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The Facebook Algorithm puts Profit over People

Who doesn't love a good whistleblower? Especially when they are spilling the dirt on our mates at Facebook. It is concerning stuff, Haugen’s document dump revealed what many suspected but couldn’t prove: that Facebook created more lenient secret rules for elite users, that Instagram made body issues worse for one in three teen girls, and that Facebook knowingly amped up outrage on its main site through an algorithm change in 2018, potentially leading to the January 6 storming of the US Capitol building. Her suggestion is greater transparency, with external observers and more investment toward internal guidance, looking to minimise harm as a highest priority. 

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    • Don't take me wrong, I think FB sucks.  But... I say... "Increased regulation and transparency, improve rather than dismantle"  Come down on them hard and let that be an example to the rest of them.

    • The reason why FB will be hard to stop is that many other social networks have let them steal their ideas with almost no effort. In order for a Social Network to compete with Facebook it would need a new innovative idea concept and then fiercely defend it from being stolen. I believe UNA has the potential to do this. They did it with Dolphin wich had an army of developers in the Marketplace and had new ideas that Facebook didn't have. Had Dolphin been faster with updating the site to fit mobile and apps we might have had a few UNA site contenders. My old website had over 35,000 members with ZERO advertising from all over the world. People flock to sites that have something NEW...but once Facebook steals the idea...well people go right back to Facebook. So we need a site that has everything Facebook has but pushes for new innovation ideas and stays ahead of what people are interested in. Dolphin was once light years ahead of Facebook but now UNA is far behind most sites with stuff like Livestreaming etc. With this new UNA team I do believe we can quickly catch up...the team needs to be open to new ideas and what's popular even if it's something they themselves aren't interested in. Maybe assign a couple members to be part of a research team that looks for new ideas and concepts. 

      • Yes Facebook has the financial backing for sure, and this is why they can buy up competitors such a Instagram and others. It is a difficult task to remain in the Facebook shadows due to this. This is why it is important for module developers to remain aggressive to having a Eagle Eye on what's new on Facebook. Facebook NEVER had Forums, It never had a features to say; buy drinks, flowers, Tags or gifts either. This is a important factor, nor has it ever had any kind of points or credits system. There is still so many things to add to the UNA arsenals that our social platforms needs to keep and entice new members. I to had a social site on a Dolphin platform (60,000 members), which I am bringing back because of the availability of modules that I can implement. Until UNA has these modules available it is difficult to compete in the Facebook market. I will continue with UNA as well, in hopes that things livin up for the social endeavors. I am finding it difficult to base my site on freedom of speech only. People want activities and content, or your right. They will gravitate to where these things are.

      • i think UNA would prosper more if the team started a hackathon for new features with a few prizes for 1st 2nd and 3rd to incentivize feature creation from any market developer but its just an idea.

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