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Yes, next question? “Is Facebook Bad for Society?”

Yes, next question? “Is Facebook Bad for Society?”

Starts with the right idea but then focuses on extremist posts on FB rather than that FB is the largest frictionless propaganda platform in world history. Hint: its not just extremists or just right wing propagandists. The sole purpose of the platform is propaganda. New comments from a former Facebook employee has once again raised questions about its approach, and the consequences of such on society. Source: Is Facebook Bad for Society? New Insights on the Company’s Approach Raise Important…

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Social media has devolved into shouting

Social media has devolved into shouting

Once upon a time, media was about sharing items.

At some point, it was possible to have discussions about points of disagreement. To engage in two-way interaction – to exchange information and learning.

Now, social media seems mostly about strongly worded assertions followed by shouting. Dissent is forbidden – and will get you canceled.

If you do not 100% agree with my assertions then you are a Nazi and must be canceled!

That in a nutshell, is today’s social media.

Should you warn social media friends about their posting habits?

Should you warn social media friends about their posting habits?

We all have social media “friends” who spend nearly all of their online time promoting their politics, usually from the stand point of anger and outrage. Their lives appear consumed by anger and outrage to the point that the only thing they have to talk about is how awful politician X is, or political party Y is, or about how we must all support protest Z (and if we don’t agree, then we are Nazis or Marxists).

Do we want to hang out with people who are perpetually angry and outraged? Should we say something to them about how they come across online?

Facebook to limit forwarding in Messenger 

Facebook to limit forwarding in Messenger 

Facebook acknowledges that it is a friction-less platform for the spread of propaganda. The popular chat platform will follow in sister company WhatsApp’s footsteps by limiting users to only five forwards at a time, Facebook said in a blog post, which it hopes will keep people from spreading potential misinformation to many friends at once. “Limiting forwarding is an effective way to slow the spread of viral misinformation and harmful content that has the potential to cause real world harm,”…

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Social media-based health “misinformation” said to be seen by “billions”

Social media-based health “misinformation” said to be seen by “billions”

Not surprisingly, a lot of misinformation – not just health information – is spread via social media. Social media is a frictionless platform the sharing and spread of propaganda messaging, much of which is not true. How to fix it? Doubt we can fix the “supply” side – we need to address the consumers – and get them to be skeptical of information received on social media.