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Simple Facebook experiment demonstrates how FB amplifies left and right extremist perspectives

Simple Facebook experiment demonstrates how FB amplifies left and right extremist perspectives

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.

How regulation works: “Facebook Welcomes Regulations ” That Hurt Its Competition

How regulation works: “Facebook Welcomes Regulations ” That Hurt Its Competition

Oldest trick in the regulatory book: Once the government starts discussing regulation of social media, Facebook steps up with its own proposals (of course), which, as is typical of much regulation, work to preserve entrenched incumbents while harming competitors and largely stopping new competitors from forming.

Fake TV news report destroys local business

Fake TV news report destroys local business

Bend, Oregon TV station KTVZ-21 ran a false news report destroying a local McDonald’s, falsely claiming they had refused food service to firefighters. The story spread nationally, plus was widely shared on social media and led to condemnation and threats against the staff (3 quit due to the threats). KTVZ has still not apologized to anyone for their fake news report. This story took place in my backyard. My fuse for garbage journalism is very short; I no longer consider KTVZ a reliable source for local news.

Nigeria blocks all access to Twitter

Nigeria blocks all access to Twitter

Twitter argues that access to, apparently, Twitter is a “human right”. Yet Twitter itself frequently cuts others off of Twitter for bizarre reasons. This tweet by Twitter does not seem to have been well thought out.

Old social media posts cost another job

Old social media posts cost another job

Google’s head of diversity has been re-assigned after old blog posts showed him denigrating Jews and possibly making inappropriate comments about the LGBTQ+ community. Old blog posts and tweets have resulted in many losing their jobs.