I wrote my first column for The Times on this, months ago. Let me say it again: Social media platforms — and Facebook and Twitter are as guilty of this as Gab is — are designed so that the awful travels twice as fast as the good. And they are operating with sloppy disregard of the consequences of that awful speech, leading to disasters that they then have to clean up after.
And they are doing a very bad job of that, too, because they are unwilling to pay the price to make needed fixes. Why? because draining the cesspool would mean losing users, and that would hurt the bottom line. Consider this: On Monday, New York Times reporters easily found almost 12,000 anti-Semitic messages that had been uploaded to Instagram in the wake of the synagogue attack.
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“We have no idea how to deal with this situation, except to watch it play out over and over again, and allow it to kill us cell by cell.”
This despairing sentence is not satisfying or well researched. Europe has apparently passed a law, fining any social media company 50,000 Euros everytime is allows fake news to stay up longer than 24 hours. Facebook now has a team of 2000 in Germany pulling down fake news 24/7. I’d like to see some real reporting on what can be done to regulate these bastard companies, that are now profiting from their support and promulgation, by their looseness, of hate and hate crimes. I don’t buy the argument presented, that nothing can be done.