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Facebook faces the tragedy of the commons

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"Facebook is not just a newspaper with 2.1bn readers. But being a platform does not absolve them of responsibility-- in fact, it makes their burden heavier.A better way to think of Russian political ads, extremist videos, fake news and all the rest is as the polluters of common resources. The term for this is the tragedy of the commons. Open ecosystems that are openly shared by entire communities tend to get despoiled.  Every time a scandal occurs, they have to reinforce their editorial defenses and come closer to the kind of content monitoring that would change their nature.Algorithms are  an automated fence around a territory to sort exploiters from legitimate entrants. Machines cannot solve everything, though. If they could exclude all miscreants, the commons would turn into something else. The vision of an unfettered community is alluring but utopias are always vulnerable."

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