Consider it a shareholders meeting.
With Mark Zuckerberg testifying in front of the U.S. Senate in what is looking to be the frontrunning dog-and-pony show of 2018, it is laughable to see the feigned concern of government officials in the wake of Facebook’s antics that include but are not limited to censorship, biased algorithms and selling privacy for profit.
All of these are essentially shared end-goals of an increasingly growing government that inches towards a complete nanny-state every day. Government has never “shrank”, despite the promises of many politicians at the helm. And now their desire to regulate social media and form the unholy marriage of government and big tech is slowly being realized.
We should know what happens when these marriage vows are stated: look no further than “soft dictatorships” and their social credit systems.
Why public shareholders have decided to pile into Facebook’s worthless stock is another thing after the first Senate hearing. A 4% bump on Tuesday because of what, exactly? Perhaps because of Zuckerberg’s confirmation that he’s doing exactly what the ruling state desires, that is manipulate its users to the benefit of the technocrats and bureaucrats while appearing innocent and benevolent?
In fact, the Senate hearing was a guilty plea in the eyes of rational and objective observers. Zuckerberg proudly claimed, “I agree, we (Facebook) are responsible for the content.” On the surface, Zuckerberg implied the Cambridge Analytica “scandal” deserves granting more government intervention and regulation to avoid another such “scandal”. In reality and from a rational point of view, he admitted that Facebook is a curator of content and responsible for what ends up in the final product. Thus in its efforts to control what is seen and not seen on its site, Facebook should theoretically be liable for the millions of actual legal infractions that occur on its site from user submissions that include copyright content, plagiarism, libel, slander, and more. That 4% bump should really be a 100% drop because their entire site is objectively tainted with legal issues with Zuckerberg’s claim of ownership over the final form of user submitted content.
Facebook can’t have it both ways. It can’t be handpicking what it considers “hate speech” or “fake news” while at the same time not cleaning its site of all its other, actual legal infractions. But that doesn’t matter when the lawmakers are essentially on your side.
In a just society, Zuckerberg’s testimony was one of self-incrimination. But that isn’t the goal of this Senate show of smoke and mirrors. It isn’t an attempt to correct the wrongs of Facebook. It isn’t an attempt to address all the negative psychological impacts and the deterioration of cultural values on top of the propaganda, censorship and privacy invasion efforts. It isn’t an attempt to find out what laws Facebook was breaking.
It is the groom asking the bride’s father for permission to get married.
They’ve been going out for a while, but the big wedding between big government and big tech is now just that much closer.
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