Musk Urges Algorithm Transparency – Accuses Facebook

Elon Musk accuses Facebook of global manipulation and challenges its transparency claims as investigation reveals potential bias.

Tech billionaire Elon Musk, who owns Twitter, has accused social media giant Facebook of manipulating public opinion globally. Musk’s tweet has sparked discussions about algorithm transparency and stirred reactions across the digital space.

Musk Accuses Facebook Of Manipulation

Elon Musk’s tweet, which straightforwardly states, “Facebook is manipulating the public almost everywhere on Earth. That is why they won’t open source their algorithm,” has sparked intense discussions. This accusation follows Michael Shellenberger’s remarks, who shared a news report quoting Mark Zuckerberg’s claims about Facebook’s fairness and neutrality. However, recent investigations have unveiled a contradictory reality.

Sky News Australia’s thorough investigation has exposed an alarming global effort by Facebook to suppress political discussions related to ‘The Voice.’ This investigation revealed a troubling link between Facebook and activists aiming to limit opposing viewpoints, especially during a significant national referendum. This revelation contradicts Facebook’s claims of fairness and openness.

‘The Voice,’ which examines Meta’s global fact-checking mechanism (Meta is Facebook’s parent company), was found to be inconsistent with its claimed standards. Instances emerged where Meta allowed institutions like the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology to silence Australian journalism, which contradicts Meta’s founder Mark Zuckerberg’s principles of disassociating from fact-checking responsibilities.

Musk Highlights Transparency in Contrast to Facebook

While Facebook remains opaque, Elon Musk, his rival, used Twitter to champion openness. He praised Twitter’s Community Notes, which promotes accuracy through an open-source approach. Musk emphasized that criticism is welcome and the whole process is accessible.

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Twitter’s Community Notes account echoed Musk’s sentiment, sharing that a successful pilot program in 23 European countries is expanding. Diverse contributors have bridged borders and offered helpful notes, fostering an inclusive community – a contrast to Facebook’s alleged manipulation.

In another instance, Musk influenced the price of DOGE with a tweet. He mentioned “X is a dog & Doge friendly place!” leading to a 0.08% price increase, now at $0.06344.

As Musk’s accusation resonates, the digital landscape contemplates accountability and transparency. The comparison between Musk’s call for openness and Facebook’s alleged secrecy in algorithms adds depth to the ongoing debate about social media giants’ role and responsibility.

Important: Please note that this article is only meant to provide information and should not be taken as legal, tax, investment, financial, or any other type of advice.

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