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    1. We believe that Facebook is also actively encouraging people to use tools like Buffer Publish for their business or organization, rather than personal use. They are continuing to support the use of Facebook Pages, rather than personal Profiles, for things like scheduling and analytics.

      Of course they're encouraging people to do this. Pushing them to the business side is where they're making all the money.

    1. Facebook provides some data portability, but makes an odd plea for regulation to make more functionality possible.

      Why do this when they could choose to do the right thing? They don't need to be forced and could certainly try to enforce security. It wouldn't be any worse than unveiling the tons of personal data they've managed not to protect in the past.

  2. May 2022
    1. Zugsystem ausklügelt, das dieOpfer möglichst schnell und reibungslos nach Auschwitz bringt, darübervergißt, was in Auschwitz mit ihnen geschieht.

      nicht vergleichbar, aber auch ein Bsp für Technik, die dadurch, dass sie als Selbstzweck missverstanden wird, missbraucht wird - Facebook und der Menschenhandel -- siehe Jan Böhmermann Folge zu Facebookleaks

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    1. Content moderation takes place within this ecosystem.

      The essay makes the point that "Facebook has many faces - it is not a monolith". But algorithmic content moderation is monolithic. Let's see whether this tension is investigated.

  3. Apr 2022
    1. dentical to the content of information which was previously declared to be unlawful, or to block access to that information, irrespective of who requested the storage of that information;

      This establishes that identical or equivalent content once struck down can be made stayed down by automatic tools.

    1. Directive 2000/31/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2000 on certain legal aspects of information society services, in particular electronic commerce, in the Internal Market (‘Directive on electronic commerce’), in particular Article 15(1), must be interpreted as meaning that it does not preclude a court of a Member State from:–        ordering a host provider to remove information which it stores, the content of which is identical to the content of information which was previously declared to be unlawful, or to block access to that information, irrespective of who requested the storage of that information;–        ordering a host provider to remove information which it stores, the content of which is equivalent to the content of information which was previously declared to be unlawful, or to block access to that information, provided that the monitoring of and search for the information concerned by such an injunction are limited to information conveying a message the content of which remains essentially unchanged compared with the content which gave rise to the finding of illegality and containing the elements specified in the injunction, and provided that the differences in the wording of that equivalent content, compared with the wording characterising the information which was previously declared to be illegal, are not such as to require the host provider to carry out an independent assessment of that content, and–        ordering a host provider to remove information covered by the injunction or to block access to that information worldwide within the framework of the relevant international law.

      C‑18/18 Eva Glawischnig-Piesczek v Facebook

      Key for Art 17 AG opinion: this line of arguments justifies the ex ante blocking of manifestly infringing content.

  4. Mar 2022
    1. Ben Collins. (2022, February 28). Quick thread: I want you all to meet Vladimir Bondarenko. He’s a blogger from Kiev who really hates the Ukrainian government. He also doesn’t exist, according to Facebook. He’s an invention of a Russian troll farm targeting Ukraine. His face was made by AI. https://t.co/uWslj1Xnx3 [Tweet]. @oneunderscore__. https://twitter.com/oneunderscore__/status/1498349668522201099

    1. First is that it actually lowers paid acquisition costs. It lowers them because the Facebook Ads algorithm rewards engaging advertisements with lower CPMs and lots of distribution. Facebook does this because engaging advertisements are just like engaging posts: they keep people on Facebook. 

      Engaging advertisements on Facebook benefit from lower acquisition costs because the Facebook algorithm rewards more interesting advertisements with lower CPMs and wider distribution. This is done, as all things surveillance capitalism driven, to keep eyeballs on Facebook.

      This isn't too dissimilar to large cable networks that provide free high quality advertising to mass manufacturers in late night slots. The network generally can't sell all of their advertising inventory, particularly in low viewing hours, so they'll offer free or incredibly cheap commercial rates to their bigger buyers (like Coca-Cola or McDonalds, for example) to fill space and have more professional looking advertisements between the low quality advertisements from local mom and pop stores and the "as seen on TV" spots. These higher quality commercials help keep the audience engaged and prevents viewers from changing the channel.

  5. Jan 2022
  6. Dec 2021
    1. She thinks the companies themselves are behind this, trying to manipulate their users into having certain opinions and points of view.

      The irony is that this is, itself, somewhat a conspiracy theory.

