Fake News,Bots, and So Much Noise – What is Real?

Fake News,Bots, and So Much Noise – What is Real?

There is so much finger pointing and so many accusations among politicians and those who have a public facing career. It can get overwhelming to read, hear and watch. Many people I know have told me they have stopped watching any news programs because it’s depressing. Others have been plowing through it in a state of confusion.

 

A group out of UC Berkeley has come up with a way to help us filter out the garbage from what is real in what we read. They’ve come up with three apps that each perform a specific task. They are available within a main website called RoBhat Labs.

 

Botcheck is used to learn if a Twitter account is a political propaganda bot.

For those who haven’t noticed, there are a bunch of little programs floating around the internet. They post text and media – just like a human would on Twitter and Facebook, as well as some other social media. The automation of bots can radically affect search engine rankings and public opinion. It’s very scary that their lies or misinformation can convince people that they are truthful or honest.   

 

SurfSafe offers a unique approach. Rather than telling you what news sources are honest, biased or fake, you pick the news source you want checked and then the app identifies its validity. You have the option to continue reading those sources or not.  (Before using the app, you can read the explanation of how it works.)

 

NewsBot is an app that lets you see all your Facebook messages and which way they are leaning, politically. It first prompts you to sign into Facebook Messenger, then it begins to scan.

 

I’m glad that, with all the stuff that is flying around Facebook, Twitter and even traditional news sources, there is a service that can identify the fake news for me.

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2018 is Finishing Off August

It has been almost a month since my last writing here. it has been a busy month. We got a good bit accomplished. A whole more to do. At the beginning when I set out to move Cussins Enterprises LLC from at computer service company to a web hosting and design company, I thought it would be something we could during the slow period. That is the farest from the truth. The web hosting part is going to be our major focus and computer repair will be something I will to get out of the office and relax. 

That we have accomplish so far:

  • We the the hosting interface automate. We still have a few cliches. I can tell you it is very secure system, I even trouble logging into the back end.
  • The remodel of the whole CussinsEnterprises.com website. We still have more content coming, and a lot tools for you and your home and business.
  • We are not an affillate of Eleqant Themes. A couple years ago I was introduced to them, In the past year have started using them exclusivily for websites. Now Engant Themes is going to pay me to use and recommend them. This I have been doing for quite some time, anyway.
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Plans for the rest of this year

  • We are running specials on different service and products each month. I am going to work toward giving you and different money saving deal each month, with that months discount code.  
  • We are putting together a Resource Library. In it there will be how-to’s, as well as links to online tools picture editors, and security scans for your website. 
  • In the next couple days I am should be able to announce 24/7 support. that means you can call when I am sleeping and talk to a knowledgable person.

I know it doesn’t look like much but to have one system talking to another system at the correct time, is not hard. Then you add in the privacy regulations like the GDPR and security practices to keep everyone’s data safe. There is a lot and time consuming.

However. I believe it is all going to be worth it. I want to have together a product that we can be proud of, but a product you will want to have. I know I have some pretty stiff competition with other hosting companies, but in a few years they will be taking notes from our playj book.

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