|Facebook & Congress -|
|Facebook Backlash - MeWe or Gab are trying to encroach on Facebook turf. |
I don't think any of the competitors have a viable platform yet, and one of the problem of these alternatives is that they're only going to filter for edge cases at first -- and that means the ratio of extremists/activists will be higher than in FB itself. So combatting partisan echo-chambers, with a new echo-chamber, is a big millstone around their neck. And the other platforms can be anti-competitive under the excuse of protecting us from the racist/bigots on those other platforms (while ignoring the ones on their own).
Either way, the point is that many customers aren't thrilled and they're starting to look for alternatives or quit. Whether that's enough to ruin Facebook today, is irrelevant to me. It shows that Facebook is like Quark: a tech company that made a hugely successful desktop publishing / Page Layout application, that was the dominant player for 10+ years -- but were such jerks to their customers that when Adobe finally made InDesign to compete with it, Quark's entire market moved over in a few years because they were so tired of dealing with Quark. Facebook is desperately trying to re-live the Quark-Effect.
|Facebook Bias - SPLC, their political donations, bans for ads against conservative groups or movies, Jesus on the cross is considered too violent while Jews being strung up from nooses as part of the BDS or Palestine is fine, dozens of conservative folks getting banned while far more offensive/abusive lefties do not, Chick-Fil-A appreciation day is blocked but Antifa or BLM calls for violent protests are fine. And dozens of others. A few is a mistake, a few dozen is a pattern. Zuckerberg claims he's about diversity, just not diversity of thought.|
|Facebook Goodness - |
|Facebook Obstructs Justice -|
|Facebook data scandal -|
|Facebook's Bad User Interface - |
Facebook fails at all that that. It doesn't give me control of the layout, nor easy management of people and what they see, nor what and who I get to see. Searching is crap, there's no grouping or reference for what I make available or see from individuals (being able to show some people some categories of posts, or block them from some people), and if I don't like something, I can't even put a thumbs down. Then there's the lack of privacy controls, them force-feeding me (or censoring) stories I don't like, or things that just don't work. One friend is a font of information but will load 30 art posts, another gets drunk and plays music with some service that tells me every song he's listened to, and a third spews dimwitted politics from places like ThinkProgress. I like all off them, but want to block that one sector (or at least group them up into single updates, for when I'm in the mood). This is basic stuff that Facebook can't figure out. Incompetently bad User Interface.
|Facebook: Hate speech - |
It turns out a little douche-nozzle-troll that didn't like something I said in a group, had scanned my page, called me a racist Trump-loving Fox-News watcher, and reported something as "hate speech" because it had a few trigger words, and logic that went beyond his pea-brains ability to comprehend. And FB's automatic theology checkers probably saw a few keywords, and punished me by blocking my post, and a somewhat condescending note about reading their guidelines. But it had an appeal option. I appealed, and the human checker was much more able to get the nuance, and my post was restored. So it wasn't the worst experience possible. However, a much better one would have been to have a human checker validate BEFORE calling me a hater.
|Facebook: Reported - 
Hey, rules are rules. However, since Facebook doesn't follow their own rules, so it didn't matter. They allow buying/selling of guns, as long as it is economic stupidity. The rules only apply to conservatives or individuals: proving the corruption of Facebook. And at least a few people that are pro-Gun decided to leave the platform over the bigoted asshattery of Facebook.
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|Mark Zuckerberg -|
|Russians ads swung the 2016 election - |
So when someone claims the Russians swung the election because of their Facebook ad spending, they are claiming that a few Russian trolls throwing random shit-memes are 68,000 times more effective in their ad spends than the entire American political system at swaying voters? If so, then they deserve to win.
So I don't mind Facebook as a company. I think they probably have done more good than harm. Maybe. But they're an embarrassment to what they claim to be about -- and I hate hypocrisy/dishonesty. They're a lousy social network (from a UI and policy PoV), you couldn't pick a worse person than Mark Zuckerberg to be a steward of free speech or the Internet, they have lousy policies and hypocritical and inconsistent implementation of their "rules", and they'll lie for their agenda, poorly, and get caught -- ultimately doing more harm than good for the very causes they care about. They're the epitome of modern fake-liberalism. They were smart enough to beat the competition in the short term, and dumb enough to not beat their own egos or get how their actions would come back to bite them in the future (an echo chamber with zero introspection, and less diversity).
- Fighting Fascism: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/facebook-germany-fake-news-law-tech-companies-delete-legal-content-social-media-hate-speech-fine-a7763081.html
- Taxes: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2012-05-11/facebook-co-founder-saverin-gives-up-u-s-citizenship-before-ipo
- Buyback: https://www.facebook.com/312118552499689/posts/671372736574267/
- Instagram: https://twitter.com/AndreaCoravos/status/951894779570376704/photo/1