Facebook isn't free speech, it's algorithmic amplification optimized for outrage

Jon Evans
Facebook isn't free speech, it's algorithmic amplification optimized for outrage

This week Mark Zuckerberg gave a speech in which he extolled "giving everyone a voice" and fighting "to uphold a wide a definition of freedom of expression as possible." That sounds great, of course! Freedom of expression is a cornerstone, if not the cornerstone, of liberal democracy. The problem is that Facebook doesn't offer free speech; it offers free amplification.