All the data you can eat

Facebook builds evil robots

Adam Oxford
Adam Oxford

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from social media over the years, it’s that when a few billion people gather in one place it’s almost impossible to enforce any sort of value-based norms on them. Over the years, Facebook, Twitter et al have tried many different ways to clamp down on misinformation and illicit behaviour. And humans have proved more than capable at circumventing most of them. Facebook’s next line of attack is to create an alternate universe populated by bots, in order to understand better how bad behaviours spread and can be stopped. This fascinating artificial world is called WW – and at some stage it will inevitably develop real intelligence, spill out into the real Facebook and doom us all.

Adam Oxford
  • Adam Oxford is a freelance journalist, media consultant and civic tech enthusiast. He also works closely with startups developing solutions to access to justice problems.

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