Casey Newton :- … The danger of Facebook’s focus on Groups

Background

In a broadly applicable short article Casey Newton points out the danger of group attachment…

 

Background

Author :- Casey Newton
Subject :- The Mueller indictment exposes the danger of Facebook’s focus on Groups
Web Site :- The Verge
Link

A year ago this past Friday, Mark Zuckerberg published a lengthy post titled “Building a Global Community.” It offered a comprehensive statement from the Facebook CEO on how he planned to move the company away from its longtime mission of making the world “more open and connected” to instead create “the social infrastructure … to build a global community.” He identified a number of challenges to realizing his mission, and ranking high among them was the political polarization of his user base.

“Social media is a short-form medium where resonant messages get amplified many times,” Zuckerberg wrote. “This rewards simplicity and discourages nuance. At its best, this focuses messages and exposes people to different ideas. At its worst, it oversimplifies important topics and pushes us towards extremes.”

By that standard, Robert Mueller’s indictment of a Russian troll farm last week showed social media at its worst. The special counsel filed conspiracy and fraud charges against 13 Russian nationals and three organizations as part of a widespread, multimillion-dollar effort to influence the US election. Adopting US identities and personas, they created a variety of groups and pages across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube for the express purpose of pushing Americans to extremes.

Facebook has estimated that 126 million users saw Russian disinformation on the platform during the 2016 campaign. The effects of that disinformation went beyond Likes, comments, and shares. Coordinating with unwitting Americans through social media platforms, Russians staged rallies and paid Americans to participate in them. In one case, they hired Americans to build a cage on a flatbed truck and dress up in a Hillary Clinton costume to promote the idea that she should be put in jail.

News of the indictments come at a time when Facebook is investing more in its products for groups. Last year, Facebook said 100 million people are in what the company callsvery meaningful” groups, or groups that are a primary part of the user’s social networking experience and extend to offline interactions. A parenting group might be very meaningful to a young family, for example. In his post last year, Zuckerberg said Facebook hoped to increase the number of people in very meaningful groups to 1 billion.

But what if those very meaningful groups are run by foreign actors working to make the country more polarized? It’s impossible to say how “meaningful” the groups Russia created were to its members, but the troll farms worked to create pages around subjects that generate the maximum level of emotion. Often, they were tied to identity. For immigration matters, there was a page called “Secured Borders.” For Black Lives Matter, there was “Blacktivist.” For religion, there were “United Muslims of America” and “Army of Jesus.” By 2016, those pages collectively had hundreds of thousands of American followers.

Russians spent thousands of dollars a month promoting those groups on Facebook and other sites, according to the indictment. They meticulously tracked the growth of their audience, creating and distributing reports on their growing influence. They worked to make their posts seem more authentically American, and to create posts more likely to spread virally through the mechanisms of the social networks.

Facebook greeted the Mueller indictment as a kind of vindication. (As did President Donald Trump, who eagerly promoted some tweets by the company’s vice president of ad products that criticized media coverage of Russian ad spending on Facebook.) “We proactively disclosed the IRA activity to the Special Counsel, Congress, and the public, and have worked with them to give the public a fuller understanding of what occurred,” said Joel Kaplan, Facebook’s vice president of global policy, in a statement. “We’re grateful the US government is now taking this aggressive action against those who abused our service and exploited the openness of our democratic process.

Kaplan added, “We know we have more to do to prevent against future attacks.” He added that the number of people working on security at Facebook would double this year, to 20,000. “We’re committed to staying ahead of this kind of deceptive and malevolent activity going forward,” he wrote.

In the meantime, the dark side of “developing the social infrastructure for community” is now all too visible. The tools that are so useful for organizing a parenting group are just as effective at coercing large groups of Americans into yelling at each other. Facebook dreams of serving one global community, when in fact it serves — and enables —countless agitated tribes. The more Facebook pushes us into groups, the more it risks encouraging the kind of polarization that Russia so eagerly exploited.

Tim Keller Tweets

Balance

Tim Keller continues to impress me with his ability to balance theology with the burdens of Little Joe and beaten down Johanna.

