Trump Complains To Twitter About His Follower Count

Ken AshfordSocial Media & Networking, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Imagine being the most powerful man in the world with access to intelligence and data that could make any human’s mind spin with amazement. Now imagine using that power to drag in the CEO of Twitter to complain that your follower count isn’t as high as the previous President. President Trump on Tuesday met privately with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, … Read More

Suing Fictional Cows And Other Twitter Embarrassments

Ken AshfordCongress, Social Media & Networking, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

This is funny, but also disturbing in the sense that some are actually taking it seriously. Yesterday, Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) sued a fictional cow for $250 million. In addition to the anonymous Twitter account “Devin Nunes’ Cow,” Nunes is suingthe “Devin Nunes’ Mom” Twitter account, a political operative named Liz Mair, and Twitter itself. Nunes, a close ally of President Trump, … Read More

Snopes Quits Facebook

Ken AshfordElection 2020, Fake News, Social Media & NetworkingLeave a Comment

I have been a big fan. follower, and occasional contributor to Snopes. And this is a pretty big fail on the part of Facebook. Snopes believes it has been ignored, and simply is there as window-dressing so that Facebook can say it attacks fake news. CNBC: Snopes, a fact-checking organization, announced on Friday its decision to end its partnership with Facebook, … Read More

WTF, Facebook?

Ken AshfordSocial Media & NetworkingLeave a Comment

Mark Zuckerberg only had to learn one line: “We are aware of the [whatever problem]. It is a serious problem and we are taking every step to ensure that it never happens.” Seriously, how many times has he said something like this to Congress and the public?  And then he does NOTHING? NY Times: For years, Facebook gave some of … Read More

Facebook’s Attempt To Clean Up “Fake News” Was a Huge Fail

Ken AshfordElection 2018, Social Media & NetworkingLeave a Comment

The Guardian sums it up: Facebook hired a PR firm that attempted to discredit the company’s critics by claiming they were agents of billionaire George Soros, the New York Times reported Tuesday. Soros is a Jewish philanthropist who is the frequent subject of antisemitic conspiracy theories. At the same time, the social media company urged the Anti-Defamation League to object to a cartoon … Read More

Well, You Don’t See THIS Often

Ken AshfordSocial Media & NetworkingLeave a Comment

Facebook is down. Daily Mail: Facebook users around the world have been left in a ‘total blackout’ after the site crashed early Monday afternoon. The site went down just before 1 p.m., affecting users from the United States and South America all the way to Europe. Those who attempted to access the desktop site are met with a message saying ‘Sorry, … Read More

Goodbye, Gab

Ken AshfordRightwing Extremism/Violence, Social Media & NetworkingLeave a Comment

CNN: Gab has been taken offline following revelations that the suspected Pittsburgh synagogue gunman used the social network to threaten Jews. A statement on the platform’s website Monday said it would be “inaccessible for a period of time” after several web hosting services declined its business. Gab said it has also been removed from app stores and refused service by payment … Read More

The Future Is AI And The US Is Falling Behind

Ken AshfordScience & Technology, Social Media & NetworkingLeave a Comment

The Trump administration has done little to support artificial intelligence research, experts say. Now, the top members of a House subcommittee are calling for a plan to maintain American leadership in AI. As the White House idled, China implemented a national plan that is propelling its AI research and implementation. Now, the two countries are in a race to reap … Read More

Apple, Facebook and YouTube Remove Content From Alex Jones and Infowars

Ken AshfordRight Wing Punditry/Idiocy, Social Media & NetworkingLeave a Comment

New York Times: Top technology companies erased most of the posts and videos on their services from Alex Jones, the internet’s notorious conspiracy theorist, thrusting themselves into a fraught debate over their role in regulating what can be said online.  Apple, Google, Facebook and Spotify severely restricted the reach of Mr. Jones and Infowars, his right-wing site that has been … Read More

A Welcome Change To Twitter

Ken AshfordSocial Media & NetworkingLeave a Comment

Buzzfeed: On Tuesday, Twitter announced a massive change to the way its conversations will work, evaluating not just the content of individual tweets, but the way users behave more broadly on the service. Twitter will now use thousands of behavioral signals when filtering search, replies, and algorithmic recommendations. If it believes you are trying to game its system, or simply … Read More

The Facebook Congressional Hearings Are A Joke

Ken AshfordCongress, Social Media & NetworkingLeave a Comment

I expected the United States Senate to show almost comical ignorance about how Facebook works. You have to remember that the Senate is comically ignorant about most of the industries and issues they regulate. Watching a Senate hearing on anything you are professionally familiar with is like watching a gang of kids in a bouncy castle: you just hope they don’t hurt themselves before they … Read More

Zuckerberg Releases Congressional Testimony

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Social Media & NetworkingLeave a Comment

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg just released prepared statements for his upcoming testimony before U.S. lawmakers, issuing an apology and taking responsibility for its indiscretions. The notoriously press shy Zuckerberg is under intense pressure to explain how Facebook allowed the personal information of millions of its users to be used by a data analysis firm that worked for President Donald … Read More

Shooting At Youtube HQ

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Gun Control, Social Media & Networking, YoutubeLeave a Comment

Update on active shooter at @YouTube headquarters: Photos posted to Twitter show employees are being led out of the building with their hands up. There are helicopters on the scene as well as police SWAT teams. https://t.co/5uUExDjyQI — Recode (@Recode) April 3, 2018 Active Shooter @YouTube! My building is on lockdown. pic.twitter.com/MqESKbvVtk — Don Cometa (@DonCometa) April 3, 2018 Area … Read More

Updates On Cambridge Analytica

Ken AshfordCrime, Cybersecurity, Election 2016, L'Affaire Russe, Local Interest, Social Media & Networking, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

(1)  Score one for the Democrats on the House Intel Committee The whistleblower who publicly revealed how Trump-affiliated data firm Cambridge Analytica used information mined from Facebook under false pretenses during the 2016 election cycle will give an interview to Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee as part of their investigation of Russian interference in the election, including possible ties … Read More