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Facebook says Netflix’s The Social Dilemma ‘gives a distorted view’

Fb is taking part in protection over accusations surfaced within the Netflix movie The Social Dilemma.


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Netflix’s documentary The Social Dilemma has sparked conversations about social media’s impact on our lives and mental health, and Facebook has now formally joined the dialogue. The corporate shared a post on its site Friday titled “What ‘The Social Dilemma’ Will get Unsuitable,” during which it says the documentary “buries the substance in sensationalism.”

Fb complains that the movie’s creators do not embrace insights from present workers on the firms talked about, or from individuals who have alternate viewpoints. 

“Slightly than provide a nuanced take a look at expertise, it offers a distorted view of how social media platforms work to create a handy scapegoat for what are tough and complicated societal issues,” Fb writes. “Additionally they do not acknowledge—critically or in any other case—the efforts already taken by firms to deal with lots of the points they increase. As an alternative, they depend on commentary from those that have not been on the within for a few years.”

The corporate then goes into an inventory of issues it says the movie “will get mistaken.” In the case of the problem of addiction, Fb says: “Our Information Feed product groups are usually not incentivized to construct options that enhance time-spent on our merchandise. As an alternative we wish to be sure that we provide worth to folks, not simply drive utilization.” 

Fb factors to an instance in 2018 when it modified its Information Feed rating to prioritize “significant social interactions” quite than issues like viral movies. The corporate says this transfer led to a lower of 50 million hours a day on the platform. “That is not the sort of factor you do if you’re merely making an attempt to drive folks to make use of your providers extra,” the corporate wrote.

Subsequent, Fb rebutted the concept customers are the product, noting, “Fb is funded by promoting in order that it stays free for folks.” It additionally defended its use of algorithms, saying that Fb’s expertise “retains the platform related and helpful.” It pointed to different platforms that use algorithms, together with Netflix, including: “Portraying algorithms as ‘mad’ could make good fodder for conspiracy documentaries, however the actuality is loads much less entertaining.” 

Different points Fb rebuts embrace how it uses data, in addition to its alleged position in contributing to polarization and spreading misinformation.

Netflix did not instantly reply to a request for remark. 

Discussions round technology and mental health have pushed many large tech firms to roll out measures designed to curb tech addiction. Social media platforms like Instagram and Fb started hiding likes after being criticized for fostering nervousness and melancholy. AppleGoogle and Facebook have additionally rolled out well-being instruments geared toward serving to customers monitor their display time.

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