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.
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.
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.
Facebook is implementing new tools to divert users away from harmful content, limit political content and give parents more control on teen Instagram accounts. Source: Facebook will add new safety features for teens following whistleblower leak
Social media titans believe that the path to truth leads through censorship. This item illustrates an example where Twitter censored a 100% accurate tweet, claiming falsely it was misleading.
I have a post appearing in my news feed right now, asking: “You have 30 minutes to spend $10,000 in one store. Where are you going?” Or, “What was your first car?” On the surface, these are boring questions, yet FB indicates it has had 1.8 million comments added. Why are these posts occurring and who is behind them? Someone appears to be pouring enormous energy and effort into a data collection project aimed at building personality profiles from social…
Facebook uses “AI” software to interpret posts and grade the posts for its automatic content moderation. But FB’s systems do not support many languages, enabling much content to glide through moderation.
The algorithms lead to an increase in angry people and divisiveness, leading to a world of angry people, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The researchers find we evaluate unknown sourced information based on whether it agrees with our existing thoughts. We judge information we agree with (even if factually wrong) as more credible merely because it aligns with our pre-existing thoughts.
Facebook’s own internal research, secret until now, found that Instagram and it’s addicting nature, and how it promotes certain types of posts to youth actively causes mental health problems among the young.