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I Don’t Have Time for the Truth!

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I was checking out my Twitter feed the other day and I came upon a tweet from Richard Dawkins. He is one of my favorite writers and I’ve been following him for years. The tweet was a link to an article, but was it true? Time to find out. But how much time?

A “Duty of Care” for Facebook

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Wikiality, “the best narrative wins,” has all but replaced reality. Fiction often replaces facts. Lies are harder and harder to separate from truths. A pure democracy is truly dangerous to powerful people. Narratives are hard to control. Which raises the question, can a constitutional republic (or a bunch of other elected central governments) control a true democracy that is the direct voice of about 55 percent of the global population?

Facebook and Common Sense

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Mark Zuckerberg is founder and chief executive officer of Facebook, the world’s largest population. In reading his op-ed in the Washington Post, Mark Zuckerberg: The Internet needs new rules. Let’s start in these four areas, I was struck by its similarities to Thomas Paine’s pamphlet Common Sense, which for all practical purposes incited the Colonies to rebel against the King. Both of these manifestos deserve to be read in their entirety.

Facebook Alternatives

Alternatives to Facebook

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Facebook has been under relentless attack since the Cambridge Analytica scandal in early 2018. Broadcasters and news publishers have declared open season on Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, and other senior executives at the company. And while not quite ubiquitous, #deletefacebook pops up every time there’s a story about data privacy. The EU has fined them, the US is trying to figure out how to regulate them, and the notion that free services should be absolutely free (as opposed to checking a box on a terms and conditions page that allows the free service to use your data as payment) is gaining traction. Whether or not Facebook deserves the scrutiny it is under is a great topic for another article. Today, I want to have a look at alternatives. If you don’t like Facebook, what might work for you? Is the time right for the reemergence of focused social networks?

Shelly Palmer

Tech Earnings Report

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Shelly Palmer discusses tech earnings and the emerging privacy onslaught between Apple and Facebook on CNN’s Quest Means Business with Richard Quest.

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Protecting Your Privacy on Facebook

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Tech expert, Shelly Palmer speaks with Sukanya Krishnan and Jennifer Lahmers on Fox 5 about the steps Facebook users can take to protect their data on Facebook. Original Airdate: April 10, 2018

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Twitter Identity Theft

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Shelly Palmer talks with Sukanya Krishnan and Jennifer Lahmers about Microsoft’s emergency software update and growing concerns about ID theft on Twitter.

Facebook: The Ministry of Truth?

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Wikiality is Facebook’s answer to fake news, alternative facts, and truthiness. Facebook, the social media giant, is going to let you rank the news you think is most valuable. What could possibly go wrong?

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Will Congress Kill Facebook and the Rest of the Internet?

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Congress wants answers. It’s caveat emptor if someone boosts (pays to advertise) a Facebook post about a new fruit smoothie that prevents cancer, heart disease, and warts. But suggest to a professional politician that the same exact Facebook advertising might adversely affect that politician’s ability to get reelected, and it’s time for a congressional hearing.