The EFF weighs in the inimical implications on Facebook’s decision to wall off its garden from legitimate academic research. A snippet:
While Facebook claims it “do[es]n’t allow misinformation in [its] ads”, it has been hesitant to block false political ads, and it continues to provide tools that enable fringe interests to shape public debate and scam users. For example, two groups were found to be funding the majority of antivaccine ads on the platform in 2019. More recently, the U.S. Surgeon General spoke out on the platform’s role in misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic—and just this week Facebook stopped a Russian advertising agency from using the platform to spread misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines. Everyone from oil and gas companies to political campaigns has used Facebook to push their own twisted narratives and erode public discourse.
Revealing the secrets behind this surveillance-based ecosystem to public scrutiny is the first step in reclaiming our public discourse.
The Zuckerborg is the fast lane of the disinformation superhighway.