Social media on trial for abuses

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergThe founder of Facebook is before Congress today and tomorrow to answer for how the company handled the personal data of users. This comes as disturbing allegations surface against another social media giant.

Twenty-three organizations representing consumer and child-protective concerns filed a complaint yesterday with the Federal Trade Commission that YouTube has been profiting from ads targeting children. They say the Google-owned video platform has been collecting information, including locations and cell phone numbers, in order to target ads at young children.

Meanwhile, while Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg is being grilled on Capitol Hill over FB's misuse of data, the company announced changes to its newsfeed that it says, among other things, will vet news sources and boost what they believe to be more reliable ones.

social mediaOneNewsNow spoke with Pastor Rich Penkoski of Warriors for Christ who has seen the effects of that firsthand in the last few days.

"As soon as we hit that 10,000 mark on this page – I mean literally, as soon as we hit that – everything dropped," he says. "Now on a lot of our posts we can't even get more than 90 views per post."

He shares that he's been hearing from a lot of those he no longer reaches. "And we're getting messages from people saying that Facebook is un-liking our page for them; that they have to like the page three or four times sometimes to get it to stick," he explains.

A Facebook spokesperson told OneNewsNow in a statement that "as News Feed prioritizes posts from friends, it means public pages of all types are more likely to experience declines" – and that "lower quality and less broadly trusted pages are seeing lower traffic than they used to."

Penkoski – and perhaps others – finds it odd that Facebook would make the changes at the same time it's already under scrutiny for bias against conservatives. But he argues that Facebook is "like heroin" to its users. "... They always come back – and Facebook knows it," he states.

Zuckerberg is expected to face tough questions about Facebook's apparent lack of transparency and bias against conservative users.

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