Facebook CEO, Minnesota senator clash over political advertisements
Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg clash over political advertisements during the Big Tech hearings.
Please join me on your smartphone's home screen.
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Locate the social-media apps you find most irresistible. (For me it's Twitter and Instagram.) Place them in a new folder entitled "DO NOT USE UNTIL ELECTION IS OVER." Now hide this folder deep inside your phone.
Congratulations! You have done your job as a responsible citizen of the United States of America.
FACEBOOK HALTS RECOMMENDATIONS ON POLITICAL GROUPS
You may have heard there is a U.S. presidential election happening this week. You may have also heard that an epic mess is forecast on social-media platforms because of it. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, they're expecting it all: misinformation, voter intimidation, talk of election-related violence, you name it.
Think of it like an amusement park. For this special event, the companies have added lots of safety measures — even closed off parts of the park — to control the chaos.
Facebook, for instance, is prepared to use technology to slow the spread of viral posts, according to a report from my colleagues. Instagram has temporarily removed the "Recent" tab from hashtag pages to prevent the spread of misinformation. Twitter has put some restrictions around its retweet feature. (Makes you wonder if those changes shouldn't just be permanent.)