Facebook’s problems with politics

Let Me Try to Explain the Problem

When News Feed was a new feature on Facebook
News Feed circa 2017

Another Explanation, With More Words

  • The article you shared was written to elicit a strong emotional response. The publishers need it to be shared on Facebook — they need clicks and ad revenue.
  • Letting the story develop and investigating multiple angles is not important when the internet makes speed and ads the highest priority.
  • You’re making an in-the-moment, emotionally-charged post which alienates friends.
  • Internet arguments inevitably ensue.
  • It’s really easy to make great lies on the internet.

You cannot win an argument on the internet, according to science

Facebook Makes it Worse

The trouble with the internet, Mr. Williams says, is that it rewards extremes. Say you’re driving down the road and see a car crash. Of course you look. Everyone looks. The internet interprets behavior like this to mean everyone is asking for car crashes, so it tries to supply them.

[Evan Williams is a co-creator of Blogger, Twitter, and Medium.]

“What You’re Really Saying When You Post”

This Wasn’t Socially Acceptable Before

Trends from the Internet

--

--

--

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium

Navigating the online web of Disinformation, Misinformation and Mal-information.

Changing the Facebook Newsfeed

Catch-&-Instagram

Learning to Love China Internet

INSTAGRAM IS HIDING LIKES! (AND WHAT THIS MEANS TO YOU)

Sad Papi Is The Internet’s High School Boyfriend

Instagram is about ordinary folks telling extra ordinary stories.

Germans and curtains

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
J Jefferson

J Jefferson

More from Medium

An open letter to the “Election was Stolen” Crowd…

Censorship Hurts Us All

An honest statement from western leaders to Russia.

More than a third of the world’s population lives under authoritarian regimes