Scripture

  1. Damon Thompon
    • Faith for a Kairos Moment
      • Model that those that been forgiven much, love much [ Segment 20 ]
        • Therefore, I tell you, . her many sins have been forgiven — as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little( Luke 7:47 )
      • Without Faith it is impossible to please God
        • By faith Enoch was taken up so that he did not see death. He could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.
          And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who approaches Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. ( Hebrews 11:5-6 )
      • I got to know God in the Land of The Living
        • The Lord is My Salvation
          …Do not deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries, For false witnesses have risen against me, And such as breathe out violence.
          I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.
          Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.… ( Psalm 27:12-4 )

 

Twitter

Link

Here are some of his recent tweets.

Jan 2018

  1. The security of Jesus’ love enables you to need less, and to love more.
  2. The God of the Bible is a God of grace, who is faithful to us even when we are unfaithful to him.
  3. Fastest way to become a Pharisee is to hate Pharisees.
  4. How much doctrinal unity you need to partner with someone depends on what you are partnering with them for.
  5. The only flaws that can enslave you are the ones that you are blind to. Ps. 19
  6. Before we can answer “Who am I?” we must first ask, “Whom or what do I love?” and “Who loves me?”
  7. Our problem is not so much the unanswered questions but the unquestioned answers out there.
  8. Everyone in the world is an evangelist. Even telling someone they can’t proselytise is a form of proselytising.
  9. What is Religion? A set of beliefs that explain what life is all about, who we are and how we should spend our time.
  10. Both secularism and devout faith are growing. What’s going away is the mushy middle of religiosity.
  11. Having a sense of being loved deeply by Christ allows us to forgive when someone wrongs us because we can afford to be generous.
  12. Don’t let success go to your head. Don’t let failure go to your heart.
  13. What does your life say to others about what you believe?
  14. Does the quality of your work become the measure of your worth?
  15. It is one thing to believe in God but it is quite another thing to trust God.
  16. We are always the last to see our own self-absorption.
  17. In the presence of beauty you cease to be the hero in your own story. It is no longer all about you.
  18. Most leading urbanologists estimate that by 2050 the number of people living in cities will exceed 75% worldwide. The Church has not moved into cities at the same rate.
  19. True gospel-humility means I stop connecting every experience, every conversation, with myself.
  20. Living the mission of Jesus means taking your faith into your work and your life and praying for it to change people’s hearts toward God.
  21. This is an important conversation that doesn’t have any easy answers. Good article.
    • Referencing
      • The Atlantic
        • Low-Income Communities Are Struggling to Support Churches
          Link
  22. The most fulfilling life you can have? Stop living to fulfill your own desires and start living to fulfill the needs of your neighbor.
  23. If you care about social justice, you’ll be concerned with those on the margins of society not those with the most social media followers.
  24. If you have money, power, and status today, it is largely due to the century and place in which you were born, to your talents and capacities and health, none of which you earned. In short, all your resources are in the end the gift of God.
  25. Jesus did not abandon us despite all his own suffering. Do you think he would abandon you now in the midst of yours?
  26. Lack of cultural awareness leads to distorted Christian living.
  27. Condemning others while also excusing ourselves is what allows us to hang onto both our self-righteousness AND our sin.
  28. The number one lie Satan tells us is that we can prove ourselves.
  29. “To be loved but not known is superficial. To be known and not loved is our great fear — but to be known and loved, that transforms you.” – @timkellernyc
  30. Our beliefs are formed not only through reason and argument but also through social conditioning. The only way, therefore, to be as thoughtful, balanced, and unprejudiced as possible is to be highly aware of your cultural biases. Are you aware where your beliefs come from?
  31. The more you see your own flaws and sins, the more precious, electrifying, and amazing God’s grace appears to you.
  32. Jesus came not to accrue power. He came to give power up.

LinkedIn – Invitations – Grooming

Background

As times goes by I find myself really been impressed in someone’s work or really just want to keep in touch with them post our current interaction.

Other times it is someone I worked with in the past and I need to ask them a quick question and so I seek them out via LinkedIn and send them an invite.

 

Linked-In

It is easy to keep some of the unrequited invites along much longer than one should.

 

Invitations Sent

Here is the the current link to the Invitations Sent Manager – Link.

Invitation Sent List – Current as of 6 AM Oct 29th, 2017

Invitation Sent List – Select

Review and select the ones that have been languishing a while.

