It's time for news media to abandon Facebook.
That’s the inevitable takeaway from the Facebook Papers’ disclosure that its algorithm is irremediably geared to outrage and simply not fit for journalism’s purpose.
That’s the takeaway, too, from a four-month trial by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to bar all comments on its Facebook news posts. Seems even the notoriously nice Canadians couldn’t restrain from what CBC News editor-in-chief Brodie Fenlon called “an inordinate amount of hate, abuse, misogyny and threats in the comments”. The toxicity meant that stories and videos were being pulled from Facebook when they knew story subjects and particular communities would be targeted for abuse. “Misinformation and disinformation were rife,” he said.