Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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‘Beware The False Temptations Of The Russia Story’

Some on the U.S. left are becoming as crazed by anti-Russia stories as their rightwing counterparts were by anti-Hillary stories during the U.S. election — and that’s making them targets for false news, writes Ben Smith.

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Wed, March 15 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » Comments Off on ‘Beware The False Temptations Of The Russia Story’

Twitter to use algorithms to target objectionable users

The lede: “Twitter Inc. on Wednesday launched a wider effort to use algorithms to identify accounts as potentially engaging in abusive behavior, a departure from its practice of relying on users to report accounts that should be reviewed for possible violation of its rules.”

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Wed, March 1 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Twitter to use algorithms to target objectionable users

Facebook’s next phase further threatens journalism

Craigslist started the unbundling process of separating services from news that helped lead to journalism’s precarious financial situation today. Facebook’s new strategy will make things worse.

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Sat, February 18 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Facebook’s next phase further threatens journalism

Facebook Live losing steam

Once upon a time, it appeared Facebook Live would be the next big thing. But it now seems to be a wave that has already crested.

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Tue, January 17 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Facebook Live losing steam

Facebook knows more about you than it’s saying

Facebook collects lots of seemingly public information about its users — where they went to school, their home town — and so on. But they drill much, much deeper into individual users’ lives than the “social network” lets on.

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Tue, December 27 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Facebook knows more about you than it’s saying

A great social media cartoon

From Rob Cottingham:

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Sat, December 17 2016 » Media, Minutiae » Comments Off on A great social media cartoon

Twitter losing its wings relative to other social platforms

Some people once referred to Twitter as the new telegraph. But relative to Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, its star has considerably dimmed with digital publishers.

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Thu, December 8 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Twitter losing its wings relative to other social platforms

Ontario woman involved in promulgating the Pizzagate scandal

Subhed: “Writer disavows responsibility for Sunday’s attack, but passed explosive allegations along.”

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Wed, December 7 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Ontario woman involved in promulgating the Pizzagate scandal

You’re the real fake news, defiant conservatives tell MSM

While fake news appears to have been mostly directed at Donald Trump supporters and other conservatives, those same people are trying to turn the “fake news” phrase into a weapon against the mainstream media.

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Wed, December 7 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on You’re the real fake news, defiant conservatives tell MSM

Not everything is fake news

Subhed: “Journalists are blurring several problems into one—and making it impossible to solve.” The solution lies in limiting the definition of fake news.

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Tue, December 6 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Not everything is fake news