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Hipster complains his image was used for a study on hipsterism and ends up proving it correct

While blessedly the trend seems to be ebbing we are still inundated with hipsters. Close your eyes and you could compile a character in mind quickly, from the nerdy specs, the anti-fashion clothes they pay top dollar for, the tattoos — the beards!

Recently a piece covering this social group was published at the MIT Technology Review, entitled “The hipster effect: Why anti-conformists always end up looking the same.” It details some of the curious aspects behind such trends and references another college study about the effects on societal change and possibly even how this may influence financials. But the focus here is on the header image.

The Editor In Chief at Tech Review, Gideon Lichfield detailed a process he endured immediately after the article was posted.

The header image on the piece does have a caption crediting Getty Images, so at this point all seems above board. But Lichfield performed due dilligence.

The article itself does not make any negative comments about hipsters, it only was about charting the effect of their being created and the influences leading to them. All is delivered in an even handed manner.

Then comes the punchline:

This means of course someone spotted their image being used in an article about hipsters, resented that he was classified as someone who fit the stereotype of so many others trying to non-conform, and ends up finding out that in fact it was not his picture, meaning that he misidentified himself because he does in fact closely resemble others trying to not comform with the masses.

Sounds like someone needs to hike his Eddie Bauer snow boots to the craft brew house, take off his Sundance skull cap, and sip a pumpkin porter until he calms down.

Read more: https://twitchy.com/brads-313037/2019/03/10/hipster-complains-his-image-was-used-for-a-study-on-hipsterism-and-ends-up-proving-it-correct/

Pro-Gun Russian Bots Flood Twitter After Parkland Shooting

Each new breaking news situation is an opportunity for trolls to grab attention, provoke emotions, and spread propaganda. The Russian government knows this. Fake-news manufacturing teenagers in Macedonia know this. Twitter bot creators know this. And thanks to data-gathering operations from groups like the Alliance for Securing Democracy and RoBhat Labs, the world knows this.

In the wake of Wednesday’s Parkland, Florida, school shooting, which resulted in 17 deaths, troll and bot-tracking sites reported an immediate uptick in related tweets from political propaganda bots and Russia-linked Twitter accounts. Hamilton 68, a website created by Alliance for Securing Democracy, tracks Twitter activity from accounts it has identified as linked to Russian influence campaigns. As of morning, shooting-related terms dominated the site’s trending hashtags and topics, including Parkland, guncontrolnow, Florida, guncontrol, and Nikolas Cruz, the name of the alleged shooter. Popular trending topics among the bot network include shooter, NRA, shooting, Nikolas, Florida, and teacher.

On RoBhat Labs' Botcheck.me, a website created by two Berkeley students to track 1500 political propaganda bots, all of the top two-word phrases used in the last 24 hours—excluding President Trump's name—are related to the tragedy: School shooting, gun control, high school, Florida school. The top hashtags from the last 24 hours include Parkland, guncontrol, and guncontrolnow.

Ash Bhat, one of the project’s creators, says the bots are able to respond quickly to breaking news because they’re ultimately controlled by humans. In contrast to the Russia-affiliated Hamilton 68 bots, Bhat would not speculate on who is behind the bots that RoBhat Labs tracks. In some cases, the bot creators come up with hashtags, and use their bots to amplify them until they’re adopted by human users. “Over time the hashtag moves out of the bot network to the general public,” he says. Once a hashtag is widely adopted by real users, it’s difficult for Twitter to police, Bhat says. RoBhat Labs’ data shows this happened with the hashtag MemoDay, which bubbled up when House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes’ controversial memo was released.

In other cases, the bots jump on existing hashtags to take control of the conversation and amplify a message. That’s likely what is happening with the Parkland shooting and the hashtag guncontrolnow, Bhat says.

'Over time the hashtag moves out of the bot network to the general public.'

Ash Bhat, RoBhat Labs

While RoBhat Labs tracks general political bots, Hamilton 68 focuses specifically on those linked to the Russian government. According to the group's data, the top link shared by Russia-linked accounts in the last 48 hours is a 2014 Politifact article that looks critically at a statistic cited by pro-gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety. Twitter accounts tracked by the group have used the old link to try to debunk today’s stats about the frequency of school shootings.

Another top link shared by the network covers the “deranged” Instagram account of the shooter, showing images of him holding guns and knives, wearing army hats, and a screenshot of a Google search of the phrase “Allahu Akbar.” Characterizing shooters as deranged lone wolves with potential terrorist connections is a popular strategy of pro-gun groups because of the implication that new gun laws could not have prevented their actions. On Thursday President Trump tweeted as much: “So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior.”

Meanwhile, some accounts with large bot followings are already spreading misinformation about the shooter's ties to far-left group Antifa, even though the Associated Press reported that he was a member of a local white nationalist group. The Twitter account Education4Libs, which RoBhat Labs shows is one among the top accounts tweeted at by bots, is among the prominent disseminators of that idea:

Bret Schafer, a research analyst with the Alliance for Securing Democracy, says the spike in shooting-related posts from Russia-linked bots is in line with what his group observed after last year's shootings in Las Vegas and Texas. The Russia-linked bots weigh in on any attention-grabbing news event, but seize on shootings particularly. "Because of the politicized nature of them, they are perfect fodder to take an extreme position and start spreading memes that have a very distinct political position on gun control," he says.

'I don’t think the Kremlin cares one way or another whether we enact stricter gun control laws.'

Bret Schafer, Alliance for Securing Democracy

The use of pro-gun control hashtags like #guncontrolnow, along with the spread of anti-gun control links like the Politifact article, appear at first to show the Russian strategy of promoting discord on both sides of a debate. Russian-linked Twitter accounts have attempted to spread confusion and angst on topics ranging from police violence against black people, to NFL player protests, to Al Franken’s sexual misconduct accusations. (On other topics, like special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 election, the bots have worked in concert to further the Kremlin's agenda.)

But in this case, Schafer suspects the use of pro-gun control hashtags like #guncontrolnow are being used sarcastically, particularly since they're often paired with the anti-gun control links. Since the Twitter accounts Hamilton 68 tracks often target right-wing audiences, Schafer believes the trolls are using the message to attract more eyeballs. "That allows them to then push content that is more directly related to the Kremlin’s geopolitical agenda," such as the Nunes memo, he says. "I don’t think the Kremlin cares one way or another whether we enact stricter gun control laws," he adds. "It's just being used as bait, basically."

