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  •  So...you've carefully read the diary and it's (2+ / 0-)
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    references and concluded with a wave of your hand there's nothing to see here.  There's no conservative Jedi manipulators to worry about, and you can, based on sufficiently deep knowledge of internal Facebook operations and management and how user accounts have been treated, confidently assert that this whole Facebook snafu is all simply reflective of profit-minded corporate benign neglect, perhaps as a strategy enhancing share worth and key shareholder profits by minimizing programmer expenses.

    So whenever there are these hands-on or automated shutdowns on user postings or accounts, this merely reflects they were obviously randomly flagged, perhaps in some forgivably bungling manner, by either human or automated agents?  And therefore it's simply unthinkable that there could be any real intentional difference between how conservative radical speech and progressive speech is handled or stifled?  Not even with massive corporate data mining and usage for various advertising campaigns (commercial and political) being part of Facebook's current mission?

    So, maybe you'll have to make the next wave of your hand a bit bigger and broader?  I'm not feeling the force yet.

    When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

    by antirove on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 11:47:48 AM PDT

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    •  I've been a computer nerd ... (1+ / 0-)
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      for more than 35 years. I have been developing websites since the mid-90s. I have been director of software development. I have some idea how these things work.

      There may be a user bias in reporting comments but I seriously doubt there is an institutional bias. Too many users, too few employees.

      Congress shall make no law abridging the right of the people peaceably to assemble.

      by edg on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 03:11:28 PM PDT

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      •  Similar experience to yours. I've been in (1+ / 0-)
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        small to Fortune 500 sized profit and non-profits doing IT work across a variety of business areas, web, database, systems management, networking, software development, wireless communications.  A few organizations have top management, communications or PR management who are far more sensitive to web comments and work hard tweaking or shaping image and messages than others, and see themselves in an adversarial environment where impressions that reflect negatively on their interests didn't need to be 'reflected' in the various systems and forums supported. I suspect this may be a 'your mileage may vary' thing when it comes to corporate experiences.  

        One example: I've had to implement and process 'surveys' where the questions intended for clients/customers were reviewed and refined made more neutral and simpler choices by statistical professional consultants, but the management decided to change the questions again, to better reflect their objectives, values and goals, and instead of just getting yes/no answers had to rank everything 0 to 10, making results far more 'squishy'...probably less risky to their bonuses as well. And then there was 'processing' and fine tuning the raw results, which sets of questions and/or answers could be tossed out, etc.  Figuring out a portion of the survey results were generated by just a couple of people posing as many respondents didn't help my employment review any. The statistical consultant professors quit. They were pretty sure the results, no matter how twisted, were still indicative of a need for responsive organizational change, an unwanted outcome.  Unsurprisingly, within a few years, the managers pushing this sort of manipulative approach were swept out by the board of directors.

        When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

        by antirove on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 05:15:43 PM PDT

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