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Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Saturday, October 23, 2021

Facebook on Friday was hit with multiple reports stemming from documents provided to news outlets by Frances Haugen, a former employee turned whistleblower. The reports cite internal company research and documents that show the company is aware of many of the harms its apps and services cause but either doesn't rectify the issues or struggles to address them.

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The cited CNBC article cites a NBC News article...

Carol's Journey': What Facebook knew about how it radicalized users
www.nbcnews.com

...Internal documents suggest Facebook has long known its algorithms and recommendation systems push some users to extremes.

In summer 2019, a new Facebook user named Carol Smith signed up for the platform, describing herself as a politically conservative mother from Wilmington, North Carolina. Smith's account indicated an interest in politics, parenting and Christianity and followed a few of her favorite brands, including Fox News and then-President Donald Trump.

Though Smith had never expressed interest in conspiracy theories, in just two days Facebook was recommending she join groups dedicated to QAnon, a sprawling and baseless conspiracy theory and movement that claimed Trump was secretly saving the world from a cabal of pedophiles and Satanists....


Multiply the above by the roughly 2.89 billion monthly active users as of the second quarter of 2021[1] and you have to wonder th extent of the damage done by Facebook.


1- Facebook: number of monthly active users worldwide 2008-2021 ( www.statista.com )


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-10-23 11:21 AM | Reply

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