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 Post subject: F'ed Book
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Place all your complaints about Facebook here.

To start, via Siva Vaidhyanathan's own FB page:

Here’s How Facebook’s Local News Algorithm Change Led To The Worst Riots Paris Has Seen In 50 Years - Buzzfeed News

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This week, protesters scaled the Arc de Triomphe, burned cars, and clashed with police in the third consecutive weekend of riots in France. More than 300 people were arrested in Paris last weekend alone, and 37,000 law enforcement officers have been deployed around the country to restore order.

The “Gilets Jaunes” or “Yellow Jackets” protests have only gotten more violent since they began last month. Three people have died, hundreds more have been injured. To hear the protesters tell it, they’re marching through the streets to fight back against rising fuel prices and the high cost of living in the country. Beyond that, though, it’s an ideological free-for-all. Fights have also been witnessed among demonstrators, and some have sent death threats to other protesters.

But what’s happening right now in France isn’t happening in a vacuum. The Yellow Jackets movement — named for the protesters’ brightly colored safety vests — is a beast born almost entirely from Facebook. And it’s only getting more popular. Recent polls indicate the majority of France now supports the protesters. The Yellow Jackets communicate almost entirely on small, decentralized Facebook pages. They coordinate via memes and viral videos. Whatever gets shared the most becomes part of their platform.

Due to the way algorithm changes made earlier this year interacted with the fierce devotion in France to local and regional identity, the country is now facing some of the worst riots in many years — and in Paris, the worst in half a century.

This isn’t the first time real-life violence has followed a viral Facebook storm and it certainly won’t be the last. Much has already been written about the anti-Muslim Facebook riots in Myanmar and Sri Lanka and the WhatsApp lynchings in Brazil and India. Well, the same process is happening in Europe now, on a massive scale. Here’s how Facebook tore France apart.

In January this year, “Anger Groups” (Groupes Colère) started to appear across French Facebook. The first group was titled “Are you fed up? This is now! (anger + dept)” and it was started by a Portuguese bricklayer named Leandro Antonio Nogueira, who was living in the southwest département — or administrative territory — of Dordogne.

Nogueira’s group called for members to peacefully protest local authorities by blocking roads. Nogueira then quickly helped set up Anger Groups in other départements across France. These immediately gave lower-middle-class and working-class people in small towns a chance to complain about local issues. Nogueira’s first group, which is private, currently has around 90,000 members.

These pages weren’t exploding in popularity by coincidence. The same month that Nogueira set up his first group, Mark Zuckerberg announced an algorithm change to Facebook’s News Feed that would “prioritize news that is trustworthy, informative, and local.” The updates were meant to combat sensationalism, misinformation, and political polarization by emphasizing local networks over publisher pages.

“In Groups, people often interact around public content,” Adam Mosseri, the head of News Feed at the time, explained in a subsequent blog post. Facebook, by all indication, plans to continue emphasizing local content. It announced plans this month to expand the feature to create local news hubs in 400 test cities. BuzzFeed News has contacted Facebook for comment.

So, Facebook tweaked its algorithm and local Anger Groups spread across French Facebook at a shocking speed. The groups were able to organize a dozen or so decent-sized protests last winter. French départements are numbered, so between January and February, demonstrations with names like “Anger 24” or “Anger 87” would pop up, shut down roads, and protest things like labor law reforms, reducing the speed limits on busy roads, or proposed local vaccination plans. France’s anti-vax movement is particularly nasty at the moment and Anger Groups were, and still are, a hotbed of anti-vax misinformation.

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I don't have any complaints about Facebook because I never joined, not even for a little while, because I knew right away I wouldn't like it.

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I don't have any complaints about Facebook because I never joined, not even for a little while, because I knew right away I wouldn't like it.

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The Digital Maginot Line - Ribbonfarm

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In reality, the combatants are professional, state-employed cyberwarriors and seasoned amateur guerrillas pursuing very well-defined objectives with military precision and specialized tools. Each type of combatant brings a different mental model to the conflict, but uses the same set of tools.

