Facebook Under Socialism

In the year 20XX, Facebook, Inc. was collectively seized by its workers, as was the style at the time.

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The developers' first order of business was creating a webapp to inform each user of how their data had been collected, stored, searched, sliced, sold, and mined at Facebook. You could personally query all of your posts and photos, as well as your internal marketing profile which noted your weight, frequently visited websites, and sexting preferences. You were given a list of transactions in which you were involved: when your Neo Tokyo apartment lease was bought from a 3rd party data broker, when your private messages were requested under a secret warrant, when an advertiser selected you for a Dove soap advertisement because you were 24, female, and designated as being "in state of emotional distress".

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You had the option of permanently deleting this data, downloading it, or allowing the newly formed Public Square Union to be its caretaker.

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The PSU distributed ownership of Facebook to each one of it's x.x billion users. Ownership entailed voting rights in approving new development, hiring permanent workers within the Union, and participating in Union subcommittees. Many of your tech-y friends were eager to get involved and started contributing to the new open-source repositories for technical infrastructure. You joined the Public Digital Art Committee and contributed documentation for the new Anti-Harassment Department.

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You now have several Facebook websites you like to visit. You have FacebookChrono, which is a Facebook feed that shows you every post produced by your friends and favorite'd cooperatives in a chronological timeline. Sometimes you get lazy and visit FacebookCurated, which does a bit better job at predicting what you want to read. You get tired of your friends a bit because they're always posting HyperInstagram pics from their exotic Co-op Vacation Retreats, so you'll start flamewars about Capitalist Period Dramas on Anonbook. There are no advertisements unless you go to your privacy settings and let them in, filtered by constraints of your choosing.

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Facebook now serves as a central API platform, so anyone can start a website to interface with user data and activity. Public Square Union has strict standards about how data is collected: it's ephemeral by default, unless the user explicitly tells Facebook to store it. Private messaging must be encrypted. Data cannot be distributed to other platforms unless consent is obtained from the user. Anyone can start a facebook website, provided they agree to the terms of service regarding privacy, safety, and consent. 3rd Party regulators from the Digital Security Institute routinely audit Facebook and its platforms on a quarterly basis to ensure users' rights and data are being protected.

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Once in a while, some Communist Jerk will post a hateful comment about you in a comment thread. You report it for moderation. Every user is expected to contribute 10 minutes of moderation a week if they can: users go to FacebookMod and review moderated content, deciding whether they should be deleted, preserved, or escalated for harsher action (like suspended access!). Moderators are selected to review content from within their social networks, usually within two degrees of separation of the reporter. This ensures that principles of community justice, as outlined by the Anti-Harassment Department, are respected.

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Facebook offers local organizing events in major cities to solicit feedback from users and to foster feature-building opportunities. There's always an interactive web platform for those who want to be involved but can't make it to the event. There are API workshops for users looking to build their own Facebook platform, Vision discussions where new policies or features are debated, and educational lectures about the latest developments in Facebook sociology, art, psychology, literature, and medicine.

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Honestly you use Facebook way less often than you did under Capitalism, since habit-formation technology was explicitly banned from the platform and user-autonomy workshops help you allocate your attention meaningfully. But it's fun to check in and see what everyone's up to, even if it's mostly crowdfunding for co-ops and cat memes <3