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Political Facebook Groups & Clickbait Satire Trolls

Political Facebook Groups & Clickbait Satire Trolls
Online advertising is big business and sites that depend on it are getting really “creative” in using social media to drive traffic to their pages. If they can dangle some fluff piece with a lurid headline and make you click on it (or better, share it!), then the site can raise ad rates and generate more income. But what happens if not enough people share your content? A whole family of “satire news” sites is hiring paid trolls to drop links on every Facebook page and group they can find.
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Facebook Bus Drivers to Join Teamsters; Silicon Domino Effect Coming?

Facebook Bus Drivers to Join Teamsters; Silicon Domino Effect Coming?
Drivers who shuttle Facebook employees from the Bay Area to company headquarters in Menlo Park voted to join the Teamsters union on Wednesday.
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Unfriended: Facebook Divests From Anti-Climate ALEC

Unfriended: Facebook Divests From Anti-Climate ALEC
Facebook is no longer donating to the American Legislative Exchange Council. The far-right think tank went too far on topics like climate change to suit the conservative-friendly social media site, which should indicate just how far away from the mainstream ALEC has gotten.
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Bergdazi Entrenched: Republicans Scramble to Delete Praise of US POW Bergdahl's Release

Bergdazi Entrenched: Republicans Scramble to Delete Praise of US POW Bergdahl's Release
Republicans are trying their very hardest to scrub from the internet any and all praise, including "thoughts and prayers," for Bowe Bergdahl. Guess they wanted him to come home until Obama spurred the decision to get it done. Apparently, it took more than magic to bring home a captive U.S. soldiers.
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Eggs, Toast, and a Side of Outright Bigotry: TX Restaurant Condemned for Calling Couple 'Fags'

Eggs, Toast, and a Side of Outright Bigotry: TX Restaurant Condemned for Calling Couple 'Fags'
Texans took to Yelp and social media outlets like Facebook to condemn an east Texas restaurant called Big Earl's, when the proprietor's daughter told a couple after they ate there, 'we don't like fags.' The couple was then asked never to return.
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Like This Post: Facebook CEO Summoned by Iranian Court

Like This Post: Facebook CEO Summoned by Iranian Court
A judge in southern Iran has ordered Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to appear in court to answer complaints by individuals who say Facebook-owned applications Instagram and Whatsapp violate their privacy, semiofficial news agency ISNA reported Tuesday.
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AP
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WhiteHouse.gov Simplifies Privacy Policy, Strips Bureaucratic Language

WhiteHouse.gov Simplifies Privacy Policy, Strips Bureaucratic Language
A new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites, and it clarifies that online comments, whether tirades or tributes, are in the open domain. "Information you choose to share with the White House (directly and via third party sites) may be treated as public information," the new policy says.
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Martha Mendoza
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CT Gov Candidate Deletes Pro-Gun Control Facebook Comments

CT Gov Candidate Deletes Pro-Gun Control Facebook Comments
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton was caught erasing critical comments from his Facebook account regarding the CT gubernatorial candidate's flip-flop on common sense gun control. Of course, this is the same man who whitewashed his Twitter account when he announced his run for governor.
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I Spy: Fed and Tech Companies Compromise on Disclosure of NSA Data Requests

I Spy: Fed and Tech Companies Compromise on Disclosure of NSA Data Requests
Technology companies and privacy advocates are praising a new government compromise that will allow the Internet's leading companies to disclose more information about how often they are ordered to turn over customer information to the government in national security investigations.
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Jesse J. Holland
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Do They Really 'Like' You? Selling Social Media Clicks Becomes Big Business

Do They Really 'Like' You? Selling Social Media Clicks Becomes Big Business
Celebrities, businesses and even the U.S. State Department have bought bogus Facebook likes, Twitter followers or YouTube viewers from offshore "click farms," where workers tap, tap, tap the thumbs up button, view videos or retweet comments to inflate social media numbers. But an Associated Press examination has found a growing global marketplace for fake clicks, which tech companies struggle to police.
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Martha Mendoza
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