The proof that Facebook is broken is obvious from its very modus operandi | John Naughton

Despite employing a small army of contractors to monitor posts, it’s clear the company is no longer fit for purposeWay back in the 1950s, a pioneering British cybernetician, W Ross Ashby, proposed a fundamental law of dynamic systems. In his book An Introduction to Cybernetics, he formulated his law of requisite variety, which defines “the minimum number of states necessary for a controller to control a system of a given number of states”. In plain English, it boils down to this: for a system to be viable, it has to be able to absorb or cope with the complexity of its environment. And there are basically only two ways of achieving viability in those terms: either the system manages to control (or reduce) the variety of its environment, or it has to increase its internal capacity (its “variety”) to match what is being thrown at it from the environment.Sounds abstruse, I know, but it has a contemporary resonance. Specifically, it provides a way of understanding some of the current internal turmoil in Facebook as it grapples with the problem of keeping unacceptable, hateful or psychotic content off its platform. Two weeks ago, the New York Times was leaked 1,400 pages from the rulebooks that the company’s moderators are trying to follow as they police the stuff that flows through its servers. According to the paper, the leak came from an employee who said he “feared that the company was exercising too much power, with too little oversight – and making too many mistakes”.... Continue reading at 'The Guardian'

[ The Guardian | 2019-01-06 00:00:00 UTC ]
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Why Facebook is in a hole over data mining | John Naughton

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America needed a space race hero. John Glenn was the obvious choice.

Jeff Shesol recounts the astronaut’s dazzling career and role in the Cold War-era faceoff. Continue reading at The Washington Post

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How Amazon puts misinformation on your reading list | John Naughton

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Instagram’s story: Fast growth, a $1 billion sale and Facebook’s broken pledge

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More choice on privacy just means more chances to do what’s best for big tech | John Naughton

A study of how Facebook, Google and Microsoft have applied the EU’s new GDPR rules shows users are being manipulatedOne of the most influential books published in the last decade was Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein. In it, the... Continue reading at The Guardian

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The tide is starting to turn against the world’s digital giants | John Naughton

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Sports publisher GiveMeSport built a tech platform to Facebook-proof its audience

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Mark Zuckerberg should try living in the real world | John Naughton

The Facebook founder puts all his faith in an empowering ‘global community’ to cure all our ills. Dream onOn Thursday 16 February, Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and supreme leader of Facebook, the world’s most populous virtual country (population 2bn) published an epistle to his 89m... Continue reading at The Guardian

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Facebook is making product endorsements more obvious

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How Bleacher Report is Facebook-proofing its traffic

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Life after Facebook: How Brit + Co became profitable after seeing Facebook traffic plummet

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Facebook’s Jennifer Howard reveals best practices for engaging an audience with Facebook Watch

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Facebook Is Testing Subscriptions on Its Facebook Watch Video Destination

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ProPublica’s Facebook-Monitoring Political Ad Tool (Which Facebook Fought) is Alive Again with a New Home at the Globe and Mail

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Facebook in 2015: Pivot to video! Facebook today: Local news is dead!

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Publishers are wrestling with Facebook’s desire to own Facebook-funded Watch shows

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John Blake and Rosie Virgo leave John Blake Publishing

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