Thursday, October 20, 2022

TikTok’s infinite scroll spotlights a growing media literacy crisis

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Regulating DAOs Bruce Schneier 

Facebook’s Metaverse Is Apparently Filled With Mostly Empty ‘Sad’ Worlds Kotaku 

Mozilla Distilled: “When you share your personal phone number with anyone outside your circle of family and friends, it essentially gives them permission to call you anytime of the day. This can mean robocallers at lunch and dinner, not to mention spam text messages throughout the day. …The new Firefox Relay phone number masking feature is available to Firefox Relay subscribers and can be accessed via the Firefox Relay website

The Inevitable Indictment of Donald Trump The Atlantic: “It’s clear to me that Merrick Garland will bring charges against Donald Trump. It’s just a matter of when. By Franklin Foer – “As an appellate judge, Merrick Garland was known for constructing narrow decisions that achieved consensus without creating extraneous controversy. As a government attorney, he was known for his zealous adherence to the letter of the law. As a person, he is a smaller-than-life figure, a dry conversationalist, studious listener, something close to the opposite of a raconteur.

TikTok’s infinite scroll spotlights a growing media literacy crisis Mashable: “”It’s not an uncommon occurrence these days for a friend to tell you they read some article, about something, somewhere, only to have seen a TikTok about it the night before. 

TikTok insists that it’s “first and foremost an entertainment platform,” but people aren’t necessarily using it that way. It’s increasingly becoming an alternative search engine and major source of information for young adults. However, a recent study from Newsguardclassified over 20 percent of videos that came up from searching popular news stories on the app as misinformation. Researchers have found that young people are especially at risk for believing misinformation and unproven conspiracies online, according to studies by Stanford and the British Journal of Developmental Psychology…”

New debunking site might be the winning tool in those frustrating Facebook fights

Mashable: “In a timely (and necessary) step towards broader news literacy, a new fact-checking site has launched to teach people how to better pinpoint misinformation. Called RumorGuard, it offers a one-stop shop for misinformation debunking and a glimpse into the fact-checking process, on top of a library of authoritative tools to help individuals spot, verify, and fight against rapidly spreading misinformation themselves. 

With the escalating problem of unverified information continuing to trend and spread ahead of this year’s midterm elections, every resource is essential — especially as Americans continue dropping the ball on media and news literacy tests. A 2019 study by the Pew Research Centerfound that only 26 percent of American adults could discern factual news statements from fake ones. A 2019 Stanford study had even bleaker news on the teen front, finding that two-thirds of high school participants couldn’t find the differences between news information and advertisements, and 96 percent couldn’t effectively determine a source’s credibility…”

Wirecutter: “Over the past two months, Amazon has made high-profile bids to buy iRobot, a robot-vacuum brand, and One Medical, a health-care tech company. It was announced last week that both acquisitions are being reviewed by the Federal Trade Commission, which will draw the process out. If the deals go through, these two companies will join the likes of Ring, Whole Foods, MGM Studios, Eero, and countless others under the Amazon umbrella. 

How Amazon’s Acquisitions of iRobot and One Medical Could Affect Your Privacy Wirecutter