(PG-13 Language) Materialisimo demolishes the endless stream low-quality, freebooted, text-embellished videos which fill our Facebook feeds these days. Regardless of what you think of them, we blame Facebook for encouraging this crap with their algorithm.
Screen Junkies smacks down Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher’s film about the world’s largest social network, which apparently was started by some of the most antisocial people on the planet. Er wait, is this entire movie Fake News? Time to rework the algorithm.
(PG-13: Language) CollegeHumor roasts the trend of Facebook pages who freeboot videos, then wrap them in text which attempts to explain what’s going on. We understand that Facebook gives bonus points to anything that nabs video views, but damn, it’s annoying.
Adam Ruins Everything digs a little deeper into the obvious – that free online services sell our data to advertisers. On one hand, targeted ads sustain the free stuff we enjoy (like this website). On the other hand, we don’t know just how much of our data is kept and by whom.
To celebrate its 12th year, Facebook rolled out Friends Day Video, which automatically puts up to 16 photos of you and your friends into one video. The site warns that you may not get one if you “don’t have enough content.” Tell that to Redditor Hey_Mike’s friend Tyler.
The folks behind the fantastic YouTube channel Kurzgesagt present yet another argument about how Facebook encourages a culture of content theft against original creators, where pirates duplicate videos, and get huge traffic from Facebook’s skewed video sharing algorithm.