Sci-Tech Internet Over 2 million people signed up for the Facebook event. David Becker/Getty Images In July a tongue-in-cheek Facebook event was created to coordinate a raid on Area 51, the classified military base in Lincoln County, Nevada. It became an online sensation. Over 2 million Facebook users signed up, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert gave it a spot on their respective talk shows, and the US Air Force strongly advised citizens against raiding the facility. But now, the Facebook event page has been taken down.It appears as though Facebook took the page down on Aug. 3 for violating community standards. Mathew Roberts, the event creator, posted a screenshot on his personal Facebook page of the notice Facebook had sent him saying it had taken down the event because it “went against” Facebook’s “Community Standards.””I never got any reason behind the event being removed,” Roberts told CNET. “I created a sister event which amassed about 15,000 people before being taken down for no reason.”After starting the Facebook event as a joke, Roberts is now planning an actual Area 51 festival in Nevada to take place Sept. 20, the day the facetious raid was to go down. He says he created another Facebook event, this time for the real festival that would take place somewhere that’s not a highly-classified military base, but this too was taken down by the social network. “I think it’s pretty reckless of Facebook, especially because I’m trying to direct people away from storming the base,” Roberts said. “And now I’ve lost my entire audience.” Roberts expects around 20,000 people to attend the festival. Facebook has been contacted for comment.The now-deleted Facebook event came with a brief description: “We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry,” it read. “If we Naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Let’s see them aliens.””Naruto run” refers to the main character in the eponymous Naruto anime.The Facebook event created the Area 51 meme, which became a fixture on Twitter and Reddit throughout July. You can see some of our favourites below. Area 51 is a highly classified zone around 150 miles from Las Vegas, Nevada, a detachment of the famed Edwards Air Force Base. No one really knows what the base is used for, but it’s speculated to be a location for aircraft development, and as such Area 51 has become synonymous with alien conspiracies. The most popular involve alien spaceships or aliens themselves, all allegedly kept within the classified zone.The location reportedly received its name when, in 1951, the remains of the alleged Roswell UFO (said to have crashed in 1947) were brought to the base. In 2013, the CIA issued a 355-page declassified report detailing the birth of Area 51 and the U-2 spy planes developed and tested there.Originally published Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m. PT. Update, 9:38 p.m.: Adds comment from event creator Mathew Roberts. Facebook Comments 7 #Area51 let’s see them aliens pic.twitter.com/0zmL8dFdoy— Ash (@taintdchinadoll) July 12, 2019 Share your voice The greatest alien encounter movies, ranked 41 Photos My motivation to study Vs. My motivation to get into Area 51 pic.twitter.com/lF7TbFb5RU— College Student (@FactsOfSchool) July 13, 2019 Tags Enlarge Image Reddit/AnonEnigma
Gail Delaughter Traffic on the Katy Freeway feeder road.According to the study from the National Transportation Safety Board, about 27% of crashes around the U.S. can now be blamed on speeding. That’s not much less than the 29% that result from driving drunk.Kara Macek with the Governors Highway Safety Association says speeding just doesn’t have the same social stigma.“Of course if you’re going 90, 100 miles per hour that may raise some eyebrows,” adds Macek. “But by and large people do it.”To get people to slow down, the NTSB study says there has to be more enforcement. That includes things like speed cameras which are currently banned here in Texas.Macek says road design can also encourage people to drive too fast.“We’ve kind of designed and engineered our roadways into a system that prioritizes moving vehicles very quickly,” explains Macek. “And not necessarily taking into account the vulnerable road users — bicycles, pedestrians, motorcycles.”According to TxDOT’s figures from 2016, there were close to 28,000 crashes around the state where drivers were under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Speed was a factor in over 26,000 crashes. 00:00 /01:05 Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share
Kolkata: BJP leader Mukul Roy has come under the scanner of the Election Commission, due to his comment that the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has turned ‘deaf and dumb’ and also been ‘managed’ by the local administration. The CEO’s office has expressed strong objection to Roy’s comment. It has already sought the video footages of Roy’s statement, where he had allegedly made some derogatory comments against the commission. It may be mentioned that Roy had slammed the CEO’s office in the state on Monday, saying: “I have never seen such a deaf and dumb CEO’s office. It is the people’s perception that the officials of the CEO’s office have somehow been managed by the local administration.” He also said that there has been a ‘mockery of democracy’ in the state. Some people in the state have interpreted it by saying that Roy tried to demean an autonomous authority like the Election Commission. The CEO’s office on Tuesday also sought a report on various controversial statements of other BJP leaders, including BJP’s candidate from Jadavpur Anupam Hazra and Sayantan Basu, who is contesting the elections from Basirhat. The commission also sought a report from the East Burdwan DM on the statement of controversial BJP leader Soumitra Khan, who on Sunday urged the voters to be equipped with ‘Boti and Khunti’.
