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I can’t just stand by and watch Mark Zuckerberg destroy the internet

 

 

Quincy Larson

 

Teacher at https://FreeCodeCamp.com

 

I can’t just stand by and watch Mark Zuckerberg destroy the internet.

 

 

With great power comes great responsibility” — Uncle Ben

 

Mark Zuckerberg — Facebook’s CEO — is probably the most powerful person alive today. He may even be the most powerful person ever.

 

Traditionally, the president of the United States has been considered the most powerful person on Earth. After all, President Obama controls the most powerful military on the planet, and has considerable influence over the $18 trillion US economy.

 

 

But President Obama is beholden to systems that keep his power in check: congress and the supreme court, term limits (he will be forced to retire in January), and the will of the American electorate.

 

Mark Zuckerberg has none of these limitations. His power flows from Facebook, the seventh largest corporation on the planet by market capitalization, of which he owns 18% of the stock and controls 60% of the voting rights.

 

At 32 years of age, he could remain the CEO of Facebook for another 50 years.

 

But financials are just a small part of what makes Facebook so powerful. Here are some ways it dominates human attention:

 

  1. More than one billion people use Facebook each day. 1/4 of all time spent on the internet is spent using Facebook.

  2. For many people, Facebook is the internet. It’s the first place most people go to announce weddings, births, deaths, and other major life events.

  3. Facebook is increasingly the place where people consume other forms of media.

 

Through its Free Basics program, Facebook has literally become the internet for the world’s poor (who have to pay money to access websites that are outside of Facebook).

 

Facebook has also used its monopoly on human attention to control what news is shown to whom, affecting public opinion from the shadows.

 

And Facebook knows far more about humanity — and individual humans — than any other company or government on Earth. 500 terabytes of our personal data flow into Facebook every day.

 

So far, Zuckerberg has mainly used Facebook’s power to further grow Facebook. He’s acquired Facebook’s most serious competitors: Instagram and WhatsApp. He’s now competing with YouTube for video and Twitter for real time communication.

 

He’s even creating AIs and launching satellites (though his first one ended up exploding on the launch pad).

 

 

But as Facebook races toward becoming the largest corporation ever, Zuckerberg’s plans for it may change.

 

Even though he has pledged to give away 99% of his Facebook stock during the course of his life, he will retain control of its board. And his power comes not from his billions of dollars, but from his access to our attention and our data.

 

His role in shaping humanity is so substantial that there’s even a team of university professors who log and analyze literally everything Zuckerberg says, in the hope of understanding his motivations and future plans.

 

For the rest of his life, Zuckerberg will be able to bring Facebook’s incredible power to bear in achieving whatever ends he desires.

 

But is he responsible?

 

Here’s Zuckerberg’s recent post about what he’s doing to stop fake news on Facebook, in which he says, “The bottom line is: we take misinformation seriously.”

 

 

And right next to Zuckerberg’s post, there are two ads for fake news stories.

 

Fake news may have played a huge role in the outcome of the US presidential election, and many other recent elections.

 

Even fake headlines — often used to trick people into clicking through ads to unrelated products — can do damage. Headlines are the only part of a news story that most people bother to read. On their own, headlines can substantially sway public opinion.

 

And fake news isn’t the only major Facebook controversy this week.

 

Yesterday, people inside Facebook leaked to the New York Times that Facebook is actively working on a sophisticated censorship tool.

 

Zuckerberg’s apparent goal is to re-enter the Chinese market, where Facebook has been blocked since 2009.

 

Is it a responsible use of power for Zuckerberg to use his company’s vast wealth and army of software engineers to aid in the repression of the world’s most populous country? All so he can get more market share?

 

Facebook everywhere

 

Facebook is already on our phones and computers, pestering us with notifications.

 

For example, Facebook Messenger pops up on top of whatever you’re doing every single time someone sends you a message.

 

 

If you try to shut off notifications in Facebook Messenger, here are the options it gives you:

 

 

That’s right — the only way to shut off these annoying notifications for more than 24 hours at a time is to go all the way down to the operating system level.

 

And Zuckerberg won’t stop at merely pervading our existence. He wants for Facebook to be our existence.

 

Here’s a demo of Facebook Social VR, built on top of Oculus, a company he acquired in 2014:

 

It’s striking how mundane all this looks. You can go anywhere and do anything, but instead you’re going to fast-travel to your living room and take a selfie with your dog? But I digress.

 

Zuckerberg has been clear that he intends to create — then monetize — artificial scarcity. He envisions a future where you can pay extra money to get a better seat in a virtual reality-broadcast sporting event.

 

The supply of front row seats in VR should technically be unlimited. Bleachers in a VR experience are not bound by the normal rules of space and time. But you’ll have to pay extra to keep those other avatars’ heads from blocking your view of the game.

