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NY State bill would review social media, internet history a…

NY State bill would review social media, internet history a…

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The New York State legislature is considering a bill to include social media and internet search history in background checks for firearm purchases. (WHAM photo)NEW YORK (WHAM) — People applying for a pistol permit or renewing a license could have their social media accounts and internet history reviewed. It's part of a newly proposed bill in the New York State Senate.State Senator Kevin Parker of the 21st District introduced Senate Bill 9191 in attempts to keep firearms out the hands of people who may be violent.The measure requires, "social media and search engine reviews prior to the approval of an application or renewal of a license to carry or possess a pistol or revolver; requires a person applying for a license to carry or possess a pistol or revolver or a renewal of such licen
State bill would review social media, internet as part of b…

State bill would review social media, internet as part of b…

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New York, New York - People applying for a pistol permit or renewing a license could have their social media accounts and internet history reviewed. It's part of a newly proposed bill in the New York State Senate.State Senator Kevin Parker of the 21st District introduced Senate Bill 9191 in attempts to keep firearms out the hands of people who may be violent. The measure requires, "social media and search engine reviews prior to the approval of an application or renewal of a license to carry or possess a pistol or revolver; requires a person applying for a license to carry or possess a pistol or revolver or a renewal of such license to consent to having his or her social media accounts and search engine history reviewed and investigated for certain posts and/or searches over a period of...
Paolo Cirio’s “Sociality” takes on social media manipulatio…

Paolo Cirio’s “Sociality” takes on social media manipulatio…

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For years, Paolo Cirio has been turning data into digital activist art in inventive ways. His Obscurity social justice project, for instance, took on the predatory online mugshot industry that charges people with even minor arrests exorbitant picture removal fees. Cirio cloned the sites and shuffled their data, obfuscating the records.The Italian artist’s latest, Sociality, is no less impressive–and no less eye-opening.Cirio aggregates and sorts 20,000 social media and other tech patents into a searchable database that reveals just how invasive our digital devices have become. Patents with names like: Method of advertising by user psychosocial profiling. Mental state analysis of voters. Predicting user posting behavior in social media applications. RELATED: 200,000 Caymans Corporations
A eulogy for the last great social network

A eulogy for the last great social network

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Google delivered the news earlier this month in a blog post. The company gave multiple reasons for its decision: It found a security flaw in Google+, consumer engagement is low, and running a social site is hard. So it’ “sunsetting” Google+ for consumers in August, 2019. (The service will continue for business customers.)Over its 20-year history, Google has succeeded wildly with products in a great many businesses: Search, Gmail, YouTube, Android and others. But it tends to fail with products that involve public social interaction. In fact, it’s earned a reputation as something of a social site serial killer. High-profile failures include Orkut, Buzz, and Wave. But even more obscure social properties also got “sunsetted” by Google: Spaces, Profiles, Wildfire, Jaiku, Schemer, Lively, Hel
Some Google Plus users begin migrating to the MeWe social m…

Some Google Plus users begin migrating to the MeWe social m…

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Now that Google is sticking the fork in its Google Plus social media platform, there is a huge swath of Google+ users who are searching for a new social media home. Many users aren’t at all keen on Facebook or Twitter so they’ve been hunting for alternatives. Some have ended up at pluspora, some are migrating to mastodon, and others to Friendica. But a large number have found a place they believe could be what they once had in Google Plus: MeWe.MeWe is a newer social media platform that is supposedly engineered with “privacy-by-design.” In the words of the company:MeWe turns the table on Facebook and other social media companies with a revolutionary service that emphasizes privacy and social sharing where people can be their true, uncensored selves. No Ads. No Spyware. No BS. MeWe membe
Hurricane Florence fake storm photos on social media

Hurricane Florence fake storm photos on social media

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As Hurricane Florence barrels towards the east coast Thursday, it’s important to remind social media users of a good rule of thumb: If you see a photo that defies common sense, take a minute to investigate before sharing. Natural disasters bring all sorts of shenanigans to the interwebs: Sharks swimming next to cars. A full fleet of airplanes underwater. Crocodiles knocking on front doors. None of these are real. Weather events in particular seem to attract more altered or fake images than other kinds of stories, according to Al Tompkins, senior faculty at the Poynter Institue for Media Studies. “People are really anxious to see damage,” Tompkins said. “There’s a hunger, there’s an appetite for it. People really want this information. It’s sort of opportunity meets demand.” Plus, it’s
Internet giants, social media platforms aren’t news organiz…

Internet giants, social media platforms aren’t news organiz…

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Terry Ostlund Las Vegas September 2, 2018 - 9:00 pm   In response to your Wednesday editorial on regulating Internet search engines: I agree wholeheartedly that content of news organizations should not be regulated, as long as they don’t lie — and, yes, some reporters do lie. That aside, the editorial reflects the misguided impression that Google, Twitter and other social media platforms are news organizations. They are not. They are platforms for people to share thoughts and experiences. What the president and many conservatives are alarmed about is the censoring by these companies of content they disagree with. This is happening on a daily basis and must stop. Despite repeated assurances from Google
Social media and search under scrutiny on Wall Street and C…

Social media and search under scrutiny on Wall Street and C…

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Americans will have another opportunity to see the digital naiveté of elected leaders and the regulatory arrogance of social media bosses in the week ahead. Top executives from Facebook and Twitter are due to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday. Google patent company Alphabet also has been invited to sit for the hearing, but Google’s offer to have a lower level executive speak was rejected, according t
Trump Takes Aim At Tech Giants Over Social Media Posts

Trump Takes Aim At Tech Giants Over Social Media Posts

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Social media is making Trump look bad, and the president is fighting back, threatening to prosecute Google and going after Twitter as well, with economic advisor Larry Kudlow telling  Bloomberg that the administration is "looking into" whether Google suppresses positive articles about Trump.Exactly how they are “looking into” it, no one knows, but Trump has accused Google of manipulating search results to make him look bad and rigging the search engine “so that almost all stories & news is BAD”.That all went down on Twitter first …(Click to enlarge)Then, it was followed up after a meeting in the Oval Office with FIFA President Gianni Infantino."I think Google has really taken advantage of a lot of people, and I think that's a very serious thing. That's a very serious charge,