An Analysis of Finnish Police Parody Accounts on Twitter

An Analysis of Finnish Police Parody Accounts on Twitter

The Police of Finland has been noticeably increasing its presence on social media, especially on Twitter where there’s more than 60 official accounts already. Most of these accounts represent individual police officers, and therefore they’re supposed to represent the official police’s brand and communication, but of course there’s bound to be some personal nuances included in the tweets as well. This personal tone is perfectly normal and only human, but unfortunately it makes them (individuals and the police) a target for a backslash.

And oh boy, they’ve been targeted alright. As of this writing, there’s at least eight parody accounts made of Finnish Police, and most of them have been activated within the last two months. Although parody accounts are accepted in Twitter’s policy and often intended just as harmless fun, I wanted to take a closer look at these eight and see if I could find any interesting details on them.

There were definitely some similarities and other easily connectable dots between the eight that were apparent even after just a quick glance (e.g. multiple mentions of “vihapuhe” = “hate speech”). I realize that by doing this I’m just feeding the trolls, so to speak, but let’s just call this professional curiosity that prompted me to investigate further.

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Make Twitter Non-Personalized Again

Make Twitter Non-Personalized Again

Many of you have probably heard about Twitter’s new privacy policy which was sold to you the same way these things always are: “to bring you a more personalized experience”. Obviously, this meant that more of your data is getting analyzed and sold to the highest bidder. I immediately encouraged my followers to opt-out of it, and since then also the great folks at EFF have written a guide on how to do so.

But what many Twitter users don’t know is that there are other ways that Twitter is already (and by default) doing to “enhance” your timeline. This is how you can opt-out from the rest of those settings: Continue reading “Make Twitter Non-Personalized Again”

Reddit Privacy Settings Guide [Updated 8/2017]

Reddit Privacy Settings Guide [Updated 8/2017]

Privacy Options: https://www.reddit.com/prefs/

 

Personalization Preferences: https://www.reddit.com/personalization

(This used to be called Personalized Ads, but Reddit has since expanded its “personalization” options)

This should get you started, but do be aware that as explained in their Privacy Policy, Reddit collects a shit-ton of information about you – including geolocation data –  regardless of these settings. It’s also worth visiting /r/privacy, and as always, remember to keep identities and profiles completely separated.

2015 – The Year of the Emoji

2015 – The Year of the Emoji

Didn’t see that one coming. Or the fact that I would be writing about, *sigh*, emojis. Those funny yellow faces were cool maybe 10-15 years ago, when they were popularized by MSN Messenger. Sure they’ve been plaguing our text communications more recently too, mainly because of smartphones and IM platforms, but for some reason, a lot has been happening in the emoji-front in 2015. Let’s take a look:

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4 Billion of Us Are Still Offline, Will Free Internet Change That?

4 Billion of Us Are Still Offline, Will Free Internet Change That?

One week and 46 years ago, the Internet was born. Or to be precise, its predecessor (or an earlier manifestation) the ARPANET delivered its first message, on 29 October 1969. Due to the creation of The World Wide Web two decades later, the Internet became the backbone interconnecting first the selected few and then eventually billions of people around the world. Although the amount of Internet users has grown staggering 806% since December 2000, shockingly still only 45% of global population has access to the Internet. So how do we get the rest 55% online? One answer to this is free Internet. Utopian? Not necessarily, since it’s actually closer than most of us think.

World Internet Stats
Source: http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm

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Why I Wont Buy Solu

Why I Wont Buy Solu

“There will be people who resist Solu, there will be people who disagree with what we’re doing.”
-Kristoffer Lawson, CEO & Founder of Solu Machines

I’m one of them. Among all this hype and praise, it’s about time to explain the naysayers perspective.

As a disclaimer: I’m a Finn and a tech enthusiast. Therefore like one would expect,  I was instantly intrigued and excited about Solu when I first heard of them. I didn’t see the launch event, so my feelings are completely based on their Kickstarter page. This is why I wont buy Solu.

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How to Delete a Facebook Account – It’s Harder than You Think!

How to Delete a Facebook Account – It’s Harder than You Think!

I joined Facebook relatively late, in December 2011, because it was semi-mandatory for me at the time (I’m looking at you, Dumppi). I didn’t see true value in the platform before that, and frankly, even during these three years I hardly used it besides the groups-feature (that I originally joined FB for). Following brands’ pages would have been convenient, but as we all know, only a tiny percent of users actually see companies’ updates, whether sponsored or not. Throw in the mix the continuously piling issues of Facebook’s notorious spying behaviour, and for me the platform became just repulsive. For more info on how Facebook stomps on your privacy, check this must-read article “Get Your Loved Ones Off Facebook” by Salim Virani.

So this month the long-awaited opportunity finally rose for me (i.e. all responsibilities for different groups & associations were over) to delete my account. Turns out Facebook doesn’t want to let you go easily.

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