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    1. I wonder what the social media meta data is like right now

      Facebook et al. must be excited right now with this jackpot of acute behavioral data they're acquiring, in the context of a global catastrophe. I wonder if anyone has any insight here into what...

      Facebook et al. must be excited right now with this jackpot of acute behavioral data they're acquiring, in the context of a global catastrophe. I wonder if anyone has any insight here into what kind of research they are doing? I know it's all usually a tight secret.

      One idea that came to mind is that this would be excellent data to weaponize. Now we (as in social media corps.) can generate a pretty good model of what a global conflict looks like on the level of individual behavior and how that can be used for an advantage. The other edge of the sword would be this will help future public health initiatives but somehow I don't see this info being made publically available...

      7 votes
    2. Here's what members of Okuna had to say about moderation and bad actors

      The following is in response to a post that @Deimos made yesterday here. TL;DR - I am beta testing Okuna and wanted to know their thoughts on the problems being experienced by Facebook. Thus, you...

      The following is in response to a post that @Deimos made yesterday here.

      TL;DR - I am beta testing Okuna and wanted to know their thoughts on the problems being experienced by Facebook. Thus, you may want to visit the post referenced above first.

      Here's what I posted to the development team:

      Last year Casey Newton published an article entitled "The Trauma Floor - The secret lives of Facebook moderators in America" that can be read here:

      https://bit.ly/3aJFwVJ

      There is an accompanying video here:

      https://bit.ly/2RM80pk

      Today an article came out entitled "YouTube moderators are being required to sign a statement acknowledging the job could give them PTSD" and can be read here:

      https://bit.ly/2RncGmy

      Moving forward, how will Okuna ensure that nothing like this takes place?

      Here are the five responses that I received:

      Response #1

      It’s awful what they have put up with and how little they are being listened to or accommodated.

      The only way Okuna can control the kind of content it wants to have is by keeping it “invite only” for as long as possible - so far so good. It will eventually be a choice between $, mission and scalability: how about we cross that bridge when we get there and do our utmost to make this platform friendly, efficient and transparent in the meantime?

      Response #2

      I’m hopeful that we’re building a culture of “don’t be a dick”, and that said culture will rub off on new members.

      I think it is totally fair to require a certain amount of decency. Nothing wrong with having different opinions, and voicing them, but attacking another member is never OK.

      Likewise, I am for zero tolerance on fascism, racism, sexism, various phobia and general ass hattery.

      From what I have seen, this is already the direction in which we’re going.

      Response #3

      The Ban-Hammer.

      Response #4

      It occurs to me that there are probably staff spies from other platforms on Okuna already. @jff I’m with you. Invite-only only protects O for a short while. Human nature doesn’t change. If we think O is immune we’re fooling ourselves.

      Little things, like limit to number of nested replies, make ranting harder. Better behaviour can be partly engineered……

      Response #5

      Invite only doesn’t protect. Lots of us are on other platforms propagating Okuna there and offering invites. Including me. There always can be a rotten fruit amongst them who get invites that way. Beside that, there is a waiting list…

      15 votes
    3. Australia's bushfire emergency is being exploited on social media, as misinformation is spread through cyberspace via hundreds of thousands of posts.

      News article: Fires misinformation being spread through social media This includes a prominent local billionaire, Andrew Forrest, who has pledged $70 million for bushfire relief: "I think there's...

      News article: Fires misinformation being spread through social media

      This includes a prominent local billionaire, Andrew Forrest, who has pledged $70 million for bushfire relief: "I think there's a multitude of reasons why the fire extent has bene so devastating. I think a warming planet would be part of that — [but] the biggest part of that is arsonists," he said.

      13 votes