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James Fallows 17h
Here is the segment I was referring to. See if you feel more confident in Facebook’s ability to self-regulate after watching this. (Genuinely, worth watching. FB spox, M Bickert, arrived as part of a FB “fix-it” team )
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James Fallows 18h
Very good job by right now w Facebook spokesperson. This FB spox, whose name I didn’t hear, is from the Stephen Miller school of responding to Qs.
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James Fallows 19h
This is a very useful chart. CPI for goods subject to recent tariffs, vs those not tariffed. Rising line is rising price that Americans pay. (Theme: Is “China paying for the tariffs?” Answer: No.) h/t
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James Fallows 20h
Sure.
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James Fallows 20h
Replying to @davidakaye
1) I’ll read your book. 2) I know of no convincing evidence of people at the top in FB *actually* making an effort, as opposed to “concerned” statements. If you know of evidence, I’ll look forward to hearing it. I may be hardened by observations in China, of FB/Google diff
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James Fallows 21h
Replying to @davidakaye
Will check it out. Again, my first-hand experience in (a) China and (b) the US, leads me to put FB in a different, and worse, category from any of the others.
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James Fallows 21h
Replying to @davidakaye
My experience (could be wrong) is that Google (especially) and Twitter (somewhat) *genuinely* wrestle with these issues. Again, in my experience, FB is repeatedly “surprised” and “disappointed” by instance nine-million of their failures, but doesn’t do anything. ‘ YMMV.
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Lenny Mendonca 21h
Here's How Long Beach Is Working to Ensure Every Resident Is Counted in the 2020 Census
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James Fallows 21h
Replying to @davidakaye
I agree. Point is that, of the tech companies, FB seems uniquely conscienceless / disingenuous about what it is doing.
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Binyamin Appelbaum 21h
One of the nation's largest and most important media companies doesn't care if the content it publishes is true.
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James Fallows 21h
As mentioned earlier, democratic societies have a general social-media problem. And they have a specific Facebook problem.
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Emma Green May 23
Today, The Atlantic published a piece I have been working on for a long time, about one of the most powerful stories of our time: The decimation of Christianity in the Middle East. This is tragic, on its face. But it's also devastating for democracy. 1/x
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James Fallows 21h
Of Mitch McConnell: "Si monumentum requiris, circumspice,” including this ruling. The majority-making vote on current SCOTUS is the one McConnell took, from Obama.
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Talking Points Memo 23h
YouTube Is The Only Social Platform Taking Down Doctored Pelosi Videos
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James Fallows 23h
1) Yes fact-checkers are nonpareil. They’re the magazine’s real strength. 2) On most books I’ve done, pub house has relied *on me* (or those I hire) for checking. 3) On latest book w , copy ed did lots of checking. *Would* have caught this
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James Fallows May 24
This is the kind of thing people have in mind when saying that democracies have a general social-media problem, but also a very specific Facebook problem.
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Drew Harwell May 24
Replying to @yashar @RudyGiuliani
The distorted Pelosi video on Politics WatchDog's Facebook page is up to 2.4M views; it was 1.3M when I alerted FB yesterday. YouTube deleted the videos, but Facebook won't, saying they've instead "enqueued" them for a fact-check. This is that Facebook page now, with a 🍷 emoji:
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James Fallows May 23
Replying to @theharryshearer @AA6E
Grove School in my home town. Also Grove Avenue, through a part of town originally full of orange …. groves.
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SmarterLocalGov May 23
Dealing with large scale vacant buildings is no picnic...the City of Fort Wayne has taken the challenge head on... and showcase it in this week's Three Fives...and did Ryan Sutter play long enough for a rookie card?
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James Fallows May 23
Good to see Dexter Street fighting for what’s right! Good luck.
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