Charlie Warzel

Charlie Warzel


writer-at-large for The New York Times Opinion desk. I cover the information wars. charlie.warzel@nytimes.com DMs open.

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is there a link to this zuckerberg speech that will undoubtedly take years off my life?

'focusing on the authenticity of the speaker rather than the content' as a misinformation strategy a good, succinct explanation of the 'we let you lie in ads' policy

i feel like this is the most forceful Zuckerberg's delivery has ever been

Lots of mention of how hard it is to monitor speech in 100s of countries. Less mention that this quest for scale — sometimes without proper infrastructure in those countries — was something the company unilaterally decided to do

appreciate zuckerberg putting extensive thoughts on the record re: speech. but my biggest worry is the thing he’ll never address, which is how the architecture of the platform gives a natural advantage to the worst, most divisive actors

Same goes for FBs scale. I believe he’s frequently doing best he can when things come across his desk. But problems he describes as so daunting are problems Facebook willingly lept into via quest for massive, rapid growth. Yes, he’s trying to solve them. But he also created them

Anyhow, it seems like he’s worried that people believe he’s not thinking critically enough about speech. But I think peoples’ real concern is that he built something whose architecture and scale is incompatible with many of our values

it honestly freaked me the hell out because it seemed like there is just this huge shadow population of accounts that don't behave like real people but also it's unclear if their inauthentic.

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i tried really hard to think of a take for Zuckerberg's speech but almost nothing about it felt new.

i love the algorithmic discovery of spotify. it has introduced me to so much music i'd have probably never found. but man it is depressing to go into a coffee shop and hear like the same 20 deep cut tracks you thought were your little gems but really it's just the app funneling

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New: I wrote about how Alex Jones’ deposition vid exposed him like never before. And how the legal system may be the only way to defang a conspiracy theorist at the height of his powers.

this line from the Capital One press release on their massive data breach is pretty unreal. Nothing compromised! Except, you know, all the stuff that was compromised.

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17 hrs ago from an Infowars Editor. And 10 minutes ago from POTUS

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future of protest = 15 people up in each others' face but not looking @ each other b/c they r all livestreaming the event to their followers

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the nyt reporter who profiled the ohio nazi basically confesses he didn't get much. and that the intvws didn't connect any dots for him. sometimes you gotta know when to kill a story.

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