The Verge - 11 Dec 2017
Many pundits warn that social media is inflicting a lot of harm to civil society around the world, but rarely has such a scathing attack come from a powerful insider. The former vice-president for user growth at Facebook just caused a huge stir when he said at Stanford Business School that he felt “tremendous guilt” over his work at Facebook because social media is in the business of exploiting vulnerabilities in human psychology. Most notably, he said: “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created are destroying how society works” (reads in 4-5 min).
Published in Weekly selection 15 December 2017
Vanity Fair - 24 Nov 2017
We’ve heard it repeatedly before, but this time it might be different as more and more come to view social media as something tearing societies apart and built to exploit “a vulnerability in human psychology”. The correspondent documents a spate of cases of people abandoning the platforms. He says: “It seems increasingly likely that our society will one day view our infatuation with Twitter, Facebook, and the like as a passing, often destructive fad” (reads in 5-6 min).
Published in Weekly selection 1 December 2017
Project Syndicate - 2 Oct 2017
The researcher offers an interesting framework to understand the specificities of our “brave new world of disinformation and propaganda”. Six features make it different from yesterday: (1) the democratization of information creation and distribution, (2) information socialization, (3) atomization, (4) anonymity in information creation and distribution, (5) personalization, (6) sovereignty (reads in 5-7 min).
Published in Weekly selection 6 October 2017