Suicide Rates Among Teens Rising with Increasing Social Media Usage

2 Jan 2019

Facebook, Snapchat and TikTok have a massive underage user problem — here’s why it matters – CNBC, 2018/12/22

Rates of adolescent depression and suicide are on the rise, and many parents and psychologists alike are linking this trend to the prevalence of smartphones and social media.

According to a report by Influence Central, the average kid gets their first smartphone at age 10.3, and opens their first social media account by age 11.4. By the time they’re 12, 50% of kids use at least one social media platform.

The accompanying video on CNBC is below.


More Facebook Naughtiness

22 Dec 2018

As Facebook Raised a Privacy Wall, It Carved an Opening for Tech Giants – NY Times, 2018/12/18

For years, Facebook gave some of the world’s largest technology companies more intrusive access to users’ personal data than it has disclosed, effectively exempting those business partners from its usual privacy rules, according to internal records and interviews.

Facebook allowed Microsoft’s Bing search engine to see the names of virtually all Facebook users’ friends without consent, the records show, and gave Netflix and Spotify the ability to read Facebook users’ private messages.

The social network permitted Amazon to obtain users’ names and contact information through their friends, and it let Yahoo view streams of friends’ posts as recently as this summer, despite public statements that it had stopped that type of sharing years earlier.

Facebook has never sold its user data, fearful of user backlash and wary of handing would-be competitors a way to duplicate its most prized asset. Instead, internal documents show, it did the next best thing: granting other companies access to parts of the social network in ways that advanced its own interests.

Facebook, … used contact lists from the partners, including Amazon, Yahoo and the Chinese company Huawei — which has been flagged as a security threat by American intelligence officials — to gain deeper insight into people’s relationships and suggest more connections, the records show.

Facebook empowered Apple to hide from Facebook users all indicators that its devices were asking for data. Apple devices also had access to the contact numbers and calendar entries of people who had changed their account settings to disable all sharing, the records show.

Much more detail in the article.

Do This So Twitter Will Not Track Online Use

25 Oct 2018

Twitter Can Collect Your Data Even After You Log Out and Delete the App – Breitbart, 2018/10/25

Twitter can track your online activity even after you delete its app from your phone and log out across all browsers, thanks to a setting that can only be disabled by accessing a particular page on Twitter’s website.

Even if you’ve logged out of Twitter and have uninstalled the app from your phone, chances are the platform is still tracking your device, unless you access Twitter’s website, go to “Personalization and Data Settings,” and disable the data collection.

Breitbart News verified the story by testing Twitter’s data collection on an Apple iPhone, following a tip from banned conservative Twitter users @TheALX.

Link here… Personalization and Data Settings

This may stop Twitter… or at least slow them down… from shadow banning users.

Even if you do not have a Twitter account, you need to do this.  It seems to be at the browser level.

Winamp Planning a Reboot in 2019

16 Oct 2018

Winamp Is Coming Back in 2019 – Popular Mechanics, 2018/10/15

In 2013, AOL shut down and said that the software would no longer be available to download. Stuck in Winamp 5.8 since then, what was left of the product was sold to the Belgian Radionomy, which is mostly owned by Vivendi. But old habits die hard—the software maintained a small but passionate fanbase through it all.

The company will be releasing a few updates to 5.8, but Saboundjian is also promising a Winamp 6 by 2019.

“What I see today is you have to jump from one player to another player or aggregator if you want to listen to a radio station, to a podcast player if you want to listen to a podcast — this, to me, is not the final experience,” Saboundjian says. The app will be on iOS and Android.

With the success they had in the past, the expectations will be high for the new release.

Dept. of Defense Networks Compromised

23 Mar 2012

Experts Tell Senate: Government Networks Owned, Resistance Is Futile [Threat Post]

Network security experts from across the U.S. government told a U.S. Senate Armed Services Subcommittee Tuesday that federal networks have been thoroughly penetrated by foreign spies, and that current perimeter-based defenses that attempt to curb intrusions are outdated and futile.

Speaking before the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities the experts told the assembled Senators that the U.S. government needed to abandon the notion that it could keep outsiders off its computer networks.

So while the government can’t protect itself from foreign spies, Dept. of Homeland Security is attempting to get the authority to protect private citizens from the dangers of the internet.  Yeah, right.

Here’s another discomforting thought…

Finally, the U.S. education system is failing to produce the number people with the advanced skills and degrees that are needed.

Not a surprise, but admitting the problem is part of the solution.

Google to Pay $500M Settlement to U.S. Government

24 Aug 2011

Google Said to Reach $500 Million Settlement With Government [CNBC/NY Times]

Regulators will announce Wednesday that Google will pay $500 million to settle government charges that it has illegally shown ads for online pharmacies that operate outside the law, according to two people briefed on the investigation.

At the time, government officials said the investigation concerned ads from online pharmacies that operate illegally by failing to require a prescription or selling counterfeit drugs. Google has said in the past that regulating these pharmacies on its site is a cat-and-mouse game, because when it introduces rules to prevent them from advertising, they find new ways to appear on Google.

Web sites are liable for ads on their sites from advertisers that break federal criminal law.

Obama Seeks Internet “Do Not Track” List

17 Mar 2011

Obama administration seeks Internet privacy bill

The FTC has called for a “Do Not Track” option, where people could tell companies that they did not want information gathered on them.

I suppose this is supposed to be similar to the “Do not call” list. I would rather the government stay out of it.