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Posted in: Disinformation is rampant on social media – a social psychologist explains the tactics used against you See in context

Mass media sites can be as bad or even worse, just try complaining about dangerous disinformation in the comments and the only result you are going to get is your complaint deleted.

At this point I just complain directly with the sponsors, when I fill feedback on things paying for ads or full promotional articles I just put a couple of examples of pages plagued with dangerous antivaxxer disinformation comments and ask if they know their products are being promoted in places with this kind of bad reputation.

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Posted in: YouTuber arrested for allegedly slandering woman in unblurred video See in context

Now people will have to be more careful with these accusations, for a long time a lot of people got away slandering others as long as the victim was not too important, not anymore.

And sites can also be made responsible for letting people break the law this way, some people have got a nice sum of money by proving site administrators did not enforce anti-slander or anti-harassment rules, good for them.

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Posted in: Casio to release G-SHOCK watches with shining metallic-colored dials See in context

This is the only place I see g-shock publicity, so now I automatically relate them to trolling, antivaxxers and people trying to defend having sex with underage girls.

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Posted in: Charges dropped again over death of detained Sri Lankan woman See in context

Institutionalized harassment will not change for decades even with attention from overseas news.

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Posted in: Governments around the world are pressing Big Tech to deal with people or groups who use their platforms to meddle in elections or spread lies, paranoia, bigotry and hate speech. Do you think it is possible for them to “tame the monsters they have created?” See in context

Even internet sites like this have plenty of users that spread lies, paranoia, bigotry and hate speech in the comments (even if clearly against the rules), if it has been impossible to control the problem here it makes no sense to expect it to be solved for much bigger platforms.

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Posted in: Many people think cannabis smoke is harmless − a physician explains how that belief can put you at risk See in context

Smoke is not harmless, even coming from healthier sources.

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Posted in: Social media algorithms warp how people learn from each other, research shows See in context

On social media platforms, algorithms are mainly designed to amplify information that sustains engagement, meaning they keep people clicking on content and coming back to the platforms. 

So, like here then, where users are free to make outrageous claims, hate speech, attack, harass and dox others without consequence in the comment section since this brings traffic to the site. A few years back breaking the rules this way meant at least the accounts would be banned, after it was just a suspension, later the post just removed but the posters free to make them again a few minutes later, now they are left undisturbed. Slowly but surely collecting toxic users because this promotes engagement, even if it is the worst kind.

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Posted in: Relentless, remorseless internet bashing rife in Japan, says magazine See in context

Hana Kimura death was a tragedy that should have been prevented, but her family and the public reacted very strongly and some small change happened because of it, now at least people can be punished for their cruelty in social media and that can make some stop their attacks.

The new laws also had some extra benefits since now it is easier for victims to sue internet services when they do not apply their own rules and let other users systematically harass them, and the best part is that this not only applies to social media. Sites that end up collecting toxic users like the comment section of this site sooner or later will have to face the consequences of this. Once personal attacks, threats, insults and harassment become as common as it is here it is only a matter of time until someone gets a nice sum by complaining about it with a lawyer, since nobody gets banned here and harassing posts are all in the profile of the abusers this is going to be quite easy to prove.

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Posted in: Have you been the victim of harassment, bullying, malicious gossip or tricks on social networking sites, email or in text messages? See in context

I find ironic that the poll is up here, a site where users routinely insult, attack and harass others in the comment section without facing any consequence.

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Posted in: Father arrested for taking the fall for son’s hit and run in Tokyo See in context

A good ending with everybody involved getting arrested, too many parents in Japan think that letting their offspring avoid taking responsibility is good parenting when it is just the opposite.

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Posted in: Wages finally rising in Japan, as inflation eats away at consumer gains See in context

Some people wages go up, prices for everybody go up even more, the situation is not going to improve for anybody but a selected few that profit from everybody else's ruin.

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Posted in: Riot police member apparently kills himself at prime minister’s residence See in context

Maybe this explains why the prime minister had to look to a homemade bomb upclose, if people taking care of him are so depressed and stressed that they kill themselves during work they are not going to be doing their jobs properly.

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Posted in: Scientists warn of AI dangers but don't agree on solutions See in context

Announced disaster. Long before ChatGPT was developed people wrote a lot about how dangerous it would be for machines being able to simulate human actions, the people making the algorithms simply didn't care about those dangers and focused only on how to make them profitable.

