Facebook Should Stop Pretending It Has Such High Standards
Facebook whistle-blower Frances Haugen has bequeathed to the world a trove of documents about the downsides of social media. What the internal records show, she told the Senate last week, is that Facebook’s leaders “have put their astronomical profits before people.” This is, of course, true. It is also unsurprising. Facebook is a public company that aspires to maximize profits for its shareholder This is, of course, true. It is also unsurprising. Facebook is a public company that aspires to maximize profits for its shareholders. The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson argues that social media is “attention alcohol” — a product that is fun but addictive, and “unwholesome in large doses” — and the metaphor is even more apt than that: America’s beer, liquor and wine manufacturers and distributors also put profit over people.
The difference is that, for the most part, they don’t pretend otherwise.
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