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Facebook site made to exploit human ‘vulnerability’

Facebook’s founders knew they were creating something addictive that exploited “a vulnerability in human psychology” from the outset, according to the company’s founding president Sean Parker.  READ MORE HERE    

As algorithms take over, YouTube’s recommendations highlight a human problem

YOUTUBE is trying to get you to spend as much time there s they can, no matter what it takes and how they deceive you. YouTube is a supercomputer working...

The man with 16 million fans

Yemeni influencer Hashem Al-Ghaili has created a massive online following by spreading his love of science with followers around the world.   READ MORE HERE  

Facebook may be trying to coax creators away from YouTube — Quartz

Facebook might be messing with YouTube’s livelihood. The social network launched a video platform last summer called Facebook Watch that was meant to be a hub for longer-form, TV-like programming,...

Google Lens

A preview of Google Lens, which lets you use your phone's camera to search for info, will be available in the Google Photos app for iOS this week.   READ MORE...

The eight-day guide to a better digital life

Your apps, search engines and social networks know hidden things about you that even your closest friends might not. To find out just how much, Sophia Smith Galer tries...

How low-paid workers at ‘click farms’ create appearance of online popularity

Dispatches found one boss in Bangladesh who boasted of being "king of Facebook" for his ability to create accounts and then use them to create hundreds or thousands of...

Who Likes Whom in The Middle East

A forced-network visualisation of key players & notable relationships in the Middle East created by David McCandless & UniversLab. Part of the Knowledge is Beautiful project. Powered by VizSweet. Understandably,...

Facebook traveled in the internet’s grey areas and now it faces a reckoning

OTTAWA — If you like being spooked, go to Google’s privacy settings and poke around in all the information the company knows about you. It’s the digital equivalent of walking...

The invisible ways Facebook is affecting our choices

Whether it’s using Facebook or Google, our choices are subtly nudged by the human biases acting behind the scenes, argues Tom Chatfield.