BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Did you happen to catch the two-part documentary on PBS earlier this week about Facebook?
As a reviewer in the Hollywood Reporter puts it: “In the old days before the internet, people would get their information from reputable print and broadcast media that was actually curated and edited. Now the vast majority get the news from a website that takes almost no responsibility for what it spews into the world.”
“Frontline” dug up amazing old footage of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his vaunted COO Sheryl Sandberg gushing about their idealistic vision of bringing the world together and prattling on about how serious they were about protecting user privacy.
But we now know that was all a sham.
They’ve had to be dragged kicking and screaming into lifting a finger to stem the tide of Facebook-empowered rumor-mongering and character assassination, and still aren’t doing enough because, you know, profit margins.
Facebook and other social media companies spew a lot of phony rhetoric about how hard is it to monitor what their platforms are used for without unfairly suppressing free speech, but that’s a laughable charade.
They don’t want to take on basic editorial obligations because of potential legal liability.
You know, profit margins.
Every generation thinks it can do a better, more ethical job of shaping the world we live in, and some do good work.
Then there’s the gang at Facebook, placing profits at the center of their fake moralism while pretending they’re not.
A reckoning is coming, and it won’t be kind to Zuckerberg, Sandberg and the rest.
Nor should it be.
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