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Facebook looking at hiding “likes.” But… all of them?

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This is kind of a weird story that might have some serious implications for social media users. A coder was poking around in the Facebook code on her device and discovered something odd. There was an as-yet inactive piece of code that would hide the number of “likes” any given post gets from other users, only allowing the individual to see their own number of likes. This concept is apparently already being tested in limited locations on Instagram, but it could be showing up for the general population across platforms in the near future. (BBC)

An engineer has discovered prototype code in Facebook’s Android app which suggests it might test hiding the number of likes a post receives.

Jane Manchun Wong found the code, which has not been activated. Instagram, which is also owned by Facebook, including Canada and Brazil, where only the account holder in the trial can see the number of likes they attract.

Facebook declined to comment.

Some studies have suggested the pressures of social media popularity can affect mental health, particularly in young people.

While there’s no “official” comment on this yet, so far it looks to be something they’re billing as a mental health initiative. (Or “digital well being” as it’s being called.) But that makes no sense. The theory that Instagram is working off of suggests that people feel too much pressure to try to get a ton of likes for their posts and depression can result if they fail to run up large numbers. But based on the way this is working thus far, the user will still be able to see how many (or few) likes they have. The difference is that nobody else will be able to see the number. How does that make them less depressed?

I’m also wondering what this will do to all of the “trending” questions associated with the platform. Isn’t the number of likes and interactions how they determine which posts are hot and going viral? Taking those numbers away would appear to kneecap the process.

But those aren’t the biggest concerns as far as I can see. If Facebook is building in the ability to mask the number of likes for all users, will they also be able to selectively mask the figures for certain users? Or even display a far lower number than the actual interactions? Given their track record, it’s not difficult to imagine them masking popular conservative content to stop it from spreading too quickly. Think of it as the Facebook equivalent of shadowbanning.

Hey, maybe I’m just being paranoid over nothing. But you’ve got to admit, Facebook (as well as Twitter) has given us more than sufficient reasons to be paranoid.

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Biden 2015: Dick Cheney is a decent man and I like him

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Someone dug up this clip and put it online today annnnnnnd it’s not going over so well in Leftistan.

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Not the first time Biden has gotten in trouble with the left for praising the decency of a Republican vice president, although Cheney and Pence are night and day for progressives. They detest the latter for his socially conservative views about gays (a position which Cheney himself notably doesn’t share) but until the rise of Trump there was probably no figure in modern American political history whom they loathed more deeply than Cheney, mainly for his influence over the decision to go to war in Iraq. For Biden to praise him — not even for his intelligence or his political acumen but for his decency — is pure hate-fuel for lefties.

No, really, progressives are handling it pretty well:

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You can put that clip in the same category as Biden’s handsiness with women as something that’s been out there for years and never seemed problematic to the left until the moment Biden began to pose a political threat to Bernie Sanders, at which point it suddenly became a Major Problem. In all likelihood the clip will remain the province of online activists like Kos who already hate Biden and will spend the next year grasping for further reasons to hate him. But if the candidate gets a question about it in a big spot, like a national debate, that could be interesting. I don’t think rank-and-file liberals will care much about him praising Cheney: Biden is, as one supporter said to the Atlantic in defending his handsiness, a “human golden retriever,” someone inclined to like everyone he meets (perhaps a bit too much). Thinking Dick Cheney is a nice guy is true to the back-slapping Uncle Joe persona. But Cheney is no ordinary Republican, as I say. Biden could get away with calling Bush a “decent” guy with only some minor grumbling but praising Cheney might give even ordinary Democratic voters pause. I doubt it, but we won’t know until we know.

I’m surprised he hasn’t gotten more flak for his relationship with Pence. Not only does he regard him as “decent,” they were at one point regular phone buddies.

The aide said Pence “shares a warm relationship” with Biden, “and they’ve spoken many times, particularly on foreign affairs matters.”

The outreach between Biden and Pence flows both ways.

Pence has called Biden before each of his foreign trips to get his views on the policies and personalities at play in the countries he was visiting. Biden, in turn, has spoken with Pence before his own overseas trips to inquire if the White House has any messages it would like him to deliver, or if there were any sensitivities around the administration’s policy efforts.

Biden also offers his advice based on his relationships with leaders Pence will encounter, and about the domestic political situations that might affect their thinking, people familiar with the discussions said.

That was written in November 2017. Now that Biden’s the frontrunner for the nomination, I assume the calls have become less regular. I hope so, for Pence’s sake: Imagine Trump’s paranoia if Biden and his own VP were still having monthly chats.

It’s actually Trump, not Pence, who needs to spend less time talking about Biden. Exit quotation: “I’ve personally asked him — to stop. It’s not helping us. It’s helping Biden,” said an unnamed Trump advisor to Politico about POTUS’s habit of dogging Biden on Twitter lately. “We don’t think Biden can make it out of the woke Democrat primary. But he will if the president gives him oxygen.” I made that point myself recently. Why would Trump want to elevate Biden by focusing his public comments on him when Biden’s allegedly the Democrat he’s most worried about facing next year?

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