There’s A Lot More To Be Outraged At Facebook About Than How They Treat Your Data

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Everyone has to have known that Facebook has been monetizing their data for years and any faux outrage at discovering “gambling in the casino” is disingenuous…but that doesn’t mean Facebook doesn’t have serious issue that Congress should be examining.

We could have sworn that anyone with a brain capable of paying attention to some kind of news should have been aware of the Facebook privacy issue something like 4-5 years ago. Anyone claiming outrage about what Facebook does with their data now is engaged in intellectual dishonesty, either with other people or other people and themselves.

That said, we believe the outrage focused at Facebook is in large part generated by Facebook. It has turned itself into a political outrage machine where people go to get pissed off at the world.

Facebook insists on making it worse by introducing algorithm changes that destroying the organic reach of Pages in favor of Profiles. Instead of “moderate” news sources, your feed gets full of crap stories of dubious credibility and obvious bias shared by your hyperpartisan friends.

The ironic thing is that there’s no evidence that the Cambridge Analytica “breach” had any effect on the election. Even if there are people who will admit to wanting to vote for Hillary until they saw this one sponsored post on Facebook, their voted are likely outnumbered by those whose vote was determined by the flip of a coin in the voting booth.

It’s not as though there was a dearth of media attention for the 2016 election. Every day the 24 hour news networks and online news media were primed to pounce on whatever outrageous tweets Trump fired off in the morning…a phenomenon that continues to this day. A titanic struggle between two of America’s least likeable Presidential candidates was played out in all forms of media. The Cambridge Analytica data is simply insignificant. The attention given to it is akin to trying to trace the effects that a single .50 round loaded on a single plane had on the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

Facebook is incredibly powerful and warrants Congressional interest.

Facebook’s business model has been pretty obvious to every American who hasn’t already wired their life savings to Nigeria and the Cambridge Analytica data snag is unlikely to have had any effect on the outcome of the 2016 election. That said, Congress still had good reason to drag Mark Zuckerberg in front of them to ask a battery of questions about how he’s running his company.

Facebook is a popular and profitable website because it gets its 2+ billion users to create content for the site for free. It then tosses ads in with that content and makes billions doing so. In order to make Facebook a hospitable place for advertisers, there are limits on the types of content that can be posted. Some make sense obvious sense. Facebook doesn’t want people to post pornography or nudity, “hate speech” or copyrighted content. Unfortunately, the system Facebook uses to police such content is utter crap and completely deficient for the actual world we live in.

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