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Link: “How Facebook will benefit from its massive breach” by Cory Doctorow

Original post found at: https://pluralistic.net/2021/04/05/zucks-oily-rags/#into-the-breach

Facebook has such a sweet racket. First, they used the Roach Motel model – data checks in, but it doesn’t check out – to trap you and all your friends in a mutual hostage-taking situation, where you can’t leave because they’re there, and they can’t leave because you’re there.

All those address books they imported, the data they gathered from publishers' websites through the Like buttons (which gather data whether or not you click them), the data they bought or snaffled up through free mobile SDKs is now permanently siloed inside of FB.

Link: “How Facebook got addicted to spreading misinformation”

Original post found at: https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/03/11/1020600/facebook-responsible-ai-misinformation/

An interesting piece on how Facebook has always prioritised engagement over taking on misinformation. Also noticeable is how they nobbled one anti-misinformation project they did have, because it affected conservatives more than anyone else, and punishing conservatives for being much greater liars than anyone else would be “unfair” 🙄

On the AusGov vs Google/FB Stoush

So, the House of Representatives has passed a bill(external link) requiring Google and Facebook to pay money to certain media outlets for content they link to within Australia. Initially Google threatened to block Australians from using their search engine if the legislation passed, but they came around and started negotiating compromise deals with commercial media outlets instead. …

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