Hysterical Headlines for August 22nd – Hogg for Congress & Facebook’s here to judge you
Bottom Line: Your daily doses of nonsense in the media and my takes on them...
Parkland survivor David Hogg for Congress? In 2025 maybe - Sun Sentinel
Hot Take: Shut the front door! He’s potentially politically motivated? Who knew?
Excerpt: Facebook has begun to assign its users a reputation score, predicting their trustworthiness on a scale from zero to one.
The previously unreported ratings system, which Facebook has developed over the last year, shows that the fight against the gaming of tech systems has evolved to include measuring the credibility of users to help identify malicious actors.
Users' trustworthiness score between zero and one isn't meant to be an absolute indicator of a person's credibility, Lyons said, nor is there is a single unified reputation score that users are assigned. Rather, the score is one measurement among thousands of new behavioral clues that Facebook now takes into account as it seeks to understand risk. Facebook is also monitoring which users have a propensity to flag content published by others as problematic, and which publishers are considered trustworthy by users.
Hot Take: Ok, so now Facebook, which has proven it can’t objectively manage news feeds, can’t be trusted with our information and according to recent research by Reuters - only 41% of Americans trust generally – is deciding how credible we are. Seriously?! This is borderline hilarious. And they take themselves seriously. I’ve suggested that history tells us Facebook as we know it today – only has a 50-50 chance at best of surviving in its current form ten years from now. I’m beginning to think I’ve been a bit too generous.