Twitter responds in the “helpful” way you’d expect from Big Tech

I finally heard from Twitter regarding Lucire’s locked account: Hello, Thank you for your report. Your request is still pending, and in an earlier response, we’d requested more information that we need to continue the review.    If you still need assistance, reply to this email with those details. If the issue has already been […]

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That’s the hat-trick: Twitter has locked Lucire’s account

Pixabay In the space of less than a month, another US social network has shut Lucire’s account down. This time it’s Twitter.    When going through the settings to see if Lucire could be verified, Twitter requested that we complete all the information. It specifically states that the date of birth should be entered, even […]

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Facebook knows it doesn’t have as many users as it claims

In the ‘I told you so’ department, from the Murdoch Press this week: An internal Facebook presentation this spring called the phenomenon of single users with multiple accounts “very prevalent” among new accounts. The finding came after an examination of roughly 5,000 recent sign-ups on the service indicated that at least 32% and as many […]

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Afterpay wants my account details (even though I don’t have an account) to investigate its own activity

Usual story: go into the Facebook advertising preferences, spot organizations that I’ve never dealt with somehow possessing private information about me that they’ve uploaded to Facebook.    One noticeable one was Afterpay, both its Australian office (no reply on Twitter) and the ‘Afterpay USA Business Manager’ (the US office did reply). @AfterpayUSA I don’t even […]

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What I do when someone uploads my private information on to Facebook

I can’t be the only person who does this. This is one of the few things that I do on Facebook. Removing off-Facebook activity is another.        1. Let me check my Facebook advertising preferences. Who has been uploading my private information to Facebook without my permission? Hmm, Ramp, @rampcard, that’s new. I’ve […]

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Even if they don’t delete you, people are deactivating their Instagram accounts

I probably should have included this in yesterday’s blog post. When Lucire first lost its Instagram account, I searched for Instagram deactivate on Twitter. Sure enough, there were others in the same boat. However, on subsequent searches, these were far more frequent:    I’m not being selective here—indeed there was an earlier search that had […]

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Lucire’s Instagram account is gone, for no reason

Lucire’s Instagram is toast (hopefully temporarily, but you never know), since they unilaterally allege without evidence that there was unusual activity. This is utter shite, but it’s just another day in Facebookland where actual spam is tolerated, and legitimate activity is penalized.    I’ve sent through the information they requested with a review promised in […]

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My first tech post in a while: how I use my social-computing time

Refreshingly, I’ve noticed that my more recent blog posts haven’t been about Big Tech as often. I haven’t changed my views: the ones I’ve stated earlier still stand, and Google and Facebook in particular continue to be a blight on democracy and even individual mental health.    A lot of the posts were inspired by […]

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John’s on first

  Bill Owen posted the above, and I replied in this thread on Twitter.   ‘John’s on first, John John’s on second, John’s on third.’   ‘Who’s on first?’   ‘John.’   ‘The guy on first.’   ‘John.’   ‘But that’s the guy on third.’   ‘One base at a time!’   ‘I’m only asking […]

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When New Zealand is the subject of misinformation

This thread echoes what a lot of us feel in New Zealand when we see intentional misinformation on Twitter, possibly from the US. I answered back to one of these parties over the weekend, as did many, to see us all branded as ‘the left’ (I suppose if your politics are eugenics-led libertarianism, everyone is […]

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