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US charges Russian social media trolls over election tampering     – CNET
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Special counsel Robert Mueller indicts 13 Russian nationals and the Internet Research Agency for a campaign of fake news and trolling during the 2016 election.

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Awkward! Why social media creates such cringeworthy moments     – CNET
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Ugh, is that really how my voice sounds? Melissa Dahl, author of “Cringeworthy,” has a theory about why we all feel so derpy.

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As David Letterman’s first Netflix guest, Barack Obama warns against the ‘bubble’ of social media
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 David Letterman seems to be taking the title of his new Netflix show very seriously: On the very first episode of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, he’s joined by former U.S. President Barack Obama. Read More

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Canada will track suicide risk through social media with AI
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The Canadian government is partnering with AI firm Advanced Symbolics to try to predict rises in regional suicide risk by monitoring social media posts. Advanced Symbolics will analyze posts from 160,000 social media accounts and will look for suicid…

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Obama urges leaders not to use social media to create divisiveness     – CNET
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Former US president warns about the dangers of government heads using social media during a wide-ranging BBC interview with Britain’s Prince Harry.

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Social Media or Social Disease?
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Is social media evolving into an antisocial medium? Days after one of its former execs argued that the answer is yes, Facebook published a post addressing the issue. “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works,” Chamath Palihapitiya, who once served as vice president for growth […]

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This is the future if net neutrality is repealed; the creeping, costly death of media freedom
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 When a country lacks an open internet, the government (and companies friendly with said government) are able to do anything from simply blocking or banning apps entirely (EG: Facebook, Twitter, Skype, WhatsApp for censorship or economic reasons) to more aggressive moves such as Egypt’s effective shutdown of their internet service providers. Read More

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Elon Musk Trolls the Media With a Clip From 'Spaceballs'
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An anonymous reader writes Elon Musk is having fun on Twitter, where he’s either promoting the new line of $20 “Boring Company” hats or trolling the media. “To preserve the transcendent majesty & specialness of The Boring Company cap, we are capping cap orders at 50,000 caps,” Musk tweeted Sunday, adding “Almost there …” Responding […]

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Pentagon contractor leaves social media spy archive wide open on Amazon
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(credit: Wikipedia) A Pentagon contractor left a vast archive of social-media posts on a publicly accessible Amazon account in what appears to be a military-sponsored intelligence-gathering operation that targeted people in the US and other parts of the world. The three cloud-based storage buckets contained at least 1.8 billion scraped online posts spanning eight years, […]

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