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

This CNN consumer survey on Facebook will clear the way for regulation

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CNN surveyed 1,000 Americans about Facebook. What they found will embolden regulators and legislators. Here are the top-line results: 76% say Facebook makes society worse. This finding doesn’t vary much by gender, age, race, or among frequent Facebook users. Among Republicans, 82% feel this way. 53% support government regulation of Facebook. 49% say they know … Continued

Why Meta’s decision to remove ad targeting categories won’t make much difference

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Under intense heat due to whistleblower leaks, Meta has agreed to remove ad targeting categories like health, race, and political affiliation from its properties Facebook and Instagram. Here’s why that will do very little about the algorithmic decisions that drive extremism, partisanship, and mental health issues on these social networks — and won’t even slow … Continued

Facebook is purging face recognition. Here’s why I don’t trust it.

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For a decade, Facebook (now known as Meta) used facial recognition to tag millions of photos with the identities of the people in them. Now the company says it’s ceasing the algorithm and deleting a billion face prints. Here’s why I don’t trust them. This is a fraught moment for Meta/Facebook, given the leaked documents … Continued

An appreciation for Jerry Remy

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Jerry Remy, former Red Sox player and broadcaster, died Saturday. He was a unique individual. Here’s what made him special to me and millions of other baseball fans. As an avid watcher of Red Sox baseball, especially in the 1990s and 2000s, I heard a lot of Jerry Remy. He and his broadcast partners, first … Continued

The arrogance of Meta, Facebook’s new name

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As Mark Zuckerberg announced, Facebook, the company, is now “Meta.” Meta is the parent company of the applications Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus. Many have seen this as an attempt to get out from under the flood of terrible publicity that the company is suffering since the leak of the Facebook papers. In this vein, … Continued