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Will techlash continue to grow? Will it result in more socially responsible and moral companies, or will the lure of prestige and high salarys continue to draw in the brightest and best? "“Working at Google or Facebook seemed like the coolest thing ever my freshman year, because you’d get paid a ton of money but it was socially responsible,” said Chand Rajendra-Nicolucci, 21, a senior at the University of Michigan. “It was like a utopian workplace.” ...Read More
"And the ultimate triumph of being anti-web is to make links scarce. The smallest possible number of links a platform could allow is zero, so Instagram gets as close to that theoretical limit as possible, and gives you… one. You can have one link. Aren’t you grateful? One!"
"A Guardian investigation can reveal those messages were part of a covert plot to control some of Facebook’s largest far-right pages, including one linked to a rightwing terror group, and create a commercial enterprise that harvests Islamophobic hate for profit. This group is now using its 21-page network to churn out more than 1,000 coordinated faked news posts per week to more than 1 million followers, funnelling audiences to a cluster of 10 ad-heavy websites and milking the traffic for profit".
”This is the first time ever that I’ve seen emails, names and numbers linked with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Github profiles all in one spot,” said Troia, who describes himself as a cybercrime hunter. “There are no passwords related to this data, but having a new, fresh set of passwords ...Read More
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