      Though, I think a nuanced understanding may be closer:

      • The real purpose is not to influence people to believe anything. It's money. It's ad spend and data collection to sell. We need to demonstrate to advertisers that their ads are actually getting seen. The more they get seen, the more money we make. And, the more time is spent on the service, the more data we have to sell... which is as valuable as the add spend.
      • Companies jigger algorithms to maximize time spent on the service.
      • As the Bible is clear, the heart of man is wicked, and the kinds of things that maximize time spent are themselves attitudes of evil, malice, wickedness, and hatred, and the list of things Paul repeatedly tells us to avoid. Go figure.
      • So, people feel the platforms are basically like smoking, and yet, they can't stop.
    2. Only 10 percent say Facebook has a positive impact on society, while 56 percent say it has a negative impact and 33 percent say its impact is neither positive nor negative. Even among those who use Facebook daily, more than three times as many say the social network has a negative rather than a positive impact.

      Here's the rub. Only 1 out of 10 Americans surveyed think Facebook is a good idea.

      Over half of Americans surveyed actually think Facebook is bad for them and society as a whole. And yet, the general sense is now that life is impossible without it.

      How does the church respond to this? Do we tell people to get off or "use in moderation?"

  7. Nov 2021
    1. Source: De Agostini Picture Library / Getty

      This is a searing image for what this article is about:

      Muted dull painting of what appears to be a 17th century gallows being erected in front of a line of soldiers with guns and bayonets and a  crowd with shovels. Instead of a gallows, the structure being erected is a large Facebook thumbs up image on a pole. Various flags with the Facebook logo fly around the scene.

      Could be entitled "A different kind of social justice."

    1. 《TIME》杂志的 10 月份封面是扎克伯格的照片上面写着「Delete "Facebook"?」,这个 Alert 使用的是 iOS 样式的弹框,但搭配了一个鼠标的选择方式,其实完全可以理解为什么这么做,但还是引起了一些讨论,其中最有趣的是一群苹果前员工出来讲自己过去在苹果的设计流程:之前负责重设计 me.com 的设计师 Majd Taby 说,他当时的工作就是把 iPad 的样式完全移植到 me.com 的 web 中,最终的表现就是用鼠标选择 iPad 样式的 Alert,和这个封面展示的效果一模一样。之前负责 iCloud web apps 的 Sebastiaan de With 说,苹果团队内部完全没有 UIKit 或设计源文件的共享,每一个团队要做类似的事情时只能从头开始,要知道那时可是拟物化设计的时代,绘制一套 UI 需要耗费非常多的时间,这一切的原因都是要「保密」。Martin Pedrick 在加入用户界面组被告知的第一件事就是不要用任何资源共享工具来分享设计源文件。

    1. <small><cite class='h-cite via'> <span class='p-author h-card'>David Dylan Thomas</span> in Come and get yer social justice metaphors! (<time class='dt-published'>11/05/2021 11:26:10</time>)</cite></small>

  8. Oct 2021
    1. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/10/facebook-papers-democracy-election-zuckerberg/620478/

      Adrienne LaFrance outlines the reasons we need to either abandon Facebook or cause some more extreme regulation of it and how it operates.

      While she outlines the ills, she doesn't make a specific plea about the solution of the problem. There's definitely a raging fire in the theater, but no one seems to know what to do about it. We're just sitting here watching the structure burn down around us. We need clearer plans for what must be done to solve this problem.

    2. When the most powerful company in the world possesses an instrument for manipulating billions of people—an instrument that only it can control, and that its own employees say is badly broken and dangerous—we should take notice.
    3. Facebook could say that its platform is not for everyone. It could sound an alarm for those who wander into the most dangerous corners of Facebook, and those who encounter disproportionately high levels of harmful content. It could hold its employees accountable for preventing users from finding these too-harmful versions of the platform, thereby preventing those versions from existing.

      The "moral majority" has screamed for years about the dark corners of the internet, and now they seem to be actively supporting a company that actively pushes people to those very extremes.

    4. Facebook could shift the burden of proof toward people and communities to demonstrate that they’re good actors—and treat reach as a privilege, not a right.

      Nice to see someone else essentially saying something along the lines that "free speech" is not the same as "free reach".

      Traditional journalism has always had thousands of gatekeepers who filtered and weighed who got the privilege of reach. Now anyone with an angry, vile, or upsetting message can get it for free. This is one of the worst parts of what Facebook allows.

    5. “While we have other systems that demote content that might violate our specific policies, like hate speech or nudity, this intervention reduces all content with equal strength. Because it is so blunt, and reduces positive and completely benign speech alongside potentially inflammatory or violent rhetoric, we use it sparingly.”)

      If it's neither moral nor legal for one to shout "fire" in a crowded theater, why is it somehow both legal and moral for a service like Facebook to allow their service to scream "fire, fire, fire" within a crowded society?

