Facebook is facing hypocrisy accusations for the way it handles posts, information, and its users when it comes to flagging content or its allowance of troubling topics.
Interestingly, the information supporting the allegations comes from its own internal documents. While Facebook continues to defend itself, the charges are scathing. It is being presented that the social media platform has been divisive with its approach of preferential treatment of public figures such as former President Donald Trump over the regular citizens.
Sensitive content such as human trafficking with children seems to not be taken seriously and their policy for such topics is under scrutiny. Facebook is also being accused of abusing its power it has attained over the years with its vast amount of users. “Project Amplify” has been used by the company according to critics to help its image by flooding its feeds with propaganda about Facebook. This doesn’t stop there, as Facebook is also getting flack for hiding certain posts that are critical of its other company Instagram that showed body image, anxiety, and mental issues led to things as suicidal thoughts by its young users.
How could Facebook be fixed? Is a social credit score the answer? Time will tell in regards to the future of social media and if there is going to be an overhaul of all platforms including Youtube, Twitter, and Instagram.
During an interview with 60 Minutes, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, described the big issue with the social platform with the following statement:
Facebook has realized that if they change the algorithm to be safer, people will spend less time on the site, they’ll click on less ads, they’ll make less money.
FB can legit decide who among your friend's posts you get while using their algorithms to weed out posts, causing you to miss them.
If you only rely on FB to keep in touch, FB literally controls your friendships, and therefore your life.
— Smiley Crew Productions (@scpwords) October 4, 2021
The latest news and interviews surrounding the issues plaguing Mark Zuckerberg’s company has once again started the hashtag trend of #DeleteFacebook which has occurred in the past. Check out the posts on Twitter below.
Or Twitter, which also has an algorithm designed to fuel engagement. Social media in general is cancer, bickering adults don't help it either.
— Gamer Time (@SamBaGaMs) October 4, 2021
Pretty sure Instagram data wasn't stolen in the 2016 election. And, while Instagram can be an incredibly toxic place for a whole slew of reasons, I don't think it's radicalizing (older) people nearly as much as FB is, because Insta doesn't have a dedicated news section.
— Melissa Sweeney (@MlsSweeney) October 4, 2021
They also own WhatsApp! Or as I call it “another program to siphon your personal information. 2 billion monthly users! And their information is not safe🤬 It is the third most popular social network!
— EvynRose_Kelley (@EvynRoseKelley) October 4, 2021
As I said last month on a thread here, FB is the operating just like the tobacco companies did. They know the intrinsic harm, have zero interest in fixing it, and DGAF about you or your children. But will this bring change or regulations? Doubtful. Will more #DeleteFacebook now? https://t.co/NXC1ew11hl
— Susie Erjavec Parker (@susie_parker) October 4, 2021