Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Assessing the "Facebook papers Bombshell"


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 Does Facebook face an apocalypse, and other social media with it, over gullible users with tribal grievances? 

Ian Corzine discusses the “Facebook papers bombshell” and warns about more regulations about what people can say online (or under what personalized circumstances). It appears that Facebook may announce a name or trademark change Oct. 28, with significant changes for user capabilities.

Let me add I have no interest in ephemeral content and I don’t use Snapchat.

Corzine mentions various mainstream coverages this week, but one of the most thorough is on The Verge, by Russell Brandom, Alex Heath, and Adi Robertson  Oct 25, 2021, illustration by Alex Castro. The article focuses on “anti-vax” and I have no idea what is meant by “civic harm”.  It does seem odd that social media is held responsible for the outcome of elections, even of authoritarian candidates. A much bigger problem occurs in the developing world where Facebook sometimes is “the Internet” and there is no net neutrality.

A bigger moral problem seems to be the way teens use social media to ratify lookism.

Cecilia Kang writes for the New York Times about FB’s antitrust issues.  

Jeremy B. Merrill and Will Oremus  write for the Washington Post, "Five points for anger, one for a ‘like’: How Facebook’s formula fostered rage and misinformation", today. Alex Shepard excoriates FB as "beyond repair" in The New Republic .  What happened to individualized personal responsibility, everyone?  We seem to have a gullibility crisis derived from systemic inequities.              

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