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This newsletter has three core principles:1. I don't understand how social media platforms are changi
 
November 14 · Issue #27 · View online
The Interface
This newsletter has three core principles:
1. I don’t understand how social media platforms are changing the world.
2. Neither do the social media platforms.
3. Someone should do a newsletter about that.
Of course, despite my general confusion, I participate in social media. Twitter is my favorite because it’s an ongoing contest to write good sentences, and I love writing sentences. I spend less time on other platforms because, generally speaking, I have no idea what to do on them.
Facebook has the biggest audience, but also the most conflicting advice on how to use it. In 2010, when I began covering technology, the best practice was considered to be starting a separate page for your work life, and promote it to your followers. Then Facebook added a “follow” button to personal pages, and began to discourage journalists from using separate pages to flog their stories.
Recently, the social media team at The Verge told me that what’s old is new again. By using a variety of sophisticated techniques, they told me, they had been able to breathe new life into standalone pages for some of my colleagues. They asked me to create one as well, and today I did: the Casey Newton Maximum Content Zone, which you can find at facebook.com/contentnewton. (Smash that like button fam!)
What does any of this have to do with Facebook and democracy? To me, its an observation Kevin Roose made once: that the people who understand Facebook on an atomic level tend to be the managers of the big viral meme pages. Until recently, fake news was driven by huge financial incentives: page managers made money gaming Facebook, and grew more sophisticated in how they thought about it as they did.
My Facebook presence is not going to be a meme page, exactly. I’m going to publish this newsletter there each day, and articles I write, along with good work I see being done by others. Unlike the newsletter, there’s room for audio and video — both of which I’ll be ramping up.
But reporters too often write about Facebook algorithms as if they’re totally unknowable. And just because the systems aren’t opaque doesn’t mean there isn’t something to be learned by becoming more familiar with their inner workings. So here goes nothing.

Democracy
More countries are use media to crack down on dissent, study finds
Facebook Has Finally Opened The Door To Admitting Russia Meddled In Brexit
Google broadens takedown of extremist YouTube videos
Troll Smearing Roy Moore’s Accuser Stole Dead SEAL’s Identity
Elsewhere
Scoop: Bloomberg expects eight figures for new Twitter network
How the internet fuels paranoid thinking
Twitter details how it reviews and enforces rules around hate speech, violence and harassment
Launches
YouTube partners with Ticketmaster to sell concert tickets on artists’ video pages
Twitter introduces premium APIs
Takes
The Ivory Tower Can’t Keep Ignoring Tech
And finally
Twitter parties are Tupperware parties reborn
Talk to me
Questions? Tips? Ideas for a Twitter party? casey@theverge.com
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