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Just watched a documentary about Fake News on ARD German television. And it's amazing what bots (electronically generated articles - and responses !) can do today in getting you directed into a certain direction.


I mean, you have your POV, and of course you look for like-minded people on the net which might have the same opinion as you. It's only natural. As in real life, you don't have the best pal in someone you think is an asshole. 


You can, as I did, by mistake, put a comment onto a board which hailes the CIA, which I did some time ago. And my comment provoked replies which I've never seen here on WB (with one exception). 


Now - what do I make of this ? 


You write a comment of any sort, no matter which subject, and you will get proposals to join another group which is apparently in YOUR line. I got hotel tips for Thiès, Senegal, because I didn't dare to erase the cache of my browser and didn't log out. Huh ??


This has a fatal result:


That way, you'll automatically believe that the whole world is thinking like YOU. And this prevents you to see OTHER POV's neutrally, because as soon as you get into a circle you don't belong, you're first of all seen as a bot or as an enemy of state or an intruder - or propaganda bot....


They won't give you a chance because they're as intolerant as the ones who approve your POV. In your proposed circle you're accepted .... because ;-)


The net does NOT educate people. It hardens positions and makes people even more intolerant because all of them believe that they're right.


Why ?


Because the algorithms which are in the programming don't make a difference. You like the beach - ok, ads for beach holidays, and Facebook groups talking about beaches.


We should be aware of that. When you're not careful and watch out, the net prevents you to even think about other views.


It happened to me too. And I still have a hard time when I want to post a comment which doesn't fit into the general opinion of a user or a group which I only oppose on a certain topic. An opinion that does not fit into is booed automatically. No reflecting about it.


And I'm not ranting, because there I'm not on WB. ;-)


Then I wonder - who there is a bot and who isn't, and where does that lead to ?


Who is fake and who not ? 


Shit. I guess one day I just throw my PC out the window.


