Omni Calculator asks a few questions about your internet usage and tells you what else you might consider doing instead. And yet, for some reason, I find myself wary of completing an online questionnaire about my online habits. Thankfully it's a simple calculation, writes Emma Charlton: Cutting out three 10-minute social media checks a day means you could read as many as 30 more books a year. Many of us are spending more time on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram than ever before: 2 hours and 23 minutes per day, on average, if you accept GlobalWebIndex's Flagship Report for 2019.
Twitter booted Steve Bannon's account when he said Anthony Fauci should have his head cut off and displayed on a pike "as a warning to federal bureaucrats" who are disloyal to Trump. But Facebook, which has a conservative user base, is continuing to host Bannon's popular page. The decision to keep Bannon's Facebook page was… READ THE REST
Earlier today, Steve Bannon called for beheading Dr. Fauci and FBI Director Wray, on his podcast. Twitter just suspended the Twitter account for Bannon's podcast. From The Hill: Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon's Twitter account was suspended Thursday after allegedly calling for the nation's leading infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci's head "on pikes"… READ THE REST
Facebook says it just implemented various so-called "break glass" measures to tamp down the flood of post-election disinformation, lies, and calls for violence now flooding the platform by pro-Trump groups. Details are limited in early reports, but Facebook says it will algorithmically categorize content that is potentially election-related misinformation, and there are changes to Facebook… READ THE REST
There used to be a name for people who carried around equipment that could handle almost anything at a moment's notice: Boy Scouts. Now, we're all carrying everyday essentials that will hopefully help us MacGuyver our way out of any sticky situation. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the fight against COVID. KeySmart has… READ THE REST
With everyone stuck in COVID quarantine for much of the year, online sales for Amazon and other retailers have gone through the roof. That means more and more packages coming right to your door, to the sheer delight of a more loathsome brand of COVID opportunist: the porch pirate. Thieves taking off with delivered packages… READ THE REST
In the past few days, the U.S. Air Force rolled out new tools fueled by machine learning to help stem the spread of misinformation about COVID. Additionally, the Library of Congress has launched a project on how to use machine learning to better cross-reference all 170 million items in its overflowing archives. Every day, we… READ THE REST