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Down the Rabbit Hole of Political Intolerance in Silicon Valley

By cmdrdataleak following x   2019 Mar 12, 5:45pm 196 views   8 comments   watch   nsfw   quote     share    



After the election, the majority of Facebook employees appeared to feel some combination of shocked, devastated, and/or horrified. This cocktail of emotions seemed to crystalize in the creation of a quickly popular internal Facebook group called “Refocusing Our Mission.” As per the page’s introductory message—“The results of the 2016 Election show that Facebook has failed in its mission”—the conceit of this group was that Trump’s victory was some sort of proof that Facebook needed to change its ways.

Although it’s natural to empathize with the frustration that those joining this group must have felt, a handful of Facebook employees— people from both sides of the political spectrum—felt that something was very unnatural, creepy even, about seeing the election results as proof that Facebook had somehow failed. Because, frankly, it provided a pretty ugly answer to the question people continued to ask more and more: What is Facebook? Well, according to the founder of “Refocusing Our Mission” and the hundreds of employees who quickly joined and engaged, Facebook was basically some sort of social engineering tool—an invisible hand meant to guide its users toward the “correct” political beliefs.

Or to put it another way: since Zuckerberg often described Face- book as “like a utility,” then this reaction was the equivalent of AT&T declaring that Mondale losing to Reagan meant it was time for them to rethink the mission of this whole phone line network thing.


Swish.

( https://quillette.com/2019/03/12/down-the-rabbit-hole-of-political-intolerance-in-silicon-valley-an-interview-with-blake-harris/ )
1   MisterLearnToCode   ignore (4)   2019 Mar 12, 7:39pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

The GOPe old guard Bowtie wearers missed one hell of an opportunity. Basically the entire management class admitted their bias.

Hopefully after 2020 a little anti-trust and/or regulation is in order.
2   Patrick   ignore (1)   2019 Mar 12, 7:44pm   ↑ like (4)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

Why wait? I think anti-trust and regulation is appropriate against the Faceborg right now.

Sure, the left will convulse in spasms of TDS yet again if the Trump administration so much as suggests it, but then, they do that anyway no matter what Trump does.

Perhaps it would help to point out that Pocahontas Warren is also advocating the breakup of Faceborg.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3356465/elizabeth-warren-wants-to-break-up-amazon-facebook-and-google-and-undo-their-acquisitions.html
3   MisterLearnToCode   ignore (4)   2019 Mar 12, 7:51pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

Patrick says
Perhaps it would help to point out that Pocahontas Warren is also advocating the breakup of Faceborg.


Patrick, am I nuts, or did the Left just spend the entire time between the 1960s and 2015 screaming that ALL of the Media (Print, Radio, TV, etc.) was biased, pro-war, and concentrated into two few hands?

Apparently now that the primary form of Media is in the hands of their sympathizers, they seem to have "Forgotten" their "Principles". heh.

It's another recurring Liberal theme.
4   TrumpingTits   ignore (1)   2019 Mar 12, 9:02pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

MisterLearnToCode says
It's another recurring Liberal theme.


Cylons will be cylons, after all.
5   FortWayneIndiana   ignore (3)   2019 Mar 12, 9:06pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

MisterLearnToCode says
Apparently now that the primary form of Media is in the hands of their sympathizers, they seem to have "Forgotten" their "Principles". heh.


Remember George Orwell's "Animal Farm"? That was the main plot. When characters, living under socialism, at the end realized they were turning into pigs themselves...
6   TrumpingTits   ignore (1)   2019 Mar 12, 9:10pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Just wait: if the huge lawsuits filed against WashPo and CNN by that kid go anywhere, lawyers are going to be smelling blood in the water and start looking for aggrieved workers at Faceborg, Inc. too. Those cases will be more difficult to litigate, but blood in the water is blood in the water...
7   Kakistocracy   ignore (6)   2019 Mar 13, 12:47am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

MisterLearnToCode says
Basically the entire management class admitted their bias.


Seems Moi has addressed the lack of Diversity in Thinking among business school grads and the real meaning behind MBA
8   Goran_K   ignore (1)   2019 Mar 13, 8:31am   ↑ like (5)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

I love when lefties eat each other.

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