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Posted in: Hate passwords? You're in luck - Google is sidelining them See in context

As I understand it, introducing the password is just one step on the security process, if people stop using passwords the criminals may just hijack the next step so accounts are unlocked.

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Posted in: Why different cancers require different treatments, and how evolution drives drug resistance See in context

Being close to many cancer patients in my life I can totally understand how important is to detect the cases early and treat them aggressively to give the patients a chance for recovery.

My own father was cured from two different types of cancer, the disease can be cured with proper vigilance and medical care, around the world deaths by cancer have been reduced year after year.

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Posted in: Why Hollywood writers are striking and the immediate impact See in context

Anybody following series can quickly notice how most of them keep lowering the quality of the writing, with these news I can now see why, people being paid peanuts will not enjoy their work, and that is reflected on the quality of the things they make.

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Posted in: In a coronation brimming with history, King Charles and Britain look to future See in context

So grateful for the streaming services, I can completely skip the coverage of this event that do not interest me at all.

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Posted in: Quake-hit central Japan braces for more aftershocks, heavy rain See in context

This was really long one, friends of mine that experienced the tohoku earthquake said they were scared this one would be of the same intensity just because of how long it felt.

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Posted in: Cambodia to deport 19 Japanese cybercrime scam suspects See in context


Wow, not long ago I watched Australia 60 minutes about a group of online scammers in the Philippine who targeted Australian citizens and the amounts of money involved was staggering.

Japanese are terribly naive compared with Australians, I can't imagine how many victims would be there if the language barrier was as low as with English.

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Posted in: New Toyota chief Sato to embark on EV push as automaker plays catch-up See in context

A few years too late? maybe not a negative thing depending on how Toyota plays its cards.

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Posted in: New 'glass-like' orchid species discovered in Japan See in context


How can you “discover” something that’s been around and known and given a name for a long time?

The variety was known, but the species not. It is common to find new species of bugs that are very similar to other species until examined closely.

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Posted in: Japan orders ex-lawmaker YouTuber GaaSyy to return passport See in context

The guy loved to taunt the police and the government and felt untouchable, maybe he is, maybe it will just take time.

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Posted in: Number of yakuza, associates investigated by police falls below 10,000 in 2022 See in context

Less people investigated can mean less criminals, but it can also means they are becoming better at hiding so the crimes continue without the police even reaching the point of investigating the criminals.

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Posted in: Dentsu, others indicted over Tokyo Olympics bid rigging See in context

So, if Hashimoto feels great responsibility is he going to share the indictments?

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Posted in: 1.82 million foreigners legally working in Japan, gov’t says See in context

So, how this compares with other countries of comparable economy? specially on the amount of money the foreigners make, after all the residence permits require companies employing the foreigners to fill out the salary they are making so it is not like this information is difficult to get.

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Posted in: Abe shooter faces additional charges of making gun, damaging building See in context

I guess prosecutors have to do things exactly as they are supposed to do, even if it makes not much sense.

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Posted in: Survivors still being found as quake death toll tops 28,000 See in context

@Raw Beer

I can't find even one source where Mitsotakis is quoted as saying that "EU cannot help Syria after earthquake due to sanctions" he ask for sanctions to be lifted but never says the EU can't help because of them.

In fact, everywhere is being reported that the sanctions already allow for humanitarian help to reach Syria without problems.


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Posted in: Man referred to prosecutors for defaming mother of late 'Terrace House' star See in context

Nice winds of change on the horrible situation on social media where people felt they had the right to harass and attack others with impunity. Double gain when this also is making very easy for victims to get a nice economic compensation from services when they let their users do this without control. A few lucky people that notice this and get a nice reward and finally companies will make their part in enforcing their own rules.

Looking at how sites refuse to control their users it may not be difficult to think people will make anonymous accounts to attack other accounts they can then use to demand this compensation, services are left wide open to this kind of abuse.

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Posted in: Mother of late 'Terrace House' star sues TV broadcaster See in context

At some point companies have to be made responsible of the negativity they promote for profit. It will be interesting to see what happens with this lawsuit.

Thanks to changes in the laws it is now also easier for people to get compensation for services promoting toxic behavior in their users. When a site or service based in Japan ends up collecting trolls trying to harass other users it will now have to consider that any barely competent lawyer can use this to get some compensation for the people being attacked.

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Posted in: U.S. Senate up for grabs as Republicans move toward House majority See in context

No surprises here, including the republicans complaining about the whole thing and how it was rigged and stolen. It is as if everything was included in an algorithm that must be followed to the point.

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