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Parler app: Conservatives find home on social media platforms rife with misinformation

parler app: conservatives find home on social media platforms rife with misinformation

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Others who’ve been active on the alternative social network Parler in recent weeks include Fox News host Sean Hannity, radio personality Mark Levin, far-right activist Laura Loomer, Senator Ted Cruz and Congressman Devin Nunes. Eric Trump also has an account verified by Parler as does Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.Parler, founded in 2018 by John Matze and Jared Thomson, bills itself as “unbiased social media” and a place where people can “speak freely and express yourself openly without fear of being ‘deplatformed’ for your views,” according to its website and App Store description. It looks like a mashup of Twitter and Instagram, with its main feed, follower counts and ways to share posts and links. It’s also rife with misinformation, including a stream of baseless allegations of voter fraud, such as false assertions that “millions” of votes were either lost or switched from Donald Trump to Joe Biden. The app has seen an influx of downloads following the US election. Parler hit the number one spot overall on Apple’s US App Store among free apps for the first time on Sunday — ahead of names including TikTok and YouTube — according to Apptopia which tracks mobile apps. Since last …

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BrdsNst.com Opens Sunrise Period for Username Registrations

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BrdsNst.com Opens Sunrise Period for Username Registrations

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TECH TALK WITH MIKE: Which social media platform is best for business?

tech talk with mike: which social media platform is best for business?

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Mike Gingerich

It’s the million-dollar question. Almost every business owner understands the benefits of social media. Some have already seen the sales benefits of social media success. From increased exposure to more leads and greater revenue, you stand to potentially benefit greatly. However, there are currently numerous social media networks, according to Influencer Marketing Hub. So, which social media platform should your business be using?In reality, there’s not just one right answer to this question. The best social media platform for one brand may not necessarily be the best social media network to focus on for the next business.
HOW TO CHOOSETo determine what’s best for your business, you need to answer four questions: are you B2B (business to business) or B2C (business to consumer)? Who is your target audience? What social media do they use the most? And, what are your social media marketing goals?ARE YOU B2B OR B2C?If you’re not aware of the distinction, B2B (business-to-business) companies sell to other companies, while B2C (business-to-consumer) companies sell to end consumers. Your social media marketing needs will be different depending on where you belong.B2B companies …

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Canadians’ social media data not stored in country, study finds

canadians’ social media data not stored in country, study finds

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By Pooja Rambaran

Social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter transfer and store user data in a variety of jurisdictions outside of Canada, according to a recent discussion paper by the Cybersecure Policy Exchange (CPX) at Ryerson.

The study found that most social media privacy policies do not explicitly state the jurisdictions in which the personal data of their users are stored, processed and transferred. This means that “social media platforms can easily transfer personal data between various countries with little oversight or transparency,” the paper reads.

Yuan Stevens, co-author of the study, said the core belief of the paper is that “people in Canada deserve to have control and autonomy over their personal data as a critical aspect of cybersecurity.”

Stevens described personal data as anything that relates to someone as a specific, identifiable person. 

Almost every major social media platform—including Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Twitter and TikTok—has faced major security breaches in the last five years, according to the CPX report written by Stevens, Mohammed Masoodi and Sam Andrey. 

In 2018, Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics company, was found responsible for improperly collecting personal data of millions of Facebook users. The paper states …

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Letter to the Editor, Nov. 28, 2020: Social media can have serious negative impact

letter to the editor, nov. 28, 2020: social media can have serious negative impact

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Social media can haveserious negative impactEditor, Times-Dispatch:A 2020 Netflix documentary-drama, “The Social Dilemma,” offers a lens to view the rise of social media platforms and their impact — both positive and negative — on society.Although it has produced many positive societal changes, social media’s negative impact — particularly on politics and its role in allowing the dissemination of conspiracy theories and fake news — can be significant with far-reaching consequences.Social media platforms use manipulation techniques to addict users, and their actions subsequently are tracked to increase user attention and engagement. Algorithms are used to enhance the user experience on an individual basis. This leads to the creation of individual interest profiles and then matching users to other content.Media development uses a practice that reinforces behavior to retain user attention for a longer period of time and causes them to check their devices more often.False information spreads at a rate six times faster than true information, due to emotional reaction. And, algorithms tend to be biased toward false information, since higher interest results in recommendations to more and more people.Unchecked, social media platforms can contribute to the deterioration of societal trust and cause serious damage to democracy …

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Small Business Saturday: Springfield business owners get started using popular social media platform

