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How Facebook Got Addicted to Spreading Misinformation

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“The company’s AI algorithms gave it an insatiable habit for lies and hate speech. Now the man who built them can’t fix the problem.”

Author: Karen Hao
Published: Mar 11, 2021
Length: 26 minutes (6,600 words)

Facebook Is a Doomsday Machine

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Source: The Atlantic
Published: Dec 15, 2020
Length: 16 minutes (4,212 words)

I Watched My Friend Dying on Facebook. But It Was All a GoFundMe Scam.

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Source: OneZero
Published: Oct 21, 2020
Length: 23 minutes (5,758 words)

“I Have Blood on My Hands”: A Whistleblower Says Facebook Ignored Global Political Manipulation

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An internal memo from fired data scientist Sophie Zhang explains how Facebook knew that politicians around the world were engaged in “inauthentic activity” on the social network in order to manipulate voters.

Source: BuzzFeed News
Published: Sep 14, 2020
Length: 13 minutes (3,462 words)

Spies, Lies, and Stonewalling: What It’s Like to Report on Facebook

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“The company controls the communications and informational intake of more than two and a half billion people. It can feel impossible to comprehend its total influence—or to overstate its impact on journalism.” Jacob Silverman talks to over a dozen journalists in an attempt to understand what it’s like to cover Facebook.

Published: Jul 1, 2020
Length: 14 minutes (3,730 words)

The Man Behind Trump’s Facebook Juggernaut

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Source: The New Yorker
Published: Mar 2, 2020
Length: 37 minutes (9,300 words)

Why I Printed My Facebook

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“I needed to convert my Facebook into something like a physical book, flip through its pages, prop open a window with it, and feel its weight in my hands. All of this would prove difficult, I later learned, because my Facebook was more than 10,000 pages long.”

Source: Slate
Published: Aug 19, 2019
Length: 7 minutes (1,928 words)

There’s a global movement of Facebook vigilantes who hunt pedophiles

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“Pedophile hunting” or “creep catching” via Facebook is a contemporary version of a phenomenon as old as time: the humiliating act of public punishment. Criminologists even view it as a new expression of the town-square execution. But it’s also clearly a product of its era, a messy amalgam of influences such as reality TV and tabloid culture, all amplified by the internet.

Source: Quartz
Published: Jul 25, 2019
Length: 26 minutes (6,500 words)

We All Work for Facebook

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Livia Gershon | Longreads | April 2019 | 9 minutes (2,270 words)

When I was a kid, in the pre-internet days of the 1980s, my screen time was all about Nickelodeon. My favorite show was “You Can’t Do That on Television.” It was a kind of sketch show; the most common punchline was a bucket of green slime being dropped on characters’ heads. It was pretty dumb. It was also created by professional writers, actors, and crew, who were decently paid; many of them belonged to unions.

Today, my kids don’t have much interest in that sort of show. For them, TV mostly means YouTube. Their preferred channels collect memes and jokes from various corners of the internet. In a typical show, a host puts on goofy voices to read posts from r/ChoosingBeggars, a Reddit message board devoted to customers who make absurd demands of Etsy vendors. It’s significantly funnier than “You Can’t Do That on Television,” I admit. It also involves no unionized professionals.

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Facebook’s Crisis Management Algorithm Runs on Outrage

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The lucrative social media platform claims that it has improved the way it handles dangerous, harmful content, but its reliance on personal data harvesting has made it unwilling to effectively police its 2.7 billion users.

Published: Mar 14, 2019
Length: 11 minutes (2,992 words)