Mashable: This browser extension turns your angry Facebook emoji into real social action. “From climate change to the worsening refugee crisis to rollbacks of LGBTQ rights, you’ve probably reacted to a lot of deeply troubling news in your Facebook news feed this year. But what if you could easily take your digital anger and sadness and turn it into real-world action? A new tool called the Emoji Reaction Project helps you do just that. The clever Chrome extension transforms your negative Facebook emoji reactions into tangible ways to support good causes and fight injustice.”
US News & World Report: The Social Media Answer to Stressful U.S Holiday: Friendsgiving. “Americans overwhelmed by crowded highways and the prospect of cooking a turkey and all the trimmings for the Thanksgiving holiday dinner are turning for relief to the latest social-media driven holiday – Friendsgiving.”
Back in June I wrote an article about Inoreader, and how useful it is for following Facebook Pages. While using Inoreader this morning, I saw that it is offering a Black Friday Deal: buy a year of Inoreader and get six months free. The “Professional” level, which I use, is $49.99 a year and includes 100 Facebook Pages (which is a big upgrade from when I wrote the article in June), Google+ feeds, Twitter feeds, IFTTT integration, and more. Inoreader isn’t paying me one dime for this. They do not know I am doing this. I am receiving no remuneration of any sort for this mention. I just happen to think Inoreader is an excellent tool – one that has reached the rare heights of my “daily use” toolbox – and I want you to know about it too.
I checked on viewing the Black Friday sale page while not logged into Inoreader and it prompted me to log in, so I took a screen shot of the specials and the different levels of accounts offered.
Council on Foreign Relations: Countering Russian Information Operations in the Age of Social Media. “The organization of Russia’s information-warfare capabilities, which include cyber operators, media outlets, and false flag entities, is shrouded in secrecy. In the West, generally only the intelligence community has a clear picture of how Russian capabilities are directed. Barring the sudden appearance of a Russian counterpart to Edward Snowden, the only view into Russia’s information toolbox is provided by cybersecurity companies and criminal prosecutions. The picture is further muddied because the Russian government keeps many of its cyberwarfare actors at arm’s length by employing contractors and former criminals through middlemen, giving Moscow a degree of deniability if caught. Nevertheless, both Western governments and private industry can take steps to mitigate Russian influence operations.”
National Defense: Industry Developing New Social Media Simulation Tools for Military Analysts. “…social media has only become more intermingled with military operations. Not only can average citizens tweet about them in real time, but military analysts can now also use platforms such as Twitter to find nuggets of information about persons of interest, or gauge the political temperature of a region. To meet that demand, industry is developing new training software to help analysts better comb through piles of data taken from websites like Facebook and Reddit. One such system is SimulationDeck, a software platform developed by Nusura, a Denver-based technology company. The system is able to replicate traditional media such as radio, television and newspapers, along with web platforms including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.” Its version of Twitter is called BleatDeck.
Open Democracy: The inside story of Russia’s failed social media revolution. “‘0 days, 0 hours, 0minutes, 0 seconds until the new historical epoch begins’ – this is what the timer on the website of Vyacheslav Maltsev’s Artpodgotovka movement currently reads. Maltsev, leader of the radical populist movement, promised that Russia would experience a revolution on 5 November 2017. Regime change would be heralded by spontaneous protests, with cities occupied across the country. Artpodgotovka would storm the Kremlin, before holding a ‘popular referendum’. Raising their hands, those present would vote for the overthrow of Russian president Vladimir Putin.”
South China Morning Post: Social media posts supporting Hong Kong poll candidates can land you in jail for 3 years, but relaxation of rules in sight. “Expressing support for a Hong Kong election candidate on social media would no longer be a criminal offence in future under a government plan to relax the city’s strict rules on what constitutes an election advert.”