Beyond Social Media Show, Episode 208
Co-hosts B.L. Ochman and David Erickson discussed the shadow sub-domain hacking of the Trump organization; LinkedIn’ video advertising trial; a Twitter bot-hunting bot; David’s Movember challenge begins; VR for PTSD; a Virtual Museum; Reddit’s nicewashing; Facebook’s problems overseas; Facebook’s declining organic visibility; Google Drive gets parked; an app that listens to your clunking automobile; plus great new apps and stats you should know…and much, much more.
Best Digital Cases
New Twitter Account Hunts for Bots That Push Political Opinions
Quartz thought there was not enough being done to identify political bots on Twitter so they created a bot to find them and score them using a Botometer. It found that 15% of political Tweets about Trump in the 2016 election were by bots.
This account has a Botometer score of 63.0%, which suggests it is likely to be a bot (or bot-assisted) https://t.co/wrBiSxJ7AE
— probabot (@probabot_) October 24, 2017
This account has a Botometer score of 63.0%, which suggests it is likely to be a bot (or bot-assisted) https://t.co/J7fY3TOp8u
— probabot (@probabot_) October 24, 2017
David Tries To Grow A Mustache
David’s boss challenges him to grow a stache for Movember, so David naturally turns to the wonderful Beyond Social Media Show podcast for help.
- David’s Movember Fundraising Page – Contribute $15 0r more for a good cause!
- Movember Foundation – Grow a mo, save a bro
Reddit Tries Nice Washing
Reddit says it is purging Nazi, white supremacist, and other hate-based groups from its site as part of a new policy change announced Wednesday that targets and bans certain violent material. We’ll believe it when we see it.
A VR exhibit at the Carnegie Museum of Art gives us a glimpse of dystopias in our near future.
LinkedIn Video Ads On The Horizon
LinkedIn is running a closed test of video ads for sponsored content. These new video ads will initially debut on mobile, with desktop to be added “in the near future.”
Rather than plugging a diagnostic dongle into a car’s controller area network—with the attendant hacking risk—Joshua Siegel and his colleagues reckon a smartphone’s microphone and accelerometers could be sufficient.
Worst Digital Cases
Forget Washington. Facebook’s Problems Abroad Are Far More Disturbing
In developing nations, where Facebook pretty much IS the Internet, and where the majority access the Internet on a phone, information on Facebook and Facebook-owned Whats App – via its Facebook’s Free Basics – is the primary news source.
Unfortunately, people are fighting and dying based on the information Facebook has provided. And that’s a matter of grave concern.
- Forget Washington. Facebook’s Problems Abroad Are Far More Disturbing
- Internet Trolls Are Using Facebook To Target Myanmar’s Muslims
The Trump Organization’s domain names were hacked four years ago; the breach had gone undetected until this week.
- Hackers Compromised the Trump Organization 4 Years Ago—and the Company Never Noticed
- List of Compromised Trump Organization Sub-Domains
- Trump’s Connections to Russia – They Are Just a Ping Away
Google Drive Got Scary This Week
Imagine you’re working on a Google Doc when, seemingly out of nowhere, your ability to edit the online file gets revoked. What you see instead is an error message indicating that you’ve violated Google’s terms of service. You might be surprised at the reasons.
Tfw your finalizing a piece on E. Europe post-socialist parties in Google Drive and Google removes it because it's in violation of its ToS??
— Bhaskar Sunkara (@sunraysunray) October 31, 2017
Has anyone had @googledocs lock you out of a doc before? My draft of a story about wildlife crime was just frozen for violating their TOS.
— Rachael Bale (@Rachael_Bale) October 31, 2017
Facebook is Moving Non-Promoted Posts to a Hard to Find Feed
If you thought having only a handful of people see your non-promoted posts was bad, what will you think about 1% of your followers seeing them? Because that’s what some publishers and reporters are saying is happening to their posts. Quartz says “Facebook’s new Explore feed is a cesspool of the Internet.”
- Facebook moving non-promoted posts out of news feed in trial
- Facebook’s new Explore feed is a cesspool of the Internet
Nikhil Sonnad’s Explore feed:
- This is a floating tent
- HOMELESS PEOPLE REACT TO MAGIC TRICKS! ( LA
- A woman went from a size 22 to a size 10 and hated it
- America’s got talent (Where a chicken plays “America the Beautiful” on the piano)
- This pig had a very rough start, but now he’s living LARGE and gets to travel all over. Recent destinations include: Times Square, Vegas, and Hollywood. NBD.
Shiny New Stuff
10% Happier mindful meditation app
It’s a guided mindfulness meditation app, and a podcast for people “Interested in meditation, but allergic to woo-woo?” Dan Harris of ABC News says the meditation app can’t make you 100% happier, but it can make you 10% happier.
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