Public awareness that antagonistic bots flood the Twitter debate hasn’t stopped them from achieving their goals of ratcheting up the vitriol—even amid a live tragedy like the Parkland shooting. The goal, after all, isn't to help one side or the other of the gun control debate win. It's to amplify the loudest voices in that fight, deepening the divisions between us.

Troll Takeover

Read more: https://www.wired.com/story/pro-gun-russian-bots-flood-twitter-after-parkland-shooting/

Fake news sharing in US is a rightwing thing, says study

University of Oxford project finds Trump supporters consume largest volume of junk news on Facebook and Twitter

Fake news sharing in US is a rightwing thing, says study

University of Oxford project finds Trump supporters consume largest volume of junk news on Facebook and Twitter

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/feb/06/sharing-fake-news-us-rightwing-study-trump-university-of-oxford

FCC Got 444,938 Net-Neutrality Comments From Russian Email Addresses

Someone was trying to game the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s electronic public comment system on net-neutrality rules.

But who? Was it supporters or foes of the open internet rules — or was it the Russians?

A study has found more than 7.75 million comments were submitted from email domains attributed to FakeMailGenerator.com, and they had nearly identical wording. The FCC says some of the nearly 23 million comments on Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal to gut Obama-era rules were filed under the same name more than 90 times each.

And then there were the 444,938 from Russian email addresses, which also raised eyebrows, even though it’s unclear if they were from actual Russian citizens or computer bots originating in the U.S. or elsewhere.

The oddities in the FCC’s inbox have attracted scrutiny from New York’s attorney general and from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, which has opened a probe.

“In an era where foreign governments have indisputably tried to use the internet and social media to influence our elections, federal and state governments should be working together to ensure that malevolent actors cannot subvert our administrative agencies’ decision-making processes,” New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in an open letter to the FCC.

Schneiderman said the FCC had not cooperated with his investigation.

Your Guide to Understanding the Trump-Russia Saga: QuickTake Q&A

Brian Hart, an FCC spokesman, called Schneiderman’s facts “completely inaccurate.” Hart said in an email that there had been “concerning activity” regarding public comments on both sides of the issue.

“The most suspicious activity has been by those supporting internet regulation,” Hart said. “We do not purge form letters, such as these, from the record as we err on the side of keeping the public record open and do not have the resources to investigate every comment that is filed."

Many submissions seemed to include false or misleading personal information, with 57 percent of comments analyzed using temporary or duplicate email addresses, the Pew Research Center said in a study published Wednesday.

There’s “clear evidence of organized campaigns to flood the comments with repeated messages," Pew said in its study that found 94 percent of comments were submitted multiple times — in some cases, hundreds of thousands of times.

Schneiderman, in his letter to the FCC, said he was “investigating who perpetrated a massive scheme to corrupt the FCC’s notice and comment process through the misuse of enormous numbers of real New Yorkers’ and other Americans’ identities.”

The Government Accountability Office is looking into missing emails, automated comments using peoples’ identities without their knowledge and a service interruption suffered in May to the FCC’s comments filing system, said Charles Young, a spokesman for the agency that serves as Congress’s investigative branch. Requests for the probe came from House Democrats and Senator Brian Schatz, a Hawaii Democrat.

‘Stolen Names’

Meanwhile, the strange filings are ammunition for critics of Pai’s proposal to kill the current rules and let broadband providers block or slow websites. The proposal faces a Dec. 14 vote at the agency where it’s expected to succeed with votes from the Republican majority Pai leads.

“There’s something not right in the @FCC record,” FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat, said in a Nov. 22 tweet that cited “bots, bogus comments, stolen names.”

The FCC’s website shows it received almost 23 million comments by late Tuesday on its net neutrality proposal. In August, after 21.8 million had been received, the trade group Broadband for America, backed by AT&T, Comcast Corp., and cable and wireless trade groups, released an analysis conducted by Emprata LLC, a data-analytics consulting firm.

Emprata found almost 7.6 million comments saying “I am in favor of strong net neutrality under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.”

Another set of 1.4 million took the opposite view, saying "I strongly urge the FCC to repeal" the rules.

International Input?

Given the fact that the rules apply to the U.S., an unusual number of comments — 1.74 million — were attributed to international addresses, with 444,938 from Russia and nearly as many from Germany, Emprata found. All but 25 of the emails from those countries were against repealing the 2015 rules. 

The report presented no evidence that the comments were linked to the Russian government.
U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a hacking campaign during the 2016 presidential election that sought to hurt Democrat Hillary Clinton.

"We did not investigate potential actors," Paul Salasznyk, Emprata’s chief executive officer, said in an email. From the data, there is no way to determine the origin of those comments, or whether they were routed from different computers, he said.

Service Interruption

A “vast majority” of all comments originated from form letters with exact or similar phrasing, according to Emprata. Personalized comments, or those that appeared only once in the docket, favored retaining the rules by a margin of 1.5 million versus 23,000 for repeal, according to the study.

Tim Karr, spokesman for the policy group Free Press that supports the 2015 rules, said, “There’s substantial evidence there was considerable tampering with the process.”

“The appearance of some impropriety gives Ajit Pai an excuse to reject the comments process,” Karr said.

Pai’s plan is based on the facts and the law, not the number of comments, the agency said in a statement. 

“The commenting process is not an opinion poll — and for good reason,” it said.

Some stakeholders agree that the commentary system might not be the best judge of public sentiment given that it appears prone to misuse.

"We shouldn’t be making policy like we’re voting for ‘Dancing with the Stars,’" said Jonathan Spalter, president of the trade group US Telecom that has members including AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc.

The droves of computer-generated short-form comments favoring and opposing the rules repeal didn’t address vital legal issues, Randolph May, a former FCC associate general counsel and president of the Maryland-based Free State Foundation, which advocates for limited government, said in a blog post Nov. 27.

“Let’s get real — and be frank,” May said. He called arguments over the docket a “diversionary tactic” by those who lack confidence in their substantive arguments.

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-29/fake-views-444-938-russian-emails-among-suspect-comments-to-fcc

    I asked Tinder for my data. It sent me 800 pages of my deepest, darkest secrets

    The dating app knows me better than I do, but these reams of intimate information are just the tip of the iceberg. What if my data is hacked or sold?

