The anti-vaccine movement shows why Facebook is broken
Mark Zuckerberg is stepping into the new year with an apology tour. The Facebook chief executive spent a good portion of 2017 warding off lawmakers and investigators trying to figure out how much of a role his company played in Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. So naturally, Zuckerberg felt the need to announce his New Year’s resolution last week: Fix Facebook.
The problem is, Zuckerberg can’t fix Facebook. By its very nature, the social-media network may be doomed to cause further damage to the American political system — no matter how much it tinkers with its algorithms or changes the way foreign governments place ads on its site. In the end, the problem lies with Facebook’s users.
We can imagine Facebook as an endless labyrinth of tunnels and caverns connecting its billions of users. Most of those tunnels are benign, allowing people to share news, birthday wishes and videos of corgi puppies. But there are some tunnels, deep in the darkest parts of the site, where users subsist on misinformation feeding into their worst biases. And there’s no topic that illustrates this better than vaccines….
Don’t worry, our great leaders have a solution to fix the “broken” american people: