Month: August 2020

Facebook publishes public health disinformation totaling 3.8 billion page views. They haven’t done anything about it.

Facebook publishes far more false health information than true information, according to a new study by Avaaz, a nonprofit devoted to disinformation research. Quoting from their Web site: Global health misinformation spreading networks spanning at least five countries generated an estimated 3.8 billion views on Facebook in the last year. Health misinformation spreading websites at...

Not Satire: White House Reached out about adding Trump to Mt Rushmore

White House aides reached out to South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem last year about the process of adding additional presidents to Mount Rushmore. Trump had raised the idea with the governor of South Dakota. She initially thought he was joking. 'I started laughing," she said. "He wasn't laughing, so he was totally serious." No joke:...

STUPID TECH: Do you really want eyeglasses that whisper to you all the time?

As Geoffrey Fowler in the Washington Post reports, "Echo Frames are eye glasses "with tiny speakers and a microphone so you can have your own private conversations with Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant everywhere you go...This new version of Alexa is much more proactive about chatting." He reports that it is "driving him bananas" and not...