Facebook is Creating a False Sense of Safe Space

Facebook started out as a cool exclusive site for college kids to college and once the site graduated into something bigger, so did the issues. Frankly, the bigger Facebook grows the bigger the headache it gives its users. Facebook used to be the cool place to hang out and now stats show that teens and young adults are avoiding the site like the plague.

As an adult that’s watched the platform mature and defend itself in DC against allegations that it contributed to collusion in the last election, I too am getting a Facebook headache.
Frankly, the bigger Facebook grows the bigger the headache it gives its users. Facebook used to be the cool place to hang out and now stats show that teens and young adults are avoiding the site like the plague.

As an adult that’s watched the platform mature and defend itself in DC against allegations that it contributed to collusion in the last election, I too am getting a Facebook headache.

I don’t know how Facebook is coded but I’m a little worried. If the moderators’ physical working conditions are any sign; the site itself should be worried as of lately its biases are showing. It’s almost as if Facebook is out to ruin itself and my observations may get flagged as one of my opinionated posts was flagged for being false. How can feelings be false Facebook? I’m confused but Facebooks problems with differentiating between feelings and facts is just the tip of the Titanic sized iceberg.

Facebook can’t determine Fact from Fiction any better than its users.

Read that sentence one more time. Should we preface our statuses going forward with “In my opinion,” “I think,” or “This meme is not fact.” How can feelings be false? You’re not sad Chardae’, that’s fake news.

Fact: Facebook pays its moderators around $26,000 a year to ensure dangerous content stays away from our feed. [x]
Feeling: Facebook should pay its moderators at least minimum wage for their work entails seeing gruesome things so we don’t have to.
Fact: Mark Zuckerberg isn’t really donating 99 percent of his Facebook Shares to charity he’s just enjoying exploiting the US Tax Codes that benefit him. [x]
Feeling: Facebook is creating a false sense of safe spaces online.

You get the point. Facebook’s system flagging people’s feelings as false shows that the site is disregarding those feelings and everyone doesn’t matter.

Facebook lets anyone advertise.

Got something to sell rather it be a clothing boutique, political campaigns, shoes, your ex fiancé’s engagement ring, furniture… it’s pretty much a free for all on Facebook. Since the election happened, there’s a bit more red tape but it’s not so messy. I’ve had friends adverts be falsely reported because someone down the line didn’t like her book but it just goes to show that Facebook isn’t in the communication and technology business it’s clearly in the business of making money. Facebook isn’t be product, users are.

Not Everyone Matters on Facebook

Remember fact vs feelings from two bullets ago? That kind of ties into this notion that Facebook itself might be a lot racist or a lot sexist. I hate to pull the race card or the sexist card but you can’t bash men on Facebook or it’ll get reported by someone and Facebook might put you in time out. Also, don’t mention race or your account will also land you in Facebook Jail. We can however mention aliens, crayons, and anything that might not offend someone. Facebook wants to appease everyone and no one at the same time.

Facebook creates a false sense of safe spaces.

There’s no argument here. Facebook promises to be a safe space because the site doesn’t take sides in matters of race, sex, or politics until someone with a differing opinion reports you mentioning your feelings on sex, race, or politics.

If Facebook was a person he/she/they/it would be that person that has a million acquaintances but no one really knows because he/she/they/it is super awkward and wants to appease everyone. In my opinion, by “not taking sides” Facebook is taking sides.

I wish Facebook was more interested in fixing some of its biased reporting systems and not so worried about trying to get us to date our friends. That’s not a feature we asked for.
In my opinion, by “not taking sides” Facebook is taking sides.

I wish Facebook was more interested in fixing some of its biased reporting systems and not so worried about trying to get us to date our friends. That’s not a feature we asked for.

Do you feel like Facebook is heading in the wrong direction? Have you ever been reported for posting your feelings?

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