Last Week Tonight with John Oliver highlights Facebook, Myanmar in main segment

Last Week TonightThe main segment for the September 23 edition of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver was all about Facebook. Yet, it was not quite how you would imagine it. Instead of talking about the company through the lens of events here in America, he instead took a look at its impact overseas.

In particular, there are some parts of Asia — especially Myanmar — where Facebook has a significant amount of power. There are many different companies there that heavily promote it on mobile phones and, because of its cultural impact, a number of hate groups are using the service in order to spread their agenda. We’ve already seen a lot in America as to how Facebook can be used in order to spread disinformation on a grand scale — if you see an account that you think you should trust, you trust it and you don’t question it. That’s dangerous, and the impact of some of this in Myanmar is so much more severe than here in the United States.

This segment was surprisingly educational, and this much of what Last Week Tonight does best — highlight international issues that you probably did not know all that much about at all. Let’s face it — in the midst of all of the headlines that are going on at the moment in the world, odds are, you aren’t quite focusing on Myanmar. For Facebook, it’s almost impossible for them to focus on Myanmar. After all, they lacked the proper resources to even moderate content until the past couple of years — beyond just that, they still have a challenge of trying to glad or understand content that the majority of the company’s staff does not understand.

Basically, Oliver’s main point tonight was simple: It’s very easy for a company like Facebook to be used for evil when there are enough people trying to exploit it and not enough resources to keep up with it.

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