Sacha Baron Cohen's amazing speech about Social Media, hate and modern discourse

Chalice Yao

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Sep 20, 2018
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Yup. 'Borat' (No, as Sacha himself.) just dropped one of the very best speeches about the dangers of Social Media, the nature of modern dscussion and fact-checking. If you didn't like the person himself - this might just change your mind.
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Innula Zenovka

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See also Sasha Baron Cohen lambasts Facebook and other social media sites for promoting fascism and naziism for money

Full transcript of his speech here : Read Sacha Baron Cohen's scathing attack on Facebook in full: 'greatest propaganda machine in history'

I agree -- it's an excellent speech and well worth reading or listening to.

Take the issue of political ads. Fortunately, Twitter finally banned them, and Google is making changes, too. But if you pay them, Facebook will run any “political” ad you want, even if it’s a lie. And they’ll even help you micro-target those lies to their users for maximum effect. Under this twisted logic, if Facebook were around in the 1930s, it would have allowed Hitler to post 30-second ads on his “solution” to the “Jewish problem”. So here’s a good standard and practice: Facebook, start factchecking political ads before you run them, stop micro-targeted lies immediately, and when the ads are false, give back the money and don’t publish them.