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Trust Us, We’re Facebook

Posted by on October 25, 2016.

Facebook has inconspicuously announced that it intends ‘to begin allowing more items that people find newsworthy, significant, or important to the public interest β€” even if they might otherwise violate our standards.’

Facecrooks is understandably unenthusiastic: ‘This policy change … may help Facebook avoid controversies like … censoring a historic picture from the Vietnam War because it contained nudity. However, it also puts Facebook in a position to determine what content is important or relevant enough for us to see, and that’s a scary thought.’

Well, yes, but that’s pretty much what Facebook does already, for instance with its curious algorithmic determination of ‘top stories’, potential likes and adverts. If you want the service that FB offers, I guess that’s the price you pay. That, and its hidden agenda of manipulating its non-paying users – ultimately for the benefit of the advertisers who are its real customers.

David Harley


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