Newsweek demonstrates yet again that it is a perennial fake news publisher by cherry picking a data series to prove their point. This is bull shit level reporting and why no one believes mainstream news reports anymore.
The solution, then, would be for Zuckerberg to release all their documents. Of course, that will never happened. Instead, they are renaming the company from Facebook to Meta, so that sub properties, like Instagram will become “Instagram by Meta” instead of “Instagram by Facebook”. This, because the Facebook brand has become poison and young people are abandoning Facebook and Instagram.
Facebook is changing it’s company name to “Meta”. Perhaps as a way to deal with all the negative publicity? 🙂
…”the more negative-slanting comments a story drew, the more likely Facebook’s algorithms were to promote it widely.”
Over the span of a few days, the SF Chronicle went from a headline emphasizing “Winter Covid surge” to a new title emphasizing “the endgame”, and a new illustration, removing the fear and negativity focus. Sadly, the media always goes for fear and negativity and manages to spin good news into bad. This time they got caught at it.
Years ago I suggested that FB was designed to create a “culture of perpetual outrage”. People who are emotionally engaged are more susceptible to advertising messages – plus, they are likely to stay connected to FB for more minutes. Internal documents reveal that FB not only knew this but gave emotional content posts higher leverage in The Algorithm that decides what you see online.
Facebook sees TikTok-like platforms as having a better strategy. The basic design of TikTok – with short form videos seen via rapid scrolling through video thumbnails (which auto play as you encounter them) – favors attractive, fit, young people versus, say, content that requires a few seconds to think about. TikTok is about eye candy. With this in mind, some think FB will “ditch older users” with a new focus on youth.
A simple research study demonstrated how FB’s algorithm readily amplify extremist political viewpoints on the left and right. The root cause is that FB optimizes for time spent engaged with FB – and does not optimize for what you may wish to see. The result is FB optimizes to keep you perpetually outraged.
The FTC says major ISPs are collecting large amounts of data about their customers, and combining it with web browsing histories and third party data to draw conclusions about their customers.
Facebook settles with the U.S. government over reserving 2,600 jobs for temporary imported H-1B visa workers, excluding all U.S. residents from consideration for those jobs.