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“The Public Good” Isn’t Mark Zuckerberg’s — Or Congress’s — Priority

“The Public Good” Isn’t Mark Zuckerberg’s — Or Congress’s — Priority

by Thomas L. Knapp Facebook “whistleblower” Frances Haugen, the Washington Post reports, has “repeatedly accused [Facebook CEO Mark] Zuckerberg of choosing growth over the public good.” The Post’s headline puts it a slightly different way: “Growth over safety.” The meaning of “growth” in this context is pretty obvious: Zuckerberg’s company makes a lot of money, […]

Legacy Social Media: Free As In Beer, Not As In Speech

Legacy Social Media: Free As In Beer, Not As In Speech

by Thomas L. Knapp   On October 5, former Facebook product manager Frances Haugen testified before the US Senate, decrying her former employer’s “destructive impact” and warning that “without action, divisive and extremist behaviors we see today are only the beginning.” Per Haugen’s theory, lack of “action” by social media platforms is the cause of […]