Facebook is inherently conflicted. It promises advertisers it will deliver interested and engaged users—and often what is interesting and engaging is salacious, aggressive, or simply false.
Rodrigo Duterte Turned Facebook Into a Weapon, With a Little Help From Facebook, December 10, 2017 at 05:32PM
I doubt you’ve come across a better analogy today:
This is like, a taxi driver flies on United Airlines from New York to Miami, and in Miami he picks up a guy who owns a boat and drives him to the marina, and then the guy with with boat transports bags of cash for a drug dealer, and you hold United responsible.
Fund Conflicts and Tax Napkins, April 27, 2017, at 03:37 PM
It’s a valid analogy, though. And on a very valid point of criticism:
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. prohibits banks it transacts with from dealing with virtual-currency exchanges, according to an internal document seen by The Wall Street Journal.
The concern here is that JPMorgan might transfer money for another bank, and that other bank might transfer money for a bitcoin exchange, and that bitcoin exchange might transfer money for a drug dealer. Which, in the eyes of the law, means that JPMorgan might as well be dealing drugs itself.
Mat Honan wrote on Tuesday about Facebook, Inc.’s new augmented reality tools:
“Yes, someone can create a virtual painting, meant to beautify the city, or leave a virtual note to a loved one that reaches them at just the right moment, in just the right place. But someone else will probably leave a swastika. Because if there is anything to be learned about the modern internet, it is that if you build it, the Nazis will come.”
Juice Machines and Red Flags, April 22, 2017, at 08:23 AM
Tyler Cowen thinks notes that “due to social media it will be increasingly difficult to write and enforce retail contracts with legal meanings very different from their ‘common sense’ meanings.”
Airline Shares and Whistleblowers, April 13, 2017 at 11:24AM
Bond investors want creditworthy companies, and stock investors want growing companies, but convertible arbitrage investors want volatile companies, because volatility increases the value of an option.
Happy Meals and Glass-Steagall, April 7, 2017, at 11:03 AM
There is a theory that the pre-crisis mortgage bubble would have been worse in the absence of synthetic collateralized debt obligations on mortgage-backed securities: If banks didn’t have synthetic CDOs to sell to investors who wanted mortgage exposure, they’d have had to originate even more risky mortgages.
Governance, Advisers and Derivatives, January 26, 2017 at 12:02AM