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Digital Age Dangers and Social Media

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    So, we've all heard about how our election was hacked by Russia. In fact, hackers are still busy trying to mess with our upcoming midterm elections.

    But all of that isn't what this thread is mostly about. Take for instance a person doing a search for something on any website, I'll use YouTube because I watched a story about it a few nights ago on the news. A user typed in Sandy Hook looking for related videos of the Sandy Hook massacre. On the side bar in the results of the search were links to videos of conspiracy theorists claiming Sandy Hook was a farce, it said that Sandy Hook was "fake news".

    I watch Rossen Reports quite often when they air. In one Rossen report, hackers hacked into someone's computer and video web camera system and watched the peoples very moves around their apartment:

    msnbc.com/today/watch/rossen-reports-cr...

    In another Rossen Report, people who post pictures and details of their family and children on social media are at very high risk, watch the video:

    msn.com/en-us/news/technology/why-you-s...

    Remember, whatever information you do not wish another person or entity to have, don't post it on social media. Also, everywhere you browse on the internet? Your movements are probably being tracked. One of the best things you can do is either clear your browser of history, or delete your apps. Here's a video of using smart phone settings and apps.

    today.com/news/here-s-how-protect-your-...

    It's a shame that you can't be sure your privacy is not invaded, but nowadays, we all need to be extra cautious of how we use our new electronic devices.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    It is unbelievable how many apps ask for total access to all the information subscribers . The success of so many apps is testimony to how much information people surrender .
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Chet Ruminski Wrote: It is unbelievable how many apps ask for total access to all the information subscribers . The success of so many apps is testimony to how much information people surrender .

    That's so true, and, in order for an app to stop tracking your internet movements is to delete the app. So in essence, you're going to be constantly installing and deleting apps.

    On a laptop, pc or tablet, I'm not sure. I'm using win edge so I don't know. I have a browser and it's set to clear browsing history when I close it, but, I see ads at websites for items I might have been looking at for possible future purchases on sidebars and topbars, so, I'm not convinced that my browser's history is removed or deleted at all. I still think my activity is being tracked or traced.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Yes all these search engines keep track of your searches, and then ads appear related to your searches. It happens to me all the time as I search for stuff. If I need a particular tool at Home Depot and search several brands, then I can be sure that those brands and tool ads will appear all over the place. That's how they make money.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Dockadams Wrote:
    Chet Ruminski Wrote: It is unbelievable how many apps ask for total access to all the information subscribers . The success of so many apps is testimony to how much information people surrender .

    That's so true, and, in order for an app to stop tracking your internet movements is to delete the app. So in essence, you're going to be constantly installing and deleting apps.

    On a laptop, pc or tablet, I'm not sure. I'm using win edge so I don't know. I have a browser and it's set to clear browsing history when I close it, but, I see ads at websites for items I might have been looking at for possible future purchases on sidebars and topbars, so, I'm not convinced that my browser's history is removed or deleted at all. I still think my activity is being tracked or traced.

    When you search you query an algorithm. Your query first has to be interpreted. At that point you have already given all your information. The signal travels at 186,000 miles a second so before your finger is lifted from the enter command you are already had.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    In the matter of Cambridge Alalytica, Zuckerberg and Kogan are blaming each other for allowing Cambridge to hack and use without permission some 86-87 million users data. Most of us now know Cambridge harvested or mined data from Facebook's users.

    I have a strong opinion about social media sites, and it's not a positive one. It seems to me, and maybe other people that once your information is out there, it's legal for anyone to use it. I believe lawmakers need to step in and regulate social media sites, so people's identities and information isn't misused.

  • Independent
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    I call it anti-social media. Yeah, I am aware that this is a form of it. At least this is a discussion forum. Facebook, that piece of crap, encourages infantile “look at me!” crap combined with passive-aggressive political bullshit. Zuckerberg couldn’t get a bigger kick in the balls imo. These so-called tech wizards want to clean up and then claim “it’s just an app” when the thing goes south like the Uber asshat.

    and LinkedIn, allegedly for work networking is becoming as bad as Facebook.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Chet Ruminski Wrote: It is unbelievable how many apps ask for total access to all the information subscribers . The success of so many apps is testimony to how much information people surrender .

    The apps are successful because people blindly click "yes" even though they can just as easily click "no" and still have full access to the app.

    Facebook and other major companies are different, but anyone who uses Facebook (mind you, for free) should really understand that the reason it's free is because they have algorithms that track our cookies and then use our search history to allow specific companies to give us targeted ads.

    Schmidt talked about Home Depot and that's a great example. He did a few searches on Home Depot and, lo and behold, he started seeing advertisements from Home Depot and the brands he searched for. It's happened to all of us.

    That doesn't mean some random person is spying on us; it means that a computer algorithm that we've agreed to allow to track our search history is tracking our search history and giving us targeted ads.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Facebook under fire, will not get rid of political trolls or their fake news or ads. Money talks, doesn't it. Zuk, you're fired.

    On the other hand, if you don't wish to have your 411 sold or used, then don't use social media, see, that wasn't so hard to understand, was it?

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Roseanne the latest person using twitter to get herself into hot water over a racist post. Why not Trump? He's made many nasty posts, false posts and comments. Why is the congress of the united states so quiet? Trumps behavior is abhorrent.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    This morning, MSM reported that people are trying to overturn Trump's order to ban people from twitter who disagree with him. Let's hope the judge hearing the argument agrees that banning twitter users who voice their dislikes of Trump would violate people's first amendment rights to freedom of speech. Trump want's to try to shut people up, he dislikes political dissent and dissenting points of view, other than his own. (lock her up) Maybe we should refer to Trump as King of the USA?

    MSM, NBC, reported that Trump has 52 million followers on twitter. Hard for me to believe.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    In the latest, Facebook has removed pages from Alex Jones' Facebook account because of bullying and hate speech.

    yahoo.com/finance/news/facebook-removes...

    I'm wondering why none of Trump's posts or pages have been removed? Because he is the president? And when will twitter do the same?

  • Independent
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    Dockadams Wrote:

    In the latest, Facebook has removed pages from Alex Jones' Facebook account because of bullying and hate speech.

    yahoo.com/finance/news/facebook-removes...

    I'm wondering why none of Trump's posts or pages have been removed? Because he is the president? And when will twitter do the same?

    They don't remove Trump's posts, because Mueller can use them, as well are great reading 100 years from now, when this island is no longer in business and is given back to the Indians.Ha Ha.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Twitter's CEO refused to take down Alex Jones' nasty comments today too. He allows Trump and Co. to continue on being nasty, so, Jack Dorsey can probably fit into the hate group too. They say if you're going to lay down with dogs, you'll get their fleas too.

    Facebook is probably trying to save face by removing users that make nasty comments, that's what happens when a CEO loses $1.5B in one day on the market, he's trying to save his own skin. He looked bad during a congressional inquiry, and gave poor answers to light weight softball questions. If only the hardball's host could be congressman during these kinds of inquiries. He'd have 'em shaking in their Nikes.