There are state-sponsored trolls, destabilizing societies in some countries, and rendering all information channels except state media useless in others. They operate at the behest of rulers, often through military or intelligence divisions. Sometimes, as in the case of Duterte in the Philippines, these digital armies focus on interference in their own elections, using paid botnets and teams of sockpuppet personas to troll and harass opponents, or to amplify their owner’s candidacy. Other times, the trolls reach beyond their borders to manipulate politics elsewhere, as was the case with Brexit and the U.S. presidential election of 2016. Sometimes, as in Myanmar, elections aren’t the goal at all: there, military-run digital teams incited a genocide.

There are decentralized terrorists such as ISIS, who build high-visibility brands while asynchronously recruiting the like-minded. These digital recruiters blanket the internet with promises of glory and camaraderie via well-produced propaganda, then move the receptive into encrypted chat apps to continue the radicalization. The recruits pledge allegiance to the virtual caliphate in Facebook posts before driving trucks into pedestrian plazas IRL.

There are also small but highly-skilled cadres of ideologically-motivated shitposters whose skill at information warfare is matched only by their fundamental incomprehension of the real damage they’re unleashing for lulz. A subset of these are conspiratorial — committed truthers who were previously limited to chatter on obscure message boards until social platform scaffolding and inadvertently-sociopathic algorithms facilitated their evolution into leaderless cults able to spread a gospel with ease.

Combatants evolve with remarkable speed, because digital munitions are very close to free. In fact, because of the digital advertising ecosystem, information warfare may even turn a profit. There’s very little incentive not to try everything: this is a revolution that is being A/B tested. The most visible battlespaces are our online forums — Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube — but the activity is increasingly spreading to old-school direct action on the streets, in traditional media outlets, and behind closed doors, as state-sponsored trolls recruit and manipulate activists, launder narratives, and instigate protests.

One thing that all of these groups have in common is a shared disdain for Terms of Service; the rules that govern conduct and attempt to set norms in platform spaces are inconveniences to be disregarded, at best. Combatants actively and systematically circumvent these attempts at digital defenses, turning the very idea of them into a target of trolling: the norms are illegitimate, they claim. The rules are unfair, their very existence is censorship!

The combatants want to normalize the idea that the platforms shouldn’t be allowed to set rules of engagement because in the short term, it’s only the platforms that can.

Meanwhile, regular civilian users view these platforms as ordinary extensions of physical public and social spaces – the new public square, with a bit of a pollution problem. Academic leaders and technologists wonder if faster fact checking might solve the problem, and attempt to engage in good-faith debate about whether moderation is censorship. There’s a fundamental disconnect here, driven by underestimation and misinterpretation. The combatants view this as a Hobbesian information war of all against all and a tactical arms race; the other side sees it as a peacetime civil governance problem.


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Response to Six4Three Documents - FB Newsroom

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As we’ve said many times, Six4Three — creators of the Pikinis app — cherrypicked these documents from years ago as part of a lawsuit to force Facebook to share information on friends of the app’s users. The set of documents, by design, tells only one side of the story and omits important context.


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Background: The secret Facebook documents have just been published by British Parliament - Business Insider

Note-by-Chair-and-selected-documents-ordered-from-Six4Three.pdf (.pdf)

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British Parliament on Wednesday published a cache of secret Facebook documents it obtained last month from a company suing the social network.

A redacted version of the papers was pushed live on the website of the Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee, which is investigating Facebook's privacy standards as part of an inquiry into "disinformation and fake news."

Damian Collins, a Conservative politician who is chair of the committee, prefaced the papers with a summary of what he sees as some of the most explosive revelations. These included:

Facebook entering "whitelisting agreements" that gave companies including Netflix and Airbnb access to friends data after Facebook introduced new privacy policies in 2014-2015.

Collins said a recurring theme of the papers was the "idea of linking access to friends data to the financial value of the [app] developers' relationship with Facebook."

