The Pollyannish Assumption – Stratechery by Ben Thompson


19 bookmarks. First posted by joeybaker december 2017.


Moderating user-generated content is hard: it is easier, though, with a realistic understanding that the Internet reflects humanity — it is capable of both good and evil.
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february 2018 by marcosmesser
There was an interesting aside about Apple’s bad week that I wrote about yesterday. It turns out that a user posted the macOS login-as-root bug to Apple’s support forums back on November 13: Enter username: root and leave the password empty. Press enter. via Pocket
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december 2017 by driptray
There was an interesting aside about Apple’s bad week that I wrote about yesterday. It turns out that a user posted the macOS login-as-root bug to Apple’s support forums back on November 13: Enter username: root and leave the password empty. Press enter. via Pocket
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december 2017 by tonyhue
"Herein lies the fundamental failing of YouTube moderation: to date the video platform has operated under the assumption that 1) YouTube has too much content to review it all and 2) The best way to moderate is to depend on its vast user base. It is a strategy that makes perfect sense with the pollyannish assumption that the Internet by default produces good outcomes with but random exceptions.

A far more realistic view — because again, the Internet is ultimately a reflection of humanity, full of both goodness and its opposite — would assume that of course there will be bad content of YouTube. Of course there will be extremist videos recruiting for terrorism, of course there will be child exploitation, of course there will all manner of content deemed unacceptable by the vast majority of not just the United States but humanity generally."
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december 2017 by elrob
There was an interesting aside about Apple’s bad week that I wrote about yesterday . It turns out that a user posted the macOS login-as-root bug to Apple’s…
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december 2017 by disnet
The Pollyannish Assumption

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december 2017 by mathewi
There was an interesting aside about Apple’s bad week that I wrote about yesterday. It turns out that a user posted the macOS login-as-root bug to Apple’s…
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december 2017 by joeybaker