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Following Thanksgiving, people may see lots of signs out as a reminder to shop small. It’s all a part of Small Business Saturday, a day meant to help support local entrepreneurs by shopping locally. However, buying small can go beyond a storefront and onto social media sites like Facebook Marketplace, which acts as a more accessible way to support neighbors and community.Many small business and artisans across the county got their start through the platform, including Springfield’s Brittany and Heather Dyer, the owners of Beautiful Fight Woodworking. Through Facebook Marketplace, the Dyer’s built and distributed their custom wood creations across the Ozarks, and country. They sell affordable handcrafted woodworkings from games to personalized farmhouse fixtures and ornaments.Like many small business owners, there’s a story attached to the journey. While the Dyers started on social media, their journey stemmed from a fight following a rare cancer diagnosis that left Brittany unemployed. As a way to earn income Brittany and Heather used Facebook Marketplace to sell woodworkings which grew into an established business. It ultimately led to the Dyers storefront opening in July 2020. Despite opening in the midst of a pandemic, Brittany …

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Restless Is the Social Media Platform Fighting Sexual Assault

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“I knew I had to find a way to empower myself again within the circumstances I couldn’t change. I thought that maybe if I couldn’t tell my own story, I could at least facilitate the stories of other women. That maybe I could speak indirectly through them, and feel like I was reclaiming my narrative, even if indirectly.”

In the fall of 2014, a U.S. college student named Olivia DeRamus was sexually assaulted.

Upon reporting her assaulter to the school, he sued her for millions of dollars—a tactic, said DeRamus, “used by the wealthy to silence their victims.” She continued, “It’s extremely effective.”

A 2014 report by PBS found that just 20 percent of sexual assault survivors take the path DeRamus did in reporting the assault. The same study found that one in five survivors fear retaliation from the person who assaulted them if they were to report the event. DeRamus’s case, along with countless others, painfully proves this fear well within reason. 

DeRamus faced a lengthy court battle and costly legal fees before finally being free from the case in 2019. But the end of the exhausting legal battle left DeRamus with a key realization.

“I realized, …

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How to Use the Parler Mobile App

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Parler’s app is available for both Android and iOS devices. A quick search in a phone or tablet’s app store will bring it up. Once the Parler app is downloaded, you can create a new account with an email address, phone number, and password. Acceptable passwords will have at least eight characters, at least one special character, and at least one number. Also, users must agree to the app’s privacy policy, terms of service, and community guidelines. Next, a Captcha is required before continuing on. Finally, an eight-digit code is sent in a text to the user’s phone number. Enter that code within one minute to gain access to Parler.

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Parler brings together mainstream conservatives and white supremacists as the social media platform attracts millions of Trump supporters

parler brings together mainstream conservatives and white supremacists as the social media platform attracts millions of trump supporters

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Since the 2020 U.S. presidential election, Parler has caught on among right-wing politicians and “influencers” – people with large online followings – as a social media platform where they can share and promote ideas without worrying about the company blocking or flagging their posts for being dangerous or misleading. However, the website has become a haven for far-right extremists and conspiracy theorists who are now interacting with the mainstream conservatives flocking to the platform.ADVERTISEMENT”+
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As the three highest-profile social media companies – YouTube, Facebook and Twitter – continue to take action to mitigate the spread of extremism and disinformation, Parler has welcomed the ensuing exodus of right-wing users. It has exploded in popularity, doubling its members to 10 million during the month of November – although it is still dwarfed by Twitter’s roughly 330 million monthly active users.
With its newfound success, the site is contributing to the widening gap between the different perceptions of reality …

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Parler is bringing together mainstream conservatives, anti-Semites and white supremacists as the social media platform attracts millions of Trump supporters

parler is bringing together mainstream conservatives, anti-semites and white supremacists as the social media platform attracts millions of trump supporters

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Since the 2020 U.S. presidential election, Parler has caught on among right-wing politicians and “influencers” – people with large online followings – as a social media platform where they can share and promote ideas without worrying about the company blocking or flagging their posts for being dangerous or misleading. However, the website has become a haven for far-right extremists and conspiracy theorists who are now interacting with the mainstream conservatives flocking to the platform.

As the three highest-profile social media companies – YouTube, Facebook and Twitter – continue to take action to mitigate the spread of extremism and disinformation, Parler has welcomed the ensuing exodus of right-wing users. It has exploded in popularity, doubling its members to 10 million during the month of November – although it is still dwarfed by Twitter’s roughly 330 million monthly active users.

With its newfound success, the site is contributing to the widening gap between the different perceptions of reality held by the polarized public. On mainstream social media, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the presidential election, and theories alleging crimes by the Biden campaign and Democrats are flagged as misinformation. On Parler, Donald Trump won in a landslide, only to have his victory stolen by a wide-ranging alliance …

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