REACTION FROM AROUND THE WEB
We pulled together a few reactions to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's 5,800 word Facebook post on Thursday. Zuckerberg said that the social network company was now focusing on building "social infrastructure" and going beyond the sharing of photos among friends and family.
The Verge concludes that Facebook changed its mission because the old one wasn't working. Casey Newton writes: "I’m glad Facebook will now assume some responsibility for the effects its platform is having on the world. But I will never stop asking what might have been had it taken responsibility sooner." Facebook has 1.86 billion users and is the world's most popular platform for news distribution.
Wired says, despite Zuckerberg's letter, he "doesn't really concede the point that Facebook may be responsible for the warping of civil discourse." Cade Metz writes "he vows to build a Facebook that forges new connections capable of strengthening ties in the real world. But Zuckerberg still doesn’t seem to know how exactly Facebook will take a platform that has driven so many people apart and use it to pull off a great global coming together."
Vox acknowledged Zuckerberg's attempt to stamp out fake news, but then says "Zuckerberg ignores what seems to me the fundamental reason that sensationalistic content thrives on Facebook: the fact that Facebook’s news feed chooses stories based on “engagement.” Timothy B. Lee says Facebook doesn't have to manipulate people to return to the site. "Most people do so already out of habit and because they want to see their friends’ baby pictures. If anything, people might start to feel better about their Facebook experience if every news headline they saw wasn’t trying to manipulate them into clicking on it."
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