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How to target a specific individual on Facebook; Zuckerberg’s Messenger archives quietly deleted; and more.

 

Life in Facebookistan: Speaking to Vox’s Ezra Klein a few days ago, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pointed to the company’s detection and blocking of malicious messages flowing through Messenger from inside Myanmar, inciting Muslims and Buddhists to arm themselves and go fight each other, as an example of how it is taking seriously its role in that country’s civil strife. A group of civil society organizations led by Phandeeyar has released an open letter responding to this claim.

This is civic tech: In other news, New York Times’ columnist David Brooks read Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms’ new book New Power and sees in it evidence that “people are ingenious” and they are figuring out how to “redeem the broader social fabric” building on local ties of trust.

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