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    Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak: 'Of all Big Tech, Facebook is No. 1 that I don't like'

    GadgeteerZA · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Friday, 25 March, 2022 - 08:47 · 1 minute

Steve Wozniak is officially done with Facebook.

On a March episode of the "Steve-O's Wild Ride!" podcast, hosted by entertainer Steve-O, Wozniak said that he and his wife both recently deactivated their Facebook accounts over data privacy concerns. When he "likes" a friend's post, the interaction isn't about connecting with someone he knows, the Apple co-founder said – it's about revealing his interests to advertisers.

That's enough to keep him off the platform for the foreseeable future, he said, noting that he's "scared a bit" about the amount of access Facebook had to his life: "Of all Big Tech, Facebook is probably No. 1 that I don't like."

Wozniak seems to have been aware of Facebook's privacy standards for some time, but the tipping point that led him to deactivate his account wasn't sparked by personalized ads on his feed. Instead, it came from months of habitual, mindless scrolling on social media.

Yes, I was also officially done with Facebook products at beginning 2020 when the straw broke the camel's back. So there went my FB, Instagram and WhatsApp accounts, as well as my planned purchase of an Oculus Rift headset. For me, it was the metadata being extracted from WhatsApp actually, as I had already deleted my FB account before that.


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    Confessions of a Social Media Influencer: Much of it is Branding and Fake Positivity

    GadgeteerZA · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Friday, 4 February, 2022 - 10:04

We often consume edited and fictional content unknowingly on social media. We forget that people can simply make things up and present it as truth. "When I see a fellow fitness influencer post a picture of their fit, slender body, I assume that’s what their body actually looks like." Social media has exposed the fragility of truth. What is clear is that this misinformation is harmful to its users—particularly the ones most vulnerable, children and adolescents.

Yes, certainly no surprise! It is well worth remembering that so much of what we see online is really fake, but the bottom line is fake positivity gets followers and views, whilst honesty about sadness and depression generally does not. Anyway, exposing your sadness and depression online could actually cause more problems and issues for an individual, and we've even seen individuals committing suicide over replies and comments sent to them.

So if you're a parent, it is probably worth sharing the linked article below with your kids.


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    Your favourite social media influencer might be fictional

    GadgeteerZA · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Sunday, 17 October, 2021 - 09:19 · 1 minute

Tia is a student, PR intern, and future princess — well, only if she gets back together with her royal ex. She's passionate, smart, and no stranger to sharing her love life with thousands of viewers. She's also not a real person — but that doesn't stop the likes, views, and comments asking for updates on her outlandish story from rolling in. Tia is one of 22 fictional TikTok personalities conceptualized, scripted, and managed by FourFront, a social media and live event-focused entertainment startup.

Many will remember too, in the last year an elderly woman on YouTube, appearing as a young girl, and then being exposed for it as the AI failed once during a live stream. And of course so many real social media influencers are presenting a completely fake life (usually showing their life as being much better and richer than real life). I can see why social media can cause so much anxiety for many people, judging themselves against fictional or faked profiles. It won't go away, as it's been a part of human civilisation long before social media.

But it is good to be sceptical and remember that a lot of what is seen, is just not real.


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    'Hacker X'—the American who built a pro-Trump fake news empire—unmasks himself

    GadgeteerZA · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Thursday, 14 October, 2021 - 15:04 · 1 minute

"The new war is to wake up those who have been manipulated, while actively taking out the fake news campaigns," writes Willis in a blog post. "COVID has shown me the deadly side of fake news and anti-vaccination people. After multiple conversations with my father, who refuses to wear a mask or get vaccinated, I was getting very concerned. I asked him what sites he would read the conspiracy-based things on, and he mentioned the website that ran the network I had built the machine on."

Prior to approaching me, Willis had disclosed his history with fake news farms to his family, hoping to undo the brainwashing done by these websites. Unfortunately, it was too late. To this day, Willis' father does not believe the hacker's story, Willis said, adding, "He has been too manipulated."

Yes it is a matter of being careful what you wish for (create), because you may just get it... The purposeful creation of misinformation is what has largely contributed to the rot of the Internet, the negative perception of society, and in some cases even deaths. And all the time we were led to believe it was "the Russians". Well who knows what you can actually believe, but if anything, it makes a good case for a need for quality journalism in the world.


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    Social Media Vs Dating Agency or Coach Media

    preptorrent · / manosphere · Saturday, 4 September, 2021 - 16:00 edit · 7 minutes

#MRA #MGTOW #Manosphere #RedPill #AltTech #SocialNetwork #SocialMedia

Social Media is actually a broad brush and often misused term (to the point of misnomer). This is especially the case when an online data system model is called a social-network by misnomer when actually it is a content-network... and an example of this is YouTube. A content network can have video content primarily (such as YouTube being a video-network). Historically a person finds content they like (such as a HowTo video or a vlog blog by a person into a given activity like antiques or gardening) and then they get to know a few new people into those things and start a regular (or semi-regular) behaviour of interacting with them. So it is content first and then, if there is social behaviour, then that is later. It is not a social-network (despite protests) but it is a content-network.

