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Facebook Doesn't Like What It Sees When It Looks in the Mirror


Decades ago, the brilliant satirist Tom Lehrer skewered the engineer’s willful ignorance of the consequences of his designs in a ditty about Wernher von Braun, the scientist who moved from Nazi Germany’s rocket factories to the United States space program. “Once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down?” Lehrer sings. “That’s not my department, says Wernher von Braun.”

But Lehrer’s target was bigger than engineers who could focus only on the research in front of them. There was no amoral approach to science, Lehrer reminded us. Seeing science and the tools and

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