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It’s gotten to the point where the tech giants know more about you than the government does. Take it from Yael Eisenstat, who served as a CIA officer, a diplomat in East Africa, and an adviser to Vice President Biden before joining Facebook in 2018 to tackle its election meddling ...Read More
"This rhetoric sounds nice—“free expression” and “in a democracy” are the phrasal equivalents of American-flag lapel pins—but it doesn’t amount to much. It’s one thing for Zuckerberg to build the world’s biggest microphone and then choose to rent that microphone to liars, authoritarians, professional propagandists, or anyone else who can ...Read More
This article contains more of what has already been said or suspected about Facebook, however, functions as important reminders nonetheless. "If it’s not clear already, then it must be said: Facebook is a right-wing company, hostage to conservative ideas about speech and economics, its fortunes tied to its allies in Republican politics, including the president, whose campaign spends millions on Facebook ads. Offering support to some of the worst figures ...Read More
Among reputable partners like CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post, it had decided to include Breitbart in its list of sources for Facebook News.
"The message seems to be that Facebook is very concerned with preventing falsehoods—but only when they are spread by regular users and not by the people who might be elected to positions of real power. At the same time, CEO Mark Zuckerberg was right when he said during a speech ...Read More
A succinct argument for why algorithmic sorting of information is the original sin of Facebook and other social media apps. I would add to this the populist mechanism of one-person(click/bot)-one-vote that create mob dynamics and discourage nuance. There is an interesting comment at the bottoms of the article saying “this is just human nature and there is no solution”. It’s is also human nature to bludgeon one another to death and we have come up with a variety of solutions to prevent that, at least for the ...Read More
“You have someone like Elizabeth Warren thinks that the right answer is to break up the companies … I mean, if she gets elected president then I would bet that we will have a legal challenge, and I would bet that we will win the legal challenge. And does that ...Read More
The Oversight Board is fundamentally a bet by Facebook that the legitimacy of its decisions matters—and matters more than getting its way on every question. As other platforms seem to double down on the idea that they do not need to publicly explain their decisions or abide by their own ...Read More
As the US government is reconsidering what a monopoly means (and potentially breaking tech companies), Facebook is trying to change its behavior before the government forces it to change. For example they are backing off from potential acquisitions, including talks with video social network Houseparty, and further integrating previous acquisitions ...Read More
Students don’t feel that [working at Facebook] has the same cachet,” a San Francisco–based tech recruiter with 15 years of experience (who asked not to be named because Facebook is currently one of his clients) told me in an interview. “It doesn’t seem like the kind of name that students ...Read More
"The March 13 outage was believed to be the worst ever for the internet giant, which reaches an estimated 2.7 billion people with its core social network, Instagram and messaging applications." This article is mostly just quoted from ppl on twitter, lol but it did show how much we depend ...Read More
Facebook's Libra is a payment protocol whose implications are geopolitical more than anything else. This is the North Atlantic GAFA Hemispherical Stack vs. Chinese Alibaba WeChat Baidu Stack ...Read More
Another look at the dark underbelly of the ocean of content we live in today. Facebook has over 30,000 people working as content moderators today, and the conditions they are working in are shocking in comparison to their corporate colleagues. “Individual contractors in North America make as little as $28,800 a year. They receive two 15-minute breaks and a 30-minute lunch each day, along with nine minutes per day of “wellness” time that they can use when they feel overwhelmed by the emotional toll of the job. After regular exposure ...Read More