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Picking on Facebook

by Greg Krehbiel on 3 October 2017

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2017-10-03  »  Greg Krehbiel

Talkback x 6

  1. Scott Wicker
    3 October 2017 @ 8:23 pm

    It seems then that Facebook is part ‘media company’ and part ‘tech platform’. I don’t see that they have any kind of coherent business model driving what they are trying to be. Besides a reckless, speculative, shortsighted pursuit of profit, their focus seems to involve pushing a politically correct social justice agenda and world view.

    Of course, I don’t use Facebook, but that is my impression.

  2. smitemouth
    3 October 2017 @ 9:07 pm

    I don’t think they push anything besides web hits and marketing and monetizing their users. Right wing nuts get links in their feed by Alex Jones and the like (and the Russians). Left wing nuts get links in their feed by Daily Kos. They seem to be equal in their promoting of fake news except for the ads bought by Russians.

  3. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    4 October 2017 @ 8:49 am

    I think you are both right. SM is right that their true goal is making money, which they are very good at, and that is more important than anything else. But Scott is right that they have to push a left-wing, SJW position on the world to some extent — or at least they have to appear to. They have to do this for the sake of recruitment, and to stay on the good side of the cultural elite.

    But their main goal is money.

  4. pentamom
    6 October 2017 @ 4:56 pm

    I think they are just a typical 21st century-birthed corporation based on the unconstrained vision. They think that because something is good to do, it can be done, regardless of whether multiple aims conflict or are impractical for other reasons.

    It is good to create a neutral platform where people can express themselves freely. It is also good to ensure that the world remains a clean, tidy place by our standards, by suppressing certain kinds of content. Therefore, we will do both!

  5. William
    6 October 2017 @ 10:39 pm

    I find it fascinating that those typically complaining about Facebook’s practices are frequent patrons. Given their misgivings, it would seem they would gravitate to something more to their liking. Yet, they tend to assertively voice disapproval, vow to quit, temporary leave and eventually find themselves right back at it again.

    Another interesting observation is some actually look to Facebook as a lifeline and a reliable source of news. I’ve been surprised that these individuals don’t verify this information (even when the story sounds crazy) and pass it on as fact. I suppose these are the individuals that abide the philosophy that if it’s on the Internet it “must” be true.

    Since I’m not a frequent Facebook user, I’m obviously missing something. For me, it’s simply a utility…a way to share information and occasionally contact others. Most times, it serves those purposes quite well. Yet, some view it as great threat and social evil and others see it as the best thing since sliced bread. Frankly, I don’t get what all the fuss is about on either side.

  6. Scott Wicker
    7 October 2017 @ 1:07 pm

    Yes, and I won’t be surprised if 10 years from now Facebook no longer exists, having been replaced by the next social media fad or innovative tech competitor.

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