Despite the revelations of the obvious, that is, the implicit admission of censorship, privacy invasion and bias after Ted Cruz’s “grilling” of Zuckerberg, one has to be weary of the pitfall that this Senate hearing aims to achieve: merely passing the baton of corruption from a private corporation to the needlessly growing federal government.
More explicitly, a corrupt corporation achieves its dominance with money that is mostly voluntarily given to them, and a corrupt government achieves its dominance through the usurpation of everyone’s money and production via lethal force.
Two wrongs don’t make a right: regulating Facebook, social media, or the Internet is not in the interests of the citizens; however, it is in the interests of big government.
Facebook and social media never was and never will be considered a necessary utility, and thus doesn’t need the public sector getting involved to regulate its use and its distribution.
Thankfully, segments of the population are starting to wake up to this fact, as it is simply not that difficult to go cold turkey on the useless drug.
Business Insider reports that significant numbers are dropping the platform, based on knowledge being revealed in the hearing that should have been common sense to anyone paying attention beforehand:
- 17% of respondents said they deleted the Facebook app from their phone over privacy concerns.
- 35% said they were using Facebook less than they used to over the privacy issue.
- 9% reported deleting their Facebook account altogether.
- 39% said they were “very aware” of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, while 37% said they were “somewhat aware.”
Again, the simplest way to destroy the so-called “monopoly” is to simply stop using it. Deprive the corrupt corporation of its source of power: undeserved and unearned income. If one simply doesn’t give away his or her privacy, personal information and time to them, they don’t have those commodities to sell to the highest bidder. The psychologically damaging, anti-social, time-wasting “technology” isn’t worth the price users are paying for it.
Worse, don’t yield that same “monopoly” to another power-hungry entity, big government, that vows to enforce its usage the way it sees fit. Thus, it is plausible they may enforce the forfeiture of your rights to privacy by lethal force or other means of extortion. And as is the case with cronyism, your money will find its way funding the corrupt, now government-sponsored corporations in a more roundabout manner, primarily through inflation, debt and taxes, while simultaneously squashing your choice of competitors via strangulation by red tape.
You may agree with the Senate’s portrayed virtue in this one scenario, but by putting politicians on this moral pedestal, if somewhere down the line you don’t agree with them, it will be too late to protest when anything and everything is “regulated” to their liking, including your right to disagree.
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