Culture What Is Facebook, Anyway?  

Ryleigh Nucilli
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List Rules Vote up statements about what Facebook is you agree with. Vote down those with which you disagree.

When a 19-year-old Mark Zuckerberg conceptualized in his Harvard dorm room in 2004, few could have foreseen what the online college directory would become. As of 2018, Facebook has grown and evolved to such an extent that a college-age Zuckerberg might not even recognize it.

What is Facebook now? It's a source for news, the focus of FBI probes, the home of numerous secret networking groups, a place where tailored ads target users, and a platform for political discussion, disagreement, and data. Given all of the ways Facebook can be used now, what does the future of Facebook look like?

To begin to answer that question, another must first be answered: What is Facebook?

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90 12
Facebook is a tool for advertisers to advertise things to me.

92 18
Facebook is a data-mining operation disguised as a social network.

74 18
Facebook is a corporate entity that doesn't care about my preferences.

70 19
Facebook is an echo chamber that reinforces what people already believe to be true.

71 26
Facebook is a good way to stay in contact with friends and family.

60 19
Facebook is a front for Silicon Valley tech companies to profit off users' personal data.

59 20
Facebook is a social network that divides people instead of bringing them together.

53 24
Facebook is a social networking site in decline, and it's becoming increasingly less relevant.

50 24
Facebook is a negative force in society.

50 26
Facebook is a feed for interesting articles, videos, and photos shared by friends and friends of friends.

38 27
Facebook is an entity that enables foreign and domestic powers to influence US politics.

37 33
Facebook is a form of mind control.

35 39
Facebook is a way to stay updated on pop culture as it happens.

22 36
Facebook is a platform for networking and meeting like-minded people.

22 36
Facebook is a democratic platform for sharing opinions.

25 42
Facebook is a left-wing propaganda machine.

20 45
Facebook is a tool that provides relevant information and entertainment in one convenient place.

15 52
Facebook is a right-wing propaganda machine.

10 46
Facebook is a neutral force in society.

12 54
Facebook is a positive force in society.

11 58
Facebook is a good source for news.

9 52
Facebook is a social network that brings people together instead of dividing them.