[AGAC] Facebook Algorithms

[All Gather and Chat] Study — Week 19

What is AGAC?
This post is a record of the thoughts we shared from various perspectives while reading newspaper articles.

Week 19

  • Moderator: Su(architect)

Article

Summary questions (Answer in your own words)

1. What were the crisis that Facebook confront?2. What were the experiments (or studies) done as Facebook’s self-examination?

1. What were the crisis that Facebook confront?

Frances Haugan, former senior product manager at Facebook, leaked internal Facebook documents, exposing unethical practices in the company’s business processes.

2. What were the experiments (or studies) done as Facebook’s self-examination?

  • Like Button
    Like Button had the side effect of making them feel depressed by making people compare themselves with others, so researchers tried to get rid of the like button. But when they removed the like button, people started posting less and interacting with the app less.

Discussion Questions

1. Which do you think is the most representative product of SNS? - Likes? Shares? Subscription? News Feed? Groups? Etc.- Pick one and share your opinion towards it.2. How much the tech companies -You tube, Twitter, Facebook, Tik tok, etc – influence human behavior and belief? And what is the responsibilities on these influential tech companies?3. It seems apparent that no one at the company, or in the world at large, has really gotten their arms around it. So the company’s reputation is once again in free fall.... Is it still worth debate on? Or time to let it go and move on to Metaverse?

1. Which do you think is the most representative product of SNS? — Likes? Shares? Subscription? News Feed? Groups? Etc.- Pick one and share your opinion towards it.

  • Sc: Subscription
    The subscribe button groups people with the same interests on social media. YouTubers often refer to their subscribers by specific nicknames. In addition, subscribers communicate together in the comment box.

2. How much the tech companies -You tube, Twitter, Facebook, Tik tok, etc — influence human behavior and belief? And what is the responsibilities on these influential tech companies?

  • Jin: It seems to have a lot of influence, especially on teenagers. Especially when you see a huge number of teenagers imitating the actions of an influencer like TikTok.

3. It seems apparent that no one at the company, or in the world at large, has really gotten their arms around it. So the company’s reputation is once again in free fall…. Is it still worth debate on? Or time to let it go and move on to Metaverse?

  • Su: The problem with Facebook’s platform is that it protects a lot of users, but the other problem is that the number of users is dwindling. Facebook is turning into an aging app. This is why Facebook has a new name, Meta.

additional question 3–1
Who and How can protect users from the harmful effects of the platform?
Government? Private Company? or Users themselves?

  • Su: I think users should be awake themselves. Even if private companies make policies for users, trusting those companies’ policies is another matter.