    At 9.24pm (and one second) on the night of Wednesday 18 December 2013, from the second arrondissement of Paris, I wrote Hello! to my first ever Tinder match. Since that day Ive fired up the app 920 times and matched with 870 different people. I recall a few of them very well: the ones who either became lovers, friends or terrible first dates. Ive forgotten all the others. But Tinder has not.

    The dating app has 800 pages of information on me, and probably on you too if you are also one of its 50 million users. In March I asked Tinder to grant me access to my personal data. Every European citizen is allowed to do so under EU data protection law, yet very few actually do, according to Tinder.

    With the help of privacy activist Paul-Olivier Dehaye from personaldata.io and human rights lawyer Ravi Naik, I emailed Tinder requesting my personal data and got back way more than I bargained for.

    Some 800 pages came back containing information such as my Facebook likes, my photos from Instagram (even after I deleted the associated account), my education, the age-rank of men I was interested in, how many times I connected, when and where every online conversation with every single one of my matches happened the list goes on.

    I am horrified but absolutely not surprised by this amount of data, said Olivier Keyes, a data scientist at the University of Washington. Every app you use regularly on your phone owns the same [kinds of information]. Facebook has thousands of pages about you!

    As I flicked through page after page of my data I felt guilty. I was amazed by how much information I was voluntarily disclosing: from locations, interests and jobs, to pictures, music tastes and what I liked to eat. But I quickly realised I wasnt the only one. A July 2017 study revealed Tinder users are excessively willing to disclose information without realising it.

    You are lured into giving away all this information, says Luke Stark, a digital technology sociologist at Dartmouth University. Apps such as Tinder are taking advantage of a simple emotional phenomenon; we cant feel data. This is why seeing everything printed strikes you. We are physical creatures. We need materiality.

    Reading through the 1,700 Tinder messages Ive sent since 2013, I took a trip into my hopes, fears, sexual preferences and deepest secrets. Tinder knows me so well. It knows the real, inglorious version of me who copy-pasted the same joke to match 567, 568, and 569; who exchanged compulsively with 16 different people simultaneously one New Years Day, and then ghosted 16 of them.

    What you are describing is called secondary implicit disclosed information, explains Alessandro Acquisti, professor of information technology at Carnegie Mellon University. Tinder knows much more about you when studying your behaviour on the app. It knows how often you connect and at which times; the percentage of white men, black men, Asian men you have matched; which kinds of people are interested in you; which words you use the most; how much time people spend on your picture before swiping you, and so on. Personal data is the fuel of the economy. Consumers data is being traded and transacted for the purpose of advertising.

    Tinders privacy policy clearly states your data may be used to deliver targeted advertising.

    All that data, ripe for the picking

    Tinder: You should not expect that your personal information, chats, or other communications will always remain secure. Photograph: Alamy

    What will happen if this treasure trove of data gets hacked, is made public or simply bought by another company? I can almost feel the shame I would experience. The thought that, before sending me these 800 pages, someone at Tinder might have read them already makes me cringe.

    Tinders privacy policy clearly states: you should not expect that your personal information, chats, or other communications will always remain secure. As a few minutes with a perfectly clear tutorial on GitHub called Tinder Scraper that can collect information on users in order to draw insights that may serve the public shows, Tinder is only being honest.

    In May, an algorithm was used to scrape 40,000 profile images from the platform in order to build an AI to genderise faces. A few months earlier, 70,000 profiles from OkCupid (owned by Tinders parent company Match Group) were made public by a Danish researcher some commentators have labelled a white supremacist, who used the data to try to establish a link between intelligence and religious beliefs. The data is still out there.

    So why does Tinder need all that information on you? To personalise the experience for each of our users around the world, according to a Tinder spokesperson. Our matching tools are dynamic and consider various factors when displaying potential matches in order to personalise the experience for each of our users.

    Unfortunately when asked how those matches are personalised using my information, and which kinds of profiles I will be shown as a result, Tinder was less than forthcoming.

    Our matching tools are a core part of our technology and intellectual property, and we are ultimately unable to share information about our these proprietary tools, the spokesperson said.

    The trouble is these 800 pages of my most intimate data are actually just the tip of the iceberg. Your personal data affects who you see first on Tinder, yes, says Dehaye. But also what job offers you have access to on LinkedIn, how much you will pay for insuring your car, which ad you will see in the tube and if you can subscribe to a loan.

    We are leaning towards a more and more opaque society, towards an even more intangible world where data collected about you will decide even larger facets of your life. Eventually, your whole existence will be affected.

    Tinder is often compared to a bar full of singles, but its more like a bar full of single people chosen for me while studying my behaviour, reading my diary and with new people constantly selected based on my live reactions.

    As a typical millennial constantly glued to my phone, my virtual life has fully merged with my real life. There is no difference any more. Tinder is how I meet people, so this is my reality. It is a reality that is constantly being shaped by others but good luck trying to find out how.

    Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/sep/26/tinder-personal-data-dating-app-messages-hacked-sold

    Are smartphones really making our children sad?

    US psychiatrist Jean Twenge, that has claimed that social networking is getting a malign impact on the youthful, solutions critics who accuse her of crying wolf

    Last week, the childrens commissioner, Anne Longfield, launched a campaign to assist parents regulate internet and smartphone use at your home. She recommended the overconsumption of social networking would be a problem similar to those of junk-food diets. No one, as a parent, want our kids to consume unhealthy foods constantly double cheeseburger, chips, every single day, each meal, she stated. For individuals same reasons, we shouldnt want our kids to complete exactly the same using their time spent online.

    A couple of days later, former GCHQ spy agency chief Robert Hannigan responded to the campaign. The idea that point online or before a screen is existence wasted needs challenging. It’s driven by fear, he stated. The very best factor are going to would be to focus less around the time they invest in screens both at home and more about the character from the activity.

    This exchange is simply one more illustration of how childrens screentime is becoming an emotive, contested issue. Last December, greater than 40 educationalists, psychologists and scientists signed instructions within the Guardian calling for action on childrens screen-based lifestyles. A couple of days later, another 40-odd academics described the fears as moral panic and stated that any guidelines required to develop evidence instead of scaremongering.

    Confronted with these conflicting expert views, how should concerned parents proceed? Into this maelstrom comes the American psychiatrist Jean Twenge, that has written a magazine titled iGen: Why Todays Super-Connected Children Are Becoming An Adult Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy and Completely Unprepared for Their adult years and just what Which Means throughout Us.

