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Facebooks impact on geo-political issues and the Myanmar case

Interesting NYT article detailing the discussion between Mark Zuckerberg and Myanmar political and social activists.

Facebook has become a leading communication tool in the country to manipulate beliefs and spread propaganda and is causing a lot of confusion as to what is true and fauls.

The interesting thing about this NYT article (assuming is legitimate and true) are all the questions posed by activists, which are also relevant for many other geo-political areas affected by the rise of the Facebook platform as a means of spreading information that influences beliefs and culture.

We are living in interesting times where technology has become the default means of both mass and micro communication and Zuckerberg answer to the problem of curating miss-information is AI.

So who is coding it? What data is it using to learn and who is ensuring that biases in this data are not training algorithms to amplify the problems. How are countries and governments collaborating with companies like FB to ensure we don’t create a new problem of inequality and exclusion and enter a polarized global climate that results in conflict and war?

Read more at source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/09/business/facebook-myanmar-zuckerberg.html

Image credit: Tomas Munita for The New York Times

Image Caption from NYT:

Rohingya refugees arriving in Bangladesh last year from Myanmar, where advocacy groups have criticized Facebook’s approach to hate speech. In an email, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, told the groups: “I apologize for not being sufficiently clear about the important role that your organizations play in helping us understand and respond to Myanmar-related issues.”

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