Facebook: A real and present danger to democracy

Political advertising is banned from being broadcast on television or radio. Unless Facebook changes, it may be time to extend this prohibition to social media

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 ‘In a speech last October, Mr Zuckerberg had controversially signalled that Facebook’s interests aligned with Donald Trump’s.’ Photograph: Erin Scott/Reuters

Guardian: In every political debate since Facebook began to dominate democracy, the company has placed itself on the wrong side of history. The social media firm cannot be reformed from within because its business model profits from hosting bomb-throwing circuses of hate, humbug and hogwash. The platform harvests users’ personal data to algorithmically recommend content but can’t seem to help steering people towards vilifying one another while keeping their attention. It is not good for society, but it is good for Facebook.

That apparently is fine for the company’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, who is worth $85bn. Consider the latest ugly episode in the firm’s life. After some of the world’s biggest brands boycotted Facebook over its refusal to ban racist and violent content, the company reached for the usual bromide of reassurance that the matter was being taken seriously. Internally it was a very different story. The boycotters, Mr Zuckerberg said, would be back and his company was “not going to change our policies … because of a threat to a small percent of our revenue”.

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  1. To all those who continue to use Farcebook and still complain, you might as well be farting into the wind.
    So why do you continue using that nasty website?
    As far as I’m concerned if you continue to use it, you have no right to complain. You can stop anytime or are you addicted to it?
    Oh, but it’s the only way I can keep up with the kids and my grandkids who love 2000 miles away or to show my little Cockapoo. Fine.
    I even got weird looks from a former classmate when I told her I don’t do Facebook. You should have seen the look on her face. I might as well told her I stomp little puppies to death.
    Nuts.

  2. Dumped Facebook 7 yrs ago – worse thing was they publish every comment you write – whereas most people I knew , had no idea what I was commenting about and it wasn’t directed to my friends – but it didn’t matter to FaceFuck – they want to screw you for your truthful comments. Disqus, Intense Debate and the other comment software is all owned by the f U Jews too. I remember when there were about 8 to 10 of us actually having decent comments/ conversations about Russia and Ukraine – 10 years ago – on Yahoo – believe it or not. Now, its CIA/Mossad 150%. I’ve been banned by all of them – even RT has become a 5th column to Russians on some of their English articles- most won’t notice it. It’s hot on the Black Sea Beaches, but beer is still a buck.

  3. So, after the 2016 election it was found that Cambridge Analytica had access to data from facebook that was used to influence the presidential election and Bannon is tied to it.
    And so many others.
    When the US examines allies, and understands the word, and undergoes some self reflection on that, then perhaps, Facebook will be viewed differently.
    Facebook claimed it had no idea Cambridge Analytica had access. {Trump everything} depends on you believing that simple salient point. Enough is enough.