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Can Mark Zuckerberg Fix Facebook Before It Breaks Democracy? | The New Yorker
Like it or not, Zuckerberg is a gatekeeper.
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Facebook’s free-speech dilemmas have no simple answers—you don’t have to be a fan of Alex Jones to be unnerved by the company’s extraordinary power to silence a voice when it chooses, or, for that matter, to amplify others, to pull the levers of what we see, hear, and experience.
facebook  democracy  moderation  hate  hoaxes  facebookworldtakeover 
25 days ago by rachaelsullivan
The Agency - The New York Times
Russia’s information war might be thought of as the biggest trolling operation in history, and its target is nothing less than the utility of the Internet as a democratic space.
fakenews  hoaxes  russia  trolling  facebook  war 
27 days ago by rachaelsullivan
Exclusive: Russians Impersonated Real American Muslims to Stir Chaos on Facebook and Instagram
After an American admirer of ISIS massacred 49 people at an Orlando nightclub in June 2016, the community quickly created an event titled “Support Hillary. Save American Muslims!” that presented Clinton’s name in an Arabic-style font.
election  facebook  fakenews  war  memes 
27 days ago by rachaelsullivan
Meme versus Meme
suggests two different kinds of memes: those with a humorous purpose, and those that are militant.
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quote from Sen. Warner on the memes that influenced the election.
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These memes are not meant to educate; they rely on and play off of internet users’ existing knowledge and understanding of culture and current events. They are not meant to change our mind, but to validate our existing opinions through humor. And because our knowledge and understanding of culture and current events often varies directly with political ideology, as a we scroll through our Facebook feeds, the plethora of political memes perpetuate our existing echo chambers.
Trump himself uses memes in this way. On July 2 of this past summer, Trump tweeted out a video of himself body-slamming someone whose face is covered by a CNN logo. This meme, understandably, was met with confusion and frustration from his opponents. While it is easy to criticize Trump’s treatment of the media, it is different entirely to try and criticize a meme—which is a joke. While this tweet was undoubtedly immature, it was so immature that taking it seriously seemed like the wrong reaction entirely.
election  memes  fakenews  war  facebook  democracy 
27 days ago by rachaelsullivan
‘I made Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’: meet the data war whistleblower | News | The Guardian
Its expertise was in “psychological operations” – or psyops – changing people’s minds not through persuasion but through “informational dominance”, a set of techniques that includes rumour, disinformation and fake news.
SCL Elections had used a similar suite of tools in more than 200 elections around the world, mostly in undeveloped democracies that Wylie would come to realise were unequipped to defend themselves.
election  facebook  facebookworldtakeover  data  war  fakenews 
27 days ago by rachaelsullivan
Facebook’s Secret Censorship Rules Protect White Men… — ProPublica
Facebook has used these rules to train its "content reviewers" to decide whether to delete or allow posts. Facebook says the exact wording of its rules may have changed slightly in more recent versions. ProPublica recreated the slides.
facebook  racism  algorithm  race  censorship  hate  moderation 
july 2018 by rachaelsullivan
Did Media Literacy Backfire? – Data & Society: Points (Jan. 2017)
In the United States, we’re moving towards tribalism, and we’re undoing the social fabric of our country through polarization, distrust, and self-segregation. And whether we like it or not, our culture of doubt and critique, experience over expertise, and personal responsibility is pushing us further down this path.
Media literacy asks people to raise questions and be wary of information that they’re receiving. People are. Unfortunately, that’s exactly why we’re talking past one another.
fakenews  facebookworldtakeover  facebook  news  election  digitalliteracy  boyd 
may 2018 by rachaelsullivan
'Utterly horrifying': ex-Facebook insider says covert data harvesting was routine | News | The Guardian
“It was well understood in the company that that presented a risk,” he said. “Facebook was giving data of people who had not authorised the app themselves, and was relying on terms of service and settings that people didn’t read or understand.”
