Why I don’t use Facebook unless I have too

I’ve seen some nasty stuff on Social Media, but nothing as insidious as the innocuous looking quizzes on Facebook that people take and share with
their friends.

On the surface, these quizzes look like simple fun.

screenshot of a set of Facebook quizzes
What Star Wars Character are you?

You take a quiz about the kind of super power you think you have and
the quiz tells you something flattering about  yourself.

But multiply these quizzes by hundreds with hundreds of differently
phrased questions, and researchers can a build an exact profile
of who you are, what you believe, and which arguments are most
likely to sway you.

This is the use of advanced psychological profiling for political
warfare. And Facebook did nothing to stop this.

Louise Mensch is a must follow on Twitter.

She’s done some investigative work and discovered how the data
gathered by these quizzes are used.

And this is why I only use Facebook when I have to. I will not support any
company that exposes the people I love to danger.

Screenshot of an innocent looking Facebook Quizz
What Classic Sitcom are you?

 

 

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Shame on You Donald Trump!

from Occupy Democrats

We expect the person who becomes President to know
how to host a state visit.

Angela Merkal arrives in the role of Prime Minister of
Germany

We expect Donald Trump to greet her in his role as
President of the United States.

This is not making America Great.

I makes America look stupid.

THE TRUMP RESISTANCE PLAN: STEP 5 – “PRESIDENTIAL CORRUPTION MATTERS”

from Steven J. Harper, Esq.

The Belly of the Beast

[This article first appeared on billmoyers.com on March 10, 2017. It’s the seventh in my series. You can read the earlier installments here.]

“The present state of America is truly alarming to every man who is capable of reflection.”

— Thomas Paine, Common Sense (1776)

Paine’s line should resonate with former White House attorney Fred Fielding. As deputy and associate counsel to President Richard Nixon during Watergate, he witnessed the truly alarming spectacle of a president undermining the office’s integrity. Donald Trump must be giving Fred Fielding unpleasant flashbacks. All of Trump’s scandals – from Russia to his business conflicts – are on track to coalesce in the definitive crisis for American democracy.

About Those Conflicts

As foreign countries seek to curry Trump’s favor, his Washington, D.C. hotel gets the most attention. But it’s a symbol of larger problems. Trump’s business holdings rumble beneath every…

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