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#1 User is offline   Liz 

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  Posted 14 February 2019 - 05:46 AM

Microsoft Wants To Pick The News You Read

The Daily Caller
Harmeet K. Dhillon | Republican National Lawyers Association
7:20 PM 02/12/2019

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Controlling what news voters do and do not receive has become a big focus in the digital age. Mainstream media giants and establishment political operatives alike have long fought to stigmatize, discredit, and censor any news that doesn’t fit their agendas.

Now a familiar player is getting into the censorship game: Microsoft just announced that the tech giant’s Edge web browser will feature a “NewsGuard” plugin that will display a big red exclamation mark and a scolding warning when users view news outlets its censors dislike. Media outlets hand-selected by NewsGuard and Microsoft, on the other hand, will get a big friendly green check mark and flattering praise of their journalistic merit.

Who are the approved “green check mark” news sources? The left-leaning, establishment media outlets you would expect: CNN, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, and so on. These are the same sites that rushed to publish dozens of demonstrably false stories about Catholic high schoolers harassing a Vietnam veteran — and wound up putting those teenagers and their families in the crosshairs of a vicious internet hate mob — and then, largely refused to apologize for getting the story completely wrong.

Other members of the “good news” club include Rolling Stone, responsible for making a cover story out of the most destructive rape hoax since the Scottsboro Boys, and BuzzFeed News, responsible for the report accusing President Trump of committing a felony by allegedly telling Michael Cohen to lie to Congress. The story was so outrageously false that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office issued a rare public statement to disavow it.

Which media sources are arrayed on the other side of this equation, the “bad news” bears designated on NewsGuard with red exclamation points? Exactly who you’d expect: Breitbart News; Drudge Report; the Daily Mail, Britain’s third-largest newspaper; and other outlets popular outside the Acela corridor.

In the end, this scheme is really no different than the dubious “fact checks” that holier-than-thou establishment media outlets have used to belittle their competitors and silence people who see the world a little differently than the folks in newsrooms in New York, Washington, and Los Angeles.

It should come as no surprise that NewsGuard’s creators and censors come from the same media world they seek to police, mostly former editors and publishers of establishment news and opinion publications. Nor should the syrupy praise their former colleagues and co-workers are already lavishing on the scheme be surprising – it has become a commonplace belief among these paternalistic elites that the common man needs to be protected from raw, “unfiltered” news and opinion.

The most novel aspect of this news-censoring trend is Microsoft’s involvement. Google and Facebook have been engaging in media censorship for years, but this is older generation big tech getting in on the act, perhaps in some ways demonstrating that it has to censor just to keep up with its younger, and more innovative, social media brethren.

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Posted 14 February 2019 - 08:28 AM

Microsoft's Ministry Of Truth. Sorry Winston, you've been replaced by an algorithm.
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Posted 14 February 2019 - 10:19 AM

Hate Trump? Congrats, you're A-OK! You get a big green check mark.

Tell the truth? *gasp* Bad Bad Bad! You get the big red exclamation point.

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Posted 14 February 2019 - 02:32 PM

I didn't need this to hate Edge. I downloaded Chrome and Firefox as soon as I got a new computer.
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Posted 14 February 2019 - 04:39 PM

View PostUSNRETWIFE, on 14 February 2019 - 02:32 PM, said:

I didn't need this to hate Edge. I downloaded Chrome and Firefox as soon as I got a new computer.

Brave is by far the best browser of all.

Zero spyware and internet surfing with no tracking.

The creator of firefox who was ousted from his own company created Brave.

https://brave.com/

Microsoft can KMA.
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Posted 14 February 2019 - 05:41 PM

View PostSeverian, on 14 February 2019 - 08:28 AM, said:

Microsoft's Ministry Of Truth. Sorry Winston, you've been replaced by an algorithm.

