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I'll be updating this site regularly again now that I have more or less abandoned Facebook.
(2020/07/03) Well, the good news is that other folks don't like Facebook nowadays. A growing list of major FB sponsors have withdrawn their support. This is only a minor financial distraction for FB, so will likely not have a huge impact on the way FB operates.
So far, it seems to have made FB rethink things a bit, though it remains a cesspool of misinformation. To be fair, so is much else that masquerades as “news” on the Internet...
(2020/05/27) Here is a Wall Steet Journal article I found interesting. Understanding of my comments below needs you to read this...(Sorry, that article is behind a paywall, but many other respected press writers express similar views.)
The linked article's comparison to the tobacco industry is not far off kilter. To top all that, here is what Mr. Zuckerberg pronounced to a Fox news host barely a day after that WSJ story:
“We have a different policy than Twitter on this. I believe strongly that Facebook shouldn't be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online. I think in general private companies shouldn't be, especially these platform companies, shouldn't be in the position of doing that.” Fine weasel words.
I think it's quite simple. If you have a so-called platform, do you not have a stronger obligation to the truth than any private citizen or company?
OK, refusing to tell the truth may not automatically make Mr. Zuckerberg a liar. However, you can't dodge the fact that he is aiding and abetting dishonesty. In other words, he's more like an accomplice to falsehood. What do you call an accomplice who profits by it? (Besides a “greedy a**hole” that is...) Update October 2020: some new FB policies and actions are a step in the right direction: they are beginning to label some of the most flagrant misinformation as such, and tightening restrictions on content promoting racism or violence. Despite that, I'm still avoiding FB other than once in a blue moon...
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