Kevin Roose

Kevin Roose


Tech columnist, NYT + NYT Magazine. kevin.roose@nytimes.com or kevinroose@protonmail.com (secure)

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New by me, @MikeIsaac  and @sheeraf : a post-election look inside Facebook, where internal battles are raging about how to balance the sometimes-incompatible goals of growth and goodness.

Meanwhile, YouTube videos containing false voter fraud allegations have been viewed *rubs eyeballs* 138 million times according to one estimate.

The problem with tech companies "fighting" misinformation is that false things are generally way more interesting than true things. If your system is built around an engagement-ranked feed, you can label and fact-check all you want and it won't move the needle much.

Sidenote: this argument (that engagement rises as content gets worse, barring manual intervention) was made a few years ago by a promising young data scientist, "M. Zuckerberg."

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Really grateful for @alexismadrigal , @yayitsrob , @kissane  and their army of data trackers for setting up and maintaining @COVID19Tracking , which shouldn't be necessary but has helped me make a lot of decisions this year.

Facebook employees also developed a slate of tools to combat misinformation and “hate bait.” But they ran into opposition from policy executives who feared they would disproportionately impact conservatives.

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Facebook is absolutely teeming with right-wing misinformation right now. These are all among the 10 most-engaged URLs on the platform over the last 24 hours (per @NewsWhip  data)

Anxiety index: the entire Ben and Jerry’s freezer at the grocery store is empty.

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If your recommendation algorithm is such a risk to political stability that you turn it off in the lead-up to an election, shouldn't you just....leave it off? (this is why I am not a billionaire)

A few months ago, I realized I couldn't read a book, watch a movie, or sustain a conversation without being distracted by my phone. So I started a 30-day phone rehab program with , and it changed my life.

A Newsmax video full of debunked voter fraud conspiracy theories (dead people voting, poll watchers barred, software glitches) is the 3rd most-shared post of the past three days. 15 million views, 345,000 shares.

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I got roasted by polling gurus for suggesting that Facebook engagement might capture something traditional polls didn't. But you're probably less confused right now if you spent the last 6 months looking at Facebook than if you spent it looking at polls.

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