    When the books title didnt make her view obvious enough, a week ago an excerpt was printed within the American magazine the Atlantic using the emotive headline Have smartphones destroyed a generation? It rapidly generated differing reactions which were performed on social networking this can be broadly characterised as praise from parents and critique from scientists. Inside a phone interview and follow-up emails, Twenge described her conclusions concerning the downsides from the connected world for teens, and clarified a few of her critics.

    The Atlantic excerpt out of your book was headlined Have smartphones destroyed an era? Is the fact that a precise reflection of what you believe?
    Well, bear in mind which i didnt write the headline. Its clearly a lot more nuanced than that.

    Why have you write this book?
    Ive been researching generations for any lengthy time now, since i have was an undergraduate, almost twenty five years. The databases I tap into are large national surveys of highschool and university students, and something of adults. In 2013-14 I began to determine some really sudden changes and initially I figured maybe they were just blips, however the trends stored going.

    Id never witnessed anything enjoy it in most my many years of searching at variations among generations. And So I wondered what happening.

    What were these sudden changes for teens?
    Loneliness and depressive signs and symptoms began to increase, while happiness and existence satisfaction began to visit lower. Another factor which i really observed was the faster loss of seeing buddies personally it falls off a high cliff. Its a truly stunning pattern Id never witnessed anything like this. I truly began to question, what’s going on here? What went down around 2011-2012 [laptop computer information is a couple of years behind] that will cause such sudden changes?

    And also you concluded these changes appeared to be introduced about by elevated time spent online?
    Our prime-school data detailed the length of time teens spend online on social networking and games and that i observed how that correlated with a few of these indicators when it comes to happiness, depression and so forth.

    I had been curious not what the correlations were between these screen activities, mental health and wellness, what were the hyperlinks with non-screen activities, like getting together with buddies personally, playing sports, likely to religious services, doing homework, each one of these other activities that teens do?

    As well as for happiness particularly, the pattern am stark. From the non-screen activities which were measured, all of them correlated with greater happiness. All of the screen activities correlated with lower happiness.

    Youve known as these publish-millennials the iGeneration. What exactly are their characteristics?
    Im defining iGen as individuals born between 1995 and 2012 that latter date could change according to future data. Im reasonably certain about 1995, because of the sudden alterations in the trends. Additionally, it happens that 1995 was the entire year the web was commercialised [Amazon . com launched that year, Yahoo in 1994 and Google in 1996], if you were born for the reason that year you haven’t known a period with no internet.

    But the development of the smartphone, exemplified through the iPhone, that was launched in 2007, is essential?
    There are plenty of variations many are large, many are subtle, many are sudden and a few have been building for some time but when I needed to identify what really characterises them, the very first influence may be the smartphone.

    iGen may be the first generation to invest all of their adolescence using the smartphone. It has brought to a lot of ripple effects for his or her wellbeing, their social interactions and exactly how they consider the planet.

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    Psychology professor Jean Twenge. Photograph: Gregory Bull/AP

    Why are you convinced they are unhappy because of social media, rather than it being a case of the unhappy kids being heavier users of social media?
    That is very unlikely to be true because of very good research on that very question. There is one experiment and two longitudinal studies that show the arrow goes from social media to lower wellbeing and not the other way around. For example, an experiment where people
    gave up Facebook for a week and ought to wellbeing than individuals who’d not.

    Another factor to bear in mind is when you’re spending eight hrs each day having a screen you’ve a shorter period to invest getting together with buddies and family personally so we know for sure from decades of research that getting together with others is among the secrets of emotional wellbeing if you are doing that less, thats a really bad sign.

    A professor at Oxford College tweeted that the jobs are a non-systematic overview of sloppy social science like a tool for lazy intergenerational shaming how can you respond?
    It’s odd to equate documenting teens mental health problems with intergenerational shaming. I am not shaming anybody and also the data I analyse comes from teens, not seniors criticising them.

    This comment is particularly strange as this researchers best-known paper, by what he calls the Goldilocks theory, shows exactly the same factor I’ve found lower wellbeing after more hrs of screen time. Were essentially replicating one anothers research across two different countries, that is usually considered a great factor. And So I am confused.

    Your arguments also appear to possess been drawn on by the conservative right as ammunition for claims that technologies are resulting in the moral degradation from the youthful. Are you currently comfortable about this?
    My analyses take a look at what youthful individuals are saying about themselves and just how they’re feeling, and so i dont think this concept of seniors like to whine concerning the youthful is pertinent. I did not take a look at what seniors are saying about youthful people. I checked out what youthful individuals are saying regarding their own encounters as well as their own lives, when compared with youthful people 10, 20, or 3 decades ago.

    Neither is it fair or accurate to characterise this as youth-bashing. Teens say they’re suffering and documenting that ought to help them, not hurt them. I authored it since i desired to provide a voice to iGen as well as their encounters, with the 11 million who completed national surveys, towards the 200 plus who clarified open-ended questions for me personally, towards the 23 I spoken to for approximately two hrs. It’d nothing to use seniors as well as their complaints about youth.

    A lot of us possess a nagging feeling that social networking isn’t good for the wellbeing, but all of us are afflicted by anxiety when really missing out.
    Teens believe that very intensely, that is one good reason why they’re so hooked on their phones. Yet, ironically, the teenagers who take more time on social networking are really more prone to report feeling overlooked.

    But is that this limited to iGeners? You could visit a children’s birthday celebration in which the parents are glued for their smartphones and never speaking to one another too.
    You should take into account that although this trend may also affect adults, it’s particularly worrisome for teens as their brain development is ongoing and adolescence is an important here we are at developing social skills.

    You say teens might be aware of right emoji however in real existence may not be aware of right facial expression.
    There’s hardly any research with that question. There’s one study that checked out the results of screens on social skills among 11- to 12-year-olds, 1 / 2 of whom used screens in their normal level and half visited a 5-day screen-free camp.

    Individuals who attended the camp ground improved their social skills studying feelings on faces was the things they measured. Which makes sense thats the social skill you realized to suffer should you werent getting much in-person social interaction.

    Same with up to regulators or parents to enhance the problem? Departing this issue for moms and dads to repair is a huge challenge.
    Yes it’s. I’ve three kids and my earliest is 10, however in her class about 50 % possess a phone, lots of options are on social networking already. Parents possess a tough job, since there are temptations on screen constantly.