Facebook however is a social-network. On Facebook (which BTW replaced many a website such as friends-reunited, thereby absorbing its user-base of people), people initially found people who they already know and then sometimes look at what activities they are into (such as their holiday photos/videos or clubs they are into such as historical battle recreations or gardening clubs), and those activities are "content". Female Suicide Even if people now make all manner of business accounts on Facebook and try to do things the other way around whereby they make content and try to get new people into that group, they still cannot shake the original way of things Facebook went about it (as per the old Friends Reunited website). A similar but reverse situation is how googleplus was retrofitted onto YouTube trying to make it into a social-network (when really it is a content-network, and more specifically a video-network even if now you can add photos and so on). Google, via YouTube, even resigned itself to making the googleplus into a hobby webpage about content (HowTo videos such as gardening etc.) when googleplus flopped, and it was like the googlepages (googlesites) idea in a way (of making a blog as a one way stream of content first and interaction later, such as by RSS feed blog).

The Facebook model has the potential for people to first socialise with those they know and then get a job done (finding a gardener) by a "friend-of-a-friend" (which is a metadata model). Some might think this would be counterproductive to meritocracy because people would want to go for best prices and brands in products and services, but remember that this is not Amazon recommended products we are talking about, but rather this is nepotism. That works historically. This lends itself not just to pure nepotism but also the fact that people are more likely to employ a person they already know.

Don't be surprised if now and then you find State driven employment systems which drive unemployed people into blatant lies in workshops akin to a PUA (Pick-Up-Artist) pretending that things are not rigged and nepotism and corrupt, such as the family of the employee at the job service getting the jobs for the servicing of office equipment at the local government buildings.

Such workshops attempt to panel beat you into thinking that it is your fault they have rigged jobs against you, as they pretend you'll get the job "fair and square" if you stand-up straight (like a PUA snake-oil salesman telling you to "hold frame" instead of being a hunk as a way to get a girlfriend as a potential mate to have kids with). The idea of organising your life in a different way to that which you currently use is often proposed and rings a bell like Jordan B Peterson's "Tidy your room" approach and “lobsters” talk. It is a "cope" and floundering and it is all a propaganda.

The "manosphere scene" (a vague term which is really just a collection of ways of looking at old-MRA problems now that the old-MRA is pretty much gone) is a propaganda machine and, if you look hard enough, an intelligence network. This became so large a threat that it was infiltrated and put under supervision by the State who then replaced the words with new words ("manosphere" being one of them which nobody was particularly interested in using) and with words like "gynocentrism" and "cock carousel" (all State engineered and besides the point of what the old-MRA was looking to do).

However the manosphere scene still has some functionality and understands pertaining areas of propaganda networks, intelligence networks and data models as per the difference between social-network and a content network in a website (or back-end be it run by app client-side or web-app in a browser such as a webpage).

One of the important things that was done at the start was to model (in Unified Modelling Language, UML, for Object Oriented code) what a MGTOW is and what a MRA is. So this allows the more appropriate usage (and reverse engineering of gadgets) of different types of online software which affect people. That can not only be Facebook or YouTube but other websites, including Dating Agencies or those Dating coaching sites which often overlap with the PUA techniques (and sometimes kink websites that overlap with dating hook-up sites).

The digital manosphere is dynamic and, within the first decade of the millennium, very quickly set about feasibility studies, and creating of graphical linear inequalities (akin to if then else statements) of what the old-MRA could do for its simple aims and what reaction people would give (including if it were to be bad so as to detect what works and what fails and what flotsam and jetsam exists after a demolition of it, as those are gadgets to reverse engineer).

Breaking down domestic violence shelters to destroy the abuse scam is achievable and breaking down dating networks likewise can be done. We know for example the fetish networks are part of the psychological propagandas involved with those who do such work for the State.

Social-Networks are part of that reverse oriented engineering where gadgets (or functionality) can be taken from one network, used in conjunction with another network like a content-network (even at greatly inefficient expense) so as to reveal spurious information from another network such as a dating network.

The MRA has transformed into a Frankenstein or "the thing" or "the blob" which can gladly have chunks blown off to become a sunk cost at great expense, just to exploit some data from a different network.

The manosphere are finding out who the people against the old-MRA are and who is close to them, and what their flaws are such as addictive behaviours.

