This story ( https://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanmac/growth ... ended-data ) is two days old now, but worth discussing.
On June 18, 2016, one of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s most trusted lieutenants circulated an extraordinary memo weighing the costs of the company’s relentless quest for growth.
“We connect people. Period. That’s why all the work we do in growth is justified. All the questionable contact importing practices. All the subtle language that helps people stay searchable by friends. All of the work we do to bring more communication in. The work we will likely have to do in China some day. All of it,” VP Andrew “Boz” Bosworth wrote.
“So we connect more people,” he wrote in another section of the memo. “That can be bad if they make it negative. Maybe it costs someone a life by exposing someone to bullies.
“Maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools.”
The strange thing is that I agree with the first half of the opening statement ("We connect people. Period.") and think the connection motivation is a good thing regardless of down sides (“Maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools.”) but don't believe it justifies their deceptive practices, both the ones being called out ("All the questionable contact importing practices. All the subtle language that helps people stay searchable by friends.") which are evident but deceptive, and the ones never called out (the kind of sharing that enabled Cambridge Analytica et al).
Maybe the conclusion many are reaching was obvious before but it's hard to avoid now: Facebook is evil.
Also the snarky side of me can't help but laugh at the way FB is sharing its point of view on the controversy: by using Twitter!