Date: Monday 22 May, 2017
Author: Suzanne Moore
Publication: The Guardian

When Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook Live last year he said: “We built this big technology platform so we can go and support whatever the most personal and emotional and raw and visceral ways people want to communicate are as time goes on.” While for many people Facebook is a place to post endless pictures of perfect holiday moments, for some of its 2 billion users it is a place to live stream murders, rape, torture and suicides. That is about as raw and visceral as it gets. And yet it is just what Facebook, which continually states that it is not a media company, can be used for.

If you ask users to provide unfiltered content, to share their lives with one another, the darkest parts of humanity can be posted. The onus has been on other users to ask for offensive content to be removed. Computer algorithms are not good at identifying irony any more than they can identify a murder in real time and stop it being streamed.

Read the rest here.

Sample Debate Motion:

This house believes that Facebook should graduate from a mere ‘platform’ that captures videos and share them with friends, to building an online community that helps keep us safe.


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