‘Mark Zuckerberg is the biggest oligarch in the history of mankind’

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The outspoken NYU professor Scott Galloway doesn’t mince words about our favorite social network and the government’s failure to regulate it. As the proliferation of misinformation and hate on social networks has grown during the pandemic and in advance of the 2020 election, NYU professor Scott Galloway has emerged as one of the fiercest critics of Big Tech and large social networks. Galloway, who teaches brand strategy and digital marketing to second-year MBA students, is the author of “ The Four ,” which tells the unvarnished story of how Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google became four of the most influential companies on earth. Read Full Story

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What’s wrong with Facebook’s plan to sign up 4 million voters

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Facebook has launched the largest voter registration effort in history. But this isn’t just any election season—and Facebook isn’t just any get-out-the-vote campaigner. Starting Friday, everyone who’s voting age on Facebook in the U.S. will be part of one of the biggest-ever experiments in democracy: a reminder will appear at the top of their feed with more information about how to register to vote online or in person. Read Full Story

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Here’s how to turn off political ads on Facebook and Instagram

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Sadly, there is still no sign Facebook will attempt to improve the online political landscape by fact-checking misleading claims by politicians. The U.S. presidential election is less than five months away, which means political activity on Facebook is about to go into overdrive. Yes, much of that activity will be from people shouting their political opinions into the digital void, but another large chunk of that activity will come from an explosion of political ads on Facebook and its sister app, Instagram. Read Full Story

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Here’s the Plan B if the party conventions get cancelled. There is no Plan B.

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Amid the coronavirus crisis, both the GOP and the Democrats may turn to tech solutions to select delegates and even hold virtual conventions. It’s hard to remember amid the onslaught of terrifying coronavirus updates, but there’s a crucial national election going on. And w hile Joe Biden appears to have locked up the Democratic nomination for president, and Donald Trump will be the GOP’s nominee, the primaries are still ongoing and hurtling toward both parties’ conventions this summer. But how do you hold a convention with tens of thousands of your party’s most faithful supporters and delegates while maintaining social distance? Read Full Story

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Facebook had a design to flag Trump’s hate speech . . . in 2016

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So where the heck is it now? It seems like a lifetime ago. But after Donald Trump won the 2016 election, much of the social media industry seemed to be having an awakening about the role it played in misinformation. From its easy sharing buttons to its suggestive algorithms, Facebook, in particular, enabled the spread of Russian propaganda that helped get Trump elected . Read Full Story

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Study: Facebook’s fake news labels have a fatal flaw

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This isn’t good. In 2016, after coordinated propaganda on Facebook helped Trump win the election, the social media giant introduced a program for independent fact-checkers to flag fake news as “disputed.” In theory, this was a good thing. While Facebook still wasn’t running every story through a fact-check, deleting false information from its service, or banning unreliable blogs and media outlets from sharing stories on Facebook, it was using the flags to make people think twice before believing a headline or sharing false information. At least Facebook did something . Read Full Story

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