So, remember that thing where Facebook is bad? Just in case you forgot, here’s Richard Stallman’s page on this (thanks @Charlie):
But don’t worry, Facebook is on it! They’ve developed a new plan to solve the problem.
Here is Facebook’s survey — in its entirety:
Do you recognize the following websites
How much do you trust each of these domains?
- A lot
- Not at all
That’s it. That’s what FB thinks is an adequate solution to it’s problems.
Just in case you think that FB can’t really be relying on people to answer these questions in good faith, let Mark Zuckerberg himself explain (or rather, whoever is posting on his FB account):
Here’s how this will work. As part of our ongoing quality surveys, we will now ask people whether they’re familiar with a news source and, if so, whether they trust that source. The idea is that some news organizations are only trusted by their readers or watchers, and others are broadly trusted across society even by those who don’t follow them directly. (We eliminate from the sample those who aren’t familiar with a source, so the output is a ratio of those who trust the source to those who are familiar with it.)
So this is the master plan.
- Get work done by the users (or as Stallman calls them, “useds”)
- Collect even more data on its users. (Somehow the incredible billions of gigatonnes of data that it already has are not enough, but this will make the difference?)
- Assume that people will answer in good faith (!)
- Reduce a complex human and social problem to a simplistic engineering hack
- Crunch this through even more opaque and unaccountable algorithms
- When it fails, say “But we tried!”
Hey, here’s another idea: delete your account.