“Mark Zuckerberg's manifesto [...] is a scary, dystopian document.”

Facebook wants to run like a country, except you have no idea how it works

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Mon, Feb 20th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

On Bloomberg, Leonid Bershidsky calls Mark Zuckerberg's manifesto a "scary, dystopian document" designed for a place that causes anxiety, addiction, stress, and the need to feel validated.

Where is your line on nudity? On violence? On graphic content? On profanity? What you decide will be your personal settings. We will periodically ask you these questions to increase participation and so you don't need to dig around to find them. For those who don't make a decision, the default will be whatever the majority of people in your region selected, like a referendum. Of course you will always be free to update your personal settings anytime.

The real-life effect will be that most users, too lazy to muck around with settings, will accept the "majority" standard, making it even less likely that anything they see would jar them out of their comfort zone. Those who use the filters won't be much better off: They'll have no idea what is being filtered out because Facebook's algorithms are a black box.

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