Category: facebook

How Russia Harvested American Rage to Reshape U.S. Politics (NYT)

This is cultural hacking, said  Jonathan Albright, research director at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism. They are using systems that were already set up by these platforms to increase engagement. They are feeding outrage  and it’s easy to do, because outrage and emotion is how people share How Russia ...

Facebook’s war on free will – powerful Franklin Foer / TheGuardian story (made me think – a lot)

  “But we shouldn’t accept Facebook’s self-conception as sincere, either. Facebook is a carefully managed top-down system, not a robust public square. It mimics some of the patterns of conversation, but that’s a surface trait. In reality, Facebook is a tangle of rules and procedures for sorting information, rules devised by the ...

I invested early in Google and Facebook. Now they terrify me (great piece by Roger McNamee)

  “The people at Facebook and Google believe that giving consumers more of what they want and like is worthy of praise, not criticism. What they fail to recognize is that their products are not making consumers happier or more successful. Like gambling, nicotine, alcohol or heroin, Facebook and Google — most ...

Algorithms are failing Facebook. Can humanity save it? Made me think …via Quartz

“Facebook wanted to be pipes, but it’s also people Early in the company’s history, Zuckerberg referred to Facebook as a “utility,” a piece of “information infrastructure.” In a letter to potential shareholders in 2012, he compared the social network to the printing press and the television. But television manufacturers and printing press ...

Facebook’s plans to augment reality are as dystopian as they are smart (via TheVerge)

Facebook didn’t shy away from the marketing opportunities AR provides. In fact, it embraced the idea that you could hover your viewfinder over a restaurant and be told its Yelp rating, or find messages your friends leave you in public locales by peering through the camera lens on Facebook’s app. ...

What Google and Facebook must do about one of their biggest problems – Vivek Wadhwa

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Social media was developed with the promise of spreading democracy, community and freedom, not ignorance, bigotry and hatred. Connecting billions of people together and allowing them to share knowledge and ideas, it could have enabled them to achieve equality and justice; to expose ...

Forget AT&T: What about Google and Facebook…? good read via the NYT

“Look at the numbers. Alphabet (the parent company of Google) and Facebook are among the 10 largest companies in the world. Alphabet alone has a market capitalization of around $550 billion. AT&T and Time Warner combined would be about $300 billion. Alphabet has an 83 percent share of the mobile ...

On Facebook’s ‘universal’ censorship rules (guest post by Rudy de Waele)

By Rudy De Waele Brilliant important statement, by editor-in-chief Espen Egil Hansen, of the Norwegian daily newspaper Aftenposten, in reply to Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook’s demand to remove a picture of a naked Kim Phuc, fleeing from the napalm bombs – one of the world’s most famous war photographs. Facebook deleted the article as well as the ...

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