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Please don't consider the facts-loose movie based on the tabloid hit piece as history. It's a great movie, but it intentionally washes the story out in ways make the characters look absolutely horrible.

I highly recommend The Facebook Effect by David Kirkpatrick. It's a great read and a far more accurate book on the history of Facebook and who Mark Zuckerberg really is. https://www.amazon.com/Facebook-Effect-Inside-Company-Connec...




I'm not concerned about any arbitrary depiction in a movie (The Social Network?), I take issue with the move fast and break things attitude taken by the platform he created regarding news distribution, privacy, individual liberties, and mental health.


I'm as big of a critic of the implications of social networking as anybody, but:

> news distribution

Increased people's ability to share news with their friends.

> privacy

Made changes to give users nearly complete control over it (outside of the very legitimate concerns around advertising targeting, but does anyone really think running a successful advertising company disqualifies someone to be president?)

> individual liberties

Hasn't yet formed a paramilitary group of SA-like jack booted thugs to hit opponents with billy clubs, confiscate their guns, and replace their health insurance with death panels.

> and mental health

Is working on hiring more staff to deal with suicide intervention issues, which they have to do either way because the police ultimately get involved and start issuing subpoenas, and it's illegal to not respond to valid subpoenas in a timely fashion.


> Increased people's ability to share news with their friends.

So they can now share a filter bubble. Also, the US 2016 Election debacle followed by a push to become the arbiter of truth on the internet (after significant complaint and shaming from users)

> Made changes to give users nearly complete control over it

After significant complaint and shaming from users.

> does anyone really think running a successful advertising company disqualifies someone to be president?

I do? I'd prefer someone with his skill level in solving the worlds problems, not telling the world about how he's solving them.

> Hasn't yet formed a paramilitary group

I'm not arguing they're using physical violence. They're an ad company.

> Is working on hiring more staff to deal with suicide intervention issues

After significant complaint and shaming from users.

Notice a trend? I've watched them exploit people over the past decade. I don't like what facebook has done to my more vulnerable friends. Elected office is the same deal, only you (inexplicably) get to ignore the public outcry every time you screw up.




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