What does the Commons Facebook report tell us?

fake news and facebook

The UK Parliament’s cross-party Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee published its final report on Disinformation and ‘fake news’ on Monday of this week, 18th February 2019. It is Titled: Disinformation and ‘fake news’: Final Report While generic in nature regarding the issue of Fake News, it is rather damming regarding specific organisations such as … Read moreWhat does the Commons Facebook report tell us?

Notes on Cambridge Analytica

Cambridge Analytica

The term “Cambridge Analytica” has popped up and so you might perhaps be wondering what this is all about. We have a few reliable sources we can use to dig into this a bit. I’m going to strive to keep this short and simple. 50 Million Facebook profiles Essentially the claim is that 50 million … Read moreNotes on Cambridge Analytica

What do we learn from a new Study on the consumption of Fake News?

fake news

A formal study entitled “Selective Exposure to Misinformation: Evidence from the consumption of fake news during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign” has been published this month. Just to be totally clear here, the term is a reference to misinformation – news that is presented as true, but is instead partially or wholly false, and so … Read moreWhat do we learn from a new Study on the consumption of Fake News?

and the most epic prank award goes to … Casino Roy

This one is quite frankly the most hilarious thing I have seen in ages and had me laughing out loud. The story is that Reddit user Casino Roy put together one of the very best pranks I’ve ever seen as follows: Step 1: Search Facebook for people with the same name as him Step 2: Recreate the profile … Read moreand the most epic prank award goes to … Casino Roy

Debating Islam on Facebook – The Shallow end vs the Deep end of the pool

There are two specific Facebook groups I’m in that have rather similar names, but are dominated by very different views. One, entitled ATHEISM DEBUNKED BY MUSLIMEEN (their caps not mine) is dominated by various strands of Islamic thought, and rather bizarrely has  a rule against logic and reason. No really, it reads, “Members are requested not to involve in … Read moreDebating Islam on Facebook – The Shallow end vs the Deep end of the pool

Spanner – Google’s GPS-powered database

Have you ever wondered how Google manages to cope with the ever increasing volumes of data? Well, we have some new insights. Google has published a paper about Spanner, their scalable, multi-version, globally-distributed, and synchronously-replicated database. It is the first system (so they claim) to distribute data at global scale and support externally-consistent distributed transactions. The … Read moreSpanner – Google’s GPS-powered database