    What advice can you give parents?
    Delay having your child a telephone as lengthy as you possibly can and, whenever you do, begin with one which hasn’t got access to the internet so that they do not have the web within their pocket constantly.

    However when your son or daughter states, but my buddies have one, how can you reply?
    Maybe with my parents line In case your buddies all leaped within the lake, would you’re doing so too? Although at this age the reply is usually yes, that we understand. But that you can do social networking on the pc for any short time every day. Whenever we checked out the information, we discovered that an hour or so each day of digital camera use hasn’t got any unwanted effects on mental health two hrs each day or even more is when you are getting the issues.

    Nearly all teens take presctiption screens greater than that. Therefore if they would like to use Instagram, Snapchat or Facebook to maintain their buddies activities, they are able to do this from the pc.

    That sounds difficult to enforce.
    We have to become more knowledge of the results of smartphones. In lots of ways, parents are involved concerning the wrong things theyre concerned about their children driving on and on out. It normally won’t be worried about their children sitting on their own inside a room using their phone plus they should.

    Plenty of social networking features for example notifications or Snapchats Snapstreak feature are engineered to stay glued to the phones. Should these kinds of features be outlawed?
    Oh man. Parents can put an application [for example Kidslox or Screentime] on their own kids phone to limit how long they invest in it. Do this immediately. With regards to the bigger solutions, I believe thats above my pay grade to determine.

    Youve been accused by another psychologist of cherry-picking your data. Of ignoring, say, studies that suggest active social networking me is connected with positive outcomes for example resilience. Have you collect data to suit an idea?
    Its impossible to evaluate claiming she doesn’t provide citations to those studies. I discovered a couple of studies finding no effects or results, however they counseled me older, before smartphones were in this area. She states to be able to prove smartphones have the effect of these trends we want a sizable study at random assigning teens not to use smartphones or rely on them. When we watch for this sort of study, we’ll watch for ever that kind of study approximately impossible to conduct.

    She concludes by saying: My suspicion would be that the children are destined to be OK. However, it’s not OK that fiftyPercent more teens are afflicted by depressive disorder now versus just six years back and three occasions as numerous women aged 12 to 14 place their own lives. It’s not OK more teens say that they’re lonely and feel hopeless. It’s not OK that teens arent seeing their buddies personally just as much. When we twiddle our thumbs awaiting the right experiment, we’re going for a big risk and that i for just one am reluctant to achieve that.

    Are you currently expecting anybody from Plastic Valley to state: Exactly how should we help?
    No, what I believe is interesting is many tech-connected individuals Plastic Valley restrict their very own childrens screen use, so that they know. Theyre living from it however they know its effects. It signifies that mentioning the results of smartphones doesnt cause you to a luddite.

    iGen: Why Todays Super-Connected Children Are Becoming An Adult Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy and Completely Unprepared for Their adult years and just what Which Means throughout Us by Jean Twenge is printed by Simon & Schuster US ($27) on 22 August

    Find out more: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/aug/13/are-smartphones-really-making-our-children-sad

    How Facebook groups bring people closer together neo-Nazis included

    Mark Zuckerbergs new mission would be to bring the planet closer together. But Facebook groups can unite extremists as quickly because they serve hobbyists

    Ricky Caya was searching for something. A 43-year-old postal service worker and father of two in Quebec, he felt unsettled and unconnected. The truly amazing social movements from the 1960s, the American civil legal rights movement, flower power, the large trade union movements consumers do not have that, he stated.

    Then when a Facebook publish entered his news feed promoting a brand new organization that searched for to create together good men and women without a voice to finally hand them over strength in figures, Caya requested membership towards the group and rapidly grew to become an energetic participant and leader.

    In lots of ways, Caya might be a poster child for Mark Zuckerbergs new mission for Facebook to create the planet closer together through the strength of significant Facebook groups.

    Nevertheless its unlikely that Zuckerberg is going to be touting Caya and the Facebook buddies inside a branded video in the near future. Because Caya is part of La Meute, a virulently anti-Islam Facebook group with 50,000 people.

    On 16 This summer, La Meute, whose founders express a political affinity with Frances Marine Le Pen, notched a genuine-world victory when voters rejected the establishment of the Muslim graveyard in a tiny town near Quebec City. The funeral ground have been suggested following the groups of six people massacred at a Quebec City mosque in The month of january had nowhere nearby to bury themselves. La Meute (this means the Wolf Pack in French) helped lead a campaign to pressure a referendum, prompting many Qubcois to blame the group for that votes failure. (The organizations leaders didn’t react to a request comment.)

    Within the finish, what individuals want will be u . s . in something larger than them, stated Caya. A feeling of belonging.

    Or, as Zuckerberg stated inside a June speech as he announced Facebookss new mission statement: Whenever you bring people together, who knows where it’ll lead.

    As Facebook is continuing to grow to greater than 2 billion users, so that as Zuckerberg has launched into a publish-2016 election make an effort to comprehend the social impact of his creation, Facebook groups have grown to be the centerpiece of his messaging round the companys capability to alter the world for that better.

    Inside a extended manifesto printed in Feb, Zuckerberg revealed a preoccupation with Americans well-documented loss of membership in local organizations for example places of worship, unions, parent-teacher associations and teams a concept apparently cribbed from Robert Putnams classic sociology text, Bowling Alone.

    Bring in more business provide many of us with a feeling of purpose and hope moral validation that we’re needed and a part of something larger than ourselves comfort that we’re not by yourself along with a community is searching out for all of us, Zuckerberg authored. It’s possible a number of our challenges are in least just as much social because they are economic associated with too little community and link with something more than ourselves.

    In June, in the inaugural Facebook Communities Summit, Zuckerberg came back towards the theme: For many years, membership in all sorts of groups has declined around one-quarter, he stated. Thats many people who now must find a feeling of purpose and support elsewhere. This will be our challenge.

    Zuckerbergs means to fix the loss of what he calls social infrastructure and Putnam calls social capital is, possibly unsurprisingly: more Facebook. Particularly, more Facebook groups.

    Setting an objective of helping 1 billion people join significant groups, he told a cheering crowd of Facebook group managers: If are going to this, not only will it change the loss of community membership you’ve seen for many years, it will begin to strengthen our social fabric and produce the planet closer together.