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Parakilas said he lobbied internally at Facebook for “a more rigorous approach” to enforcing data protection, but was offered little support.
facebook  privacy  facebookworldtakeover  data  election  terms 
march 2018 by rachaelsullivan
How your Facebook 'likes' helped Trump steal the 2016 election | Will Bunch - Philly
What does political cyber warfare look like? As you might imagine, pretty ugly. In an election where most voters’ preferences are deeply rooted, a campaign like the one engineered by Cambridge Analytica tried to tap into the psychology of the voters who could most easily be peeled away from Trump’s opponent Hillary Clinton — young people who might be convinced to vote third-party, or blacks who’d been enthusiastic about Barack Obama but could be discouraged from showing up in 2016. Data seemingly as trivial as what sneakers or candy bars you like helped develop profiles of the persuadable.
facebook  facebookworldtakeover  election  democracy  data  psychology  fakenews  war 
march 2018 by rachaelsullivan
“Weird Facebook” and “Leftbook,” explained: How absurd meme groups could change Facebook for good
Welcome to the Facebook underground — a hidden network of meme communities and affinity groups that may just be the future of the social network as we know it.
facebook  wtf  experimental  alt-lit  memes 
january 2018 by rachaelsullivan
The Weird Thing About Today's Internet - The Atlantic (May 2017)
Outside of the open-source server hardware and software worlds, we see centralization. And with that centralization, five giant platforms have emerged as the five most valuable companies in the world: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook.
centralization  internet  facebook  platforms  google 
january 2018 by rachaelsullivan
From Hate Speech To Fake News: The Facebook Content Crisis Facing Mark Zuckerberg : All Tech Considered : NPR (Nov. 2016)
It's hard to remember this sometimes, but Facebook has never claimed to be a free-speech platform. The company is trying to create a safe space where, unlike on Twitter, people can share without being trolled or shamed.
facebook  moderation  harassment  hate  fakenews  algorithm  platforms 
december 2017 by rachaelsullivan
Captives of the Cloud: Part I - Journal #37 September 2012 - e-flux
We are the voluntary prisoners of the cloud; we are being watched over by governments we did not elect.
government  privacy  NSA  surveillance  centralization  censorship  internet  cloud  facebook 
november 2017 by rachaelsullivan
Scripting News: May 31, 2017
Get a blog. If your ideas have any value put them on the open web. Facebook is trying to kill it. Trust me you will hate yourself if they succeed. Same with Google.
facebook  facebookworldtakeover  blogging 
october 2017 by rachaelsullivan
Daring Fireball: Fuck Facebook (2017)
You might think it’s hyperbole for Winer to say that Facebook is trying to kill the open web. But they are. I complain about Google AMP, but AMP is just a dangerous step toward a Google-owned walled garden — Facebook is designed from the ground up as an all-out attack on the open web.
facebook  facebookworldtakeover 
october 2017 by rachaelsullivan
Data Selfie _ Home
Data Selfie is a browser extension that tracks you while you are on Facebook to show you your own data traces and reveal how machine learning algorithms use your data to gain insights about your personality.
chrome  data  facebook  privacy  tracking  com201  com200  algorithm 
july 2017 by rachaelsullivan
Facebook and the Cost of Monopoly – Stratechery by Ben Thompson (2017)
The problem is that Facebook isn’t simply a social network: the service is a three-sided market — users, content providers, and advertisers — and while the basis of Facebook’s dominance is in the network effects that come from connecting all of those users, said dominance has seeped to those other sides.
