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Keep Those Selfies Outta Trump’s Hands

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Your DGB for today is to opt out of sharing personal info with Facebook.

In the latest chapter of the Death of American Democracy, AKA, How the Russians Won the Long Game, AKA, The Dumbest James Bond Movie Ever, we discovered this week that Facebook sold the personal data of millions of Americans to Cambridge Analytica. The company, in turn, used this data to help the Trump campaign in the 2016 election. Read more about the complicated scheme here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/17/us/politics/cambridge-analytica-trump-campaign.html

While both companies claim they committed no wrongdoing we can all agree that it’s shady as h-e-double-sippy-straws to mine personal data without the knowledge or permission of the people being profiled. So what is a person to do? The extreme option of leaving Facebook is simply not open to most of us. Whether we like it or not, the platform is a huge source of communication and information. We found this suggestion to be helpful and we encourage you to follow it. And do what you can to stay anonymous. Keep your profile information sparse and don’t link your apps to Facebook (or any other social media site).

 

Fight Fake News on Facebook

One of the most damaging aspects to appear in the 2016 election cycles is the rise and dominance of fake news on the internet. Your DGB for today is to get started fighting these fake news stories and stop them from spreading around and becoming “fact” to many people. Report as many fake news posts as you have time for, but we ask that you report at least one. Let’s work together to cut off the views and revenue to these unethical sites and stifle the damage they cause. First, take a minute to read one or both of these stories on spotting fake news:

 

WaPo

 

CNN

 

Now follow these steps:

  1. Go here and find some of the bad actors from the site linked above.

  2. In the upper right dropdown arrow menu of a post, select “report post”

  3. Select “I think it shouldn’t be on facebook”

  4. Select “it’s a false news story”

  5. Select “hide all from (poster)”

 

There are different flavors of sensationalized news, from pure fakes to merely partisan news on both sides of the aisle. Today, we ask you to find the fakes and Grab Back.