    Its impossible to state whether Zuckerbergs mentioned belief within the transformative ability of their own products is naive or cynical. It’s unquestionably correct that many Facebook groups are significant to a lot of people.In the speech, Zuckerberg designated for praise audience people who’d founded groups for disabled veterans, adopted children, lonely locksmiths and black fathers in Baltimore.

    But Facebook groups like every social capital can as fast be utilized for ill nearly as good. And social capital isn’t an unalloyed good. A 2013 study by New You are able to College political researcher Shanker Satyanath, Bowling for Fascism, discovered that dense systems of social organizations and clubs in Germany helped promote multiplication of nazism. Or even a general search of Facebook unearths systems of extremists using groups to recruit and organize.

    Go ahead and take Soldiers of Odin, a much-right, anti-refugee organization founded by Finnish white-colored supremacist Mika Ranta at the end of 2015. The vigilante groups anti-Muslim message spread from Scandinavia towards the Americas rapidly, having a network of Facebook groups developing in america and Canada by early 2016, based on separate studies through the Anti-Defamation League and Yannick Veilleux-Lepage from the College of St Andrews Center for study regarding Terrorism and Political Violence.

    In lots of ways, these organizations are entirely determined by social networking, stated Veilleux-Lepage, who used social networking analysis to locate extensive ties between your Canadian and Finnish groups, even though the Canadian chapters have distanced themselves openly in the Finnish extremists. Veilleux-Lepage noticed that exactly the same feature which has made social networking a effective pressure in democratic movements the truth that it lowers the barrier for political participation can also be important helpful to extremists. The barrier to interact using these groups is a lot less than it has ever been, he stated.

    Many far-right groups appear to utilize a mixture of public groups, which anybody can join, closed groups, which anybody can look for but which require approval to participate, and secret groups, that are invite-only. Prospective people request admission to a shut group, then are needed to undergo a vetting process, for example uploading a relevant video pledging ones allegiance towards the cause or submitting for an interview over Skype.

    That process causes it to be simpler for extremist organizations to evade Facebooks moderators, stated Keegan Hankes, an intelligence analyst for that Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

    Lots of Facebooks moderation involves users flagging content, Hankes stated. If you have this sort of vetting process, you do not risk getting tossed off Facebook.

    Facebook has worked on developing technology to enhance its human moderators, and it is already using artificial intelligence to hack lower on terrorist content. However the sheer amount of content around the platform and complexity of deciphering meaning and intent make combating hate around the platform a herculean task.

    Most groups on Facebook are connecting permanently from addiction recovery to aid for brand new moms but when any group does violate our community standards, we’ll take it off, Facebook vice-president Justin Osofsky stated inside a statement.

    However, many groups appear to understand Facebooks rules for hate speech, so that they enforce their very own rules against offensive language despite espousing hateful ideologies. Facebook is only going to remove groups whether it finds they focus on promoting hate against protected characteristics for example gender or race, a bar that apparently isn’t removed by Soldiers of Odin or La Meute.

    Still, getting began Facebook could be a critical blow to such organizations, Hankes noted, simply because they depend on social systems to locate new people.

    Fundamental essentials spaces in which you speak with individuals who arent already inside your movement, Hankes stated of social networking sites. Recruitment is definitely in the center of the. The alt-right and white-colored nationalists are very conscious to the fact that they’re within the minority, and they’re always looking to get more people.

    Hankes also contended that Facebook has proven significantly less dedication to policing its platform for domestic extremist groups than it must cracking lower on Isis and al-Qaida.

    In 2016, the SPLC sent Facebook a listing with links to greater than 200 pages, profiles and groups associated with SPLC-designated hate groups. A Protector audit this month discovered that a minimum of 175 of individuals links remain active, including closed groups for neo-Nazi, white-colored nationalist and neo-Confederate organizations. After being contacted through the Protector, Facebook removed nine additional groups.

    Theyre not using [Facebook] simply to send one another nice notes, Hankes stated. Were speaking about hate groups who’re using the work of making a white-colored ethno-nationalist condition seriously, and theyre doing the work all around the platform.

    Mark Zuckerbergs 2017 personal challenge to go to and meet individuals all 50 states has triggered an avalanche of speculation the Chief executive officer is thinking about running for political office. How else to describe the billionaires decision to interrupt bread having a steelworkers family in Ohio, attend services in a black church in Sc or discuss public safety with Dallas police officers?

    But whats striking concerning the recently political Zuckerberg is strictly how united nations-political he seems to be. I did previously believe that when we just gave people a voice and helped them connect, that will result in the world better alone. In lots of ways it’s, but society continues to be divided, he stated in the communities summit. Now In my opinion there exists a responsibility to complete much more. It is not enough to merely connect the planet, we have to work to create the planet closer together.

    Both versions of the mission statement lack any type of political framework to discern that, really, the planet might need to be if many people remain disconnected and apart.

    Zuckerbergs skill at ignoring these complexities makes him better fitted being an evangelist for that Church of Facebook than the usual political candidate. I understand are going to this, he promised towards the crowd in the communities summit. We are able to reverse this decline, rebuild our communities, start brand new ones, and produce the world closer together.

    Or, as Ricky Caya place it inside a Facebook message: Facebook helps connect people, and individuals people may use it to arrange themselves. It’s also something preferred by the Islamic Condition, and a large number of other groups, on subjects from macrame to cycling to politics, to extremism.

    Everybody can there be!!

    Find out more: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jul/31/extremists-neo-nazis-facebook-groups-social-media-islam

    Apparently my smartphone is telling everyone exactly where I am right now. Should I care?

    Snapchats new virtual map, showing users one anothers locations in unnerving detail, has motivated concerns about privacy. But didnt we give that up lengthy ago?

    So, er do you know where I’m at this time?

    You do not have to be image-discussing application Snapchat to possess learned about its controversial new Snap Map, which shows users their buddies locations in near-real-time, and disturbing detail. Picture cheery cartoon avatars identified in not only suburbs, not really just roads, but at specific addresses.

    The social networking website is dusting itself off after slowing growth, plummeting value, and Facebooks unabashed cannibalisation of all of the features that made Snapchat popular however the response to its new offering continues to be mixed.