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 06:45 AM

Related: this twitter thread


Guillaume Chaslot
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19 Nov 2018

Guillaume Chaslot Retweeted Raw Story

The YouTube algorithm that I helped build in 2011 still recommends the flat earth theory by the *hundreds of millions*. This investigation by @RawStory shows some of the real-life consequences of this badly designed AI.

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Guillaume Chaslot
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19 Nov 2018

So basically we have the two best AIs of the world, on Instagram and YouTube, competing to convince people that the earth is flat. Because it yields large amounts of watch time, and watch time yields ads. This is a #raceToTheBottom 11/


Guillaume Chaslot
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Flat Earth is not a "small bug". It reveals that there is a structural problem in Google's and Facebook's AIs: they exploit weaknesses of the most vulnerable people, to make them believe the darnedest things 12/


Also this:

The Unprecedented Power of Digital Platforms to Control Opinions and Votes

Posted on April 12, 2018 by Robert Epstein
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The Search Engine Manipulation Effect (SEME)



In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA (PNAS) in 2015, we reported the discovery of what we called the search engine manipulation effect (SEME), which is one of the largest behavioral effects ever identified. The study showed that when undecided voters conduct online searches in which one candidate is favored in search rankings—that is, when high-ranking search results link to web pages that make that candidate look better than his or her opponent—the preferences of those voters shift dramatically toward the favored candidate after just one search—by up to 80 percent in some demographic groups.



This shift occurs because of the enormous level of trust people have in Google’s search results, which people believe are entirely impartial, unlike what they see on television or read in newspapers. Our research also demonstrates that this belief is reinforced by a daily regimen of operant conditioning in which routine searches for simple facts invariably generate the correct result in the highest-ranking search position. The strong trust in high-ranking search results impacts what happens when people conduct a search on a complex issue on which they are trying to formulate an opinion or make a decision: where to holiday, what kind of car to purchase, or even whom to vote for. When conducting an online search for information about such matters, people put inordinate trust in material that is ranked high in search results; indeed, 50 percent of all clicks go to the top two search results. We have also demonstrated that the shift in opinions and voting preferences increases when people are exposed repeatedly to differing search results favoring one viewpoint.



We have now demonstrated the power of search rankings to shift votes and opinions in the context of four national elections: the 2010 federal election in Australia, the 2014 Lok Sabha election in India, the 2015 general election in the United Kingdom, and the 2016 election for US president. One disturbing finding of such research is that people show little or no awareness that they are viewing biased search rankings—even when those rankings are strongly biased. In the Lok Sabha experiment, conducted with more than 2,000 undecided voters throughout India during the voting process, 99.5 percent of the participants in the study showed no awareness that they were seeing biased rankings. SEME’s virtual invisibility makes it an especially disturbing and dangerous form of manipulation, because when people are unaware that they are being influenced, they tend to believe that they are making up their own minds. Because search rankings are ephemeral and, more and more, customized to the tastes of the individual, they also leave no paper trail, making them nearly impossible for authorities to trace. Perhaps even more disturbing, we now know that that the few people who can detect bias in search results shift even farther in the direction of the bias—possibly because they see that bias as a form of social proof.

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 08:26 AM

View PostRock N, on 14 February 2019 - 04:39 PM, said:

Brave is by far the best browser of all.

Zero spyware and internet surfing with no tracking.

The creator of firefox who was ousted from his own company created Brave.

https://brave.com/

Microsoft can KMA.


Thanks for this. All my bookmarks, etc. synced flawlessly. Happy to follow Brendan Eich to his new endeavor, as he does great work and got a raw deal at Mozilla.
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Posted 16 February 2019 - 02:10 PM

View PostRock N, on 14 February 2019 - 04:39 PM, said:

Brave is by far the best browser of all.

Zero spyware and internet surfing with no tracking.

The creator of firefox who was ousted from his own company created Brave.

https://brave.com/

Microsoft can KMA.

Brave is good for that, BUT edge is good for proving the opposite. So in a way, IF YOU KNOW that edge is very left wing biased politically, you see what NOT to do or support, which can be used as a process of elimination tool.
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