zeynep tufekci @zeynep Thinking about our tools, ourselves. @UNCSILS prof + @NYTimes writer. Newsletter: t.co/klJwJ6vkB5 Book: t.co/RmMouki39B Apr. 06, 2018

Mark Zuckerberg has been apologizing nonstop for more than 15 years. It's always the same apology for pretty much the same act. When do we talk about the obvious: Facebook's decisions are primarily driven by its business model. Here's my latest for @Wired:  https://www.wired.com/story/why-zuckerberg-15-year-apology-tour-hasnt-fixed-facebook/ 

Sheryl Sandberg also claimed that Facebook's problem is that they've been "way too idealistic." I don't know people who work for or run Facebook believe this, but if they do, it shows the power of self-deception—after 15 years of deeds, this doesn't hold.  https://www.wired.com/story/why-zuckerberg-15-year-apology-tour-hasnt-fixed-facebook/ 

Also: Pleeeeaase. Journalists should not act like stenographers to the latest apology tour; instead write about the context of all the apology tours in the past 15 years, and start interrogating Facebook's business model more (as some have been doing) in the interviews.

This isn't new, folks.

Look the point isn’t all this due to some evil conspiracy. I’m not claiming that Facebook employees don’t care about users. But incentives and business models shape their behavior—just like other companies and people.

On Android. Facebook has apparently been scooping up people’s text messages on Android phones. Not messenger communication—plain text messages. Content and metadata.


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