    To quote one woman on Twitter: Snap Map is awesome except I do not want everybody knowing where I fucking live.

    han (@hms1167)

    With sufficient zoom this latest Snapchat update literally shows me standing not just in my complex, but directly before my own room pic.twitter.com/0TjqWrE9et

    June 25, 2017

    In keeping with form for that notoriously impenetrable Snapchat, the Snap Map is not apparent, accessible only by pinching your fingers, as if to zoom out, whilst in the camera window. It had been introduced two days ago to permit buddies to simply share their location, so meeting up could be a cinch. Snapchat gave the example of messaging a buddy youd observed (out of your research from the Snap Map) to become by the pool, to state: Beach day?

    Because nothing makes people wish to spend more time with you than providing them with the sense youre tracking their every move!

    Edan (@edanpat)

    This Snapchat update is excellent because rather to be paranoid that I am being overlooked, I see it happen instantly

    July 4, 2017

    Aaron Schmidt (@aaschmidt14)

    Thanks Snap Map for telling the uninvited friend that everybody is chilling out without one

    June 25, 2017

    For those its usefulness like a guilt-tripping tool, the feature has prompted concerns about users safety and privacy, particularly given Snapchats recognition with teenagers. Child safety groups fear it might facilitate bullying or stalking Snapchat, inside a statement, stressed that location discussing is totally optional.

    You need to do control not just regardless of whether you appear into the spotlight, but with whom either all of your buddies, or simply a select group, whom you choose the very first time one enters Snap Map. Therefore if youre buddies together with your boss, you may still keep the location around the lower low throughout a sick day , says Snapchat. (Winking emoji, apps own.)

    The issue with this particular is it puts the onus of granting and revoking access around the individual. It’s very easy to provide your buddies permission and end up forgetting youve done this, or think that no ones really searching.

    Yet the actual, observing by myself Snap Map buddies all over the world a number of whom, I see, have lately moved house.

    Babou (@Stephen_Zara)

    Snapchat update makes me seem like a god

    June 25, 2017

    I’ve enabled ghost mode, meaning my sassy Bitmoji self is absent in the Snap Map. I had been functioning on the recommendation of a kid safety group, that location discussing makes it possible for people to develop an image of in which you spend time.

    Frankly, the idea of watching my daily shlep between home and work depresses even me the imagined picture are only able to be much better.

    Common White-colored Girl (@GirlPosts)

    People fretting about the Snapchat update catching them cheating, I am here worrying people how little I leave the house pic.twitter.com/Nc0TdjJ5FE

    July 1, 2017

    In no way are these concerns over location discussing and privacy specific to Snapchat. Actually, the Snap Map is just the most recent and incredibly literal interpretation of the identical technology which is used by pretty much every application in your smartphone. If you are an apple iphone user, visit Settings, then Privacy, then Location Services, and you’ll start to see what i’m saying thats a summary of every application that pulls in your approximate location, as based on Gps navigation, cellular and wireless systems and Bluetooth. Should you log in here, you can observe it on your own.

    With Uber, Find My iPhone, and weather apps, location tracking is prime for their function. In lots of, a lot more cases possibly even most its incidental. Instagram, Twitter and facebook, for instance, all work perfectly fine without use of where you are data it simply means geotagging your photos isnt immediate, as well as your news is most likely less local. But whether consciously or otherwise, people appear to talk about their whereabouts freely, despite apps that do not actually need it.

    Why tech companies want use of that information is a no-brainer the greater information they’ve on their own users habits and preferences, the greater. But the truth that we allow them to pull it off suggests a prevalent acceptance of location discussing, where its viewed as not creepy or invasive but merely area of the technology tapestry the irony being, obviously, the technology tapestry is essentially creepy and invasive. By visualising location data on the map, Snapchat has simply made its monitoring people explicit and available to everybody and recommended it is not only helpful, but fun. The reaction to its stalkerish Snap Map suggests that could be a bridge too much for a lot of, even when they happily share their data with tech companies.

    Additionally, it signifies that lots of iPhone users don’t realize theyve had use of an identical feature for a long time. An application known as Find Buddies comes placed on iPhones automatically, and enables you to definitely share where you are with approved contacts. (You may also get it done with an random basis through iMessage, by tapping around the i within the top-right of the individual message thread. For Android, there is a similar application known as Find My Buddies.)

    Find Buddies could be a useful gizmo for moms and dads attempting to keep an eye on their childrens movements, or partners wishing to loop up throughout a busy day. I made use of it regularly a few years ago after i what food was in college and my own limitations were lower.

    I’d share my location with my sister, my flatmate, and my mate. It made spur-of-the-minute catch-ups simple and easy , perfunctory texts like going! and therefore are you home? redundant. My sister once tried on the extender to facilitate a fast getaway, picking me up from the remote suburb Id woken up each morning following a date.

    jennifer ho (@yuejn)

    The Find Buddies application is very nice really. Irrrve never get “where are you currently?Inch texts any longer. Now they are: “please leave your home already.”

    May 25, 2017

    But Find Buddies periodic effectiveness was tempered because when uncomfortably close it skirted towards surveillance. My flatmate would sometimes choose to hide his location from me, prompting more questions, concern and suspicion than if he hadnt managed to get open to me to begin with. And That I discovered my pal is at rapport days before she explained about this, after realizing her in a strange house very early some mornings, and late some nights. I hadnt even been trying.

    Julia Garcia (@juliagar22)

    as he say hes hanging w the fam but u check snap map and find out hes w his boys pic.twitter.com/lZrZPGJzqR

    July 4, 2017

    Which was enough that i can tap out. Most cases of location discussing are harmless: perfunctory at worst, and timesavers at the best. However when discussing with folks, you cannot ensure what theyre getting from this. An application may use your computer data only when you let it achieve this, and the appearance of the Snap Map in this area is really a timely indication to review your own settings. You might wish to limit location discussing simply to individuals apps will not work without you and it may uncover, when i did, youre still discussing where you are together with your former flatmate.

    Logging into Find Buddies the very first time within 4 years, I had been surprised to determine both his current, exact place, and my siblings. (My pal wasn’t any longer around the grid, which appeared fair enough.) He is at his new house city my sister what food was in work. For old occasions sake, I requested the application to inform me when she left. Three hrs later, she did. Also it did.