Thanks goodness length of pasture is noted.

 

Invitation Sent List – Number of Invites Withdrawn

Invitation Sent List – Current as of 7 AM Sun Oct 29th, 2017

 

Summary

Image

Textual

“A certain man prepared a great banquet and invited many guests.
When it was time for the banquet, he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’…

The Loving Decision

Background

June 13th, 2017

50 years ago [ today ], the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Loving — Mildred and Richard Loving, who successfully sued the state of Virginia, forcing it to recognize their interracial marriage. That landmark case overturned laws against interracial marriages all across the country.

 

Videos

  1. The { } And
    • Chamika and Khalil Cumberbatch
      • Formerly Incarcerated Father Opens Up to Daughter | {THE AND} Mia & Khalil
        Mia & Khalil, a father and daughter separated for years by the federal prison system, discuss the hardship that has defined their relationship. 9 year old Mia bravely opens up about what it meant that her father was incarcerated, and Khalil, now a criminal justice reform activist at JustLeadershipUSA, can only admire how strong his daughter has become.

        • Videos
          • Smaller Clip
            Published On :- 2017-Oct-4th
            Link
          • Full
            Published On :- 2016-Oct-10th
            Link
      • The Window | Khalil – Life in Immigration Detention
        • Video
          • The Window | Khalil – Life in Immigration Detention (Part 1)
            A Guyanese transplant to New York, Khalil came of age as an inmate in maximum security facilities during his twenties. After his release, he dedicated his life to education, social justice and his family, only to be taken away by immigration detention, and possibly deported after 25 years in the United States.
            Link
          • The Window | Khalil – Life in Immigration Detention (Part 2)
            Following his session of The Window, Khalil, was at a loss of words processing the amount of love and support his family and friends showed him during their reflections of his struggle in Immigration Detention. Here is what he finally said about the eye-opening experience.
            Link
      • I Went To Prison And My Dad Never Called. Now I’m Calling Him. | MORAL COURAGE EP. 35
        • Channel :- MoralCourageChannel
          Published On :- 2015-Oct-5th
          My entire incarceration I never received one letter, or a visit, or a call from my father. This video follows my journey to reconnect with him in a meaningful way.
          Link
    • How Will We Raise A Biracial Kid? | {THE AND} Keisha & Andrew
      Keisha & Andrew are back with {THE AND} after a year, still laughing with and at each other. But things get real as they confront their fears of the future, like having a biracial child in the #BlackLivesMatter era (Part 1 of 2) | Watch Part 2: http://bit.ly/KeishaAndrew2
      Publisher :- The Skin Deep
      Link
    • Wrongly Arrested At 16 | {THE AND} David & Adama
      David & Adama, friends through the hardest of times, look how far they’ve taken their unlikely pairing since they first met. Adama, wrongfully imprisoned by the US government at age 16, wonders if American society will ever truly be comfortable with her religion, and David admits that his proudest moment in life wouldn’t have come to pass without her.
      Published On :- 2017-May-17th
      Link
    • {THE AND} Francesca & Azzah
      • {THE AND} Francesca & Azzah | Being Muslim in America is Hard Sometimes
        Francesca & Azzah, close friends and recent graduates, discuss the shifting social climate in the United States and its impact on their friendship. Azzah shares growing concerns about her identity as an immigrant and Muslim woman to Francesca, who relied deeply on Azzah during the rough patches in her life. Filmed in July 2016, this dialogue between two young women of color is more relevant now than ever.
        Publisher :- The Skin Deep
        Published On :- 2017-Feb-8th
        Link
  2. The Loving Decision
    • We Talk to Interracial Couples 50 Years After Loving v. Virginia (HBO)
      Published On :- 2013-Oct-26th
      Link
    • Features
      • Former Secretary of Defense William Cohen & Janey Langhart Cohen
      • Vaughn J. Buffalo and Gail Russell Buffalo