Stone-Eater Added Jul 31, 2017 - 6:32pm
Since I've known what Americans understand by "leftists" I'm not really sure what to think. Only thing I know that the net - the public US/EU part - is heavily tending towards what you call the "neoliberal" side. Which, in my view, has nothing to do with the original meaning of "liberal" as I knew it here in Europe.
But when I read reader's comments to that public media I have hope. Because 80% or so of the comments don't agree with the articles of the mass media...
George N Romey Added Jul 31, 2017 - 6:34pm
One thing I can say about WB is there are no bots.  Now Medium, Wordpress or FB?  I love these stupid emails I get from the likes of FB telling me about a new "friend" or LI about a job I'm sure to "love."
Its nothing more than high grade spam. Yet I'm sure millions of fools will try to make a new "friend" or actually think signing up for LI's premium service will get them that unbelievable rewarding, high paying job.
30 years ago people screamed about junk mail.  Smart people simply threw it in the trash immediately.  Today people scream about the bots but just hit the delete button and avoid social sites that follow you around like a deranged nut case. 
Stone-Eater Added Jul 31, 2017 - 6:44pm
These bots communicate with you. It's not only Nigerian scam about "my dead father left a fortune and I need a bank account" or so anymore. Email is out. On FB you never know if the guy is real or not until you REALLY communicate with him.
EXPAT Added Jul 31, 2017 - 6:59pm
Agreed Stone. I wrote many articles on this subject, but erased them.
You may remember  "A Pile of Pixels".
John G.
The only way to prevent Google from profiling your searches is to clear your cookies weekly. I use CCleaner. It is free!
Also: is free and does not profile.
It is your search cookies and Country of origin that determines the ranking of search results.
I am glad you are starting to distrust Google. It may lead you to a general distrust of anything from the Internet, as Stones article suggests.
Dino Manalis Added Jul 31, 2017 - 7:20pm
The Internet is great for communication, but we have to be careful to respect people's different thoughts and opinions, people don't think the same!
Lady Sekhmetnakt Added Jul 31, 2017 - 7:47pm
Bots can become scary smart... 
Facebook engineers panic, pull plug on AI after bots develop their own language [News Republic]
Saint George Added Jul 31, 2017 - 9:12pm
I wasn't talking about profiling. I am talking about censorship.
A private company cannot censor a private individual; only government can do that.                                
Leroy Added Jul 31, 2017 - 11:37pm
You can have a conversation with Amazon's Alexa.  She's better than some people.
Mark Hunter Added Aug 1, 2017 - 12:19am
Funny how smart bots used to be a think of science fiction. Who knew that the first step in the robot takeover would be controlling our ads and cute kitten videos?
Mircea Negres Added Aug 1, 2017 - 3:53am
One thing's for sure, Stone-Eater. AI can't write the stuff I come up with so you can relax, I am real, all too real... 
Stone-Eater Added Aug 1, 2017 - 4:33am
I use exactly the same stuff as you :-)
JJ Montagnier Added Aug 1, 2017 - 6:26am
Very interesting Stone. It would seem that these types of bots were used in an online campaign against race relations in South Africa over a period of months with very negative results:
Most people thought these bots were real and it caused a lot of stress and anguish. There were real trolls involved too though. 
This is one of the reasons why I simply don't do social media - it's a very very toxic environment that degrades human behaviours human behaviours which then spill over into real life. 
JJ Montagnier Added Aug 1, 2017 - 10:43am
"Shit. I guess one day I just throw my PC out the window."
Stone, the best thing we can do is throw our Political Correctness out the window as opposed to our computers. 
It is group oriented political correctness more than anything causes resistance to opposing opinions or views and or a lack of response when something truly controversial comes up that turns general perceptions on its head. For example that all races have the ability to be equally oppressive or even fascist. 
Some political topics are just too hot to comment on - even here on WB - so people revert to the more fluffy topics.
opher goodwin Added Aug 1, 2017 - 10:53am
SEF - you are right again - we all group together into our little tribes of like-minded people and think that everybody thinks the same as us. Though I don't actually find that many.
I had this inkling that I might be a bot. But I did a thorough check and found I wasn't - I'm not sure about anybody else though!
Now Eisenhower, he's a Russian spy
Lincoln, Jefferson and that Roosevelt guy
To my knowledge there's just one man
That's really a true American, George Lincoln Rockwell
I know for a fact he hates Commies 'cause he picketed the movie Exodus
Well, I fin'ly started thinkin' straight
When I run outta things to investigate
Couldn't imagine doin' anything else
So now I'm sittin' home investigatin' myself
Hope I don't find out anything, hm, great God!
Ian Thorpe Added Aug 1, 2017 - 11:13am
Expat, your advice to John G is good and should be read and acted on by everyone. I have my computer set to delete cookies on shutdown, but some are 'sticky' and need to be cleared manually.

BTW people, did you know 60% of hits on web ads these days is bots. Google, the other tech corporations and mainstream media are desperately trying to cover it up because of everyone did what Proctor and Gamble just did and cancelled their web advertising budget because the medium is so ineffective, revenue streams would dry up. But think about that, if 60% of ad hits are bots that means around the same percentage of page hits are not real readers.  

