The Facebook Congressional Hearings Are A Joke

Ken AshfordCongress, Social 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 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 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 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

Channel 4 Exposes Cambridge Analytica

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Election 2016, L'Affaire Russe, Social Networking, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

The data firm behind Brexit, and the Trump Administration, gets an unflattering expose: Make no mistake — Trump’s digital consultants admit to using bribes and sex workers to entrap political opponents. This segment just aired on Channel 4 in Britain (and loaded up to YouTube) so it is breaking news.  And already, there are repercussions… BREAKING: Channel 4 just announced … Read More

Your Facebook Data, Cambridge Analytica, and Russia: Was There Collusion?

Ken AshfordCybersecurity, L'Affaire Russe, Social Networking, Trump & Administration, Voter SuppressionLeave a Comment

During an interview on TODAY this morning, Christopher Wylie, a former employee of U.K.-based data analytics company Cambridge Analytica, revealed the company worked with two key Trump campaign aides prior to President Donald Trump’s candidacy. “Cambridge Analytica was meeting with Corey Lewandowski in 2015 before Trump had even announced and offering the services that I’m talking about right now,” Wiley said, referring to Trump’s … Read More

Twitter To Finally Enforce Ban On Hate Speech

Ken AshfordCyberbullying, Rightwing Extremism/Violence, Social NetworkingLeave a Comment

itter began enforcing new policies to combat hate speech and abusive behavior on the platform Monday, leading to the suspension of several accounts associated with white nationalism. As part of its new approach, Twitter says it will now start banning accounts that affiliate with groups “that use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes.” The company says that government entities are … Read More

Not A Hoax

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Social Networking, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

That’s an odd assertion for Trump to make.  Sure, he can make the argument that there was no collusion, but to say that Russia never bought ads on Facebook?  How would TRUMP know that’s not true?  Mueller isn’t saying it… Facebook itself is: Under growing pressure from Congress and the public to reveal more about the spread of covert Russian … Read More

Is WikiTribune The Answer To “Fake News”?

Ken AshfordFake News, Science & Technology, Social NetworkingLeave a Comment

Nieman Lab: Good things can happen when a crowd goes to work on trying to figure out a problem in journalism. At the same time, completely crowdsourced news investigations can go bad without oversight — as when, for example, a group of Redditors falsely accused someone of being the Boston Marathon bomber. An entirely crowdsourced investigation with nobody to oversee … Read More

On The Ashley Madison Hack

Ken AshfordCrime, Cybersecurity, Sex Scandals, Sex/Morality/Family Values, Social Networking, Wiretapping & SurveillanceLeave a Comment

So, a few days ago, the website Ashley Madison was hacked and its 37 million customers could soon have their data leaked online by a crew calling themselves The Impact Team.  Ashley Madison, for the uninitiated, is a site that lets spouses cheat on their partners — kind of like a match.com for adulterers. The Impact Team has threatened to release a … Read More

Obama Tweets!

Ken AshfordObama & Administration, Social NetworkingLeave a Comment

So this happened… Hello, Twitter! It’s Barack. Really! Six years in, they’re finally giving me my own account. — President Obama (@POTUS) May 18, 2015 Former White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer thinks this is big news…. This is a much bigger deal than it may seem. Changing how President’s will communicate for the foreseeable future https://t.co/zntfABtw8l — Dan Pfeiffer … Read More

SOTU Review

Ken AshfordObama & Administration, Social NetworkingLeave a Comment

I don’t mean to get all Aaron Sorkin on y’all, but this interactive analysis — compiled by Twitter and showing what people were tweeting about during the speech — tells me absolutely nothing about anything related to the speech or the United States or anything.  It just seems to be social media technology for the sake of social media technology.

Hashtag #Fail

Ken AshfordCrime, Social NetworkingLeave a Comment

I love spontaneous protests, particularly when they happen in cyberspace: An exercise in social media outreach turned #epicfail Tuesday when users flooded the Twittersphere with some of the NYPD’s most infamous moments of brutality. The NYPD, through its Twitter page, innocuously asked people on to post pictures of themselves interacting with New York’s Finest — complete with the hashtag myNYPD. … Read More