Jacob Ward On Facebook Data Release: ‘A Historic Moment’ | MSNBC Jacob Ward On Facebook Data Release: ‘A Historic Moment’ | MSNBCAfter nearly two years of tough negotiations, researchers that finally got their hands on a huge amount of data through an initiative called social science. One Facebook has given a group of independent academic access to a trove of raw data in an effort to study the way. It’S you share information and misinformation. The data consist of URLs that you and I are likely to have seen by a Facebook, 38 million of them each one viewed at least 100 times publicly on Facebook. Research has conceded fact check or Flag by users as hates me, and then they can see broad demographic information about the people who viewed like or share these lengths and even gather some rough sense of the political affiliation, all those users.
Not all of this is eventually going to tell us just how little we know where we’ve known before about what social media maybe doing to our friendships, attention of span and even democracy itself. I want to bring in NBC’s Jake and Rodger McNamee in early and current Facebook investor and author of the best-selling book exact, which is now out in paperback this week. It is a must-read for anybody, who’s concerned about this information and misinformation. I want to start with you, and I have been talking about this for a long time.
You have said for a couple years now that this is what needs to happen. Independent researchers need to get their hands on this data to figure out what Facebook knows about us, how it may or may not manipulate us what we could actually prevent if we figure out the impact of social media on people Behavior small surface of amount of data That you can get from any. You know cursory, look at Facebook, but a real data set that will allow academic to look inside the company and see. How are we sharing things across that platform? This misinformation spread? How does something turn? How does a conversation you know turn into hate speech and does hates me somehow stick in our minds more than the kind of innocent stuff that they do, and I might share about our families are friends right.
The problem, of course, is that this is a phoneme for Facebook under consent decree with the FTC. They had a huge fine for privacy violations, and so they have said we have to limit the amount of data. They are not giving these researchers what they had hoped for, which was a very specific individual level amount of days of the kind of day today everyday to monitor what you and I look at and figure out. But it is a valuable thing, because you’re going to allow academics here and it’s got to be qualified academic, you do not know Cambridge analytica types, you know higher guns.
This is find independent academics who got an approval from social science. One can apply get in there and see suddenly how the URL to be shared across Facebook may be sticking in our minds and changing democracy itself Ali, never that perky and alive at 5:45. In the morning, Rodger McNamee Jake describe the fact that Facebook has had to put some stand into this in order to put it out there to not violate their privacy decree to not violate the European privacy laws. Something that you in your book talk so much about privacy right.
So how do we blend these two world? We want privacy and we want rules on Facebook that we want to see this data post 2016 election interference response, they War ascension and a massive pressure to disclose – and I do not think it is a coincidence – play Slow, walk this to the point where there’s no Way this is going to affect the 20/20 not going to learn enough not to get to the actual granular 2, because again they thrown the sand into the gears, and I think, in this case Facebook is much more concerned about protecting its own business than it is About helping us get to the truth about what happened in 2016, and I think, if you put this in the context of a company that recently changed its rules about fact-checking advertisements, buy campaigns and, just last week, said Hey in the context of Bloom.
You can, as a campaign, pay influencers to put out memes and other content, we’re not going to fact-check that either. Facebook quite clearly has its thumb on the scale for this election, and so when I look at this, I think the Privacy thing is he search for Facebook. It’S not something with they’re coming at sincerely when somebody’s being radicalized can we tell before somebody goes out and can commit a mass shooting what’s up? What’S so wonderful about this until now, basically, you’ve only been able you question: we could ask about how humans are using Facebook and how it touches their brains or people inside Facebook.
People on Facebook payroll, in this case you’re, going to have the creativity of independent academic. Saying what questions can we ask? Can we ask weather post that is filled with hate speech? Suddenly so you know, sticks and goes further and takes off in a way that that we didn’t realize it did and in a way, that’s perhaps far more effective than you know what post about puppies are opposed about, kids, and if, in doing so, we understand. Oh there, the pattern to the way this stuff blossoms across a for-profit social media platform, maybe there’s a way that those policies should change.
Until now, we have been entirely Hostage to his as Rodger says, even though about the same time today can go in and look at any data they want about you and I, on an individual basis. Now, in this case, the research of the saying were a little frustrated that that we don’t get that kind of data that we can’t draw the same kind of granular conclusions that people within Facebook can but we’ll take. This differential analysis is called. The sort of you know, higher-level more statistically, noisy stuff should be able to do some creative work by good, independent academics.
You know working at universities working with Federal funding, to figure out the truth about how you and I are living our lives on Facebook these days. So I think, there’s one thing I have to push back in with Jake saying. I think that this is way better than nothing and I’m really happy that data’s out there, but I think at the end of the day, the problem that were facing is that we know what the problems are. We actually do know how they speak circulated. We actually have very good ideas, have disinformation gets created and spread spoke last week about the group of George Washington University 2015 to 2016 still operate both for for President Trump and for the Bernie Sanders campaign and Facebook’s refusal to do anything about this kind of stuff? Is a huge problem for democracy and as much as I want to study all the stuff that a granular level, the high-level policy step should be really obvious to everyone that Facebook, right now by its conscious action, science architecture is undermining democracy and the country should care Much more about that than we do.
Thank you both of you guys. I appreciate it Rodger good to continue to see you here in New York. I know those days will come to an end fairly shortly and Jake bless you for getting up that early to have this discussion. It’S hard with you, California, guys MSNBC, thanks for watching MSNBC on YouTube.Facebook recently released a trove of raw data to a group of independent academics studying the way users share information. MSNBC’s Ali Velshi discusses the privacy implications with NBC News Technology Correspondent Jacob Ward and ‘Zucked’ author Roger McNamee.» Subscribe to MSNBC: http://on.msnbc.com/SubscribeTomsnbc
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Jacob Ward On Facebook Data Release: ‘A Historic Moment’ | MSNBC