... A monopoly, though, doesn’t need that drive to innovate — or, more accurately, doesn’t need to derive a profit from innovation, which leads to lazy spending and prioritizing tech demos over shipping products.
facebook  facebookworldtakeover  advertising  clickbait  economics  platforms 
may 2017 by rachaelsullivan
How Reporting and Moderation On Social Media is Failing Marginalized Groups by Donyae Coles | Model View Culture (August 2016)
To get better, platforms must also address how user-generated reports are often weaponized against people of color. Although there’s nothing that can be done about the sheer numbers of majority-White users on platforms, better, clearer policy that helps them question their own bias would likely stop many reports from being generated in the first place. It may also help to implement more controls that would stop targeted mass-reporting of pages and communities by and for marginalized people.
twitter  activism  moderation  racism  violence  facebook  harassment  bias 
may 2017 by rachaelsullivan
The awesome power of deep interests. | Gina Bianchini | Pulse | LinkedIn
But Facebook Groups make all of these things harder than they should be in 2017. Mark Zuckerberg’s recent Manifesto aside, Facebook's goal is to keep you coming back to Facebook with updates from people you know, not make new, meaningful connections with new people you don’t.
facebook  networks  community  filterbubble  socialnetworking  virtualcommunity 
april 2017 by rachaelsullivan
Why Are Upworthy Headlines Suddenly Everywhere? - The Atlantic (2013)
And this, too, is what a mature social ecosystem looks like—or, at least, a stagnant one. These big networks aren’t fighting over how to be the best darling for journalists for the sake of journalists. They’re doing it for the sake of user engagement numbers, advertisers, and investors.
facebook  algorithm  clickbait  news 
february 2017 by rachaelsullivan
The Real Name Fallacy – The Coral Project (1/17)
Our concerns about anonymity are overly-simplistic; system design can’t solve social problems without actual social change.
harassment  twitter  facebook  anonymous  design  virtualcommunity  identity 
january 2017 by rachaelsullivan
Is The Internet Good or Bad? Yes. – Matter – Medium
Facebook “likes” are often ridiculed as meaningless, but they can make a person realize that their social network feels the same as they do—and that’s a socially and politically powerful thing.
facebook  activism  socialchange  politics 
december 2016 by rachaelsullivan
Mark Zuckerberg is in denial about how Facebook is harming our politics - Vox
“There is a certain profound lack of empathy in asserting that the only reason someone could have voted the way they did is they saw some fake news,” Zuckerberg argued.
facebook  news  algorithm  journalism  hoaxes  clickbait  election  zuckerberg 
november 2016 by rachaelsullivan
Social Media Did Not Give Us Donald Trump and it is Not Weakening Democracy – Culture Digitally
The internet did not bring about a ‘post-fact’ or ‘post truth’ era, nor did it bring about conspiracy theories, white nationalism, conservative identity and its farcical villains, and the distrust of institutionalized ways of producing knowledge, from journalism to science.
election  facebook  socialmedia  hoaxes  news  technodeterminism 
november 2016 by rachaelsullivan
Shirtless Trump Saves Drowning Kitten - MTV
Confusion is an authoritarian tool; life under a strongman means not simply being lied to but being beset by contradiction and uncertainty until the line between truth and falsehood blurs and a kind of exhaustion settles over questions of fact.
facebook  news  election  hoaxes  propaganda  crapdetection  journalism 
november 2016 by rachaelsullivan
This is how Facebook’s fake-news writers make money - The Washington Post
So why are Google and Facebook just taking action against this use of their ad services now? Well, for one thing, those companies profit off the viral sites — legitimate or hoax — that use their services, too.
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Although hoax sites vary in sophistication, a quick tour of the usual suspects makes it clear that you don’t really have to put much thought into the design or functionality of the site.
facebook  election  hoaxes  crapdetection  news  journalism  google  webdesign  interface  clickbait  filterbubble 
november 2016 by rachaelsullivan
For the ‘new yellow journalists,’ opportunity comes in clicks and bucks - The Washington Post
They tell one another they’re only minor participants in a broader “meme war” between outlets such as The Other 98% (other98.com) on the left and Nation In Distress (facebook.com/NationInDistress) on the right, but then they see the protests in the streets, the divisions in America, and wonder if their work is making things worse. What if one of their readers actually does harm Soros? Would they be complicit? Is their website dangerous? Or is it savvy entrepreneurship? Their opportunity?

