News via Social Media

“Ignorance lies not in the things you don’t know, but in the things you know that ain’t so.” ~ Will Rogers. Rogers was a wise social commentator in his time (1879 to 1935). His words speak even more truth today than they did when he spoke them.

Recently, COVID19 has created a lot of stress for all of us. It has put a spotlight on the problem of finding the truth about the status and what we should do to remain safe.

Well respected Carnegie Mellon University just released the results of a massive data analysis. CMU researchers have collected more than 200 million tweets discussing corona virus or covid-19 since January, according to a news release. Of the top 50 influential retweeters, 82% were bots. Of the top 1,000 retweeters, 62% were bots.

“In this pandemic, the level of disinformation we’re seeing is an order of magnitude higher than we’ve ever seen in the past,” said Kathleen Carley, a professor in the School of Computer Science Institute for Software Research and leader of the study.

Have you been victimized by a bot?   The sad truth that most of us have been but failed to realized it. We hit the Share button and the lies and misinformation roll on.

Personal note: I use Facebook to check for personal messages and birthdays. I have never made use of Twitter, Reddit, You Tube or endless others. My personal practices have saved me lots of time, kept my blood pressure in check and helped shield me from the personal embarrassment of posting something that turns out to be inaccurate or even completely untrue.

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