    6. Facebook wants people to believe that the public must choose between Facebook as it is, on the one hand, and free speech, on the other. This is a false choice.
    7. One example is a program that amounts to a whitelist for VIPs on Facebook, allowing some of the users most likely to spread misinformation to break Facebook’s rules without facing consequences.
    8. “I am worried that Mark’s continuing pattern of answering a different question than the question that was asked is a symptom of some larger problem,” wrote one Facebook employee in an internal post in June 2020, referring to Zuckerberg. “I sincerely hope that I am wrong, and I’m still hopeful for progress. But I also fully understand my colleagues who have given up on this company, and I can’t blame them for leaving. Facebook is not neutral, and working here isn’t either.”

      Glad to see that others are seeing Mark Zuckerberg seems to be the one with the flaws that are killing Facebook.

    9. An internal message characterizing Zuckerberg’s reasoning says he wanted to avoid new features that would get in the way of “meaningful social interactions.” But according to Facebook’s definition, its employees say, engagement is considered “meaningful” even when it entails bullying, hate speech, and reshares of harmful content.

      Meaningful social interactions don't need algorithmic help.

    10. At the time, Facebook was already weighting the reactions other than “like” more heavily in its algorithm—meaning posts that got an “angry” reaction were more likely to show up in users’ News Feeds than posts that simply got a “like.” Anger-inducing content didn’t spread just because people were more likely to share things that made them angry; the algorithm gave anger-inducing content an edge. Facebook’s Integrity workers—employees tasked with tackling problems such as misinformation and espionage on the platform—concluded that they had good reason to believe targeting posts that induced anger would help stop the spread of harmful content.
    11. Facebook offers a collection of one-tap emoji reactions. Today, they include “like,” “love,” “care,” “haha,” “wow,” “sad,” and “angry.” Company researchers had found that the posts dominated by “angry” reactions were substantially more likely to go against community standards, including prohibitions on various types of misinformation, according to internal documents.

      "Angry" reactions can be a measure of posts being against community standards and providing misinformation.

      What other signals might misinformation carry that could be used to guard against them at a corporate level?

    12. that many of Facebook’s employees believe their company operates without a moral compass.

      Not just Facebook, but specifically Mark Zuckerberg who appears to be on the spectrum and isn't capable of being moral in a traditional sense.

    13. Facebook has dismissed the concerns of its employees in manifold ways. One of its cleverer tactics is to argue that staffers who have raised the alarm about the damage done by their employer are simply enjoying Facebook’s “very open culture,” in which people are encouraged to share their opinions, a spokesperson told me.
      1. Share opinions
      2. Opinions viewed as "fact"
      3. "Facts" spread as news.
      4. Platform accelerates "news".
      5. Bad things happen
      6. Profit
    1. Not only is Zuckerberg being called out for negligence, but it’s obvious that his ridiculously proposed idea “Instagram for Kids”, a social platform targeting children under the age of 13, is projected to only exacerbate the problem.
    1. FaceBook对未来的设想构建在AR(增强现实)上,而显然现有的AR设备的交互方式还不足以支持平时生活中的使用。他们团队为了实现愿景对全新的交互方式有下面这些设想:

      • 超低摩擦的输入模式:从想法到行动之间没有阻力,比如利用手腕的电信号
      • 可以理解上下文的个性化AI
      • 可以全天候穿戴的设备
  9. Sep 2021
    1. Ben Collins on Twitter: “A quick thread: It’s hard to explain just how radicalized ivermectin and antivax Facebook groups have become in the last few weeks. They’re now telling people who get COVID to avoid the ICU and treat themselves, often by nebulizing hydrogen peroxide. So, how did we get here?” / Twitter. (n.d.). Retrieved September 26, 2021, from https://twitter.com/oneunderscore__/status/1441395300002848769?s=20

    1. We may think of Pinterest as a visual form of commonplacing, as people choose and curate images (and very often inspirational quotations) that they find motivating, educational, or idealistic(Figure 6). Whenever we choose a passage to cite while sharing an article on Facebook or Twitter, we are creating a very public commonplace book on social media. Every time wepost favorite lyrics from a song or movie to social media or ablog, weare nearing the concept of Renaissance commonplace book culture.

      I'm not the only one who's thought this. Pinterest, Facebook, twitter, (and other social media and bookmarking software) can be considered a form of commonplace.

