Hate Almost-Crimes and the Rise of Inter-Nationalism
The Third Act: When Hate Becomes a Verb — For years, across social platforms, app ecosystems, and the rest of the web, I’ve studied the intricate networking and organizational amplification of outrage. The grievous acts that follow in the wake of progressively extreme ideologies are the conspicuous product of globally connected cells, misguided prejudices, and attention amplification mechanisms.
Facebook’s Failure to Enforce Its Own Rules
Pages are fabricating metrics and overriding bans — This is the last installment of The Micro-Propaganda Machine, a three-part analysis critically examining the issues at the interface of platforms, propaganda, and politics. The third part of my analysis of Facebook prior to the midterm election, looks at granular enforcement and Facebook’s challenges in enforcing its community standards and…
The Shadow Organizing of Facebook Groups
How political lies and conspiracies are spreading without detection — This is the second installment of The Micro-Propaganda Machine, a three-part analysis critically examining the issues at the interface of platforms, propaganda, and politics. In 2016, discussions about Facebook and the election tended to focus mostly on pages and paid ads. …
Facebook and the 2018 Midterms: A Look at the Data
Analysis of political ads, groups, and rule enforcement on the platform show that the problem is only getting worse — This is the first installment of The Micro-Propaganda Machine, a three-part analysis critically examining the issues at the interface of platforms, propaganda, and politics. Before the 2018 U.S. midterm elections, I took an extensive look into the state of Facebook’s platform and what I found was interesting—and terrifying. Three months…
Web no.point.0: rise of the Splintr.net
The “era of accountability” for American tech has begun. Though unsettling, the spate of disclosures from Facebook, Google, and other technology companies has provided a much-needed win for public accountability. Not in the least, it has led to the establishment of tools that offer at least some degree of transparency…
The Graph API: Key Points in the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica Debacle
That ain’t workin ‘, that’s the way you do it — data for nothin’ through the Graph API for free — Due to the number of questions, I’ve decided to outline the key points, privacy implications, and technical features related to Facebook’s Graph API. The Graph API is the underlying issue in the Cambridge Analytica data-sharing voter “micro-targeting” debacle. (This post is an expanded version of the Twitter thread linked below)
Untrue-Tube: Monetizing Misery and Disinformation
Welcome to 2018, a time when we clicked and swiped ourselves into a cultural dystopia for a few trillion views. — With the dust still settling from the Parkland, Florida high school shooting massacre, the information war carries on. The initial focus involved the NRA lobby, but a large-scale disinformation campaign has successfully shifted the debate to the use of “crisis actors” for student survivors.