There has been a lot of grumbling lately down on Conspiracy Street by people being sent to FaceBook Jail with no due process. As reported previously by this writer in “Facebook Bans Truther David Icke,” conservative posts – and posters – are being censored per the social media giant’s “community standards” and “human decency” policy (which is just ObscureSpeak for “extreme liberal bias.”)
It seems that the view from the political right is not welcome on Facebook and will be eliminated without apology.
Facebook CEO (and evil boy genius, based on his actions to date) Mark Zuckerberg has been running offense on his political position: left of center. In case you had forgotten, by the age of 19, Zuckerberg had dropped out of Harvard College and founded Facebook, which offered stock to the public in May 2012. He still owns almost 17% of the stock, according to Forbes.
After Facebook became a major player among social media platform providers, Zuckerberg began to act more like the chief editor than the fiduciary leader of a Large Cap (Capital) company. He began to mix sound business decisions with his personal opinions about what constitutes suitable content on his profitable website.
This strategy can work until the corporate owners – other shareholders and the Board of Directors – lose money. If you sense some potent foreshadowing going on right about now, you are correct. Read on.
Today, the overly-confident Zuckerberg is playing defense regarding his totalitarian editorial bias. After news (as covered by MSN Money) that “data research firm Cambridge Analytica gathered data from 50 million Facebook profiles without the permission of its users,” his darling company’s stock value tumbled $20 (10%) earlier this week, from $185 per stock share to $165. We can’t say we didn’t see it coming.
Not everyone is delighted by Facebook’s leftist leanings and punitive measures against selected opposing-view account holders. Criticism has been mounting to the point where, last September 2017, Reuters revealed:
“Zuckerberg has been on the defensive for weeks over revelations that Russian agents bought ads on Facebook and created fake accounts to inflame political tensions in the United States ahead of the 2016 presidential vote.”
Even before that, in November 2016, Zuckerberg was quoted by The Wall Street Journal as rebutting accusations that Facebook allowed fake news before the US presidential vote:
“Personally I think the idea that fake news on Facebook — of which it’s a very small amount of the content—influenced the election in any way is a pretty crazy idea.”
Crazy, you say? Crazy like a fox. (Note, too, that Zucherberg’s qualification of the provocative word “crazy” with the diluting term “pretty” is a classic way of trivializing or denying this very serious charge. Some of us are not fooled by his linguistic dodges.)
Fake news does, in fact, exert powerful influence around the world. A CNN Tech article pointed out:
“Facebook has also been described as enabling ethnic cleansing in Myanmar and Facebook’s WhatsApp was cited as a cause of beatings in India after a fake news story went viral.”
Finally sensing the impending danger from his patent denial that there is no fake news problem on Facebook, on January 29, 2018, Zuckerberg announced his company’s new anti-fake-news tactic – in a Facebook post, of course:
“Starting today, we’re going to show more stories from news sources in your local town or city.”
Facebook’s goals, said its CEO, are to “build community” and ensure “the time we spend on Facebook is valuable.”
Spending time in Facebook Jail is not valuable. Considering that every other person (one out of two or 50%) voted for President Trump in the last election, Zuckerberg must be out of his capitalistic mind to attack half his patronage.
Furthermore, it turns out that Zuckerberg is, in fact, a bald-faced liar. He knew about Cambridge Analytics and covered it up. The situation has gotten so bad that he finally had to comment on the devastating economic consequences of his arrogant attitudes and actions by funneling this message to the world, through CNN. Zuckerberg admitted that the Cambridge Analytics scandal was “a major breach of trust, and I’m really sorry that this happened.”
You bet Zuckerberg is sorry. Really, really sorry. According to Money headline:
“Mark Zuckerberg Has Lost $3 Billion This Week”
That’s what happens when you let a company like Cambridge Analytica collect the data “not only of the approximately 270,000 users who agreed to take Kogan’s personality quiz but also their friends, thus harvesting information on tens of millions of people without their knowledge or permission” – and those millions of victims of privacy theft find out.
Knowledge is power and the people have spoken: Keep your personal ethics and money-grubbing, anti-constitutional deals off your social media platform – or we’ll start calling it Farcebook.