Television was never capable of modifying shows just enough to unconsciously enforce or twist our thinking

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What we fail to realise is, how these recommendations, point by point actually change our opinions, manipulate us and with the content “we want to see,” we lose our ability to comprehend opposite views. You have read about all you think is right every day on your feed, and there is so much to support your views that the opposition and their thinking looks stupid to you. Stupid because, inspite of all the supporting content, they fail to see it! Just that, the opposition also believes in the feed they are watching, day in and out. Heavily funded conspiracy theories which have successfully affected people with similar likes as you are served to you for engagement. National elections, climate change, racial compassion and many other fundamentally important issues are targeted, and opinions swayed, ever so slightly, for some third-party beneficiaries. We feel it was our choice of support, but we would never have a wholesome view of the situation to decide unless we categorically demand so.

The Mainstream Platforms of Online Surveillance Giants

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This news was covered in Germany — in the public radio service.

However, did not have ANY links to the story. When searching for “amnesty” the mainstream search engines (Google + Bing) only returned results (in the first page / top results). Only DuckDuckGo linked to the website, in the information area at the top right of the SERP.

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These platforms allow people to access them supposedly for free, but instead of charging them a fee they require people to give up their personal data. This is then analysed to aggregate people into groups, and to make predictions about their interests and characteristics – primarily so they can use these insights to generate advertising revenue. The report found that the scale of harvesting and monetising of personal data by these platforms is incompatible with people’s right to privacy.

Even though the main calls in the report are to governments and how they must regulate the industry, it behoves us all to look at the roles we play.

At Amnesty, we are just as dependent on these platforms as big corporations, political parties, and local businesses in order to reach, engage and grow our audiences. The pervasive power of these platforms is exactly why Amnesty has brought out a report…

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