Tag Archives: Facebook

jwz: ENGAGEMENT!

By | April 14, 2021

Every time we post to our Facebook account, it immediately gets 2-5 one-word comments from random Indian dudes with locked accounts that are years old and have thousands of friends: Source: jwz: ENGAGEMENT! There’s never post about Facebook on “Hacker” “News” where the comment thread isn’t filled with people saying, “I hate it too, but… Read More »

Liberals and Conservatives Are Both Totally Wrong about Platform Immunity | by Tim Wu | Medium

By | March 14, 2021

Everyone is, in short, currently asking for the wrong thing. Which makes it worth asking: Why? One reason is that this area is confusing, and the idea of making tech “responsible” does sound good. There are, as I discuss below, ways in which they should be. Also, as described below, the mere threat of 230… Read More »

Far-right Misinformation is Facebook’s most engaging content – Protocol — The people, power and politics of tech

By | March 3, 2021

Facebook, for its part, seems to be increasingly interested in limiting the rampant political polarization of its platform. Last month, Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company was launching an experiment to limit the amount of political news in some users’ news feeds. “One of the top pieces of feedback we’re hearing from our community right… Read More »

Facebook “Supreme Court” overrules company in 4 of its first 5 decisions | Ars Technica

By | February 9, 2021

As you can see, Facebook has to make decisions on a wide range of topics, from ethnic conflict to health information. Often, Facebook is forced to choose sides between deeply antagonistic groups—Democrats and Republicans, Armenians and Azerbaijanis, public health advocates and anti-vaxxers. One benefit of creating the Oversight Board is to give Facebook an external… Read More »

Social justice groups warn Biden against throwing out Section 230 – The Verge

By | January 27, 2021

“Section 230 is a foundational law for free expression and human rights when it comes to digital speech,” the letter says. The law protects websites and apps from being sued over user-generated content — making it safer to operate social networks, comment sections, or hosting services. “Overly broad changes to Section 230 could disproportionately harm… Read More »

Take the Profit Out of Political Violence – BIG by Matt Stoller

By | January 26, 2021

Repealing Section 230 or reforming it so platforms who profit via advertising are not covered, would reduce the incentive for social media to enable illegal behavior. If we did so, a whole range of legal claims, from incitement to intentional infliction of emotional distress to harassment to defamation to fraud to negligence, would hit the… Read More »

Dunbar’s Number – Wikipedia

By | October 6, 2020

Dunbar’s Number is a suggested cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships—relationships in which an individual knows who each person is and how each person relates to every other person. This number was first proposed in the 1990s by British anthropologist Robin Dunbar, who found a correlation… Read More »