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@joshtpm First off, I appreciate you actually engaging with the issue. I don't disagree with you in theory, in that I believe that the product features that provide the most amplification create the most responsibility and have less free expression concerns.

@joshtpm One of the frustrating issues for folks inside of the companies is the data-free citation of ranking algorithms as a reason for the companies to take on even more complicated and nuanced content moderation decisions.
@joshtpm There is finally some (overdue) transparency on this subject from FB, published just this week:
newsroom.fb.com/news/2019/05/e…
@joshtpm As you can see, they took down almost 2B pieces of content last quarter. The vast vast majority of these decisions are what most people would consider to be content-neutral removals of spam and other kinds of financially-motivated fraud. Hate speech is 0.2% of the spam volume.
@joshtpm The unfortunate truth is that giving people frictionless communication always leads to various forms of abuse, so any usable mechanism will have some kind of algorithmic ranking and content moderation scheme.
@joshtpm From my perspective, the basic need for this kind of moderation and the responsibility I think the companies have for mitigating directly harmful speech does not mean that it is wise for them to step into the breach on policing political speech from domestic actors.
@joshtpm Facebook has a real-identity policy, and if the company implies that this policy means something then it must be enforced. I think there also needs to be more transparency on Pages, but this is complicated as pseudo-anonymity is critical to oppressed groups around the world.
@joshtpm But the algorithmic elimination of a video criticizing an elected official, even one as misleading as this, is an extreme step and a power I don't want to see exercised outside of a real legal process. Even if they exercise the same power for other purposes.
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