Meta Token? GriftCoin? Meta is even stupider than we thought.

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Did you know that Facebook’s parent company Meta is now releasing a crypto token called Meta Token? Actually, it isn’t. But the same scammers who placed Facebook ads for the Amazon Token are now advertising a Meta Token, supposedly backed by Mark Zuckerberg — advertised, of course, on Facebook. Same scam, different day If you’ve … Continued

Is Meta right to blame its own users for spreading misinformation?

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In an interview with Ina Fried of Axios, Andrew Bosworth, who will soon be the CEO of Meta, defended the spread of misinformation on the company’s platforms. The Washington Post described the argument as “Social media doesn’t hurt people. People hurt people.” Is Bosworth right? After all, people post what they want on Facebook. Do … Continued

Amazon token scam shows why you can’t trust Facebook’s AI

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It’s been four months since Facebook first started showing ads for the “Amazon Token” cryptocurrency scam. New pages and ads continue to pop up on Facebook and eventually get yanked. It’s an easy enough pattern to spot. So why can’t Facebook block them before they go live? First, facts. The Amazon Token advertised on Facebook … Continued

We need more doctors and scientists in Congress. But not Dr. Oz.

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Dr. Oz, the cardiothoracic surgeon and TV personality, is running for an open US Senate seat in Pennsylvania. He’d be one of the worst possible choices, because his “medical recommendations” are generally bullshit. Members of Congress need to discern the truth, not make it up. What’s wrong with Dr. Oz? Dr. Oz is a famous … Continued

The impossibility of enforcing Twitter’s squishy new policy on private media

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Twitter announced yesterday that it would allow people to remove unwanted photos or video of themselves. But there are lots of ill-defined exceptions, and the policy as a whole will be unwieldy to enforce. Analyzing the new policy changes Twitter already bans posting of people’s private information (“doxing”). Here’s the start of the blog post … Continued

Fivethirtyeight made suggestions on how to fix Facebook. Would they work?

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On fivethirtyeight.com, Kayleigh Rogers wrote a piece called “Facebook’s Algorithm Is Broken. We Collected Some Suggestions On How To Fix It.” Let’s try to figure out whether these suggestions would work. I’ll analyze each suggestion in the article from four perspectives: Would it solve Facebook’s major problems right now, specifically the viral spread of misinformation … Continued