebook users for free online. The exposed data includes personal information of over 533 million Facebook users from 106 countries, including over 32 million records on users in the US,… Continue Reading