The Facebook Story is Horse Poop

This would not be a story if Hillary Clinton won or if the media were not mad at Facebook for reduced traffic.

You used Facebook. Facebook did not hire private investigators to go find your data. You gave it to them willingly. Not only did you use it. You used it for free. You put all that information in there. You decided to overshare. You decided to take stupid quizzes to find out which Disney Princess you are. Facebook did not make you do it. They did not hold a gun to your head. You did it and you did it willingly.

Facebook is not a charity. They sold ads to you and used your personal data that you willingly submitted to help the best advertisers connect to you.

This story is about your abdication of responsibility and willingness to blame a corporation for your propensity to overshare your life on a massive, international social media platform instead of having real people over to visit with. This is on you.

And had Hillary Clinton won, this would not be a big, national news story. This is only a big national news story because Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) are still desperately trying to escape blame for what a terrible candidate they chose. First it was James Comey's fault she lost. Then it was the Russians. Now it is all of that and that Facebook gave a Trump affiliated company your data. It is never on Clinton. It is never on them.

This whole story is horse poop. Democrats did the same thing, but Trump's campaign did it better. Democrats got the same data, but Trump processed it better. Cambridge Analytica actually did not do as competent a job as they claimed. But someone has to be blamed.

On top of that, Facebook changed its algorithm to let you overshare more info with your friends instead of seeing news feeds. The result is that news organizations' traffic from Facebook is down. Instead of building competent news organizations and websites, news organizations relied on Facebook to send them traffic. They got lazy and are now being hurt. So, again, just like you overshared, news organizations got lazy and relied on Facebook. Now the media that got lazy and the people who overshared on a free platform do not want to take responsibility for themselves. So they're blaming Facebook, which did nothing wrong.

This story is horse poop and would not be happening if Hillary Clinton had won and if the news algorithm had not changed in such a way that news organizations are now mad at Facebook.

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etbass
etbass

The outrage over Facebook is because they allowed data to be accessed to help a Republican, not because of the bias in their content. This the point Cruz made and he got attacked for not caring about the data. He was trying to make this point by getting Zuckerberg on the record about it. It is legal and the right should try and develop alternatives because, unfortunately, social media isn't going away.

RockinOnTheRightSide
RockinOnTheRightSide

Erick, you are missing the most important point - Facebook is throttling conservative content while artificially promoting liberal content. It may be legal, but it is deceptive as hell. Same with Twitter, even worse. The right side had better come up with it's own internet platform if it wants to survive.

mtnavarre
mtnavarre

I agree with Eric. If you put your information out there anyone truly interested can find it. Personally I don't care. Send me what you want. I have a large delete key.

MorningStar
MorningStar

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InfinitySN is supposed to launch soon, and I’m hopeful that will be a good alternative. The twitter alternative is Gab, though it’s being painted with a very broad “right” brush (I assume that the people who have been critical mean any idea that isn’t liberal), but that’s not true because all speech is welcome. Users can control anything they don’t want to see by blocking people or by blocking posts that contain key words from their feed. There are premium memberships available, and I think they are starting to accept ads, so hopefully, they can make it work. I firmly believe that the remedy for “bad” speech is more speech, but I give that caution because some people may prefer that there is some censorship (I’m not one of them). You can be removed for doxing someone, but otherwise, it seems to be pretty open.