Facebook shares response to Netflix documentary 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’ Get Fallacious,” during which it says the documentary “buries the substance in sensationalism.”

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

“Reasonably than provide a nuanced have a look at expertise, it offers a distorted view of how social media platforms work to create a handy scapegoat for what are troublesome and complicated societal issues,” Fb writes. “In addition they do not acknowledge—critically or in any other case—the efforts already taken by corporations to handle lots of the points they increase. As a substitute, 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 features it says the movie “will get unsuitable.” In the case of the difficulty of habit, Fb says: “Our Information Feed product groups are usually not incentivized to construct options that enhance time-spent on our merchandise. As a substitute we wish to be sure that we provide worth to individuals, not simply drive utilization.” 

It factors to an instance in 2018 when it modified its Information Feed rating to prioritize “significant social interactions” moderately than issues like viral movies. Fb says this transfer led to a lower of 50 million hours a day value of time on the platform. “That is not the form of factor you do in case you are merely attempting to drive individuals to make use of your providers extra,” the corporate wrote.

Netflix did not instantly reply to a request for remark. 

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