Can Facebook Be the Good Guy?

The metaverse and whistleblowers give us a lot to talk about.

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Episode 90: Can Facebook Be the Good Guy?

Katherine Druckman and Doc Searls talk to Shawn Powers and Petros Koutoupis about Facebook’s metaverse focus and whistleblower problems.

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If there is one guarantee in life lately, it’s that Facebook will give us something to talk about. Last week, we discussed the Facebook papers, whistleblower Frances Haugen’s allegations, and the metaverse announcement. We’ve since released Episode 91 as well, which explores the metaverse idea further.

Perhaps most surprising was Shawn’s fairly optimistic take:

But I think that they have an advantage in that they are the company that is in the weeds with that situation right now. Right. I mean they're in Congress voluntarily and you know, whistleblowery, so I mean, the good, the bad and the ugly. I think though that the company could take this opportunity to leverage all of this horrible, bad press and this evilness that they have brought upon themselves to do good. And, and I say that because who knows more about how to be creepy with privacy data than Facebook right now. . .

I mean, and if they lean into that, like, okay, we designed an AI or “the algorithm” as as it's known, we designed this thing and man, it got, they got the better of us. It got the better of everybody because it has done terrible things. And if they learn from that in anything other than how to make more money then, you know, it could be a positive. I like to think that, that there is still some soul left in the people working there. So maybe there's some hope.

We also touched a little on the spotlight Frances Haugen finds herself in, and how her ideas around end-to-end encryption may or may not have been misconstrued. People seem to fit the released information into their existing narratives, whatever those may be, and we hope people will take a few deep breaths and digest the released information carefully.

We hope you’ll dive in with us and explore these ideas, and then let us know your thoughts on the recent Facebook issues. Can they become the good guys and turn their reputation around?

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