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You should delete allFacebook products1.2Is it time for society to delete Facebook?1.1DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:1. The “Pro-deleting” side gives many different reasons to believe that Facebook is bad for society.Which of these reasons do you find most compelling, and why?2. If you agree that Facebook is bad for society more generally, does that give you sufficientreason to delete your own personal account? Why or why not?3. The “Anti-deleting” side argues that Facebook plays an important role in fostering positivesocial movements and increasing civic engagement. Have you ever personally increased yourparticipation in a positive social cause because of something you saw on social media?4. Can you imagine yourself actually living without any social media? Why or why not?Facebook's benefitsoutweigh its drawbacks1.4Facebook plays a vitalrole in democracy2.5Facebook is vital tothe global spread offree speech3.11In more repressivecountries, Facebookprovides a platformfor free speech,unmediated bygovernmentalagencies4.13Facebook has playedan indispensable rolein organizing theprotests for freedomand democracy inplaces such as theMiddle East4.14Organizing protestson social media maydecrease violencewithin a country byproviding a dischargefor people'sfrustrations with thegovernment4.15Facebook plays amajor role infostering politicallyactive citizenship3.12Social media usagemay increase people'sinvolvement in thepolitical process,including increasedin-person activity,such as attendingaprotest4.16Social media usagemay increase voterturnout andregistration4.17Social media helpspoliticianscommunicate moreeffectively with theirconstituencies whileat the same timeincreasing theiraccountability4.18Important socialmovements such as#MeToo spreadrapidly on Facebookand Instagram3.13Facebook haseconomic benefits2.6Facebook'sadvertising serviceshelp small businessesgrow and reach newcustomers3.14An independent studyfrom the U.S. Bureauof Economic Analysisfound that from 2005to 2015, U.S. grossdomestic productgrew one-tenth of 1percent faster than itwould have ifFacebook hadn’texisted3.15Facebook's productscan improve users'well-being2.7Facebook enhancespeople’s ability toconnect with others3.16Facebook encourageslong-distancerelationships andhelps to maintainfriendships withthose who havemoved away4.19Facebook allowspeople to make newfriends by discoveringcommon interestsand building newcommunities4.20Social platforms likeFacebook areespecially vital forhelping people feelconnected during theisolation of thepandemic4.21One study suggestedthat learning to useFacebook may give acognitive boost toadults older than 653.17Contrary to The WallStreet Journal’scharacterization,Instagram’s researchshows that on 11 of12 well-being issues,teenage girls whosaid they struggledwith those difficultissues also said thatInstagram madethem better ratherthan worse3.18Facebook has toomuch power for onecompany2.1Facebook has around2.91 billion users whorely on it for newsand other services,which is over onethird of the globalpopulation3.1Facebook handles itsproducts' powerirresponsibly2.2Facebook knows thatits products aredestructive3.2The company doesnot take thenecessary steps to fixits products3.3MIT TechnologyReview detailed howthe company pulledthe plug on efforts byits artificialintelligence team toaddressmisinformation, outof concern that theywould hurt userengagement andgrowth4.1The FTC finedFacebook $5 billionfor violating userprivacy by deceivingusers about theirability to control theirpersonal information4.2Mark Zuckerberg'spersonal power isdisproportionate andunchecked withinFacebook'sgovernance structure4.3Relative to its power,Facebook is not veryregulated3.4Facebook's productsharm the mentalhealth of users2.3Facebook causessocial mediaaddiction3.5Facebook's ownresearchers havefound that 1 in 8 of itsusers reportengaging incompulsive use ofsocial media thatimpacts their sleep,work, parenting orrelationships4.4Social mediaaddiction harms one'smental health3.6An internal studyfound that theamount of socialmedia that a personused was the No. 1predictor of thevariables theymeasured for whobecame depressed4.5Facebook causesbody insecurity3.7An internal studyfound that thirty-twopercent of teen girlssaid that when theyfelt bad about theirbodies, Instagrammade them feelworse4.6An internal studyfound that amongteens who reportedsuicidal thoughts,13% of British usersand 6% of Americanusers traced thedesire to killthemselves toInstagram3.8Facebook causesharm to society2.4Facebook contributesto societal division3.9The company’salgorithms fuel thespread ofmisinformation4.7Researchers at NYUfound that newspublishers known forputting outmisinformation gotsix times the amountof likes, shares, andinteractions on theplatform as didtrustworthy newssources5.1Facebook's formatpromotes divisiveness4.8Facebook's 2018algorithmic overhaulresulted in the mostdivisive contentconsistently goingviral, creating anincentive to producemore of it5.2Facebook isfrequently used inforeign countries tooppress ethnicgroups4.9Armed groups inEthiopia usedFacebook to inciteviolence againstethnic minorities5.3Facebook's internaldocuments show thatit was heavily used tospread religioushatred againstMuslims in India5.4Russian trolls usedFacebook to meddlewith the 2016 USpresidential election4.10Facebook isfrequently used forillegal activity indeveloping countries3.10A Facebook internalinvestigator foundthat a Mexican drugcartel was usingFacebook to recruit,train and pay hit men4.11Facebook employeesfound that humantraffickers in theMiddle East usedFacebook to lurewomen into abusiveemploymentsituations in whichthey were treated likeslaves or forced toperform sex work4.12BACKGROUND:Facebook (or, should we say, "Meta"?) has been accused ofmany sins: violating users' privacy and deceiving them aboutit, worsening mental health problems such as negative bodyimage, spreading misinformation, enabling exploitation andhuman trafficking, and unraveling the social fabric thatmakes democracy possible - to name just a few.Is it all worth it? You decide!1.3

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