Joel Kaplan’s Policy Team Sways Big Facebook Decisions Like Alex Jones Ban

“Internal documents & interviews with 14 current and former employees show how the company’s policy team — guided by Joel Kaplan, the vice president of global public policy”...…
“And Zuckerberg’s whims exerted outsize influence while obstructing content moderation decisions, stymieing product rollouts, and intervening on behalf of popular conservative figures who have violated Facebook’s rules.”...
“In December, a former core data scientist wrote a memo titled, “Political Influences on Content Policy.” Seen by BuzzFeed News, the memo stated that Kaplan’s policy team “regularly protects powerful constituencies” and listed several examples,...”
“...including: removing penalties for misinformation from right-wing pages, blunting attempts to improve content quality in News Feed, and briefly blocking a proposal to stop recommending political groups ahead of the US election.”
A Facebook Integrity Researcher

“Out of fears over potential public and policy stakeholder responses, we are knowingly exposing users to risks of integrity,” they wrote in an internal note seen by BuzzFeed News. They quit in August.
Facebook is burning every political bridge,
In Feed Recommendations (IFRs) were NOT supposed to recommend political content.

But it did. How else could the like of Ben Shapiro content appear their automatic feed, despite NEVER engaging with him?

Fear of accusations of shadow banning was the argument trailed.
Has Facebook unleashed a platform that has caused more harm in the world than near anything in modern history.

One thing is for sure.

As long as @LibDems Peers play any part it will reflect badly on the party and it will@lose them members & supporters

@nick_clegg & Lord Allen

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23 Feb
500,000 coronavirus deaths visualized: A number almost too large to grasp - Washington Post

Is this why we seem to have become numb to the numbers of dead?

We can’t visualise it?

The Washington post looked at how long a queue of buses would be.…
The EQUIVALENT of 94.7 miles.

In the U.K. our Covid dead would stretch for over 22.5 miles. A foot for every person who has died. ImageImage
Just allowing one foot for every person dead with Covid would cause a queue of coaches from Dover to Ashford.

Indeed it would wipe out the population of Dover 3.5 times over Image
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22 Feb
Pathway out of lockdown paved with

-Lots of dates;

- no data; and

- a large helping of fudge
Bear in mind we are just 1.1k deaths off SAGE’s RWC scenario from last July (85k deaths 1/7/20-31/3/21). We’ll get there early.

Then have a look at the SAGE report and underlying assumptions from 7th February. All 4 scenarios lead to significant increase in hospital/deaths
Looks like the Gov is aiming for 55k more deaths scenario.

(33k - 81k deaths range)… Image
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22 Feb
Quick summary today : Sun/Mon data and processing lags ⚠️

🦠🦠 10,641 new cases. Seems to be stalling a bit & at too high a level

⚰️⚰️ 178 (28 day cut off) deaths

🏥 admissions 1304, 🛌 In patients 18,462

VENTILATION 🛌 2469 ImageImage
The first Vaccination Surveillance Programme report has been released today showing decent efficacy even on one dose of Pfizer where odds improved over a 4 week period and then seemed to plateau until second dose.…
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21 Feb
Usual Sun/Mondata lag ⚠️

🦠🦠 9834 new cases

⚰️⚰️ 215 (28 day cut off) deaths
⚰️⚰️⚰️ 260 (60 day cut off deaths with Covid on death cert)

⚰️💔⚰️💔 139,905 Covid deaths total (by date of death)

(133,077 ONS/Stats Covid death cert to 5/2/21 + 6828 - 28 day cut off to 20/2/21)
🏥 admissions 1397
🛌 In Patients 18,462

Downward trend continues and vaccination effect now visible differentially in the over 80s in both admissions and deaths (- BUT not cases. Will 2 doses reduce transmission more than one dose?)
💉 334,697 VACCINATION doses administered yesterday bringing the total to

💉💉 18,197,269 doses administered to 17,582,121 people

💉💉💉 Of those, 615,148 people have received 2 doses

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21 Feb
Important and balanced thread on Long Covid and kids.

And remember the primary rules of public health
1/ Act early (well, that ship sailed)
2/ Act fast (that ship has sailed too)
3/ Act decisively (yep- that ship sailed too)
4/ If in doubt apply the precautionary principle. (Um)
Also adding to @chrischirp valuable thread is a contribution via Israel suggesting we should not ignore the effect on kids.
Also another reflection on the value of vaccination.

Israel has started vaccinating 16-18 year olds with quite dramatic effect including before the second Pfizer jab + 19-21 year olds (army service?)

It looks as if it may well knock back transmission to age groups either side
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21 Feb
(Frost)”became a figure familiar in many workplaces: the frustrated middle manager, whose resentment at an indifferent world that overlooks him gnaws at his pride. Do not underestimate the anger of the men no one remembers.”

John Kerr, a former head of the diplomatic service, described his former staffer as being “very diligent and conscientious, good at carrying out instructions, not always as good at querying instructions”. Kerr didn’t mean it as a compliment.

Damning with faint praise.
Off he went to offer a bit of boosterism to the Scotch Whiskey Industry.

I wonder what they think of him now?

His notable absence of commitment to a Brexit prior to the referendum made him an excellent fit for Johnson. For both Brexit was a career move.
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