June 23, 2018

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (062318)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.



  1. Wane of social media ‘influencers’ as big brands drop ‘stars’ over fears of fake followers


    A survey of brands done by the company found that influencers were not a focus for a single one.

    Fakes and hackers now outnumber real accounts | The number of fraudulent social media accounts per legitimate business accounts

    Check out the bar graphs. Bots have taken over the social media. At this point no one should be basing their opinion, response much less demographic decisions on the net. You know, you probably shouldn’t even bother to believe the rankings of any annual “most viewed” listing. It doesn’t take many determined people to run bot programs to skew any “popularity contest”.

    Comment by dscott — June 23, 2018 @ 5:38 pm

  2. Facebook and Twitter and probably YouTube have allowed themselves to become open sewers.

    I believe they at the very least looked the other way when they saw fake accounts and fake followers being created, and when violent extremists, pedophiles and the like began flocking to the platforms. They pumped up the companies’ activity and account-based numbers, their ad rates, their revenues, and the their stock prices.

    Now they can’t fix the problem without taking major hits, and I don’t think they ever intend to.

    Then they focused their energies on banishing non-progressive thoughts and views instead of enforcing rules demanding that non-violent, non-threatening speech be protected.

    I stopped tweeting long ago, though I obviously have to pay attention to what’s going on there. My visits to Facebook are way down and limited to communications with longstanding friends and acquaintances. I’ve only occasionally tried to engage politically on it, and regretted the waste of time every time (even though those who disagree are unhinged and easily vanquished with facts).

    I don’t care how “successful” they are. They’re arguably the biggest failures in business history in comparing their stated noble missions to their ignoble social and societal results.

    Comment by Tom — June 23, 2018 @ 9:33 pm

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