And if it is opportunity, how far can they go with it?
facebook  clickbait  hoaxes  propaganda  election  crapdetection  news  memes 
november 2016 by rachaelsullivan
Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook Must Defend the Truth - The New York Times
Truth doesn’t need arbiters. It needs defenders. And it needs them now more than ever as the American democracy staggers into its next uncertain phase.
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President Obama seemed to have had something like that in mind when he told reporters in Germany on Thursday, “If we are not serious about facts and what’s true and what’s not,” and “if we can’t discriminate between serious arguments and propaganda, then we have problems.”
facebook  election  truth  hoaxes  advertising  propaganda  crapdetection 
november 2016 by rachaelsullivan
Never mind the algorithms: the role of click farms and exploited digital labor in Trump’s election | Antonio A. Casilli
the structure of the current click economy and global digital labor maket helped Trump’s victory. Not algorithms. Nor fake news.
facebook  attention  labor  clickbait  news  hoaxes  algorithm  propaganda  election 
november 2016 by rachaelsullivan
Platforms in charge (oct. 2016)
FB and Snapchat prioritizing news from friends over discovering new content or info from mainstream publishers
news  journalism  facebook  snapchat  algorithm  filterbubble 
november 2016 by rachaelsullivan
Hyperpartisan Facebook Pages Are Publishing False And Misleading Information At An Alarming Rate - BuzzFeed News
oct. 2016
we found that right-wing pages were more prone to sharing false or misleading information than left-wing pages.
Based on our analysis, we found the hyperpartisan right-wing echo chamber to be more polarized than its counterpart on the left, and our sense is that this likely contributes to the tendency for right-wing Facebook pages to promote false and misleading information.
election  filterbubble  facebook  news  journalism  conservatism  publicsphere  hoaxes  crapdetection  fakenews 
november 2016 by rachaelsullivan
Shirtless Trump Saves Drowning Kitten - MTV
The sensational headline that's been thrown at Facebook's misinformation problem asks whether fake news cost Hillary Clinton the presidency. But you don't have to believe Facebook got Trump elected to be a little chilled by its current estrangement from fact. One of the conditions of democratic resistance is having an accurate picture of what to resist. Confusion is an authoritarian tool; life under a strongman means not simply being lied to but being beset by contradiction and uncertainty until the line between truth and falsehood blurs and a kind of exhaustion settles over questions of fact.
election  facebook  hoaxes  crapdetection  truth 
november 2016 by rachaelsullivan
How Much Is Facebook to Blame?
“Americans never honestly saw [Trump] because Facebook prioritizes engagement over truth,” wrote Atlantic editor James Hamblin. The site allowed “more than 200 million active North American users to dwell in a fever swamp of misinformation and ridiculous falsehood,” said Deadspin editor Alex Pareene. “For all [of Facebook’s] wonders ... it’s also become a single point of failure for civic information,” argued Nieman Lab’s Joshua Benton.
facebook  hoaxes  filterbubble  news  algorithm  election 
november 2016 by rachaelsullivan
Digital Redlining After Trump: Real Names + Fake News on Facebook – Medium
And one less uppity black woman on Facebook saying she is proud of her students for exercising their civic duties is one way to create fake news moral economies on the social media platform that would be, if it had its druthers, the whole internet.
facebook  hoaxes  crapdetection  news  election  socialmedia 
november 2016 by rachaelsullivan
Facebook recommended that this psychiatrist’s patients friend each other | Fusion
WhatsApp is about to share its one billion users’ phone numbers with Facebook, where they too could be used to make friend recommendations (unless you opt out).
facebook  privacy  security  algorithm  socialmedia 
october 2016 by rachaelsullivan
Facebook news selection is in hands of editors not algorithms, documents show | Technology | The Guardian
The guidelines are sure to bolster arguments that Facebook has made discriminatory editorial decisions against rightwing media. Conservatives would label the majority of Facebook’s primary sources as liberal.
facebook  filterbubble  algorithm  manuals  news 
may 2016 by rachaelsullivan
Designing with Science — Elegant Tools — Medium
We understood that there was a certain amount of complexity we needed to express. It was simply unavoidable. Our product’s reporting surface would have to house many numbers supporting how our key metrics were derived. We needed to discover a means of doing so that was presentable.
