Ellen Pao on Facebook’s Election Policy Changes: ‘Superficial’

Ellen Pao, on Twitter:

Facebook is making superficial changes instead of addressing the core problem: an engagement engine that amplifies misinformation and hate for profit.

They should remove all political ads. Why just in late October? They should add a way to report misinformation about candidates and Black Lives Matter protests, not just Covid. And they should ban everyone who violates their rules instead of granting exceptions.

See also: Zeynep Tufekci:

There are the details. And there is this: Mark Zuckerberg, alone, gets to set key rules — with significant consequences — for one of the most important elections in recent history. That should not be lost in the dust of who these changes will hurt or benefit.

Thursday, 3 September 2020