Facebook and other social media platforms have been coming under scrutiny from governments and regulators on both sides of the Atlantic. While there are concerns about content being shared on the various platforms that can impact political campaigns what is probably more concerning is how social networks handle political ads.
Elizabeth Warren is currently a candidate for the US Presidential elections in 2020. She posted recently on Twitter about an experiment she and her team conducted to see how Facebook would handle clearly false ads. The results are quite disturbing:
Trump’s campaign is apparently spending $1 million a week on Facebook ads:
There have been calls from several governments, including some voices in the US one, to regulate Facebook and other social media platforms a lot more heavily, though it is unlikely to happen in the short term.
The upcoming US Presidential campaign will be fought, at least partially, via the social media networks and platforms.
The US President Donald Trump has a tendency to issue quite contentious statements via Twitter. Some of those statements might appear to be a little lacking in gravitas. This plugin for Chrome will give them the gravitas they deserve by converting them all to Comic Sans.
You can see it “in action” on one of President Trump’s recent tweets in the screenshot below:
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Looks like one of the Fox News Twitter accounts may have been hacked, as it’s spewing “news” of Obama’s death ..
See screenshot below:
@Foxnewpolitics twitter account
If this is a prank it’s in pretty bad taste ..
So I would assume that the account has been compromised .. and since it’s July 4th in the US it may take longer than normal for people to notice ..
I’ve no idea who is “managing” Fine Gael’s web “stuff” during the 2011 Irish general election, but you would really have to ask yourself what they were thinking.
Firstly we had the introduction of new word into the Irish political lexicon – twolicy. Yes – they managed to combine “twitter” and “policy” and came up with this wonderful new term.
What is the “twolicy” all about?
Basically they’re asking all their supporters to follow the Fine Gael candidates and to tweet about them.. They’ve even supplied hashtags and all! Aren’t they um … Oh never mind.
This image kind of sums it up:
Now they seem to have taken things to a new low with their Valentine’s ploy.
Fine Gael's Cringe Inducing Valentine's card
I’m not sure if they’re even taking themselves seriously at this stage.