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Tips for teachers October 7, 2021

Facebook (WhatsApp, Instagram) had a bad week

When Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram were recently offline for five hours, the outage affected only a few people. True or false? [False. The outage affected billions of people.]

Facebook is the Internet in many countries that use Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp to reach friends, talk about politics and manage their businesses. True or false? [True.]

Was the cause of the Facebook outage a hacker attack? [No. It was internal to Facebook. Facebook fixed the problem.]

What did a whistleblower who worked at Facebook and had access to documents about how the company did business told a Senate committee? [That the company knew the effect of its apps on people; that the goal at Facebook is to keep people, including children, hooked to its service; that the company knew how some teenage girls felt worse about themselves after being online; and that the company knew that hateful content on its site kept some users coming back.]

Mark Zuckerberg, the head of Facebook, said it made no sense for Facebook to encourage hateful content. Why? [He said advertisers do not want to buy ads near hateful messages.]

What to do with Facebook and the role it plays in spreading disinformation? How to regulate the company and others like it? How to keep it out of the hands of young people? How to hold the company responsible for its content? What answers to these questions can readers suggest?

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