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Facebook Reduces Support for QAnon

A cynic would argue that Facebook has limited some groups fostering QAnon conspiracy theories because QAnon’s extreme craziness alienates slightly-less-crazy voters inclined to support Republicans. A true cynic would say they did it to give the rightists something to rally against, while noting Facebook’s actions are far from a complete ban. Either way, before you cheer Facebook’s sudden lurch towards responsibility, remember they have fostered hate groups for years and bent their rules to favor rightist misinformation.

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Average Company Has Connected 49% of Its Data: SnapLogic Research

August 21, 2020

Finally, SnapLogic reports IT leaders say the average company has connected just 49% of its 115 data sources. This isn’t entirely for lack of trying but it still means the average employee loses 4 hours per week resolving data issues and that 42% of processes which could be automated are still done manually. Biggest obstacles are legacy technology, complex data types, data siloes, and regulatory requirements.

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Google Kills FLoC, Runs Out of Bird Metaphors, Offers Topics API

January 26, 2022

Google has given up on its FLoC cookie-less targeting initiative, which faced insurmountable privacy objections. The replacement, which mercifully does not reference anything bird-related, is Topics API, which will offer three recent interests for each individual based on sites they have recently visited.  The loss in targeting and tracking power is so huge that you wonder if Google is purposely showing what tighter privacy is costing the industry. Or maybe they’re just kneecapping competitors.

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