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Zuckerberg Wants To “Make Facebook Better For Society” – Whose Society Is the Question #Facebook #news

Zuckerberg has promised to “reform” Facebook to be a “positive” in society. One has to wonder if that includes treating political conservatives the same as he does leftists. Currently there is a huge chasm between the two sides of the political spectrum in the treatment they receive on the social media giant.

While political leftists essentially have free reign to spread nudity, violence, hate speech, and outright fake news with impunity, political conservatives frequently find their accounts locked down for 30 days sentences in Facebook’s infamous “Gulag For Free Speechers”.

That is a term used when moderators remove content from a user’s account that they found “offensive”, but often do so without explanation, or even showing the conservative user what they did. Thrown in the gulag with nothing more than the click of a mouse, no reason given. No due process whatsoever.

So now Mark Zuckerberg claims he wants to make Facebook better for society. Critics expect that he’ll simply tighten the iron grip of censorship even further, allowing no free speech for conservatives, while giving leftists free run of the joint.

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In the face of pressure brought by a growing roster of Facebook Inc. investors and former executives, many of whom have publicly stated that Facebook is both psychologically addictive and harmful to democracy, the Facebook founder and chief executive has pledged to “fix” Facebook, by doing a number of things including “making sure that time spent on Facebook is time well spent.”

Mr. Zuckerberg has also recently told investors he wants his company “to encourage meaningful social interactions,” adding that “time spent is not a goal by itself.”

So here’s the multibillion-dollar question: Is Mr. Zuckerberg willing to sacrifice revenue for the well-being of Facebook’s two billion-plus users?

Mr. Zuckerberg has already said the company will hire so many content moderators to deal with fake news and Russian interference that it will hurt profits, but whether he will go further and change the basic fabric of Facebook’s algorithms in the name of users’ mental health, he has yet to say.

Clearly, Facebook, a company Mr. Zuckerberg started when he was in college, has changed so much that even its creator is playing catch-up to the reality of its globe-spanning power.

In June he changed the company’s mission from “connecting” the world to bringing the world closer together. He said he used to think giving people a voice would make the world better on its own, “but our society is still divided. Now I believe we have a responsibility to do even more.”

In December, Facebook researchers surveyed the scientific literature and their own work and publicly acknowledged that while direct communication and sharing between individuals and small groups on Facebook can have positive effects, merely lurking and scrolling through others’ broadcasted status updates makes people unhappy.

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Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
January 7th, 2017

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