Facebook, Google & Apple, our new digital overlords, with their penchant for a double Irish with a double Dutch sandwich
, had a week which exposed some failings. These companies are remarkable but far from perfect.
On the Apple car project:
“Apple has drastically scaled back its automotive ambitions, leading to hundreds of job cuts and a new direction that, for now, no longer includes building its own car.”
Facebook has often claimed that it is merely a neutral platform and doesn’t vest editorial functions, this despite 44% of Americans relying on it as a source of news. I argued in EV#78 that Facebook’s position was disingenuous
Facebook makes “editorial” decisions every day. Not on a post-by-post basis, that would be absurd. But it does in its overall selection of goals, and what tradeoffs it is willing to accept to pursue these. Just because they don’t read each post, they cannot claim they are not making an editorial judgement
The point is less whether Trumps’ words are or are not hate speech, but rather to illustrate Facebook’s inchoate position on whether it does or does not undertake an editorial function.