Obama tried to give Zuckerberg a wake-up call over fake news on Facebook – The Washington Post

Who knows how deep the FB trolling goes? Reading this, I get the feeling that “too big to fail” will soon be retired for “too big to be safe.” Or at least, it should be. –N

“There’s been a systematic failure of responsibility” on Facebook’s part, said Zeynep Tufekci, as associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who studies social media companies’ impact on society and governments. “It’s rooted in their overconfidence that they know best, their naivete about how the world works, their extensive effort to avoid oversight, and their business model of having very few employees so that no one is minding the store.”

Source: Obama tried to give Zuckerberg a wake-up call over fake news on Facebook – The Washington Post

Laurence Tribe on Twitter: “Looks like it clearly covers @POTUS and he appears to have violated or at least attempted to violate 18 USC sec 227(a)(2) on #KneelNFL issue https://t.co/c78RgHFyc8”

Well. This could get interesting. But only if anyone follows through. Click through to see the code in question. –N

Renato Mariotti on Twitter: “THREAD: What liability could Facebook or its employees have for illegal Russian contributions made via Facebook?”

I saw a BBC clip this evening where one of their news folks interviewed a woman who worked the T campaign–down to writing his social media stuff for him, which I can barely even imagine–and she spoke so casually and openly of how the FB element of the campaign worked that it was just astonishing. She mentioned FB folks giving them the white glove treatment because they were such a big client. Seems to me that the point in this thread about who knew what and when is pretty critical. Would they not have known? Could they not? –N

Is Trump mentally ill? Or is America? Psychiatrists weigh in. – The Washington Post

The Post seems to be mastering the art of book reviews as much deeper commentary–or at this this reviewer does. The whole piece is interesting, but I have to admit that I was relieved to read the quote below, which was precisely my reaction to the FANTASYLAND excerpt the Atlantic ran a month or so ago. –N

And the author’s contempt for people of faith grates. From the Puritans on out, almost any religiously inclined community resides in “Fantasyland,” save American Jews, whom he considers “religiously reasonable,” and American Catholics, whom he finds at least “more reality-based than Protestants.”

Source: Is Trump mentally ill? Or is America? Psychiatrists weigh in. – The Washington Post

Deactivating Facebook

I have to say, I was not remotely prepared for the sort of guilt-mongering FB throws at you when you deactivate an account. A screen with photos of five friends: “Katie will miss you. Joan will miss you. Florence will miss you. Michael will miss you.” Everyone and their second cousin Eddie who ran his truck into the local grocery store will miss me, apparently.

And then they ask you WHY you’re leaving their crazy world of fake connection, and when you say, “‘Cause I spend too much time here, duh,” they say you can cut down on notifications if you want and that’ll help. I stopped getting email notifications and other stuff ages ago, and the only thing that did was keep my inbox cleaner, Zuck. Also? Your attempts to keep me are pretty transparent, and equally uncool.

Having seen that, it really feels rather like a cult, honestly. I’m glad to be free of it, at least for a while.

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