      • Enroll McDonald and Klara Glowczewska
      • Rev. John Janka and Rev. Jacqui Lewis
      • Chris Connolly and Joy Connolly
  3. Amanda Roman Leak, Ryan Leak
    • The Surprise Wedding ( Shorter Version )
      Station :- Amanda Roman Leak
      Published On :- 2013-Oct-26th
      Link
    • The Surprise Wedding
      On June 7, 2013, Ryan Leak proposed to his girlfriend. Her dream was to get engaged and married on the same day, and so later on that night… He had planned her surprise dream wedding. We have always talked about what we want our special day to be about. And for us, we want it to be about something bigger than ourselves. Recently, we were moved by an organization called A21 who fights sex trafficking all over the world. And so the idea for this day was: There’s 27 million girls caught in sex slavery, and every single one of them deserves their own dream wedding. And so we asked all of our guest at the wedding to give to A21 instead of getting us traditional wedding presents. If you’d like to learn more about A21 and join our guest in giving, go to: http://bit.ly/1g7zrye
      Link
    • Viral Video Newlyweds Credit as Inspiration
      Link
    • Chasing Failure
      Link
  4. Adanna & David
    • OUR WEDDING VIDEO | AdannaDavid
      Hi guys, the video from our wedding is finally up. We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed the day! Love, Adanna & David Check out our ‘Bei-de’ Jewellery collection: https://stilnest.com/adanna-david
      Published On :- 2014-Nov-29th
      Link
    • Adanna & David dancing to Afrobeats
      Published On :- 2017-Jan-17th
      Link
    • Adanna & Adamma
      • MEET MY TWIN SISTER – TWIN TAG | AdannaDavid
        A lot of you have requested for me to do a ‘Twin Tag’ while my twin sister was visiting.
        Published On :- 2016-March-13th
        Link
  5. Ruffine & Nicolas Delfosse
    • Opening Wedding Dance – Ruffine & Nicolas (Etta James – covered by Beyoncé, Bracket, P-Square)
      Published On :- 2015-Sept-5th
      Link
  6. Thirty Minutes After Watching this Proposal Video and We’re Still Sobbing.
    • Thirty Minutes After Watching this Proposal Video and We’re Still Sobbing.
      Publisher :- How he asked.com
      Published On :- 2016-Nov-7th
  7. Cedric Thompson Jr and Charlotte Paguyo
    • An NFL Players Heartwarming Proposal: A Love Story
      Thank you Ced and Charlotte for letting me be apart of this beautiful moment. “An NFL Players Heartwarming Proposal: A Love Story”
      Link
  8. Love Without Borders
    • Love Without Borders – Season 1 – Episode 1
      In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia decision, we gathered eight multicultural couples to talk about their experiences in America.
      Published On :- 2017-April-27th
      Link
    • Love Without Borders – Season 1 – Episode 4
      Multiethnic Couples Talk About Their Weddings | Love Without Borders S1 EP4 | BRIDES
      Link
    • Love Without Borders – Season 1 – Episode 5
      The One Thing You Should Never Say to Multicultural Couples | Love Without Borders S1 EP5 | BRIDES
      Published On :- 2017-April-27th
      Link
  9. Christopher M. Harris & Britt Harris
    • Stories
      • After US Army Specialist Christopher M. Harris was killed in Afghanistan, his wife Britt asked his fellow soldiers to reveal the gender of their unborn child
    • Participants
      • Christopher M. Harris
      • Britt Harris
    • Videos
      • Troops reveal gender of fallen soldier’s baby
        Link
    • Dates
      • Deceased :- August 2nd, 2017
  10. Crystal and Joseph
    • Crystal and Joseph were married at Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel in Columbia, Maryland.
    • Wedding Blog ( Link )
    • Stories
      • Groom cries as Bride walks down the Aisle {Crystal and Joseph}
    • Participants
      • Crystal
      • Joseph
    • Videos
      • Groom cries as Bride walks down the Aisle {Crystal and Joseph}
        Dates Published :- 2017-June-24th
        Link

 

Indepth

The { } And

Wrongly Arrested At 16 | {THE AND} David & Adama

  1. Adama
    • Koran
      • After every hardship there is ease
      • Black, Woman, and Muslim
      • I have to go pass those strikes
  2. David
    • Adama granted Asylum

Khalil, Chamika, Mia Cumberbatch

The Window | Khalil – Life in Immigration Detention (Part 2)