They show Facebook "taking aggressive positions against apps," Collins said. This included email evidence showing that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally approved a decision to deny access to data for the now-defunct Twitter video-looping app, Vine.

Facebook made it difficult for users to know about changes it made to its Android app because they were controversial. The changes enabled Facebook to collect a record of calls and texts sent by users.


From FB today:

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We still stand by the platform changes we made in 2014/2015, which prevented people from sharing their friends’ information with developers like the creators of Pikinis. The extensions we granted at that time were short term and only used to prevent people from losing access to specific functions as developers updated their apps. Pikinis didn’t receive an extension, and they went to court.

The documents were selectively leaked to publish some, but not all, of the internal discussions at Facebook at the time of our platform changes. But the facts are clear: we’ve never sold people’s data.

Unfortunately, select quotes from these documents have been released to suggest things that are false. For example, accusations about potential misuse of our APIs were made in a recent hearing before the DCMS Select Committee, but the full story was omitted. We ultimately released the emails showing that engineers who initially raised questions about “billions” of API calls realized there were only about 6 million legitimate calls from Pinterest, not a Russian actor.

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White Lists

There is an important distinction between friends’ data and friend lists.

We changed our platform policies in 2014/15 to prevent apps from requesting permission to access friends’ information. The history of Cambridge Analytica shows this was the right thing to do. For most developers, we also limited their ability to request a list of who someone’s friends were, unless those friends were also using the developer’s app. In some situations, when necessary, we allowed developers to access a list of the users’ friends. This was not friends’ private information but a list of your friends (name and profile pic). (Updated on December 5, 2018 at 2:15PM PT to clarify the nature of the information that could be requested.)


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Facebook board defends Sandberg over Soros questions - Financial Times

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Facebook’s board has defended Sheryl Sandberg, its chief operating officer, for questioning the motives of billionaire investor George Soros after he criticised the social network, writing to Mr Soros’ foundation on Wednesday.

Colin Stretch, Facebook’s general counsel, sent a letter on behalf of the company’s board, saying it was “entirely appropriate” for Ms Sandberg to ask if Mr Soros had shorted Facebook’s stock.

Addressed to Patrick Gaspard, president of Mr Soros’ Open Society Foundations, Mr Stretch wrote: “When a well known and outspoken investor attacks your company publicly, it is fair and appropriate to do this level of diligence.”

Ms Sandberg admitted last week that she had asked about Mr Soros’ motives, having previously denied that she had commissioned any research into the investor or known about Facebook’s contract with Republican-leaning consultancy Definers to spread misinformation about its competitors and Mr Soros. Ms Sandberg has since said that emails mentioning Definers may have been sent to her and she may have seen some of their work — but did not know its origin.

Mr Gaspard had called on Facebook’s board to launch an independent investigation into the group’s actions and backed a call by some investors for Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, to be replaced as chairman by someone independent.


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 Post subject: Re: F'ed Book
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I don't have any complaints about Facebook because I never joined, not even for a little while, because I knew right away I wouldn't like it.

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Yes, EVERYBODY ALREADY KNOWS you're too smart and you're too good for Facebook, unlike the rest of us dupes and plebes. So here's a direct request: please don't troll this thread. Thanks.


There's something bad wrong with this guy. At this point who fucking cares if he's ever been on FB or not and what his likes and dislikes are? He needs to see a neurologist or a life skills coach or something. This fucking act was already old four years ago.

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There's something bad wrong with this guy. At this point who fucking cares if he's ever been on FB or not and what his likes and dislikes are? He needs to see a neurologist or a life skills coach or something. This fucking act was already old four years ago.


Ike ... . This is the "F'ed Book, Place all your complaints about Facebook here," thread.

Despite choosing not to, I've had a fair number of encouragements from others which bordered on being bent.

Most recently to have been chided by the author of this thread for having not been properly culturally immersed in it. Which is to say dipped in ... .


