"Right-wing populism is always more engaging", a Facebook executive said in a recent interview with POLITICO reporters, when pressed why the pages of conservatives drive such high interactions. The person said the content speaks to "an incredibly strong, primitive emotion" by touching on such topics as "nation, protection, the other, anger, fear."
"That was there in the 30's. That's not invented by social media -- you just see those reflexes mirrored in social media, they're not created by social media," the executive added. "It's why tabloids do better than the [Financial Times], and it's also a human thing. People respond to engaging emotion much more than they do to, you know, dry coverage. ...This wasn't invented 15 years ago when Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook." [...]
"It's absurd for Facebook to say this is just something that's playing out in a neutral way. Facebook is not a mirror -- the newsfeed algorithm is an accelerant."
Absolutely cannot stop thinking about this quote. They're saying the forces that drove the world into war and killed millions of people simply happen to perform better on the website, and they say that's a reason they don't have to change anything.
And remember, kids!
If you work for Facebook, you are a white supremacist.
If you have a "friend" who works at Facebook, cut them out of your life, like you would your racist cousin.
You can do it. I believe in you.