Antisocial media: How Facebook is helping us to be nicer

日期:2019-02-28 01:05:01 作者:池棋帘 阅读:

By Tienlon Ho It’s good to talk (Image: Bruno Mangyoku) AS ARTURO BEJAR clicked through the millions of photos it was hard to see what was wrong with them. Happy couples, cute puppies, every now and then a person caught mid-chew. Yet each had upset someone enough to ask Facebook to delete it. Bejar could hazard guesses for the reasons behind some of the requests – maybe this couple had broken up, maybe that guy was embarrassed by his double chin. But the person who reported the photo was usually in it and the person who posted it a friend. People were asking Facebook to intervene in personal grievances. Why not work it out themselves? One common complaint was people posting pictures of other people’s children. For Bejar, Facebook’s director of engineering, it was as if your photographer brother-in-law decided to exhibit photos of your kids. Would you ask the gallery to take down the photos instead of talking to your brother-in-law? We tend to think that technology has magical properties that change who we are, says psychologist Dacher Keltner at the University of California, Berkeley. But that’s not the case. “Facebook has all the problems that real life has. It’s still just human society.” What was needed was a way for people to interact online more like they do offline. Bejar put a team together to bring compassion to our online interactions. With more users than the population of China, if Facebook could get people to talk things out, it would establish a new standard for how we behave on the internet. Compassion could go viral. Most social media platforms,