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Justin Hendrix
1/ Americans, you NEED to read this story by . It is URGENT that we understand what is going on here:
A shadowy operation involving big data, billionaire friends of Trump and the disparate forces of the Leave campaign heavily influenced the result of the EU referendum. Is our electoral process still...
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Justin Hendrix May 7
Replying to @carolecadwalla
2/ Carole's reporting implicates US hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer in a global conspiracy to undermine liberal democracy:
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Justin Hendrix May 7
Replying to @carolecadwalla
3/ Carole is arguing that Mercer has subverted democracy- in the UK & Brexit, now in the United States. He has exploited the limits of law.
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Justin Hendrix May 7
Replying to @carolecadwalla
4/ And crucially, he has exploited our social media infrastructure to do it. Facebook, in particular, is the perfect authoritarian tool:
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Simon Doyle May 7
I don’t doubt the research, but I get stuck on the idea that anyone pays any attention to online banner ads, no matter how targeted…
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Penny Stuart May 7
So what do think is the influence of tabloid headlines ? These are the wallpaper we are surrounded by, & its cumulative drip drip of lies.
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Justin Hendrix May 7
5/ Earlier this week, and I published a piece exploring some of these issues of data and democracy:
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Simon Doyle May 7
definitely tabloids etc are an influence, but my reading of the CA allegations is that the influence was through micro-targeted online ads?
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MBFlatau May 7
1/ How does the average person fight back against this? I'm at such a loss. So few people are even willing to give the time to read
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MBFlatau May 7
/2 and understand what is happening here. Much less remove social media from their lives...
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Justin Hendrix May 7
Replying to @carolecadwalla
5/ Most ominously, there are significant ties to Russia- between Mercer, Bannon, Farage, Trump, Cambridge Analytica. MercerPutin alignment.
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Justin Hendrix May 7
6/ Earlier this week, and I published a piece exploring some of these issues of data and democracy:
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Justin Hendrix May 7
7/ This is the reality. We may have already allowed subversion of our democracies in Britain and the UK. We MUST understand these issues.
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Penny Stuart May 7
Sure, but isn't that the same for the recipient, if consistent ? Repetition of a view, unconsciously absorbed.(See also "strong & stable").
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Simon Doyle May 7
I mean, I’m constantly shocked by the level of crap that the British tabloids get away with, but that was happening way before the Mercers
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Justin Hendrix May 7
8/ And we MUST hope that our institutions are strong enough to protect us from dark databases, billionaires and authoritarians who use them.
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Justin Hendrix May 7
8/ And we MUST hope that our institutions are strong enough to protect us from dark databases, billionaires and authoritarians who use them.
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Justin Hendrix May 7
Not through banners; through FB.
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Justin Hendrix May 7
and I suggest Americans can do three things:
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Simon Doyle May 7
the tone of the UK tabloid press is incredibly belligerent and untroubled by the facts; I think they swayed things more than anything online
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