Society, Technology

Social Media’s PIHO Problem

Earlier this year I wrote two posts on why Facebook “can’t be fixed” so long as its current business model remains in place. In my posts, I noted that the latest Facebook scandal was part of a continuous pattern that had and would not change: The routine is familiar by now. Facebook makes an “innovation” […]

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Society, Technology

Why Facebook can’t be fixed: Part 2

I recently wrote a post claiming that it’s not possible to fix Facebook’s serious, and dangerous, flaws by merely tweaking or adjusting the current business. I argued that there are inherent flaws in the company’s platform, business model and leadership that that make it impossible to fix this platform without starting again from scratch. I hardly […]

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Society, Technology

Why Facebook can’t be fixed: Part 1

It seems that Facebook has finally run into a scandal shocking enough to make at least some people question the point of being on their social network. I’ve read quite a number of articles and op-eds this week decrying the company, its CEO and its business model. As I read these attacks on the company, […]

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Economics

Advertisers Pull Plug on Facebook Ads

So the (pretty much) inevitable happened today when several major companies pulled their campaigns from Facebook after the offensive images appeared next to their adverts. As the FT reported it: Adverts for Japanese carmaker Nissan, Nationwide, the UK’s largest building society, Unilever’s Dove skincare brand, were automatically placed next to the offensive images that Facebook […]

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