[News] The Internet Was a Mistake


A thread for updates on the various ways the internet is destroying everything and the undying hellsites of social media. Let's all laugh at the abyss.

Ego Man wrote:

What was the comment ? The link only took me to the video

Prederick wrote:

This was a lot funnier before a solid 30% of the American populace began thinking the second half is entirely accurate.

So pretty accurate except the 30% is apparently low. Thanks for clarifying

Italian Mob Fugitive Caught In Caribbean After Posting Cooking Videos Online

NPR wrote:

An Italian organized crime suspect was caught in the Caribbean after police tracked him down through cooking videos he had uploaded online in which he managed to hide his face but not his distinctive tattoos.

Marc Feren Claude Biart had been wanted on drug trafficking charges since 2014 and was located by authorities who recognized his tattoos on video, the International Criminal Police Organization, Interpol, said. They believe he is a member of the 'Ndrangheta, a powerful and brutal crime syndicate that originated in the southern region of Calabria and has expanded worldwide.

Biart, 53, had been living in the Dominican Republic town of Boca Chica for five years, where he kept a low profile and posted cooking videos to a YouTube channel started with his wife, Italian authorities said in a statement reported by NBC News. They said his "love for Italian cuisine" made the arrest possible.

Police said Biart, who is accused of trafficking cocaine into the Netherlands, had been wanted since 2014. He was arrested last Wednesday and arrived in Italy this week, as seen in a video posted to Twitter by Interpol.

The 'Ndrangheta is described by Interpol as "one of the most extensive and powerful criminal organizations in the world," and it "is considered the only Italian mafia organization present on every world continent."

See, the thing is, I really, really, really despise Facebook too! Just for much different reasons than most of the people yelling about it.

Like other police departments throughout the country, Chippewa Township Police embraced Facebook for its ability to reach the community and aid in investigations, especially retail thefts. But Hermick never anticipated the headaches that might arise. The fake murderer-on-the-loose story was just the latest issue in what Hermick said was a larger "social media problem."

"It's just crazy. These people that sit around with nothing else to do except listen to a scanner and start sensationalizing stuff," Hermick said. "I don't think there's any accountability or checks in place to make sure these people are putting factual information out there."

Officers on duty posted to the thread, too, but the efforts to set the record straight only made things worse. The group members accused the police of organizing a "cover-up."

"It destroys our reputation, our community, confidence in the police department, and we have to regain that," Hermick said. "I never had a problem doing that, but let's hold people accountable for what they're putting out there."

But the question of just who is accountable for providing information in Beaver County is murky. The area's once-trusted news source, a newspaper with a 160-year history, was devastated in a few short months after it was swallowed up by giant corporate chains. The vacuum was filled by social media, namely Facebook.

Lawmakers and experts have been critical of Facebook's groups feature, claiming the mostly private spaces have become hubs for coronavirus misinformation and extremism.

But The News Alerts of Beaver County isn't home base for a gun-wielding militia, and it isn't a QAnon fever swamp. In fact, the group's focus on timely and relevant information for a small real-world community is probably the kind that Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg envisioned when he pivoted his company toward communities in 2017.

And yet, the kind of misinformation that's traded in The News Alerts of Beaver County and thousands of other groups just like it poses a unique danger. It's subtler and in some ways more insidious, because it's more likely to be trusted. The misinformation — shared in good faith by neighbors, sandwiched between legitimate local happenings and overseen by a community member with no training but good intentions — is still capable of tearing a community apart.

This is the hardest I've laughed in weeks.

Looking forwards to checking out the "Best Racism Slider Set?" thread on Operation Sports.

Prederick wrote:

This is the hardest I've laughed in weeks.

Looking forwards to checking out the "Best Racism Slider Set?" thread on Operation Sports.

Just going to ctrl+c, ctrl+p something I said about it in a slack chat.

Allowing for a range perpetuates the idea that a little bit of human evil is okay in moderation and validates unacceptable behavior by its mere existence. Cringed my way through the vid. From the pan of the menu options it reads like someone who has heard of the thing without really experiencing the thing. Most troll-y micro and macro agressions aren't so overt that they would be easy for voice recognition software to pick up on. This is a dummy "solution" to a complex problem that it won't solve.

In an attempt to not throw the baby out with the bathwater, is there some goodness in there to celebrate? For instance, if I could have racial and homophobic slurs blanked out of voice chat, I'd take that in a heartbeat.

Like, I entirely agree with Meeb's criticism, but it feels to me like there's a good idea buried under a stupid implementation.