“A 6,000-word report published in the New York Times last week disclosed in humiliating detailthe lengths to which Facebook has gone to protect its dominance and attack its critics. As various interlocking crises concerning hate speech, misinformation, and data privacy widened, top executives ignored, and then kept secret, evidence that the platform had become a vector for misinformation campaigns…
Over the past year, I’ve spent time trying to wean myself off tech mega-platforms, generally with little success. Google’s search, for all my complaints, is still the best way for me to navigate the internet; Amazon is still so unbelievably convenient that the thought of quitting it exhausts me. But I logged out of Facebook more than a year ago and have logged back in fewer than a dozen times since. Checking Facebook had been a daily habit, but it also hadn’t improved my life or made itself necessary. Not many Roman plebes would have said that about the Pax Romana. Some empires fall because they’re invaded from the outside or rot from within. Zuckerberg’s could be the first in history to collapse simply because its citizens logged out.“
“Developed as a collaboration between researchers from Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland and University of Rome Tor Vergata in Italy, the algorithm is designed to make sure that social media users are presented with views that don’t necessarily conform with their own, as a way of helping to “solve” the increasingly polarized nature of discussions around controversial topics.”
… and here’s a similar browser plugin: Be More Accepting of Others – EscapeYourBubble … :
“Escape Your Bubble
Tell us who you’d like to understand better.
You could be a Democrat looking to better understand and accept Republicans or vice-versa.
We’ll insert curated, positive posts in your Facebook feed.
These posts will highlight the positive aspects of those you wish to understand and be more accepting of.
You’ll learn to understand and accept thy fellow countrymen.
As you learn more about those different from you, you’ll come to understand their positive qualities. It’s akin to “brainwashing for good”.“
Reality update: America’s Troll Farm Media … Especially regarding:
“The quality of a democracy is only as good as the information people have to make informed judgements about public policy and politicians.“
Good intentions and their real life effects – that’s sometimes a whole other story.
In Germany NetzDG, a new law, passed the legislative process with best intentions: against cyber bullying, against hate speech, against fake news. Website owners and companies such as Twitter and Facebook are to be held responsible for what is published under their watch. At least, that was the idea.
Only three weeks into its existence the law, however, has had several severe impacts on free speech. Afraid of being punished social media platforms started to delete numerous postings and content..