Posted: 2020-10-27 9:10:59
Facebook is censoring me
From Ranjan Roy at Margins by Ranjan Roy and Can Duruk
Originally published 2020 10 26
Engineers cranking dials. Sure, they didn't choose the exact photo or comment, but they very purposefully defined the rules that would choose exactly what you would be seeing. There were KPIs and OKRs, and whiteboards and all-nighters underlying those decisions. These decisions are as editorial as it gets, there’s no black box. The choices made in structuring a content ranking algorithm are on par with Jack Dorsey saying you can't share that NY Post link. They may provide digital cover for those behind the curtain, but just because you didn't manually block that one story, your engineering team has blocked billions of stories from ever seeing the light of day.The warning labels, retweet UX prompts, and messy content removals are just the most recent iteration of people at platforms choosing what users should see. The day Facebook went algorithmic, with an advertising-based business model, they started censoring the boring and mundane.
The conversation around social platforms and speech will not end on November 4th, regardless of what happens. The dam has broken. As platforms become more clumsy and reactive in the coming weeks and months, it’s worth remembering the boring and uninteresting have been actively throttled for years now.
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