Facebook's lack of Integrity: what is the Lesson?
—Copyright Daniel Waterman. July. 2018.
Much to his credit, Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, the world's most popular social media site recently defended the right to free speech online, even going so far as to defend people's right to publish and read 'fake news'. Or is this really Zuckerberg championing Free Speech, after all, Facebook has just recently announced huge losses on Wall Street and its role in marketing our private data to anyone who is interested, including private corporations and government agencies is well documented. So what is going on?
Zuckerberg's remarks concerning the right to be 'wrong' are interesting because I have been banned from Facebook twice, the second time without any explanation. Well, obviously the CEO's reputation is at stake and he was talking to the media. We can't expect Facebook to actually change its policy just because the CEO said this, can we? According to Zuckerberg ...
"I'm Jewish and there's a set of people who deny that the Holocaust happened ... I find it deeply offensive. But at the end of the day, I don't believe that our platform should take that down because I think there are things that different people get wrong. I don't think that they're intentionally getting it wrong. Everyone gets things wrong and if we were taking down people's accounts when they got a few things wrong, then that would be a hard world for giving people a voice and saying that you care about that."
OK Zuck, but what happens when we get it right, especially on Israel's policies of ethnic cleansing and its murderous extrajudicial killings of Palestinians? Apparently Facebook's CEO is less concerned about Holocaust denial, which concerns events in the last century than about events that are taking place now. Fake news is not about the past however, it is about controlling public opinion in the present. And Facebook is still in the game despite whatever its CEO says.
—Copyright: Daniel Waterman, July. 2018