Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Gilad Edelman

How to Fix Facebook, According to Its Own Employees

Internal research documents provide a blueprint for solving the company’s biggest problems.In December 2019, as Facebook was bracing for the looming chaos of the 2020 election, a post appeared on its internal discussion site. “We are responsible for viral...

This Facebook Whistleblower Hearing Will Be Different

Congress has been grilling the company’s executives for years. This time, the whistleblower behind an unprecedented leak of documents will take the floor.The only safe prediction to make about the Senate’s Facebook hearing today is that, for the first...

The Senate Is Mad as Hell at Facebook—Again

The latest hearing on Instagram and teen mental health was the depressing work of a legislature that can’t legislate.Toward the end of Thursday’s hearing on Facebook and teen mental health, Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) alluded to the Chinese government’s...

What Social Media Needs to Learn From Traditional Media

Government regulation will never fix everything wrong with online discourse. The industry needs to develop professional norms—just as journalism once did. On October 10, 1999, The Los Angeles Times published a special issue of its Sunday magazine devoted entirely to...

Google Is Getting Caught in the Global Antitrust Net

As more governments force US tech companies to change how they do business, one case in Turkey cuts to the heart of the search giant’s power.Being a global company has its perks. There’s a lot of money to be...

Can the Wisdom of Crowds Help Fix Social Media’s Trust Issue?

A new study finds that small groups of laypeople can match or surpass the work of professional fact checkers—and they can do it at scale.Social media misinformation outrage cycles tend to go through familiar phases. There’s the initial controversy...

Facebook Quietly Makes a Big Admission

The company’s new approach to political content acknowledges that engagement isn’t always the best way to measure what users value.Back in February, Facebook announced a little experiment. It would reduce the amount of political content shown to a subset...

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