Can we please stop calling Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, etc ‘The online public square’? They’re ad companies. It is like calling a billboard ad a ’vertical public message’.... Pay for play, social media & search engines have created an online marketplace of ideas. Money talks ↘️


@doctorow Times Square is a public square, and it's literally a living billboard
@succfemboi @doctorow There's only one president on the ballot, president Zuckerberg

@doctorow it's like calling a big space where people come to talk or sit or eat while the surrounding houses contain some billboards "a public square".


I think the painful truth is that there's still a lot of people who don't see much alternative to Facebook that they can actually use, since they're not, well, wizards. :\

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