Journalists and people who think out loud for work are often invited to meetings where experts from different fields share their knowledge. These meetings are often conducted under Chatham House rules, in which you can write about the ideas presented, but not directly quote the speakers. At one such meeting this week, I was particularly struck by the talk of big tech, and as Congress considers various regulatory bills, I want to share what I found.
First, and most obviously, no one understands the millions of current aspects of social media sites. They raise questions ranging from political (misinformation, disinformation, intentional polarization, ideological bias) and technological (covert data collection) to legal (antitrust law, First Amendment Rights) and moral and ethical (deliberate user addiction, routine acquisition). and sale of private information, pornography). It’s all so big and complex. Mark Zuckerberg, who invented the social media world we live in, seems to have thrown in the towel and fled to the metaverse, where things will no doubt get even more complex and bizarre. But what he calls a visionary next step looks a lot like an escape attempt.
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