GQ: What the Cambridge Analytica Scandal Means for the Future of Facebook

GQ: What the Cambridge Analytica Scandal Means for the Future of Facebook. “Today’s Facebook is a global, for-profit institution that functions as a hybrid digital directory, online marketplace, instant communications service, video-on-demand platform, civic-engagement tool, virtual public square, and curated one-stop news source. For many people, it is the Internet. It quickly outgrew the relevant regulatory schemes, most of which were built decades ago with only the relatively meager capabilities of its media predecessors in mind. It is now so big that when—just as a hypothetical example—it is used to facilitate the deliberate dissemination of fabricated ‘news’ stories in a way that might have helped swing a presidential election, it poses the worst kind of problem: one for which there is no objective, readily identifiable method of fixing.”

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