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Maybe this is too non-technical, but it is interesting that Facebook seems to be such a powerful vehicle for spreading lies and creating anger.

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    But unruly and violent or not, the movement is popular: 72% of the country currently supports it. French unions are announcing their support. And they’ve now also forced President Macron into a corner. France’s prime minister, Édouard Philippe, announced Tuesday that fuel tax increases would be suspended for six months as the country deals with the situation.

    If 72% of the population supports violent protests, the anger was already there. Maybe that specific change to facebook’s algorithm happened to spark it, but so could a hundred other things.

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      The interesting thing is the huge platform for just nutty angry stuff: anti-vaxxers, fake stories,…

      According to Ludosky’s Facebook page, she spent the summer on Facebook sharing links to various aromatherapy products and promoting her Change.org petition.

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      According to the about page for “Citizens in Anger,” its true goal is to defend France against a Masonic cabal of global bankers who control France. It currently has 15,000 members.

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      Such a bad article that just wants to go for attacking the easy target (Facebook) instead of actually recognising the problem (making people’s connections easier can be both good and bad).