Mark Zuckerberg once characterized Facebook as a “benign utility” that promoted human interaction, community, and connectivity. Still accurate? Not so much.
As discussed by Kara Swisher of Recode in a recent article for the New York Times, Facebook could be losing the battle to control the behavior of its users. It’s a great read if you have the time. A highlight:
All these companies began with a gauzy credo to change the world. But they have done that in ways they did not imagine — by weaponizing pretty much everything that could be weaponized. They have mutated human communication, so that connecting people has too often become about pitting them against one another, and turbocharged that discord to an unprecedented and damaging volume.
— Kara Swisher / The Expensive Education of Mark Zuckerberg
Also, it’s worth noting that Facebook, with its 2.2 billion monthly active users, is still blocked in China. With a mainland population of over 1.4 billion, God help us if that door ever opens again.