The complexities of social media ought to prompt deep reflection on what we all owe to the future, and how we might discharge this debt.
For those who don’t have a subscription, Alan has kindly and pleasantly provided a samizdat version on his site in .pdf format.
The top employee voted question at today's internal Facebook Q&A for Mark Zuckerberg:— Ryan Mac (@RMac18) April 22, 2021
"What is our next big product, which does not imitate already existing products on the market?"
The Australien Government has made an ad about the new Media legislation it just passed, and it's surprisingly honest and informative.
New challengers approach.
“What excuse did we use not to ban him this time?”
A 6,600-word internal memo from a fired Facebook data scientist details how the social network knew about specific examples of global political manipulation — and failed to act.
“In the office, I realized that my viewpoints weren’t respected unless I acted like an arrogant asshole,” Zhang said. ❧
Sad that one would have to act like a techbro to have their message at work be heard.
Annotated on September 14, 2020 at 09:40PM
We need to reimagine the social network or find a way to survive its dominance.
The social media company has taken steps toward reining in Trump. It’s too little, too late.
GiPHY was bought by Facebook. I was surprised since I participated in their early investing experiment, through Alphawor never got any emails about this. In July of 2014, I invested the minimum, $2,500 in GiPHY. I want to show you in…
Two defense experts explore the collision of war, politics, and social media, where the most important battles are now only a click away. Through the weaponization of social media, the internet is changing war and politics, just as war and politics are changing the internet. Terrorists livestream th...
Charlotte Allen wrote up a method for using Micropub and Webhooks to PESOS to a WordPress website recently.
Great write up Jamie. Some interesting things to think about and lots of useful examples.
I suspect that for most personal websites the idea of fair use will give people enough protection for reply contexts. Of course it will depend on their jurisdiction as fair use can vary by country or potentially even within countries in terms of how it is applied.
I would almost have to think that barring particular legislation and precedent that people/companies who are explicitly providing Open Graph Protocol or similar meta data on their websites are explicitly granting a license to use that content as the only use for that data on most systems is to provide it for creating contexts on services like Facebook, Twitter, etc. Facebook likely created OGP as a proprietary format to give itself broad legal protection for just such use cases, though I suspect they parse pages and take titles or other snippets when OGP doesn’t exist. Naturally some large systems like WordPress may push OGP into code without the site’s owners being aware of what they’re potentially giving away, so the area is really murky at best. It would be beneficial to consult an attorney to see what their best advice might be or if there are precedents with respect to these areas.
For future reference, here is the relevant section for Fair Use from Title 17 of the Copyright Law of the United States:
107. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use40
Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include—
(1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
(2) the nature of the copyrighted work;
(3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
(4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.
The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.