Study shows that, at least in theory, a company, government or other actor can accurately profile a person -- think political party, favorite products, religious commitments -- from their friends, even if they've never been on social media or delete their account. When you sign up for Facebook or another social media platform, you think you're giving up your information, but you're giving up your friends' information too.
Researchers have demonstrated yet again that location metadata from Twitter posts can be used to infer private information like users' home addresses, workplaces, and sensitive locations they've visited. So much data is being collected and shared/sold to third parties without the users being explicitly aware of that (or able to prevent it).
The disclosure of dozens of Devumi’s customers in entertainment, politics and business has sparked a renewed debate — often carried out on Twitter itself — about the prevalence of fraud and fakery on social media, where tens of millions of fake users still roam.
When we willingly choose to become unpaid content providers, we commercialise ourselves. And we are encouraged to be obsessed with numbers (of followers, messages, comments, retweets, favourites), as if operating in a kind of friend economy, an emotional stock market where the stock is ourselves and where we are encouraged to weigh our worth against others.
Nine-country study finds widespread use of social media for promoting lies, misinformation and propaganda by governments and individuals.
What Twitter most resembles now is a cable news channel. The hundreds of pundits talking at cross-purposes, breaking little but wind. The race-to-be-first mentality that precludes due diligence and fact-checking in favour of the win.
Almost half of eight- to 11-year-olds have agreed impenetrable terms and conditions to give social media giants such as Facebook and Instagram control over their data.
Twitter is an incubator of phishing thanks largely to the prevalence of typos and shortened URLs that make it hard for users to know exactly where links are taking them.
Researchers at MIT and Oxford University have shown that the location stamps on just a handful of Twitter posts — as few as eight over the course of a single day — can be enough to disclose the addresses of the poster’s home and workplace to a relatively low-tech snooper.
The robots that are really ruining Twitter aren’t these wholly automated fakers. They’re the semi-automated fakers.
Convert Twitter user feeds to RSS
Twitter RSS Feed Generator
Tweetledee provides ready-bake PHP files that allow you to access Twitter user timelines, user favorites, lists, home timelines, and tweet search data in a JSON or RSS format.
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