  1. Did not want to call him father
    • I was fearful that if I gave him that title, he wouldn’t live up to it
    • But, the reality is that he has done that and so much more
  2. Brother
    • Met each other in a very dark, a very dark place
    • We did not have anything to offer each other, but friendship
    • But, he took that
    • And, we have both survived it, because of the camaraderie that we have
  3. Fatherhood
    • Change my legacy
    • Change my legacy about Prisonhood
    • Coming closer to that goal
  4. Friendship
    • Dickson
      • Believe in me, even when I did not believe in myself
  5. Friendship
    • Seeds
      • Support
      • Criticism
      • Inspiration
    • Becoming
      • Husband
      • Father
      • Advocate
    • Mirroring
      • Joy
      • Inspiration
      • Gratitude

Formerly Incarcerated Father Opens Up to Daughter | {THE AND} Mia & Khalil

  1. Mia
    • What scares you the most
  2. Khalil
    • I will look back on my life and wish I was a great parent
  3. Mia
    • There is no change to make you a great parent, you are actually a great parent

 

 

Pledges

There are many pledges we make in our lives.

One of the wives featured in the HBO documentary, “We Talk to Interracial Couples 50 Years After Loving v. Virginia (HBO)”, said “Being married to John keeps me accountable. I cannot do they…They are.  I wake up to this guy.  My husband.

Here is hoping you have set some traps in your life that forbade you from Saying They, and even more, Lividly Living against “They”.

 

Here is what 826 days sober looks like

Background

Some stories grab you and you feel good at seeing people pulled out of HELL.

Here is one of them.

 

Here is what 826 days sober looks like. Left is me June 11th 2014, on the right is me today. Recovery is possible!

 

The left picture was taken on July 11th, 2014 and the right picture was taken on Sept 14th, 2016
Link

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pInterest – Getting help with creating pins

Forward

On my way home this evening, found a little time to catch up on the Book of Nahum.

The edition I am reading is “Men’s Devotional“. And, I stayed on the commentary provided by C.S. Lewis; it is titled “Retribution’s Good Element“.

I really feel in love with C.S. words and sentence structure.  And, wanted to share via pInterest.

pInterest

But, never one gifted with artistic ways, I knew I would stumble with trying to design “Word Art” on my own.

And, so googled for tools that can help.

Here are some web sites that provide assistance with creating images that can be availed as pins on pInterest.

 

Tools

Tool Link More
Quotes Cover Link
Recite Link
Canva Link Requires Registration
Quozio Link
PixTeller Link

 

 

Sample Pins

QuotesCover

PainSometimesGivesTheOnlyOpportunity-20160813-0813AM

 

Recite

WeHaveAllWeWant

 

pInterest Boards

  1. Daniel Adeniji
    • Smith Wigglesworth
      Link
    • C.S. Lewis – Retribution’s Good Element
      Link
    • Autumn October
      Link
    • Nabeel & Michelle Qureshi
      Link

LinkedIn – Customization – Who can view your Connections?

Background

Ever few weeks, I receive an unsolicited requests to add a new person to my LinkedIn Connections.

I review it and if I know that person, I add them in.

Depending on my gut feelings, I will either add an invitee I do not know, or sit on it for a while.

If I oblige a requester that I do not know, I will more likely than not, message that person and try to determine what is the basis for their invite.

Yesterday

Yesterday was one of those days where I added someone and shortly thereafter messaged them to find out why they sent me a request in the first place.

I have yet to hear back from the person, actually a company.

 

Glad

I am glad that my Linkedin Connections are better protected than I am.

 

Connections Visibility

I will suggest that you manage your connections visibility by accessing

https://www.linkedin.com/psettings/connections-visibility

     PrivacySettings-ConnectionsVisibility

 

I have opted to not share my Connections with anyone outside of Self.

The other option, likely the default option, is to allow “Your Connections” to view each other.

WhoCanSeeMyConnections-Dropdown-YourConnections

Nice GUI

I like the GUI work that some of the Web Sites are employing.  No Save Button.  Make changes and they are auto-saved and you have a visual object to indicate that things are taking of.

PrivacySettings-ConnectionsVisibility-Saving

 

Help

Web sites evolve and if the link referenced above should change, please use the Help button to seek follow-up advice.

Here is the URL to Help.

Searched Item

who can see your connections

LinkedHelp-WhoCanSeeYourConnections-v2

We opted for “Controlling who sees your Connection ListLink.