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Facebook can't hide behind algorithms
« on: September 23, 2017, 05:31:37 PM »
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BBC News on 22/09-17

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If Facebook’s algorithms were executives, the public would be demanding their heads on a stick, such was the ugly incompetence on display this week.
First, the company admitted a “fail” when its advertising algorithm allowed for the targeting of anti-Semitic users.
Then on Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg said he was handing over details of more than 3,000 advertisements bought by groups with links to the Kremlin, a move made possible by the advertising algorithms that have made Mr Zuckerberg a multi-billionaire.
Gross misconduct, you might say - but of course you can’t sack the algorithm. And besides, it was only doing what it was told.
“The algorithms are working exactly as they were designed to work,” says Siva Vaidhyanathan, professor of media studies at the University of Virginia.
Which is what makes this controversy so extremely difficult to solve - a crisis that is a direct hit to the core business of the world’s biggest social network.
Fundamentally flawed
Facebook didn’t create a huge advertising service by getting contracts with big corporations.
No, its success lies in the little people. The florist who wants to spend a few pounds targeting local teens when the school prom is coming up, or a plumber who has just moved to a new area and needs to drum up work.
Facebook’s wild profits - $3.9bn (£2.9bn) between April and June this year - are due to that automated process. It finds out what users like, it finds advertisers that want to hit those interests, and it marries the two and takes the money. No humans necessary.
But unfortunately, that lack of oversight has left the company open to the kinds of abuse laid bare in ProPublica’s investigation into anti-Semitic targeting.

Full story: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-41358078

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Re: Facebook can't hide behind algorithms
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2017, 06:42:29 PM »
I wouldn't be able to tolerate Facebook without F.B. Purity.


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Re: Facebook can't hide behind algorithms
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2017, 11:08:59 PM »
I love this statement in the BBC article. I stand behind by feelings that Facebook is a total invasion of privacy. A company with an address of 1 Hack Way. Why hack there give it to me for free.

“All of these problems are the result of the fact Zuckerberg has created and profited from a system that has grown to encompass the world… and harvest information from more than two billion people."

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Re: Facebook can't hide behind algorithms
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2017, 10:07:52 AM »
I must admit that I really dislike Facebook. This because sites like Facebook is always misused.
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