"There's something bad wrong with this guy."


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Ike ... . This is the "F'ed Book, Place all your complaints about Facebook here," thread.

Despite choosing not to, I've had a fair number of encouragements from others which bordered on being bent.

Most recently to have been chided by the author of this thread for having not been properly culturally immersed in it. Which is to say dipped in ... .


"There's something bad wrong with this guy."


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Don't take it so hard, man. It's just an opinion.


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Your opinion lightened my day.

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Most recently to have been chided by the author of this thread for having not been properly culturally immersed in it.


Well no, it's not nothing to do with propriety and more to do with not knowing j.s. what you're talking about and wearing your mommy's special snowflake, non-participation in Facebook as if it's some kind of badge of honor. It's a very obvious form of attention-seeking.

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More on the latest FB outrage of the week...

Facebook Execs Seen Discussing Data Privacy, Competitors In Leaked Documents - NPR

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As he released the records, Member of Parliament Damian Collins said, "We don't feel we have had straight answers from Facebook" to important questions. Chief among them, he said, are Facebook's "linking data to revenue" and whether it used data as a tool — both to punish competitors and to reward advertisers.

Collins highlighted an email exchange from January 2013, when Facebook's Justin Osofsky noted that Twitter had just launched Vine, a short-video platform that allowed users to find Facebook friends on the app.

"Unless anyone raises objections, we will shut down their friends API access today," he wrote, adding, "We've prepared reactive PR."

"Yup, go for it," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg replied, according to Collins.

In contrast, Collins said, a dozen of the documents from 2014 and 2015 refer to Facebook "whitelisting" companies — giving them full access to users' friends lists. Other documents discuss setting an advertising threshold for companies that want to "maintain access to the data."


:problem: this guy's founder's syndrome is going to get him canned. This is a distant hope but I'm hoping the new Congress will find it in them to regulate the hell out of FB, as well.

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More on the latest FB outrage of the week...

Facebook Execs Seen Discussing Data Privacy, Competitors In Leaked Documents - NPR



:problem: this guy's founder's syndrome is going to get him canned. This is a distant hope but I'm hoping the new Congress will find it in them to regulate the hell out of FB, as well.


Hopefully they'll look into Instagram & whichever other links he purchased as well as whoever partnered with his site & if he still refuses to step aside he should be sued.


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Hopefully they'll look into Instagram & whichever other links he purchased as well as whoever partnered with his site & if he still refuses to step aside he should be sued.


Yes, definitely. Instagram and Oculus. Check this out

How Instagram hides behind Facebook – and rakes in billions - Guardian

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Six years ago, Facebook made the acquisition of a lifetime. Then it did something brilliant: nothing.

Facebook left Instagram alone. The app was growing quickly, becoming more relevant each day, eating into rival Snapchat’s audience and threatening Facebook itself – just a few reasons why the tech giant dished out 10 figures for a company with no revenue.


More than anything, Instagram was cool. Teenagers loved it. And Facebook was smart to keep its distance, because its eight-year-old platform had started to feel decidedly uncool (especially with younger audiences).

After the acquisition, Instagram’s founders, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, joined Facebook, and everything seemed peachy. By selling to one of the most powerful companies in the world, they immediately tapped into a massive audience and gained access to resources that the startup could only have dreamed about in its early days. Oh, and they became multimillionaires overnight. Life was good, and the future was bright.

At the time, many critics mocked Facebook and argued it had severely overpaid. However, the joke was on Instagram. It was far more than a camera app, and Facebook knew it.

In 2013, Facebook began testing ads on Instagram with a small group of major brands, including Ben & Jerry’s, Burberry, Lexus, and Macy’s. In its official blogpost announcing this move (which, oddly, is a link that requires a Tumblr login now), Instagram made it clear that the ads would seem organic and non-invasive: “Our aim is to make any advertisements you see feel as natural to Instagram as the photos and videos many of you already enjoy from your favorite brands.”