    Kelly (@k3llytweets)

    Me on ghost mode but nonetheless searching at where everyone’s at on snap map pic.twitter.com/Btqp3p48yH

    June 25, 2017

    Find out more: https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/jul/07/apparently-my-smartphone-is-telling-everyone-exactly-where-i-am-right-now-should-i-care

    Bangladeshi girls being trained how to avoid online predators

    By having an alarming increase in cybercrimes, frequently including blackmail, police offer workshops for a large number of teenagers

    What their attackers bet on is shame: inside a conservative society, the horror of the intimate photo dripping, or rumours being spread, is sufficient to purchase a teenage women silence.

    We didnt know anybody could harm us online, stated Sharifa Oishee, a schoolgirl in Dhaka, Bangladeshs capital.

    But studies have shown otherwise: teenagers are overwhelmingly the sufferers of the alarming increase in cybercrimes in Bangladesh, driven, as elsewhere, through the proliferation of smartphones and social networking.

    Police recently started training a large number of teenage women to protect themselves against blackmail or harassment online. Women and ladies constitute 70% from the victims of cyber-harassment, based on government bodies.

    Greater than 10,000 women took part within the workshops during April and could, with Facebook safety a vital focus. Dhaka may be the second most active city in the world for people that use the social networking, and abuse on its platform may be the focus in excess of 60% of online harassment complaints to police.

    Mishuk Chakma, of Dhaka polices cybersecurity and crime division, stated: Sometimes the crooks superimpose faces from the women to the physiques of nude models or adult films stars to blackmail and defame them.

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    More than 500 students from four schoolsa at a cybersecurity awareness camp in Dhaka. Photograph: Shoriful Islam

    Recently we arrested some hackers from Naogaon district [who had] hacked the Facebook IDs of some women by phishing. Later, the boys required money in the women to come back their IDs for them.

    Oishee, 15, stated working out had trained her how you can scrutinise people before accepting their invitations around the social networking. They trained us how you can identify fake Facebook accounts and a distance from their store, she stated. We learned to not disclose an excessive amount of private information.

    Harder to prevent are revenge porn-style attacks. These pics and vids frequently trigger troubles within the lives from the women once they enter into new relationships or get wed, stated Chakma. Such situations, marriages are becoming into trouble and, inside a couple of cases, the women take extreme steps, like attempting suicide.

    Harunur Rashid, in the Bangladesh governments IT ministry, stated working out exceeded just impart skills. We discovered that the majority of the women and ladies didn’t know how you can seek help once they become victims of crimes. Incidents where continued to be silent and finally were blackmailed by crooks, he stated. The classes are a good way of telling women they are able to discuss these crimes, they arent alone which police might help them.

    In schools within the Indian capital, Delhi, similar training is under way for Facebook and WhatsApp. Bing is apparently in talks to train children in other states too. Social networking safety programmes will also be gradually being integrated into school curriculums in the US, Australia and United kingdom.

    However the proportions of the programme, and it is emergency, is especially great in Bangladesh, that has experienced double-digit development in internet use each year since 2002. Inside a country where sex education is still rare, vast figures of youthful Bangladeshis are now being recently uncovered fully glare of social networking, with less protection than their counterparts overseas.

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    Students at a community centre. Internet use in Bangladesh has grown by double figures each year since 2002. Photograph: Charles Sturge/Alamy

    Another student, Purbasha Sanchary, 18, said online blackmail was becoming common among the girls she knew. I am sure that many cases are going unreported, she said. To avoid stigma and embarrassment, many simply dont want to report their cases to police or other agencies.

    In 2013, Bangladesh set up a cyber tribunal to try online crimes, especially those with a communal dimension, that might spark religious or political violence. About 450 cases have been heard by the tribunal, but police concede that it lacks manpower, and cases too often get clogged in the system.

    Tureen Afroz, a supreme court barrister, said laws also needed to be updated to reflect new, digital crime scenes.

    Its good that the government is trying to educate girls and women and raise awareness among them, she said. But we are still unable to make the best use of smart, electronic evidence to pin down cybercriminals in a court of law. The government should work to update the Evidence Act.

    Until that happens, police hope that greater awareness among girls will help them to resist online predators. Now I wont accept a friend request from anyone unless Im sure of their identity, Oishee said.

    Sheikh Azizur Rahman contributed to this report

    Find out more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/30/bangladeshi-girls-trained-avoid-online-predators-cybercrime-blackmail-police

    Facebook struggles with ‘mission impossible’ to stop online extremism

    Social networking giant faces critique for doing not enough to avoid extremist content as terrorists find methods for bypassing its rules

    Facebook moderators identified greater than 1,300 posts on the website as credible terrorist threats in one month and face a jason bourne to manage the quantity of content proliferated by extremists, based on internal documents and testimony presented to the Protector.

    A document circulated towards the teams given the job of policing the website states there have been 1,340 credible terrorist threat escalations last August.

    Which means that potentially worrying extremist content or propaganda was passed to senior Facebook managers who then deleted or disabled 311 posts and accounts.

    Eight of the very most serious reports were evaluated through the services internal counter-terrorism team, the document adds. Additionally, it states the data gleaned from moderators was really a massive assistance on identifying new terrorist organisations/leaders.

    The figures are the initial understanding of the amount of terrorist-related reports worked with by Facebook, which rarely reveals information regarding the size from the problems it handles every single day.

    Requested concerning the documents, Facebook contested the figures but didn’t elaborate. Additionally, it declined to provide figures for other several weeks.

    Other files show Facebook has designated the western-backed Free Syrian Army, that is fighting to depose obama, Bashar al-Assad, like a terrorist group.

    Tackling terrorist-related content is among Facebooks priority areas. The Protector continues to be told it is trying to help control the issue by utilizing software to intercept extremist content before it will get on the website.

    This requires monitoring activity from known bad accounts and fanning to others associated with them. Over fifty percent the terrorist-related content removed by Facebook has become identified in this manner.

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    A Facebook document on counter-terrorism. Photograph: Guardian

    But one source familiar with Facebooks counter-terrorism policies said extremist groups such as Islamic State could easily circumvent moderators to distribute content across the site.

    The source said the volume of material often meant moderators had less than 10 seconds to make a decision that may require intimate understanding of the terrorist organisation and it is leaders. Its a jason bourne, the origin stated.

    The figures for last August are incorporated within the lots of documents seen through the Protector that comprise the Facebook Files.

    They put down in unparalleled detail how a social networking company has attempted to balance its commitment to free speech with growing demands for it to more aggressively challenge abuse and violence on the platform.

    Find out more: https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/may/24/facebook-struggles-with-mission-impossible-to-stop-online-extremism