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FACEBOOK : A SOCIAL NETWORK that just can't be reformed. Even if you came up with a framework that reconfigured the platform structurally, you're not going to see reform or implementation.

THE PREVENTION OF LITERATURE : We need to reimagine Facebook or find a way to survive its growing, growing dominance. Time will tell Ya all that only :

The World Students Society - for every subject in the world, - the exclusive ownership of every student in the world, only and alone, can do that.

All stories matter because an idea is at risk. That's the idea that people who cannot speak freely will not be able to think clearly, and that no society can long flourish when contrarians are treated as heretics.

George Orwell, was here very much before us :

George Orwell's concern then, was not just with Russian totalitarianism, but with the arguments used by much of the Western intelligentsia to justify repression.
''What is sinister,'' he wrote, ''is that the conscious enemies of liberties are those to whom liberty ought to mean most.''

He was particularly calling out Western scientists who admired the Soviet union for its technical prowess and were utterly indifferent to Stalin's persecution of writers and artists. ''They do not see that any attack on intellectual liberty, and on the concept of objective truth, threatens in the long run every department of thought.'' 

Heoma Ozoma, who helped lead public policy and social impact at Pinterest and worked on public policy efforts at Facebook and Google, argues that Facebook's flawed architecture and its leadership are inextricably linked

''We're not going to see real change if we're just asking for edits on the edges,'' she told me.

''The platform will reflect the values of the people that make the decision. If you have people working at the platforms that are bought into perpetuating a system of white supremacy or unwilling to reckon with with it, then that's what it'll start looking like.''

Ms. Ozoma, who designed policy changes to limit the spread of medical misinformation and hate speech on social media platforms, speaks from her own experience in the Silicon Valley.

She has publicly criticized social media companies' leaders for inequitable pay, and in one recent thread, said that her managers undermined the work of people of color with ''racism, gaslighting and disrespect.''

''Even if you came up with a framework that reconfigured the platform structurally, you're not going to see the reform or implementation,'' she said.

Few who know Facebook really believe that Mark Zuckerberg will dismantle the company or relax his grip on the board, placing conversations like this one more in the realm of thought experiment than in reality.

But for those of us who are at the whims of the company's power, the status quo also seems untenable. Small reforms are crucial, but they also suggest that the current iteration can be saved - that there's more work to do. Facebook cannot be reformed. We need to change our demands.

The #StopHateForProfit campaign is one such change, but there are others. Mr. Vaidhyanathan told me that he is thinking less about policing Facebook's platforms; he is trying to imagine ways to help us live in world dominated by Facebook.

''We probably have to start thinking more radically about what kind of information ecosystem we need to survive as a democratic republic,'' he said. His ideas include what he described as ''boring'' but essential things like investment in libraries and public school.

There are other ideas, like declaring ''platform bankruptcy.'' This would involve platforms resetting all of their user and group follower count to zero and rebuilding communities from the ground up, with the platforms' current rules in place.

I put the question to my Twitter followers, asking for their best ideas to fix tech platforms and received over 1,000 responses in a few hours.

Some were simple : ''Design distribution around a different principle than virality.'' Others were wonkish : ''Cross-company/platform data and research collaborations between trust and safety teams.''

Many were about fundamental transformation : ''Ban algorithmic amplification; require proof of safety, efficacy, freedom from bias before product intro; classify personal data as a human right, not an asset.''

There were calls to get rid of metrics and for strict verification of real identities, for the companies to slow the speed of information. There were privacy solutions, ideas for more tailored community networks.

Many were more blunt : Just shut it all down and start over.

Some of these ideas feel almost too utopian to type, too simple, improbable. But there's elegance in simplicity, these are vision of an Internet we actually want to live on.

Facebook sold us a utopian vision of a more connected world and left us with current dystopia.

Why can't those of us who are left to clean up its mess have our own shot at utopia? Either way, we know we have more work to do.
The Honor and Serving of the Latest Global Operational Research on Thinking and Social Media Networks, continues. The World Students Society thanks author, Charlie Warzel.

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