The plan was to “start slow”. And for a while, Facebook stayed true to its word. But then it saw the dollar signs that would inevitably make the $1bn price tag look like a steal.

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Why? Because Instagram practically prints money. A casual scroll through an Instagram feed consistently reveals one paid post for every four organic posts. Few people, however, realize that 20% of the content they consume on Instagram (or Facebook, for that matter) is sponsored.


I've all but abandoned Insta for my SM clients, because of how out of control it's been. It's not just the sponsored posts, it's the bots. Insta has consistently cracked down on bots and 3rd-party app developer access to its platform over the past year. But it's still out of control, a lot like its parent.

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Yes, definitely. Instagram and Oculus. Check this out

How Instagram hides behind Facebook – and rakes in billions - Guardian



I've all but abandoned Insta for my SM clients, because of how out of control it's been. It's not just the sponsored posts, it's the bots. Insta has consistently cracked down on bots and 3rd-party app developer access to its platform over the past year. But it's still out of control, a lot like its parent.


Speaking about those bots Carmen they've continued to constantly grow & it's gotten to the point that most of the celebrities have left Instagram because of that which i don't blame them the other negative Terms of Service like if you report a troll for harassment & you file a complaint they get back to you & come up with this lame excuse that it doesn't violate their community guidelines that is 100% dead wrong & that's on FB.


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Internet is becoming a classic example of "careful what you wish for." I admit that the facebook model seemed seductive at one time, offering a lot for just a few non-intrusive text ads over on the right, but everything got greedy and deceptive, the way things do.

Now, far as organizing violent factions goes, they always had covert comm channels, relying on everything from coded pseudo-wrong-number phone calls to dead drops in the park. The difference is that now it's exponentially quicker. The number of meetings required to get something going approaches zero.

What bothers me about facebook is its reluctance to derail the gravy train to ease its disruptive impact on, well, just about everything. The Soros affair is the last straw, because even though they had business reasons, it feeds into anti-Semitism.

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Speaking about those bots Carmen they've continued to constantly grow & it's gotten to the point that most of the celebrities have left Instagram because of that which i don't blame them the other negative Terms of Service like if you report a troll for harassment & you file a complaint they get back to you & come up with this lame excuse that it doesn't violate their community guidelines that is 100% dead wrong & that's on FB.


Yes that is very true. I have Jewish friends (as well as myself) who literally have been reporting antisemitic content on FB for years, to be met with "this doesn't violate our terms of service".

Same for anti-Black, antiLGBTQ, Islamophobic, and related retrograde social content.

What's interesting is, though this is a thread about Facebook, Twitter is every bit as bad. And as we know, Tumblr is cracking down on porn content. And we know how that will end -- it's not about the porn. It's about the biggest co's throttling certain kinds of content in the name of propriety.

That never, ever ends well for the queers or the whores.

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Dunno. I was shocked that the Bill Maher boards did not ban an open Holocaust denier. They had some creep there that was a massive denier. His name was Mr. Myxzltplk or something like that. And general anti-Semite. The weird thing is some body named "yardbird" or something of that nature kept tussling with me about Israel, but then I realized what I was dealing with when they protested the denier being banned. Funny thing, I honestly think it was over some other odd TOS violation that had nothing to do with being a denier.

Anyway, I was reminded of this when I read a story about how people regularly complained to Mark & co. about Holocaust denial on Facebook, and they did nothing. Apparently that did not violate their terms of service....

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Dunno. I was shocked that the Bill Maher boards did not ban an open Holocaust denier. They had some creep there that was a massive denier. His name was Mr. Myxzltplk or something like that. And general anti-Semite. The weird thing is some body named "yardbird" or something of that nature kept tussling with me about Israel, but then I realized what I was dealing with when they protested the denier being banned. Funny thing, I honestly think it was over some other odd TOS violation that had nothing to do with being a denier.

