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Facebook clamping down on election interference, kinda. 


The Guardian reports a total of 2.2m ads on Facebook and Instagram have been rejected and 120,000 posts withdrawn for attempting to “obstruct voting” in the upcoming US presidential election, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs and communications Nick Clegg has said. warnings were posted on 150m examples of false information posted online,

Facebook has been increasing its efforts to avoid a repeat of events leading up to the 2016 US presidential election, won by Donald Trump, when its network was used by Russia for voter manipulation. The US election is 15 days away, so four years well spent? 

Once again, stopping ads is good, but it’s the individual posts and groups that go viral. 

The Markup, a nonprofit newsroom today announced the development of The Citizen Browser Project—an initiative designed to measure how disinformation travels across social media platforms over time.

a custom web browser designed by The Markup to audit the algorithms that social media platforms use to determine what information they serve their users, what news and narratives are amplified or suppressed, and which online communities those users are encouraged to join. Initially, the browser will be implemented to glean data from Facebook and YouTube.

A nationally representative panel of 1,200 people will be paid to install the custom web browser on their desktops, which allows them to share real-time data directly from their Facebook and YouTube accounts with The Markup. 

“Social media platforms are the broadcasting networks of the 21st century,” said The Markup’s editor-in-chief, Julia Angwin. “They dictate what news the public consumes with black box algorithms designed to maximize profits at the expense of truth and transparency.

I would sign up for the plugin myself if it were available to the public

You’re going to have to log-in to watch ABC iview

Over at The SMH, Zoe Samios reports, ABC sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the plans are confidential, said the broadcaster intends to make password-protected access compulsory from mid- next year.

The commercial broadcasters do this so they know who you are, and show you ads related to your demographic and beahviour. 

The play here seems to be about personalising the Iview platform, These logins create a profile that allows broadcasters to tailor the types of programs and films that appear on the app to a person’s interests. It also gives a broadcaster access to personal data, so may raise privacy concerns. 

TPG is launching a low cost mobile brand called Felix that looks set to compete with Belong, Telstra’s low cost alternative.

… we don’t know the prices yet… But TPG says it will increase competition in the market. 

The TPG-Vodafone merger was finalised in July. It was originally held up over concerns the deal would reduce competition. 

The products announced at the last Apple event haven’t even shipped yet, and there’s already rumours of the next Apple event.

This event, slated for November 17, is expected to see the introduction of ARM based computers – Apple promised an Arm Mac before Christmas. This will see the company moving away from intel in some of its line up. 

The big question amongst my nerd friends – which Mac first? The highest selling computer in the line up, the Macbook Air, or the lowest selling, the Mac Mini. There are good arguments for both 

Finally, someone has come up with a use for smart lights.

Zilzie, near Rockhampton in Queensland, is using colourful lights to safely guide hatching turtles to the sea. It’s bloody adorbale and well worth clicking through.