back to article Harassment, hate and bile, suicide instructions for kids... anything else social media's good at? Ah yes, cybercrime

Antisocial media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube aren't merely inciting hatred, enabling discrimination, driving content moderators to the brink, and showing kids how to commit suicide. They're also making cybercrime more practical and profitable, at the expense of law-abiding internet users. In a …

  1. Chris G Silver badge

    But, but,,,,

    Taking more responsibility could cost us money and reduce profits!

    1. Khaptain Silver badge

      Re: But, but,,,,

      But, but , it's a user problem, we only provide the platform......

      1. Ben Tasker Silver badge

        Re: But, but,,,,

        But, but, we encourage users to report problematic content after theyve been exposed to it

        1. BrownishMonstr

          Re: But, but,,,,

          I once saw some racist messages on a Facebook group (5yrs ago) and reported it. No surprise it was still there a week later. Not sure if Facebook's moderation methods have changed or remain the same.

          1. Andy Non Silver badge

            Re: But, but,,,,

            I tried reporting posts (on multiple occasions) that were made by obvious link farmers and spammers; result: null, nadda, nothing. The same link farming posts and scammers carried on regardless for months on end. Faceache don't give a damn. I abandoned several mainstream groups due to all the spam and fakery.

            I hardly use the site at all nowadays, just a couple of special interest hobby groups that now only exist on faceache. I don't trust the site at all and never post any personal info and absolutely never click on any ads - not that I see many nowadays with my adblocker. As for using any faceache plug-ins, or third party downloads, not a chance, similarly using faceache to log into other sites sounds like a really bad idea.

  2. chivo243 Silver badge
    Unhappy

    one on every corner

    YT is quickly becoming a news outlet for the big news corps. I've clicked on many links lately where I'm expecting a text story, only to get a youtube vid of a news caster\presenter. I actually like reading an article, but if I need something in video form, I can search for a video. But as I was saying, YT is infiltrating a lot of ground previously held by text based options. Somehow I feel like a freedom is slipping away.

    1. Andy Non Silver badge

      Re: one on every corner

      I'm finding YouTube useful on my so called smart TV. I like to watch international news but the BBC, Sky etc are really parochial and "news lite". I'm also sick to death of the B word on British media. So I tend to watch France24 which gives a broader and more in depth coverage of international news.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "anything else social media's good at?"

    Ah yes, location, location. location.

    You can see what types of location data is collected for targeted ads here:

    https://github.com/facebook/facebook-android-sdk/blob/master/facebook-places/src/main/java/com/facebook/places/PlaceManager.java

    The bigger problem is discussed here:

    https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2019/02/attacking_soldi.html

  4. Dan 55 Silver badge

    YouTube "Kids"

    Unless and until it has a human pre-moderating all videos, I ain't trusting it and will be treating it just like YouTube. I.e. it ain't for kids and mine's going nowhere near it.

    Magic algorithms still can't do what one human being can. The fact they won't use a real person for vetting children's videos is symptomatic of everything that's wrong with Silicon Valley culture.

    I bet employees who do have children won't let them anywhere near it.

  5. Teiwaz

    LinkedIn inspired apocalypse wanted, enquire within....no time wasters

    LinkedIn...? showing kids how to commit suicide......?

    ...maybe a form of business loser seppuku....

    There's really no need for romancing it, demonstrating it or any overt encouragement whatsoever. A few minutes on LinkedIn and I want to off myself.

    Or preferably myself along with the rest of humanity.

    Other peer-insanity sites as well to some extent, but none so depressingly encourages the conclusion that humanity aught to be wiped off the face of the earth so something more worthwhile has a chance to evolve than LinkedIn.

  6. Big Al 23

    We'll get to it as soon as we can...

    ...which is likely to be never.

  7. indjones
    Stop

    Facebook Promoted Cyberbullying/Online abuse against Author

    Facebook has been useless in moderating Cyberbullying/Online abuse. A particular example was where an author/writer was character assassinated and victimised. The pile on harassment on author was brutal. But like any good author/writer, he stood steady against the cyberbullies and noted the inefficiency of Facebook.

    https://medium.com/@indiana2000jones/karoor-soman-author-vs-cyberbully-liars-techniques-explained-b47cc83faf00

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