- Elon Musk alleges Facebook manipulation and lack of transparency.
- Study reveals false news dominance on Facebook during 2020 election.
- Musk’s move for transparency ignites rivalry with Zuckerberg, highlights ethical concerns.
The social space in the world we live in is never free of conflicts. But what would happen if that conflict is between two major players in the market? Well, chaos ensues again as Elon Musk takes to X (previously Twitter) to express his concerns about Facebook.
What is the Tweet About?
Well, Elon Musk has recently made some major allegations against Facebook regarding global manipulations and concerns over the transparency of its algorithm. Apparently, his tweet is in relation to a recent investigation that unveiled Facebook’s alleged funding of activists who had been advocating for censorship during a national referendum.
Important to note here is the fact that Elon Musk’s tweet is basically in response to the tweet made by Michael Shellenberger. According to Musk, Facebook’s algorithm affects public opinion. Moreover, he believes that the platform may be intentionally steering narratives and influencing users’ perspectives.
The Study on Facebook
It is imperative to note here that research during the 2020 election, in fact, did find that 97% of the links that had been shared on news stories were false, as checked by fact-checkers. These links were apparently present on various apps and were clicked on by conservative readers rather than liberal ones. It was also found that the sources preferred by conservative audiences were using Facebook, more in comparison to liberals. According to the same study, it was also revealed that just because “like-minded” content is reduced, it would not alter users’ beliefs and attitudes.
X to be Transparent Now
As expected, in order to avoid backlash, Elon Musk has made X’s algorithm open source for transparency. Well, since facebook refuses to open source its algorithm, these speculations indeed raise concerns.
The rivalry between Zuckerberg and Elon Musk is not new; in fact, this tweet is just a continuation of what’s been happening. From commenting on Threads and mocking Zuckerberg’s attempt to make something like X, Elong Musk is really challenging things.
Moreover, Musk can be seen advocating free speech via Twitter, while, on the other hand, Zuckerberg has been criticized for controlling it through his platforms. All in all, Elon Musk’s comment can be seen as sparking a broader discussion on the ethical considerations of social media platforms. There is indeed growing demand for transparency and accountability in the digital age, and the world of social media is about to change.