Facebook’s Bias Issue Is A Corporate America Issue

So, according to several people of color who work for Facebook, the company has a problem with implicit bias. Also, the sky is blue, water is wet and Jeffrey Epstein didn’t kill himself. Side bar, nah, for real, I HIGHLY doubt that Epstein killed himself, son. In any case, while some folks may think that these issues are native to Facebook, I’m here to say that they run rampant through all of Corporate America. All in all, none of these employees’ stories surprise me, man.

Ok, for those who missed it, about twelve Facebook employees wrote a piece for Medium about the troubles they face at Mark Zuckerberg‘s company. Now, in the article, the various workers shared multiple stories of micro and macro aggressions that permeate through their work environment. Look, minority employees had their intelligence questioned, told they were simply diversity hires and judged for their supposed “aggressive” attitudes. Shit, on Facebook’s Blind application, White employees just let their racism fly, fam. I mean, one particular employee just belittled the IQ of Black employees and blamed us for all of the nation’s murder, bruh. Needless to say, the landscape isn’t very comforting, brethren.

Listen, to be fair, I’m not doing this Medium article justice, son. On the real, everyone should go read it for themselves. However, I wasn’t surprised by anything that I read in that post, man. Keeping it a buck, during my tenure in the workforce, I’ve tasted my fair share of fuckery, fam. Now, for some reference, I’m a 34-year-old Black man who’s worked in Corporate America since 2007. Actually, if I count internships, I’ve been in this arena since 2005, bruh. In any case, along the way, I’ve worked for four different Fortune 500 companies. So, I’ve dealt with some of the bullshit that these Facebook employees are speaking about.

Real talk, I don’t even know where to start, son. Look, I’ve been called aggressive, lazy, coworkers have expressed surprise at the college I went to, I’ve been badmouthed by a manager to human resources and questioned by people with a lot less experience. The fucked up part is, I’m only talking about one company so far, man. The truth is, I haven’t even gotten to the rest of the shenanigans, fam. Yet, somehow, despite being so “terrible,” I keep getting better jobs and making more money. So, I know EXACTLY how these Facebook employees feel, bruh. All I can say is, Facebook is the norm and not the exception, people.

In the end, I don’t know what else to say, son. Ultimately, I don’t have any answers for these employees, man. By and by, we all knew that Facebook would release a message condemning this type of treatment. However, nothing is going to change, fam. Namely because nothing ever fucking changes, bruh. At the end of the day, unless there are REAL ramifications for this kind of discrimination, the behavior will continue, folks. *Sigh* This is the day-to-day life of a person of color, brethren. This shit can really suck sometimes. That is all. LC out.

I Finally Got Hit By The Facebook Algorithm

Ah, Facebook. I mean, what can I say about this website, son? It can be extremely useful and the Devil at the same time, man. All in all, Facebook has been an integral part of my blog’s success since I started writing in 2010. In any case, after numerous changes over the years, I’m finally starting to get hit by Mark Zuckerberg‘s constant updates. With that being said, I’m not exactly sure what that means for the future of my blog.

Now, let’s be honest, fam. On the real, I shouldn’t have to explain the heat that Facebook has received over recent years. Frankly, given the disproportionate amount of “fake news” that’s been spread across the site, Zuckerberg and company have had their feet put to the fire, bruh. In response, the company has made sweeping changes to how content is curated. Namely, it’s more interested in interactions between individuals than promoting businesses and websites. Obviously, I fall into the latter, son.

Look, I wouldn’t be me if I wasn’t transparent, man. Real talk, in the early days of my blog, Facebook was responsible for about 60% of my traffic, fam. The way I see it, I wouldn’t have a following if it wasn’t for the site, bruh. Thankfully, those early years have helped me build a base that continues to support me. However, I’m starting to notice a massive drop-off in “reach,” son.

Shit, let’s talk about this “reach,” man. Basically, Facebook allows users with a dedicate page to see how many people were “reached” by their respective posts. Now, up until a few months ago, I was used to seeing hundreds/thousands of people “reached” by the content I was posting. Moving on, does anybody want to guess how many people “saw” my post yesterday? Eight, fam. Eight! So, out of all of my followers and all of the people in my Friends List, Facebook only showed my shit to eight people, bruh. Needless to say, I was fucking tiiiiiiight, son.

Honestly, I can actually point to the exact day the shift happened, man. So, back on May 15th, I wrote an article about the tomfoolery of the abortion laws in Alabama and Georgia. Anyway, Facebook told me it was “reached” by 1,078 people. The next day, I made a post about the Wu-Tang Clan documentary on Showtime. Facebook told me it was “reached” by 11 people. Ever since then, my shit has been drastically off, fam. In the span of a day, my engagement on that site decreased by 99%.

Thankfully, I have a dedicated fan base who’s been riding with me for years. So, my actual views are as strong as they’ve always been. Keeping it a buck, my original fans are the ones who are keeping my shit afloat, bruh. The problem is, it’s been harder for me to attract new people. But, LC will figure out a way around the bullshit, son. Hell, it’s impossible for me to walk away from shit that I care about, man.

In the end, that’s enough rambling from me for today. fam. Ultimately, I just want to thank everyone who’s held me down from the beginning. By and by, it’s a great thing that a lot of the legwork was done in the earlier days, bruh. All I know is, if I were starting a new blog today, I don’t even know how I would gain traction in this new system, son. At the end of the day, it’s a good thing that I don’t have to worry about that part of it, man. That is all. LC out.

P.S. I’m also not falling for the Facebook gaffle of paying to increase my “reach.” Fuck that, Zuckerberg! Fuck all of that, fam. Good day.

