Technology - Alexis Madrigal - The Perfect Technocracy: Facebook's Attempt to Create Good Government for 900 Million PeopleFacebook's desire for efficiency means democracy is out and technocratic, developer-king rule is in. Reuters/FakeTV Let's stipulate that Facebook is not a country, that real governments fulfill many more functions, and that people are not citizens of their social networks. Nonetheless, 900 million human beings do something like live in the blue-and-white virtual space of the world's largest structured web of people. And those people get into disputes that they expect to be adjudicated.
ALL THE CLAIMS ARE CURRENTLY UNCONFIRMED by Dec 24
A key point missing from Betabeat’s hyperbole: Facebook keeps about users anonymous when presenting it to advertisers. Timelines are simply aggregating more of this information, anonymously." by Dec 24
"The consultant told Betabeat that Facebook’s GraphRank, which determines the ranking and placement of content on users’ news feeds, won’t necessarily display the newest content at the top, instead taking into account other metrics, including direct payment to the social network by advertisers." by Dec 24