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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Social Media Spreads Fake Bodies, As Well As Fake News

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

Phony “news” stories aren’t the only toxic content being spread on social media these days. Bad people are pitching digitally touched-up rear ends and modified thighs as real, dismaying teens and young women unable to attain what’s being sold as perfection.

Public anger at the ills unleashed by social media currently burns hottest on Facebook — namely, its profiting off political lies posted by masked operatives. Many also blame Facebook for stoking the modern hell of FOMO — fear of missing out. We speak of the feelings of inadequacy fanned by friends’ jolly vacation and party posts, presentations that make many think everyone is having a better time than they are.

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Facebook Clearly Won’t Fix Itself

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

Mark Zuckerberg in 2006: “We really messed this one up. … We did a bad job of explaining what the new features were and an even worse job of giving you control of them.”

Zuckerberg in 2010: “Sometimes we move too fast. … We will add privacy controls that are much simpler to use.”

Zuckerberg early this year: “It was my mistake, and I’m sorry. … There’s more we can do here to limit the information developers can access and put more safeguards in place to prevent abuse.”

Zuckerberg this week at the Senate hearing on Facebook’s failures regarding privacy, fake news and foreign interference in elections: “It was my mistake, and I’m sorry.…

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Republicans Threaten Facebook For Content ‘Censorship’

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

A parade of Republicans warned Facebook to stop removing right-wing content on Wednesday, accusing it of censorship and holding the cudgel of federal regulation over its head, in the second day of congressional testimony by CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

“There’s an issue of content discrimination,” said Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Washington. “It is not a problem unique to Facebook. There’s a number of high-profile examples of edge providers engaging in blocking and censoring religious and conservative political content… What is Facebook doing to ensure that its users are treated fairly and objectively by content reviewers?”

“It’s been said many time here that you refer to Facebook as a platform for all ideas.…

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