  10. Aug 2021
  11. Jul 2021
    1. 过去 Facebook 是一家由 Mark Zuckerberg 和 Sheryl Sandberg 双核心领导的公司,但自从特朗普上任后,这个双核心发生了很多变化,公司员工普遍认为 Facebook 的权利结构已经由过去的双核心变成了单核外加其他人构成。至于原因,则是因为 Sheryl Sandberg 没有在特朗普的任期内处理好 Facebook 与华盛顿的关系。

      这篇内容节选自还未上市的新书《An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook's Battle for Domination》。

    1. Facebook AI. (2021, July 16). We’ve built and open-sourced BlenderBot 2.0, the first #chatbot that can store and access long-term memory, search the internet for timely information, and converse intelligently on nearly any topic. It’s a significant advancement in conversational AI. https://t.co/H17Dk6m1Vx https://t.co/0BC5oQMEck [Tweet]. @facebookai. https://twitter.com/facebookai/status/1416029884179271684

  12. Jun 2021
  13. May 2021
    1. When looking for a Facebook screenshot, it's important to consider the purpose of the post. Are you trying to show off how awesome you are? Showing off a product? Or maybe it's to solicit feedback or ask for support? What exactly are you trying to accomplish with this image? If the only thing you're trying to do is get people to Like your page, then it's not very impressive. On the other hand, if you're trying to get People to comment on an article or share a link with their Friends, then images like these are powerful tools for increasing website traffic and social media presence. You can also get info for: iOS Emulators for Android.

    1. “Over the next five to ten years people will start to learn the importance of privacy and keeping their data,” says Moore. “Facebook’s business model is all about tracking – they are not a social media company, they are an advertising company and if they can track you they can make more money. Apple has got nothing to worry about, but Facebook could be gone in ten years.”
    1. A former FB executive and long-standing friend of Zuckerberg emailed him in 2012 (page 31) to say “The number one threat to Facebook is not another scaled social network, it is the fracturing of information / death by a thousand small vertical apps which are loosely integrated together.”

      And this is almost exactly what the IndieWeb is.

    2. The single alternative platform is absolutely not the Facebook-killer.

      This is the truth. One only need to look at cable television providers or telephone service providers to see problems here.

    3. To change incentives so that personal data is treated with appropriate care, we need criminal penalties for the Facebook executives who left vulnerable half a billion people’s personal data, unleashing a lifetime of phishing attacks, and who now point to an FTC deal indemnifying them from liability because our phone numbers and unchangeable dates of birth are “old” data.

      We definitely need penalties and regulation to fix our problems.

    1. A strong and cogent argument for why we should not be listening to the overly loud cries from Tristan Harris and the Center for Human Technology. The boundary of criticism they're setting is not extreme enough to make the situation significantly better.

      It's also a strong argument for who to allow at the table or not when making decisions and evaluating criticism.

    2. it makes a difference whether the argument made before Congress is “Facebook is bad, cannot reform itself, and is guided by people who know what they’re doing but are doing int anyway—and the company needs to be broken up immediately” or if the argument is “Facebook means well, but it sure would be nice if they could send out fewer notifications and maybe stop recommending so much conspiratorial content.”

      Note the dramatic difference between these spaces and the potential ability for things to get better.

    1. Whether Trump can return to Facebook (and Instagram) will be determined on Wednesday morning, when Facebook’s Oversight Board offers its ruling on the company’s indefinite ban. Check TheWrap.com around 6:15 a.m. PT on Wednesday for an update.

      Let's hope that the answer is a resounding "NO!"

  14. Apr 2021
    1. Why the wrist

      为什么要选手环这样一个交互设备,Facebook 是这样解释的:

      • 首先手是我们与外界交互的主要「工具」,手环可以利用手部丰富的控制能力,就跟手表一样,佩戴者不会因此感到不适应;
      • 手环这种可穿戴设备可以作为计算平台,同时支持一大堆传感器;
      • 虽然声音也可以用来输入信号,但是会被背景噪音干扰,在公共场合不够私密;一个独立的设备,比如手机,会让我们和增强现实环境之间多了一层摩擦。不像利用肌电图技术,动动手指,就真的抓取了一个虚拟物体一样;
      • 况且扎克伯格说,就像埃隆·马斯克那种侵入式脑机接口方法用在医学治疗上就可以了,短期内很难用在消费级产品上。
    1. Login to your Gmail account and click on the circle with your initial on it placed at the top-right corner. Click on My Account next to open your account’s settings. Click on Sign-in & Security to open those settings. To fix Gmail authentication failed, you must determine the level of security you need. Click on 2-factor authentication to setup the two-factor authentication on your account. The major reason for when this security measure fails is wrong username or password that the user is inserting. So, it would be best to recheck and insert the correct credentials. You can also get solution for: Facebook Screenshot