Thank you for joining us today, Middle-earth media. I’d like to start today’s briefing by addressing the recent news of the Witch-King’s indictment. The Witch-King of Angmar was an extremely minor cog within the Ringwraith organization and has never had, nor currently has, a relationship with Lord Sauron. Despite all of the evidence to the contrary, please believe me when I say the Witch-King was basically an unpaid summer intern in Mordor during last year’s campaign.
REGULATE IT. REGULATE IT. REGULATE IT.
In whatever corner of the world Facebook is operating, it has become clear that people are using this powerful platform as a communications tool in ways that founder Mark Zuckerberg never envisioned.
If you want a quick digest of how right-wing media reported yesterday’s indictment news, they basically went with “none of this is real.”
If you want a few details, this piece will give you an overview.
Lots of stuff covered here–I really want the first part to be paranoid delusion, but there’s no reason to believe it won’t happen. Unlike the GOP, which is insisting on burying its collective head in the sand at ever greater depths, we should at least be prepared for the distinct possibility.
It’s time we face up to the true depths of insanity and depravity that we are seeing here.
Regulate the hell out of it, or take it down.
And then there are the axioms that undergird the product. Facebook has never fully laid them out, but there are three that I feel confident advancing:
1. Facebook Inc. should not determine what is true and what is false information.
2. Engagement measures quality of content.
3. The most engaging content should be spread to the most people.
Each of these axioms structures the media ecosystem as we know it. These are the ground rules governing the actual product development at Facebook, and therefore the ground rules for the evolving use of Facebook by everyone else. These rules makes sense for how Facebook was created: It was a way to connect friends. And why should some company try to factcheck your father-in-law’s posts? That would be crazy.
But, given Facebook’s global, massive expansion, if you just stare at these axioms for a moment, you might see why the company might be encountering—and genuinely trying to solve—“information integrity” problems.
Honestly, this would be funny if it weren’t so depressing, and so dangerous.
Inside the White House, the president and his aides vented frustration over Manafort and Gates indictments, fearing the unknown about Mueller probe.
The White House chief of staff set off a firestorm Monday after his comments on the Confederate general. He also said “men and women of good faith on both sides made their stand” during the Civil War.
This is why the whole “Oh, it was only $100K worth of ads” argument is nonsense. First of all, that amount buys a LOT of Facebook ads. Second, ads can be shared like regular posts. Third, free pages and groups can do just as much if not more at no cost whatsoever.
It’s time to rein in social media. It really, really is.
Facebook, Google and Twitter disclosed more about Russian agents’ use of their platforms in the 2016 election as they prepare for hearings before Congress.
Further to the previous article… and making really good points. (Also? Just this weekend I was thinking about the Tylenol scare, and how mind-boggling it seems now that OTC meds were ever sold without tamper-resistant plastic shrink-wrap or seals. Doesn’t it just seem bizarre?)
“The damage done to organizations in crises isn’t the crisis itself—it’s how you handle the crisis,” Scott Galloway, author of the new book The Four: The Hidden D.N.A. of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google, told me this week on the latest episode of the Inside the Hive podcast.
Look, can we all agree that, at the very least, FACEBOOK IS TOO BIG? And too naive to be trusted with the consequences of its size and influence? Or to act as a government when it isn’t one?
I want to tell everyone to kill their Facebook accounts, but I know I might as well teach a pig to sing. (And I can’t deny that I do wonder what the atmosphere is like on there today, with the Mueller indictments.) But good grief… you can find news elsewhere! It’s not that hard! And you can also pick up a phone and call a friend–or, better, meet them for lunch–and talk to them! In person! It may not be as “efficient” as believing you can talk to all your friends at once, but it’s more fun and it’s better for your soul. A lot better.
As the social media giant grows in the developing world, its platform is being used to spread misinformation and incite violence.