Do you think Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook have had a net benefit or net negative on society?

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It's hard to say. Other than the advertising and pushing some things to the top while burying others, it really is just a tool for society to connect. How they choose to connect reflects more on them than the company. So, if it's a net positive, then society is positive. And if it's a negative, then Facebook is just showing the issues that were already in society.

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Positive. An accesible service that we use daily to communicate with loved ones around the globe is incredible

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Lmao

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The idea that anyone would say "positive" absolutely blows my mind, literally all fb does is harvest data, "manage" foreign elections and get people addicted and angry. Most utterly morally bankrupt business since the east india company.

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It is a tech tool like any other. Has multiple functions.

I think if you can say Facebook had a net neg, you can say the whole internet has. There are good and bad uses for most technology

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Total cop-out. Of course tech has multiple uses but that doesn't make all tech morally equivalent.

Answers like this make me think most CS degrees don't have mandatory ethics classes like mine did

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I want to say negative, but I feel like it’s hard to deny the incredible way they’ve allowed us to stay in closer contact and communicate with people around the globe.

Negative. We already had emails and IMs. We can stay in touch without them.

Positive for job creation.

It's certainly made it more chaotic, but I'm no policy person to gauge the impact of one Facebook driven social movement vs another. Some are good, some are bad.

With many of the cult alike groups filled with fake news and rally people to go on political attacks on other groups of people, companies, or even other countries, and you look at the fake news spreading in this country and the hate towards others that anything differ from them in any regard (such as gender, religion, racial, politic views, national origin, etc.) and the huge divisiveness we face today, FB provided echo chambers for many extreme views and groups, and it definitely has contributed negatively to the well bring of our society and to mankind.

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