Facebook Escapes Hanging

June 30, 2021

The world has changed radically over the past 200 years. At the same time, some of the most critical institutions in the most powerful nations either haven’t noticed the change or are so committed to an archaic worldview that they can no longer adapt to conditions they refuse to understand. They...

Facebook Throws a Fit, a Culture Fit

March 15, 2021

Sam Biddle of The Intercept recounts the story of a black woman who applied for a job at Facebook only to discover the nature of the cult-like empire Mark Zuckerberg has created. Her candidacy was rejected. Some surmise from this that Facebook’s policies are racist. That is certainly true, but...

Making Journalism Dependent on Facebook Is Not the Answer

February 22, 2021

The battle of media titans over their profits — and our data — triggered by Australia’s attempt to make Google and Facebook pay for the news they use has little to do with the public interest. If we are worried about the quality of news and information, there’s not much to choose between...

Facebook Wants to Read Your Brain

February 05, 2021

As Shoshana Zuboff has warned in her book “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power,” the great tech giants have built a system people have become dependent on for their social relationships. But this “social” system has been built to...

Facebook Sees WhatsApp as a Weapon of Conquest

December 03, 2020

New York Times tech journalist Shira Ovide offers a fascinating glimpse of what’s going on in the back offices of Facebook concerning the future of the popular messaging app, WhatsApp. Changes are afoot, she tells us. Ovide whets the reader’s appetite with this intriguing teaser: “the...

Facebook’s Flawed Business Model for Free Expression

October 23, 2019

Though under increasing pressure from critics in Washington and direct threats from some presidential candidates intent on breaking up his monopoly, Mark Zuckerberg has the support of at least two prominent politicians. According to Bloomberg, the CEO and chairman of Facebook is “quietly”...

A Whistleblower Decries Facebook’s Assault on Democracy

October 16, 2019

Christopher Wylie rose to fame when he blew the whistle on Facebook’s involvement in the Cambridge Analytica affair, which ended up costing Facebook $5 billion in fines. He has just published a book called, “Mindf*ck: Cambridge Analytica and the Plot to Break America” in which he denounces...

In Defense of Facebook’s “Ban” of the Far Right’s Dirty Dozen

May 23, 2019

In banning the far right from its platform, Facebook acted like a responsible media provider. In April, Facebook announced its decision to “ban” 12 UK-based individuals and organizations linked to the radical right. Arguing that each sought to "spread hate," Facebook explained that the...

Is It Time to Break Up Facebook?

May 16, 2019

When a co-founder of Facebook signals abusive overreach by CEO Mark Zuckerberg, it’s time to recognize that the problem isn’t just a person, but a system and a culture.  Former Facebook employee and best-selling author Antonio García Martínez has penned an article for Wired to second the...

Asymmetry: Google and Facebook’s Key to Weaponizing Knowledge

March 06, 2019

Have Google and Facebook literally turned us into a tribe of “know nothings”? The Daily Devil's Dictionary explains. If nothing else, Shoshana Zuboff, author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, is expanding our socioeconomic lexicon in essential ways. The epithet of the title —...

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