Given the complexity of the information, how could we leverage design to simplify?
design  advertising  facebook 
may 2016 by rachaelsullivan
"Making Sense of Privacy and Publicity" (being private in public)
While it's easy to be private in public offline, doing so online can be quite difficult and frustrating.... /// I’m consistently horrified when I see racism and classism in social media, but it’s presence should be a lesson to all of us. On the night of the BET Award Ceremonies last summer, all of the Trending Topics were icons of the black community. How did non-black users respond? Some, not so nicely.
privacy  facebook  twitter  racism  boyd 
may 2016 by rachaelsullivan
The secret rules of the internet | The Verge
The details of moderation practices are routinely hidden from public view, siloed within companies and treated as trade secrets when it comes to users and the public. Despite persistent calls from civil society advocates for transparency, social media companies do not publish details of their internal content moderation guidelines; no major platform has made such guidelines public.
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"We have one set of content standards for the entire world," explains Facebook’s Bickert. "This helps our community be truly global, because it allows people to share content across borders. At the same time, maintaining one set of standards is challenging because people around the world may have different ideas about what is appropriate to share on the Internet."
internet  censorship  trolling  commenting  reddit  facebook  labor  policy 
may 2016 by rachaelsullivan
How social media is destroying the lives of teen girls | New York Post
“I spoke to girls who said, ‘social media is destroying our lives,’ ” Sales says. “ ‘But we can’t go off it, because then we’d have no life.’ There’s this whole perception that [teenage girls] love social media, but in many ways they hate it. But they don’t stop, because that’s where teen culture is happening.”
girls  socialmedia  instagram  facebook  women  moralcrisis  youth  addiction 
may 2016 by rachaelsullivan
Online, Anonymity Breeds Contempt - The New York Times
Instead of waiting around for human nature to change, let’s start to rein in bad behavior by promoting accountability. Content providers, stop allowing anonymous comments. Moderate your comments and forums. Look into using comment services to improve the quality of engagement on your site. Ask your users to report trolls and call them out for polluting the conversation.
trolling  facebook  community  internet-culture  anonymous 
january 2016 by rachaelsullivan
Why are millions of people obsessed with this pillow?
“I’ve been a TV journalist for almost 20 years, I have six Emmys sitting on the shelf,” he told BuzzFeed. “[And] the most watched piece of video that I will probably ever produce in my career is about some pillow.”
internet-culture  facebook  viral  memes 
january 2016 by rachaelsullivan
"I always assumed that I wasn’t really that close to [her]”: Reasoning about invisible algorithms in the news feed
Today, algorithms curate everyday online content by prioritizing, classifying, associating, and filtering information. In doing so, they exert power to shape the users’ experience and even their perception of the world.
facebook  algorithm  socialmedia  knowledge  users  blackbox 
december 2015 by rachaelsullivan
Hello, World: Let’s (re)make networked art. — Medium
We learned in London that the original rebellious read/write spirit of early net.art movements is alive and well. It lives in all of us netizens, somewhere deep within, a festering fire fanned with each unsanctioned manipulation of our private data, each time we log in to Facebook and each time we realise our Internet usage has been unjustly throttled. It is waiting to be drawn out in interactive settings that empower participants to build and to create.
netart  making  facebook  sterilemedia  art  creativity 
november 2015 by rachaelsullivan
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