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The president of the United States and the spouse of one of America’s most powerful companies are caught up in the debate over dirty socks: they are avoiding the real issue.
Last week, President Biden and Facebook were at war over the misinformation of the vaccine. Each side took an extreme position that left them and us with a deeper problem: Americans are so divided that it is difficult to begin to confront our problems. We have seen it with epidemics, climate change, violent crime and much more.
My wish is that for all of us, our elected leaders and the technology companies that mediate our conversations, there should be a consensus on what they can do to find a common ground.
To recover from this illegitimate match: President Biden said last weekend that Internet networks such as Facebook were “killing people” because they believed they were spreading misleading information or viruses about Coyote 19. Survivors are not doing enough to stop the vaccine. In retaliation, Facebook said it was helping to save lives by spreading information about the authentic Corona virus and said the White House was trying to defame it by accusing it of undermining its immunization targets.
President Biden backed down on his provocative language, but the White House pressured Facebook to do more, including providing information on the spread of coronavirus misinformation on social networks. My colleague Shera Frankl reported that Facebook doesn’t actually have the data, in part because the company hasn’t done much to find out.
Tired yet? I am. My former colleague Charlie Warzell called it “a great example of a social media-inspired and flattering debate that’s poisoning us all.”
Both Facebook and the White House are a bit right and wrong, as my colleague Cecilia Kang said this week on the Daily.
On the White House side, officials began with balanced suggestions from the Surgeon General to improve health information, including recommendations for government officials and social media companies. The president and other officials have started making disproportionate allegations against Facebook.
Facebook is a bit right and wrong. Mark Zuckerberg said in an interview released Thursday that if the crime rate is more than zero, the police department does not consider the police department a failure, meaning that Facebook is not expected to incite any kind of bad information or violence. Can be done. That’s a reasonable point, and it raises questions about how Zuckerberg and the rest of us consider the acceptable level of misinformation and other miscellaneous behavior on the site, and how the company measures success.
But it will help if Facebook does more to acknowledge a painful fact: Facebook, YouTube and Twitter play a key role in informing the public. And In giving false information to the public. It would also help if the company said out loud about Sheera’s report – that it did not know how to spread misleading coronavirus information on its social network and could not answer questions from the White House. ۔
Doing this analysis will help us improve our collective understanding of how information is disseminated online, as well as Facebook (itself and hesitant) about Russian propaganda surrounding the 2016 US election. The assessment improved our collective knowledge of foreign influence campaigns.
But if Facebook told us yesterday how much misleading information was circulating about the Corona virus, Americans would still be debating the meaning of the data and what they would like to do about it.
And we will repeat the same arguments that are working too much or too little to overcome the misinformation, the limits of freedom of expression and how social platforms are called on their sites. Who is responsible for misinformation about
The main problem is that we have such a common ground. We all disagree on how to focus on the virus that has killed more than 600,000 Americans or how to balance rescue measures that are disrupting people’s lives and the economy. We cannot agree on how or how to slow down climate change, and we are not ready to deal with the consequences collectively. The only thing we can agree on is that it can’t be trusted by the other side.
Is it the fault of the business models and algorithms of social media companies, the people who are trying to drive fast, the irresponsible politicians who play on our emotions, or the fear of making us sick or helpless? Yes.
It should not let anyone or any company get off the hook to foster an atmosphere of mistrust. But there is no simple answer to this, as Renee Derista, a researcher of misinformation, has called it the whole problem of society.
That’s why we can’t find a day to sell between the White House and Facebook. We fix the missing data in arguments and details, like scoring points, and ignore the big picture. We can’t agree on anything important. We don’t trust each other. This is the real problem we need to solve.
Rich friends in space: At one time the Internet was the exclusive domain of the big government – until technology executives made it accessible to billions of people. No space created. Now technicians like Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk want to do the same, my colleagues David Streetfield and Erin Woo write.
Related: Jacob Bernstein says that this week, the founder of Amazon, Spacelight, made Bezos “Doreen Gray of Darkness.”
Get ready to fix your tractor! (If you like.) The Federal Trade Commission has voted in favor of upholding the “right to repair” principle that manufacturers of smartphones, household appliances and farm equipment should not be barred from purchasing parts and manuals to repair products. Big companies, including Apple and John Deere, have tightened their grip on the people and the planet, which can fix their products.
Just look at the bear: Insiders say we all deserve a live web feed of working bears.
This is a horse. Wear horse suspension. Made of human blue.
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