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It’ll take more than a rebrand to fix the company

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Didn’t you hear? Facebook is more than a social media company; it’s a Metaverse company. If you’re confused by the term, join the club.

The metaverse is best described as a virtual-reality space where users can interact with a computer-generated environment and other users, but how others will interpret this…

When AI manipulates free speech, censorship is not the solution. Better code is.

Every issue is easy — if you just ignore the facts. And Glenn Greenwald has now given us a beautiful example of this eternal, and increasingly vital, truth.

In his Substack, Glenn attacks the Facebook whistleblower (he doesn’t call her that; he calls her a quote-whistleblower-unquote), Frances Haugen, for being…

Instagram, Facebook, and WhatsApp went down — and we survived

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What a day it was. Starting around noon on Monday, Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp all went offline. These ultra-popular social networks and communication platforms didn't just sputter, they essentially disappeared.

It was a calamity for Facebook (which owns all three services) and its investors, but a rare opportunity for the…

They’d rather be evil than incompetent

The mainstream critique of Facebook is surprisingly compatible with Facebook’s own narrative about its products. FB critics say that the company’s machine learning and data-gathering slide disinformation past users’ critical faculties, poisoning their minds.

Meanwhile, Facebook itself tells advertisers that it can use data and machine learning to slide past…

Facebook is waking up to what some of us knew all along

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Facebook’s head-slapping, obvious decision to press pause on the development of Instagram for Kids is not just the right move, it’s an important seeming admission that social media isn’t for everyone.

The announcement comes months after Facebook announced it was working on experiences specifically designed for Tweens (11–13). That bit…

Orwell was an optimist.

Facebook is a rotten company, rotten from the top down, its founder, board and top execs are sociopaths and monsters, committers of non-hyperbolic, no-fooling crimes against humanity. They lie, they cheat, they steal. They are some of history’s greatest villains.

Because Facebook is a terrible company run by terrible people…

With its new Smart Glasses, the social media giant raises a whole new set of privacy concerns

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If you’re an avid user of Facebook, it likely knows you better than you know yourself. …

Facebook’s old whitelisting system created an unbalanced, tiered system of moderation

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Social media is where the world comes together, where everyone from the Pope to the grocery store clerk, and the megawatt pop-star to the Uber driver can share their thoughts equally.

Except nothing is equal. The status we have in real life (IRL) carries through to our digital ones. And…

It’s not just a virtual world that we can step into, but one we can embody ourselves

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While billionaires Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos took their space-crafts for a spin into outer space, another billionaire focused on the challenge of competing in an entirely different universe. The driving ambition to expand and explore is driven by a primal urge to escape our origins and reach for the…

An old idea is about to get a second life

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I’m hanging out in a virtual universe. Not a metaverse, per se, but it is relatively immersive environment, one that has digital friends, activities, its own internal commerce system, and that lets me teleport from one experience to another.

It’s also a relatively august virtual social network, one that existed…

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