Facebook and its related privacy concerns have been in the news a lot lately. I thought this would be a good time to ask — how is Facebook doing? Are they meeting your privacy concerns? Or is this entire subject being overblown by the media?
If you’d like to know what really goes on in the screening system, and what the pitfalls are, i would recommend the podcast “Post No Evil” from the August 17, 2018 edition of National Public Radio’s Radiolab. This episode’s description, from their website, is as follows —
Back in 2008 Facebook began writing a document. It was a constitution of sorts, laying out what could and what couldn’t be posted on the site. Back then, the rules were simple, outlawing nudity and gore. Today, they’re anything but.
How do you define hate speech? Where’s the line between a joke and an attack? How much butt is too much butt? Facebook has answered these questions. And from these answers they’ve written a rulebook that all 2.2 billion of us are expected to follow. Today, we explore that rulebook. We dive into its details and untangle its logic. All the while wondering what does this mean for the future of free speech?
It really makes one wonder, “Would I have made the same decisions?” The podcast can be found at https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/post-no-evil. The photo is from that site.