From the article:
“In the case of social media, we have the other interesting dimension that the core of social media is about voice and views of the group. As such, social media are perceived to operate in a relatively democratic and self-regulating way.
Whether this is really true and if so, represents an effective way of determining what gets taken down or not, depends on your view of the wisdom of crowds. 4,000 people “liked” the original Aboriginal Memes page and would argue that there was nothing wrong with it as it was supposed to be “funny”.”
Unfortunately this article lead me to the facebook page with “aboriginal memes” and I’m not exactly sure how and why people decide to make those sort of memes and how or why they think they are funny.
The whole point of the article, though, is that the original facebook page started a lot of controversy and was eventually taken down by facebook because of it. But not long after new versions of the page were back up and running. So, what do we do? How can Facebook regulate this?
My suggestion, and that of many others, self regulation. Yes, I agree, “aboriginal memes” is horrible, nasty, racist, inappropriate nonsense that people shouldn’t have to see… so, don’t look at it. I will never go back to that page again. When Chick-Fil-A came out and said they do not support gay marriage my dad swore. he would never eat at Chick-Fil-A (I do support gay marriage, but can’t seem to give up the chicken sandwiches). My dad has not eaten at Chick-Fil-A since. He has better self control than I do.
I agree, It does seem quite impossible to regulate a lot of what is on facebook and social media sites, but to me it seems that facebook is already doing an okay job. There is a button on facebook that says “report.” I have never actually clicked on it, but I have thought about it a few times. Instead of clicking that, I think I actually deleted some people (self regulation).
But, I guess that really can’t be the answer. There needs to be some sort of way to regulate facebook.
From the article:
“When it comes to social media, we exert a choice over who we follow and whose pages we decide to look at. In the case of email, we have intelligent and adaptive software that filters offensive SPAM that is in part determined by how we as individuals filter our messages. Sites like Facebook and Twitter and Google+ will eventually incorporate this sort of functionality that will allow the individual to decide how much or how little they want to see.
Whether this leaves us wiser or happier or even safer, only time will tell.”
Do you think self regulation is the best answer? Or, what do you think the best way to regulate facebook is?