Last week, on Monday, The House Energy and Commerce Committee announced that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will testify before the committee regarding Twitter algorithms and content monitoring. The hearing is scheduled to take place on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 5, 2018. It is Wednesday, and Jack Dorsey has released a Testimony ahead of appearing before the committee today. Mid August, Jack Dorsey announced plans to rethink how Twitter works to combat fake news and data scandals. In July, Twitter deleted 70 million fake accounts in an attempt to curb fake news and improve Twitter algorithms. It has been constantly suspending fake accounts which are inauthentic, spammy or created via malicious automated bots. In his testimony, Dorsey has pushed back critics who have accused Twitter of censoring political content and not acting quickly enough to take down hateful expression. “Twitter does not use political ideology to make any decisions, whether related to ranking content on our service or how we enforce our rules.” His testimony provided information on four important factors that E&C sought answers for. Improving Twitter’s health Twitter algorithms Twitter’s work on Russian meddling of the 2016 elections Information on recent malicious activity Twitter saw on the platform. Twitter Healthcare Regarding Twitter’s health, Dorsey asserted that the platform has developed a more “comprehensive framework” to encourage healthy debate, conversations, and critical thinking. Earlier this year, Twitter began collaborating with the non-profit research center Cortico and the MIT Media Lab on exploring how to measure aspects of the health of the public sphere. They also requested outside experts for their proposed health metrics for Twitter. Following which the social platform is partnering with the University of Oxford and Leiden University and other academic institutions to better measure the health of Twitter, focusing on “informational echo chambers and unhealthy discourse on Twitter”. Twitter Algorithms In 2016, Twitter introduced a Home Timeline new ranking feature to show people the Tweets they might find most interesting first. Twitter also has a notification timeline that enables people to see who has liked, retweeted and replied to their Tweets, as well as who mentioned or followed them. Twitter algorithms also promote “Safe Search”. Per this mode, potentially sensitive content is excluded from search results, such as spam, adult content, and the accounts an individual has muted or blocked. Individual accounts may also mark their own posts as sensitive. Twitter also uses behavioral signals to determine how Tweets are organized. When a Tweet is identified as potentially detracting from a healthy conversation, it will only be available to view if you click on “Show more replies” or choose to see everything in your search setting. Using behavior signals, Twitter has had a 4 percent drop in abuse reports from search and 8 percent fewer abuse reports from conversations. In preparation for the hearing, Twitter data scientists analyzed Tweets sent by all members of the House and Senate that have Twitter accounts for a 30 day period spanning July 23, 2018 until August 13, 2018. They observed that there is no statistically significant difference between the number of times a Tweet by a Democrat is viewed versus a Tweet by a Republican. Their performance is the same because the Twitter platform itself does not take sides. Twitter’s work on Russian meddling of the 2016 elections After the meddling of Russian interference in US presidential elections in 2016, Twitter conducted a comprehensive platform activity. They identified 50,258 automated accounts that were Russian-linked and Tweeting election-related content. They also conducted an analysis of accounts that promoted election-related Tweets on the platform throughout 2016 in the form of paid ads. The two most active accounts were affiliated with Russia Today (“RT”), which Twitter subsequently barred from advertising. Per Dorsey’s testimony “Twitter’s main focus is on promoting healthy public discourse through protection of the democratic process. We must continue to work together with our elected officials, government partners, industry peers, outside experts, and other stakeholders so that the American people and the global community can understand the full context in which these threats arise.” Recent Malicious activity Twitter saw on its platform Twitter has suspended a total of 3,843 malicious accounts affiliated with the Russian Internet Research Agency. “As an example of Twitter’s ongoing efforts, Twitter identified 18 accounts in March 2018, believed to be linked to the Internet Research Agency uncovered by our ongoing additional reviews.” They have also suspended 770 accounts for violating Twitter policies in Iran. These accounts were in violation of Twitter’s platform manipulation policies and were engaged in coordinated activity intended to propagate messages artificially across accounts. Dorsey says, “Twitter has been in close contact with our industry peers about the malicious accounts located within Iran—we have received detailed information from them that has assisted us in our investigation, and we have shared our own details and work with other companies.” Dorsey ends his testimony saying that increased transparency is critical to promoting healthy public conversation on Twitter and earning trust. “We remain vigilant about identifying and eliminating abuse on the platform perpetrated by hostile foreign actors, and we will continue to invest in resources and leverage our technological capabilities to do so,” he wrote. You can read Dorsey’s entire testimony here. Read Next Facebook, Twitter takes down hundreds of fake accounts with ties to Russia and Iran, suspected to influence the US midterm elections. Twitter’s trying to shed its skin to combat fake news and data scandals, says Jack Dorsey. Twitter allegedly deleted 70 million fake accounts in an attempt to curb fake news.