It is already known that they are vulnerable to their own propaganda such as becoming addicted to pornography they expose themselves to by snooping on the data of other people. They cannot admit they are wrong, and have a sense of entitlement to a job for its money and status including "virtue" (rather than being a better person) and that they feel they are owed for some damage in their life as they cannot admit it was their fault. Women in particular can be like that. Their "kinks" will never go away. They seek to control other people as they are not in control of themselves and also they plug the hollow in their life with their jobs and the apparent virtue and the money. They will be put under supervision. We have controlled them before in these ways and that means their boss was controlled as they are a liability for surrounding themselves with those people. People so weak are not what a person (e.g. of the "manosphere scene") wants on their side. Like people killing themselves working at firms like Marconi, there will always be those who turn to suicide, not as an attempt but to actual death. Troilism and other masochism or paraphilia are disorders and it is not the same as a good man taking multiple wives (as that is 'vanilla'). The people against the old-MRA can have these disorders (being vulnerable to it) and can be in denial of what they are (often using false equivalences) and they create an audit trails of it as per the above data models and networks described. They never admit their own fault or take blame and as such are vulnerable to disorders as with those.


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    Hi, I’m Disaster Bot - An Indonesian mapping platform is turning social media chatter into life-saving information during natural disasters

    GadgeteerZA · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Thursday, 1 July, 2021 - 17:51

Jakarta floods, and Jakartans tweet. When they wake up in the morning and see the thick smog of car exhaust and coal fumes outside the window, they tweet. When they realize the road is blocked because of high water, they tweet.

Today, if a Twitter user in Jakarta tweets the word “banjir,”which means flood in Indonesian, they get a jaunty response from a Twitter account with the handle u/PetaBencana: “Hi, I’m Disaster Bot. To report flooding near you, reply with #flood.” If they do that, the bot will send them a link to a site where they can locate the flood on a map, report how high the water is, and submit a photo of the damage. PetaBencana’s success in Indonesia, where it is now used by government agencies, NGOs, and ordinary citizens, has led to it being adopted in the Philippines, Hong Kong and Vietnam.

Perfect sort of bot to be developed as part of hackathon events to crowdsource citizen reports.


#technology #socialmedia #crowdsourcing #disaster #hackathon

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    What Indian and Nigerian governments should have told their citizens rather than trying to control Twitter: Join the Fediverse!

    GadgeteerZA · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Sunday, 6 June, 2021 - 21:06 · 1 minute

Sometimes the answer isn't 'Going Big'. Rather than build new centralized platforms that will inevitably fail in proportion to their user base. Choose 'protocols' that can naturally scale and deliver the best for every person. Smaller tight knit communities 'on your own terms' that are user-first is the future of social media. Facebook's goal is not to 'connect the world' their true goals lie in their business model 'to sell your data to advertisers'.

The Fediverse tries to put social networking back into your hands, just like email and websites - it's based on the #ActivityPub protocol that's internationally accepted and works according to your needs and not to some advertiser's! Pick any server or host your own. You can set the rules.

The irony of it is that this drive by governments to want to try control privately owned centralised social networks, will very likely increase the move to smaller more decentralised and federated social networks, in much the same way the laws of economics drive markets around the world based on supply and demand. The options are already all there and being used by many around the world. IRC for example is over 30 years old and still going strong. It's the reason that Mastodon came out of nowhere and is so busy today too.

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    Study: Folklore structure reveals how conspiracy theories emerge, fall apart - Rumors swirling around 2016 Wikileaks dump was glue that held 'Pizzagate' together

    GadgeteerZA · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Wednesday, 6 January, 2021 - 16:53 · 1 minute

Mark Twain is often credited with the saying, “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes.” Twain never actually said it; it appears to be a mutated version of something essayist Jonathan Swift once wrote—a misattribution that aptly illustrates the point. The same is true of a good conspiracy theory, composed of unrelated facts and false information that somehow get connected into a loose narrative framework, which then spreads rapidly as perceived "truth." According to a June paper published in PLOS ONE, the structure of folklore can yield insights into precisely how these connections get made and, hence, into the origins of conspiracy theories.

A very interesting read (see link below) and I thought I would share this today as I heard an amazing statement from a person I saw hurling verbal abuse at someone on a social network who was standing up to them (not sure if it was a he or she as it was all pseudonyms) and stating they must accept the abuse and personal insults as "words don't hurt anyone". I don't even want to repeat the words here as I'll be banned from any decent network. I responded though to say that words most definitely do hurt and cause harm not just to the individual's dignity, but riots and insurrections have been caused and many people have also committed suicide after being goaded on to do so (this was also being done).

We should try and respect others as we would like them to treat us on social media, and realise that conspiracy theories as well also cause real violence as shown in the Pizzagate study. We can blame Big Tech for many things except our own bad human behaviour, and the silent majority do need to speak up sometimes and support those being discriminated against or abused.


#technology #socialmedia #myths #conspiracytheories