In a private Facebook group, workers discussed the stress of the consumer holiday, including what kind of perks workers can expect: "a granola bar."
Brandy ZadroznyLooked into a private FB group of 18,000 Amazon workers to see how the folks at fulfillment centers are bracing for #PrimeDayAmazon, a "holiday" where employees work mandatory overtime (12+ hours a day) for a week+ of repetitive, grueling physical labor.
In order to help people get accurate health information and the support they need, it’s imperative that we minimize health content that is sensational or misleading.
Brandy ZadroznyIt's incredible that Facebook can write a whole post on health misinformation and how they're addressing it without mentioning Groups, the way most users find and trade in the most dangerous stuff.
The community, named r/The_Donald, has more than 754,000 subscribers and describes itself as a “never-ending rally dedicated to the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.”
Brandy ZadroznyMy story with @oneunderscore__ on Reddit's Quarantine of r/The_Donald over "threats of violence." For years, researchers have pointed to the pro-Trump sub as a haven for extremists and a watering hole for Trump campaign workers in search of memes.
A Kansas mother has posted videos about giving chlorine dioxide, which amounts to industrial bleach, to her sons. Authorities declined to intervene.
Brandy ZadroznyAfter my last story about chlorine dioxide, a fake and dangerous autism "cure" peddled by internet conspiracy hucksters that amounts to small, constant doses of bleach, lots of people asked, "What kind of person would believe this?"
Here's the answer
The move to block the vaccine misinformation follows similar actions by other tech companies including Facebook and Amazon.
Brandy ZadroznyNew: Anti-vaccination activists have been booted or downranked from nearly every major platform. Now the most popular email marketing company is banning their newsletters — which were the first and most reliable method for reaching donors.
Private Facebook groups urge parents to poison autistic kids with chlorine dioxide to “cure” them. These moms are going undercover to fight back.
Brandy ZadroznyA handful of snake oil salesmen have created an industry around chlorine dioxide, a homemade bleach, to "cure" childhood autism—with a big assist from platforms like YouTube and Facebook, who for years have allowed and promoted their content.
Brandy ZadroznyThis got lots of attention from folks (like me) who didn’t know it existed. But it’s been going on for years, and dogged advocates and bloggers have been documenting. I owe a big debt to @WOACrystalBall for the idea and sharing her knowledge with me.
“The Vaccine Safety Handbook” looks legitimate but is filled with wild conspiracy theories and inaccurate data.
Brandy ZadroznyLooked into the anonymous group behind a vaccine "handbook" full of misinformation and anti-vaxx propaganda that's been targeting the Orthodox Jewish community and that health experts say has contributed to the worst NY measles outbreak in 30 years.
Can Trump's new favorite pundit bring young and minority voters to the Republican party?
Brandy ZadroznyIt's so surreal seeing Candace Owens on this panel. Less than two years ago, she was complaining about "Globalism" and George Soros, as a regular on InfoWars. Now she's an expert witness at a congressional hearing on extremism.
Trump’s spending in early 2019 was more than the Democratic campaigns combined, but he has been out-spent by some candidates in recent weeks.
Brandy ZadroznyTrump has spent $3.6 mil on Facebook in 2019. To get some insight into the campaign's digital strategy at this point, I looked through their >40,000 Facebook ads. (with heavy lifting by @Sigma_Laura)
The Schultz accounts provide a preview of the kind of fakery researchers expect to see on social media during the 2020 election.
Brandy ZadroznyAnyway, it is the first article in 100 years that I’ve written that wasn’t utterly depressing so please read it. And please when you look at a “grassroots” support account, just assume it’s being run by Jacob Wohl. nbcnews.com/tech/social-me… w/ @akarl_smith!
On Facebook and YouTube, anti-vaccination proponents have spent more than a decade building audiences and developing strategies that ensure they appear high in search results and automated recommendations.
Brandy ZadroznyOne of the oldest organizations dedicated to ending vaccine-preventable diseases was chased off YouTube years ago by a recommendation engine that automatically played extreme anti-vaxx conspiracy videos right after their reputable content.
Shane Erdmann started the online vigilante operation POPSquad, one of many similar groups tapping into a hunger for vengeance.
Brandy ZadroznyOn Facebook, dozens of vigilantes—some with criminal records—are publishing and promoting their own version of "To Catch a Predator." They catfish "child predators," luring men to public places where they record their shaming, and post it online.