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Cathy O'Neil

Reputation Scores on Facebook? Bring Them On

They're creepy, but probably a good idea.

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Photographer: Johannes Berg/Bloomberg

Facebook just came up with a really creepy idea: To stem the flow of disinformation, the social network has started assigning reputation scores to users. If you post stuff that the company deems suspicious, your score will fall and you will be filtered out of other people’s news feeds.

Dystopic as this might sound, I’m for it. But I think people should have the power to decide how much they use it.