Facebook didn’t intend for any of this to happen. It just wanted
to connect people. But there is a thread running from Perkins’
death to religious violence in Myanmar and the company’s
half-assed attempts at combating fake news. Facebook really is
evil. Not on purpose. In the banal kind of way.
Underlying all of Facebook’s screw-ups is a bumbling obliviousness
to real humans. The company’s singular focus on “connecting
people” has allowed it to conquer the world, making possible the
creation of a vast network of human relationships, a source of
insights and eyeballs that makes advertisers and investors drool.
But the imperative to “connect people” lacks the one ingredient
essential for being a good citizen: Treating individual human
beings as sacrosanct. To Facebook, the world is not made up of
individuals, but of connections between them.