SINCE it is the most important thing, the House of Representatives will summon Facebook executives to its probe on the media giant’s move to close the government’s troll farm--I mean, unofficial information channels. I agree, in the Information Age, it is the government that must have the authority on anything information-related.
But that’s not why we are discussing it. To make the probe worth both Facebook and the House of Representatives’ time, I propose that the discussion will include a segment on making some changes that will make online discussion in sports meaningful.
1) COACHING CURSE. The NBA finals are upon us and we all know what happens, right? Everyone, including senators and representatives, become coaching experts. Sadly, the non-expert experts sometimes drown out the experts and Facebook can help prevent that. Facebook can change that and if I remember my college freshman computer class, they can do it with the If-then function. Before anyone can join a discussion, he or she must need to present a coaching certificate to prove his or her expertise. If he can not do so, then the comment function gets disabled. Simple, right?
2) STIFLING WHISTLE TALK. The same should be true when it comes to a favorite topic in the NBA finals, referee decisions. I mean, armed with hindsight hours of post-game analysis that covers all angles--and include all camera angles--we have thousands of experts who are better in making split-second decisions than the referees. But sometimes, the talk get too much that it threatens to overshadow the game. Facebook can help de-clutter the noise by making sure any mentions of referee, calls, fouls or bad calls won’t be posted in the comment section 24 hours after the final whistle.
3) FANDOM MENACE. As proof that the HOR probe on Facebook is timely, take a look at the NBA finalists this year--the Miami Heat and the LA Lakers, both of which gained millions of hardcore “I’ve-been-a-fan-since-birth” fans when the King joined the team. Unfortunately, these lifelong fans who were former Cavs fans are looked down upon by other diehards. And here is where Facebook memories can be useful; any mentions of being a lifelong fan should be accompanied by posts made on the same day in the previous five years as proof.
4) GOAT. Another topic that I believe doesn’t deserve anymore bandwidth is the Greatest of All Time debate. We all know that the Goat is Michael Jordan but for some reason, some insist that it’s LeBron James. I think the HOR probe on Facebook should also include ending the debate once and for all. However, since we can’t waste the precious time of the House on topics that really don’t concern us like the Goat debate, they can just end it by having a decisive poll once and for all and the soon to be former House Speaker who put up an exhibit about the late Kobe Bryant should cast the first vote.
I hope the House considers all of this. As the social media capital of the world with powerful netizens—non-Pinoy users resort to Pinoy-baiting to tap into such power—we have to protect our Facebook standards.