FaceApp: Putin’s Favorite Application

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, this post has nothing to do with Vladimir Putin, man. Then again, this post may have everything to do with Putin, fam. The fact is, none of us really know where our data goes after we freely give it out. For me, that’s the inherent problem, bruh. All in all, I think the lot of us needs to fall back from all of these trends and internet shenanigans.

Ok, for those who don’t use social media, a particular photo-editing application has been taking over. Now, everyone on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter seems to be using FaceApp. Moving on, the app has the ability to alter a person’s picture, making them appear younger, older, of a different gender or any other combination of things. Recently, folks have been abusing the app and making themselves look like grandparents. In any case, the trend might’ve already jumped the shark and it’s only been a couple of days.

Now, with all of that being said, allow me to get into my conspiracy theorist bag. So, does anybody know where all of our information goes? Better yet, does anybody actually read the privacy terms for these apps? First, the company that owns FaceApp, Wireless Lab, is a Russian-based organization. Second, the company not only owns all of the content, but also logs cookies, IP addresses, browser information, etc. On top of that, I just don’t trust anything that can be used for facial recognition, son.

Keeping it a buck, this post isn’t really about Russia or any political hack-jobs. Side bar, I still don’t trust Russia as far as I can throw them, man. Given all of the fuckery they’ve pulled off in our election process, I wouldn’t put anything past them, fam. Anyway, the grander point is, where do we draw the line, man? Like, when will we stop giving all of these companies our data, bruh? Shit, Mark Zuckerberg alone probably knows more about us than we do. So, why are we giving additional apps our faces, son? I mean, maybe I’m paranoid, but we legitimately have no control over what they do with our likeness, brethren.

In the end, put the cotdamn phone down, son. Ultimately, The Man is listening to our phone calls, 23andMe has our DNA and FaceApp now has our faces. By and by, don’t be surprised when the powers that be start creating cyborgs that look like us and can mimic our conversations. Sound crazy? Well, we already gave these companies all of the data they need, man. James Cameron done already warned us about the T-1000, fam. That is all. LC out.

Mark Zuckerberg Invented Skynet

So, I won’t lie, son. I’m only halfway joking with the title of this post. On the real, Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook are flying really close to sun, man. I mean, artificial intelligence sounds good until Skynet has us all hiding underground. Ok, yes, that does sound far-fetched, but I don’t like the idea of AI developing its own language, fam. All in all, it doesn’t sound like Facebook has a proper handle on the situation.

Now, let me explain why “conspiracy theorist” LC is awake today. Apparently, an AI system being developed by Facebook created its own language. At first, researchers thought that the AI was speaking gibberish. This assertion continued until they realized that the different AI agents were able to understand this coded language. Basically, these muhfuckas gave up on English and were still able to talk to each other. To make matters worse, the same outcome has occurred in every scenario researchers have created.

Ok, let me get this straight, son. Scientists created the AI, programmed the agents to speak English and the agents said “fuck that.” Nah, fam, I ain’t comfortable with any of this shit, bruh. Before we know it, John Connor is going to have to send Arnold Schwarzenegger back in time to defeat the T-1000, man. Shit, all jokes aside, we’re setting a dangerous precedent if we’re creating technology that we can’t control. By and by, these inventions are supposed to help us, not have us on edge, fam.

In the end, maybe Elon Musk is right. Look, Zuckerberg is already a legend for everything he’s been able to accomplish this early in life. However; maybe he really doesn’t fully understand AI. All I know is, I’m not looking forward to a rising of the machines. Shit, people may be looking for a zombie apocalypse, but a robot apocalypse might really be around the corner, son. LC out.

P.S. I wholeheartedly believe James Cameron is from the future, son. I mean, he predicted all of this shit, man. Real talk, we all need to consult him going forward. Clearly, he’s the only one who can save us, fam. That is all.

Instagram: The Supreme Ruler Of Petty

I’m not going to lie, son. When I updated the operating system on my iPhone last night and saw what Instagram did to Snapchat, I laughed for about five minutes straight. Bruh, IG simply refuses to let any other application be great. The Jedi-level of pettiness consistently displayed by the Facebook-owned company is truly hilarious, man. Now, I have to ask the question: can Snapchat survive?

Now, for anyone who doesn’t know what I’m talking about, IG added a new feature in the latest iteration of their app. Essentially, they’re allowing users to post picture/video “stories,” which will disappear after 24 hours. All Snapchat users know this is a blatant bite of what that app does. Now, apparently, Mark Zuckerberg and company tried to buy Snapchat back in 2013 and Snapchat told them to kick rocks. So, what does a gangsta do when a mark ass trick doesn’t want to get down with their crew? Take over the whole block, bitch! Bruh, they straight thugged Snapchat out of their own idea. At this point, once Instagram figures out how to bring the dog filter to all of the twerking IG honies, it’s a SUPER wrap for Snapchat, man.

To be real, this isn’t the first time Instagram has been Petty Wap or Petty Pendergrass. Does anyone remember Vine? IG got them the fuck out of here, man. I had a Vine account for about a smooth three days and cancelled that shit with Flash-esque quickness. Look, I’m a simple dude, son. I’d much rather use one app as opposed to two or three. So, if IG wants to consolidate everything under one roof, I’m here for all of it, man. With that being said, let the pettiness continue!

Ultimately, we’ll see if Snapchat makes it out of this predicament. After CEO Evan Spiegel breaks all of the collectibles in his office, him and his team need to figure out how they’re going to stay alive. If not, the ride was fun while it lasted, son. Good day.