I'm off to work on my article about how advertising online is a waste of money right now.
Bill H. Added Aug 1, 2017 - 1:04pm
SEF - I wrote an article about this a couple years back:
This is really becoming an issue, and became especially apparent around the time of the US election. These algorithms have been tuned even more and are being applied virtually everywhere from Google, Bing, Facebook, LinkedIn, and even on Samsung "smart TV's", Amazon Alexa, and even on some of the new generation refrigerators that keep track of what you purchase and use.
A US company named Three Square Market has just started implanting microchips into their employees, so our ignorance has led to this:
Stone-Eater Added Aug 1, 2017 - 4:19pm
Stone, the best thing we can do is throw our Political Correctness out the window as opposed to our computers. 
That's what we do here ;-)
Stone-Eater Added Aug 1, 2017 - 4:21pm
It won't take long anymore until new-born babies are chipped. It's easily possible even now. These buggers have become so small.....just use a "vaccination".....
Stone-Eater Added Aug 1, 2017 - 4:23pm
Here we might have one bot only so far. The one who never responds personally LOL
But he's a friendly bot :-)
EXPAT Added Aug 1, 2017 - 7:36pm
Ian. Yes, I have been aware of the incredible cost inflicted on consumers for useless Web Advert.
A group of Chinese were arrested with Robo equip. and 150,000  phone numbers. The Thai Gov. is trying to figure out how they got so many #'s.
Please hurry that article.
EXPAT Added Aug 1, 2017 - 7:45pm
Bill H. I remember your article, and it was an excellent expose'. Please publish an update if you have time.
It is obvious to me that Political Polls have already been taken over by Bots, and results manipulated for the highest payer. (Clinton Foundation)
I believe that is what Debbie Wasserman Shultz was up to, when her Pakistani IT expert tried to escape America.
EXPAT Added Aug 1, 2017 - 7:55pm
Stone. Your comment about babies having a chip implanted at birth was very provocative. Chip implantation will first be justified as protection from kidnapping, and later as access to medical records in an emergency.
target="_blank">Wisconsin company to install rice-sized microchips in employees
Jul 24, 2017 ... .
The future is total control of populations in CIVILIZED countries. From birth to death the Government will know your every move.
The Burghal Hidage Added Aug 1, 2017 - 8:10pm
Another good one Stone.
It is hard to tell the automated bots from the human bots. So many are pre-programmed to the automated responses dictated by their orthodoxy that they are little more than machines either 
opher goodwin Added Aug 2, 2017 - 3:47am
SEF - are there such things as friendly bots?
Stone-Eater Added Aug 2, 2017 - 6:51am
Stone-Eater Added Aug 2, 2017 - 6:54am
These algorithms have processed to the point that even personal comments concerning the person as such are hardly recognizable as bots. Since we don't know the opposite in person, everything is possible. I go for "the shorter and more unpersonal" the likier a bot :)
Stone-Eater Added Aug 2, 2017 - 6:55am
Progressed not processed. Damn !
Stone-Eater Added Aug 2, 2017 - 6:56am
Yep. I'm a friendly bot LOL
Tubularsock Added Aug 2, 2017 - 6:25pm
WHAT! You mean that the whole world is not thinking like Tubularsock thinks! How bot that!
Tubularsock has found that if you communicate with bots they just seem to make a lot more since than people that I speak with.
And if your graphic isn't alturnut news, cute as well!
Stone-Eater Added Aug 2, 2017 - 7:22pm
Hi Tubot :-)
Infidel753 Added Aug 3, 2017 - 10:32am
I must say I've never had any trouble finding sites that express viewpoints different from mine.  Yes, it takes a little effort to seek them out, but that's true of anything.  Maybe it's because I don't "do" social media like Facebook or Twitter.
It's necessary because the only way to understand the opposition is to see what they say in their own words, not as paraphrased by one's own side.
Most of the time, when I read what right-wingers have to say, it just confirms that they're hopelessly confused and out of touch with reality -- but at least I'm getting it from their own words, not from how somebody else describes their words.  And I'm not at any risk of ever believing that everyone else thinks the same as I do.
Stone-Eater Added Aug 3, 2017 - 12:03pm
Thanks for joining in, but your mentioning of right-wingers already show a tendency. I don't see it from an ideologic standpoint but simply when looking at reality. And there all right/left or others have a point. It depends on the subject ;-)
Shane Laing Added Aug 4, 2017 - 3:06am
CC Cleaner is good Spybot another one. Go on CNET to get free anti-spyware etc. Google seems to be pushing Ad-Aware and its a bitch to get off your computer even after running CC Cleaner. I love this site and everyone on it, so many different points of view on all subjects.
Stone-Eater Added Aug 4, 2017 - 6:24am
Shane I use, also for my clients stations and servers:
Ccleaner, malwarebytes, windows defender and windows update service turned OFF.
Has worked well for years. Although I recommend Linux for servers and windoes for stations.
Stone-Eater Added Aug 4, 2017 - 6:27am
Btw: Revo uninstaller removes software more thoroughly than the built-in one. All of them are free.
Shane Laing Added Aug 21, 2017 - 3:30am
Revo uninstaller I shall go get. Thanks