Twitter Adds Podcast Hub

Twitter is grasping for its piece of the booming podcast industry with an expansion of its Spaces audio conversation hub. The service will include algorithmic recommendations of podcasts that users might like. Spaces works best on the Twitter mobile app, so if you don’t use that, you’re pretty much out of luck.

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Cartoon Videos Help Social Media Users Flag Misinformation: Google Research

August 29, 2022

You may have heard that podcasts occasionally include information that is not entirely accurate.  Shocking but true!  Google-backed research has found the “prebunking” with cartoon videos can help users recognize common misinformation techniques such as ad hominem attacks and false dichotomies.  The researchers seem pleased to find a 5% improvement in ability recognize such techniques within 24 hours of viewing the education videos.  Raise your hand if you think that’s enough to matter.

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Meta Releases Lying, Offensive AI and Pretends to Be Surprised

November 23, 2022

Like trouble, bad behavior by Meta shows up whether you look for it or not.  The latest is an open-source language model that was supposed to provide reliable search results because it was trained on academic papers.  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia, and misogyny.”  How can this be a surprise?

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