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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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