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Social networks abhor vacuums. They fill them with conspiracies.
The Las Vegas terrorist attack is a good example of this. Why would a mild mannered accountant suddenly become a terrorist? What was the motive? So far, there is no evidence to explain why.
Facebook just declared war against "disruptive" information. In addition to hundreds of new human censors, they are training AI censors capable of identifying and deleting 'unacceptable' information found in the discussions of all two billion members in real time. This development highlights what the real danger posed by a socially networked world actually is.
Facebook, with a COMPLETE social graph, becomes more than an advertising platform. It becomes an arm of government.
Some random items of interest:
Here's a framework for understanding how social networking is changing US politics. It's raw, simple and (hopefully) useful.
The political parties and the media aren't the primary actors in the US political system anymore. Increasingly, politics is being waged online by networks. A fight between two powerful and very different online social networks (I gave them names that are both descriptive of how they operate and easy to remember):
Charlottesville wasn't a standard protest. It was a social blasting cap. An open invitation to a public fist fight between the left and right. A fight orchestrated to create widespread social disruption. A fight the police didn't want to referee. A fight that was allowed to escalate for hours.
Some items of interest:
I recently ran into a European counter-terrorism expert who complained that it was getting very difficult to build a fake profile on Facebook. Every time his team tried to set up a fake profile, it was shut down in less than 24 hours. Here's why he ran into problems.