Anyway, I was reminded of this when I read a story about how people regularly complained to Mark & co. about Holocaust denial on Facebook, and they did nothing. Apparently that did not violate their terms of service....


Was it that weirdo VKMHKM?

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Yeah. It was a weird mix of consonants and no vowels. I definitely remember that.

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I don't have any complaints about Facebook because I never joined, not even for a little while, because I knew right away I wouldn't like it.

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ive always been grateful i had NO desire to enslave myself to that kid in the nasty grey tshirt or his
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i imagined id regret giving away that much personal info. i was accurate.

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all this FB shit doesnt sound much different from the russian trolls attacking everything they can
On the innernets and thus impacting how other humans see the world.

i feel like im reading projection after projection after projection.
a defense of FB is a projection.
a defense of a person is a projection.
everything said has become a projection.

its all complete bullshit via electronic means with pretty orbiting colors emanating from all the power
of your fingers tapping.

this some weak ass shit taking over the planets energy.

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in fact, silly me, FB and russia couldnt be one without the other at this point.

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those with a sense of smell could ascertain the toxic stench of FBs desire to 'make friends'.
i remember thinking yeah i dont need that many fuckin friends thanks tho.


good solid journalism.
https://www.motherjones.com/media/2018/ ... nda-trump/
It’s the End of News As We Know It (and Facebook Is Feeling Fine) ---
Right-wing propaganda is still doing great. Journalism, not so much.

The toxic combination of Facebook’s anti-democratic effect, Donald Trump’s authoritarian presidency, and the rise of a bolder class of propagandists is the story that in many ways defined this year, and will probably define the next two years too.
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 Post subject: Re: F'ed Book
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Feh, this, again. FB is a voluntary platform that nobody has to join so I really don't get the fiery hatred and tacit morality tripping about a platform people aren't even on. It borders on irrational.

It's great if you're not on Facebook, about like it's great that I'm not on Snapchat. It doesn't make me a better person than the next who is on Snapchat. There are yet others who get something out of not only Facebook or Snapchat but social media in general, as there are people who get something out of any other internet comm's technology.

These same anti-geek, anti-nerd complaints were spoken against MySpace a decade ago, blogging 20 years ago, email and 25 years ago, Compuserve and Usenet 30 years ago, cable television, broadcast television, film, pulp print books, radio, the telegraph, the Gutenberg press. They won't be that much different for whatever comes after Facebook and whatever the rest of social media, message boards, email, etc., morphs into.

For its part, Facebook makes itself an easy target, and really always have; they bring these stories, predicaments, scandals, and massive heaps of distrust right back on themselves.

Now for today's scandal. This one has a big reach, and is along the lines of what Tumblr has done.

New Facebook Policy Sparks Fears of Sex Talk Crackdown - PC Mag

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The company has quietly updated its content-moderation policies to crack down on implicit requests for sex.

The expanded policy specifically bans "sexual slang," hints of "sexual roles, positions or fetish scenarios," and erotic art when mentioned with a sex act. Vague, but suggestive statements such as "looking for a good time tonight" when soliciting sex are also no longer allowed.

Facebook added the new "sexual solicitation" policy on Oct. 15. But it was only on Wednesday when internet users began to take notice. And many are not happy, fearing that the mere mention of sex will get their content taken down.

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"This change was prompted, in large part, by conversations with our content reviewers, who told us that the sexual exploitation policy did not adequately distinguish between exploitation (e.g. 'My ex was a slut. Look at the photos she sent me.') and solicitation (e.g. 'Looking for swingers. Friday at 8 PM, [name of bar]. Wear pink.')," the spokesperson said in an email.

The company didn't directly comment on concerns the new policy was too broad and might prohibit people from engaging in dirty talk on the site. But Facebook said it crafted the new rules with input from third-party organizations that specialize in women's and children's safety issues.


Yeah, that's a red flag, considering that Facebook has already been caught cavorting with a rightwing nutjob firm in order to smear everybody's favorite Emmanuel Goldstein, George Soros. :problem:

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