Vergiftigde nieuwsbronnen: over trollen, robots en nepnieuws

 apache-logo_thumb.png Auteur Jan Walraven

……….Bots zijn dus wel degelijk effectief in het verspreiden van roddels, leugens en samenzweringstheorieën. Die bots retweeten niet enkel menselijke tweets, ze produceren dus ook zelf nieuwe tweets, die ze vasthaken aan populaire hashtags. Net omdat ze vaker dan menselijke twitteraars berichten produceren, slagen de bots erin om een grote schare volgers en duizenden retweets te verzamelen…….
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the-new-york-timesSocial Media: Destroyer or Creator?

By Thomas L. Friedman

Over the last few years we’ve been treated to a number of “Facebook revolutions,” from the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street to the squares of Istanbul, Kiev and Hong Kong, all fueled by social media. But once the smoke cleared, most of these revolutions failed to build any sustainable new political order, in part because as so many voices got amplified, consensus-building became impossible. Read More


Wael Ghonim helped touch off the Arab Spring in his home of Egypt … by setting up a simple Facebook page. As he reveals, once the revolution spilled onto the streets, it turned from hopeful to messy, then ugly and heartbreaking. And social media followed suit. What was once a place for crowdsourcing, engaging and sharing became a polarized battleground. Ghonim asks: What can we do about online behavior now? How can we use the Internet and social media to create civility and reasoned argument?

Wael Ghonim is the Google executive who helped jumpstart Egypt’s democratic revolution … with a Facebook page memorializing a victim of the regime’s violence. Speaking at TEDxCairo, he tells the inside story of the past two months, when everyday Egyptians showed that “the power of the people is stronger than the people in power.”

The_Guardian_logoFacebook, Instagram and Twitter are killing the web

Hossein Derakhshan was imprisoned by the regime for his blogging. On his release, he found the internet stripped of its power to change the world and instead serving up a stream of pointless social trivia. Read more

How Facebook and Twitter are killing the open web

Here’s one way to understand the symbiotic relationship between publications and platforms in the digital age. Publications depend on advertising dollars to keep producing content, so they need to hold readers’ attention. Big platforms like Facebook and Twitter already have plenty of attention, but they need vast quantities of content to fill up their newsfeeds. It seems natural, then, that publications have started relying on platforms to drive readership. Read more

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