To be clear, I'm not so much bewildered that Facebook would try to connect advertisers to anti-Semitic feeds -- though that's pretty high on the Reprehensible Meter all on its own -- but more to the point, why in the world would they create algorithms for “Jew hater,” “How to burn Jews,” or, “History of ‘why Jews ruin the world'" in the first place??!!
And we haven't even touched the concept of Facebook accepting Russian ads for the U.S. presidential election. On the one hand, sure, anyone can let a couple mistakes slide through unnoticed -- after all, if your “History of ‘why Jews ruin the world'" algorithm slipped past Quality Control, any glitch is possible -- and let's bend over backwards and even accept a world where $100,000 in ad buys might slip through the cracks when you are a $500 billion-dollar business, after all that's pocket change. But...but...not when it's paid for in RUBLES!! Surely if you've got an algorithm for "Jew hater," you have a red flag -- literally -- for that.
And this doesn't get us around to how Facebook closed down 30,000 fake accounts in France during its election -- but in the United States, which has 323 million people compared to 67 million in France, only around 470 fake accounts were shut down.
But, sorry, I still can't wrap my head around that whole "How to burn Jews" algorithm thing...
For all these stories, though, my initial thought when I heard them all was not outrage at Facebook. That was only #2. No, my first thought was --
Well, there goes Mark Zuckerberg's plans to run for president.