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In 2018 the most concerning to me was the realisation of how easy it has become for a private coorporation to steer the democratic process. There was the Cambrdige Analytica scandal and the election of Jair Bolsonaro in Brasil. There is also undeniable influence of Facebook on Trumpism and the Gillets Jaunes.

Another worrying aspect is how soon it became impossible to know what exactly happened in the Skripal case. The media was flooded with information and counter-information and I can not possibly know whom to believe.

Policies do not worry me the most anymore, instead I worry on who and how power and information are controlled. The world is becoming ever more similar to 1984.

I almost stopped using Facebook, and considerably reduced my reliance on the Google's services: search engine, e-mail, social networking, all overboard by now. This is the great struggle of the current generation.

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by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Thu Dec 27th, 2018 at 10:07:37 AM EST
Is the problem with Facebook itself, or with dark entities which have learned to weaponize its functionality and reach?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Dec 27th, 2018 at 10:28:54 AM EST
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by Oui on Thu Dec 27th, 2018 at 02:25:32 PM EST
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In the particular case of Facebook it is very patently an issue with the corporation itself. So called dark forces make use of whichever tools are available to them.

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by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Thu Dec 27th, 2018 at 04:00:46 PM EST
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The actions that the Internet Research Agency has been accused of doing on are not distinguishable from maximizing traffic and thus revenue from Facebook. Which I note not to argue that that was what they did (though I think so), but to point out that if creating division is indistinguishable from maximizing profit, then it's a platform that promotes creating division. Which is a problem it seems with not just Facebook, but any profit maximizing social media company (or at least one not regulated to avoid all the pitfalls of Facebook).

I still use Facebook though. When it comes to organising patient groups (which more and more seems to be what I am doing these days), it has been revolutionary and I don't know of any platform that could replace it today.

by fjallstrom on Thu Dec 27th, 2018 at 04:52:26 PM EST
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