 

Add to this the fact that, in VR, ads can be literally everywhere. With eye tracking, you won’t be able to avert your gaze from them.

 

And with Facebook’s ever-growing corpus of data about you — and its capitalist mandate to maximize value for its shareholders — these ads will continue to get creepier and creepier.

 

Facebook is a threat to the open web

 

Something like Facebook could never have emerged within Facebook. It needed an open web within which to gestate.

 

Despite this, Facebook is taking conscious efforts — like Free Basics — to destroy the open web. It’s destroying the very environment that made its own existence possible.

 

Google co-founder Sergey Brin has condemned Facebook, and acknowledged that Google itself couldn’t succeed in the “walled garden” web that Facebook is creating:

 

You have to play by their rules, which are really restrictive. The kind of environment that we developed Google in, the reason that we were able to develop a search engine, is the web was so open. Once you get too many rules, that will stifle innovation.”

 

By locking down the web, Facebook is not only sucking up more and more of humanity’s waking hours — it’s poisoning the well.

 

Organizations that would otherwise eventually emerge to challenge Facebook’s dominance will never even be able to find the fertile soil they need to take root in the first place.

 

What can you do about it?

 

Many people’s instinctive reaction is to delete their Facebook account and simply ignore it.

 

Unfortunately, deleting your Facebook account won’t help. That will just lead to even fewer reasonable people on Facebook.

 

Like it or not, many of the people who need to hear your thoughtful opinions the most are right there, hanging out on Facebook.

 

They are your extended family. Your high school classmates. And they’re being bathed in pathos and misinformation all day long.

 

They need to see your reasonable opinions and your thoughtful responses to their own, often unreasonable ones.

 

I for one have no plans of deleting my Facebook account.

 

I’m not going to retreat into some literati echo chamber where I might otherwise prefer to spend my time.

 

I’m going to stick it out, and continue to fight misinformation with wit and reason.

 

And I hope you will, too.

 

Making the experience more bearable

 

There are some ways you can make Facebook a saner place for yourself.

 

  1. The trending section is filled with ads and misinformation. You can block it — along with ads and many other things you don’t like about Facebook — by installing the Facebook Purity Chrome extension.

  2. Decline Facebook’s frequent requests for your data. Don’t give them your phone number or access to your Gmail contacts. And don’t use Facebook authentication to sign into websites or apps.

  3. Think twice about sharing any personal information. It’s OK to post pictures of you with your kids, but I definitely wouldn’t post angry rants or live-stream from a happy hour. Handing Facebook these moments of weakness can only hurt you down the road.

 

Finally, educate yourself on how the web works, and why an open web is so critical. Read this excellent book on Net Neutrality and the ongoing battle for the internet:

 

 

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Eric Schmidt Orders “The Truth” to be gassed and burned in Google’s web ovens.

Google’s Jared Cohen and Larry Page put on their SS uniforms and comply because “nothing matters but the final solution..”

The Upcoming War On The Alternative Media By The Deep State Mainstream Media

By Rahul Manchanda, Esq.

This declaration of war was typified by Google and FaceBook

by Rahul Manchanda, Esq.

The Mainstream Media (“MSM”), fully owned and co-opted by the Deep State Plutocrat/ Oligarch Elite, are extremely unhappy that Donald Trump won the 2016 Election.

They did not bank on this, and were completely and totally confident that their trillions of dollars of money issued by the Federal Reserve and international central banks, control of the National Security State as represented by the Military Industrial Complex, and bought and paid for representatives in the United States Legislature (Congress and Senate), Executive Branch, and Judiciary would have ensured their victory.

So what turned this election around, to upset the proverbial apple cart and deliver the Presidency to Donald J. Trump?

Even the MSM has openly and formally admitted that it was the tireless and “round the clock” work of the alternative media, but instead of giving the millions of independent investigators, whistleblowers, independent journalists, and other patriotic Americans who respect and fought for the First Amendment of the United States Constitution the respect that they deserve, instead they declared “war” on all of them this past week, by announcing that they would block, filter, drown out, and crush them all, as being purveyors of “Fake News.”

This declaration of war was typified by Google and FaceBook, who then tried to claim that they were not “media outlets,” but rather “search engines” or “social media sites” with a “responsibility” to ensure that “fake news” does not infect the political process.

Even President Obama was apparently coerced into joining this “bullshit bandwagon,” when he went around Europe this past week during his latest speech tour, telling the media that he too supported outlawing “fake news” while wiping away fake crocodile tears, because he “cares so much” about the American People.

When, and how, these gargantuan media behemoths took it upon themselves, and arrogated unto themselves this right, is beyond anyone’s comprehension or understanding, but it most certainly belies the supreme and total arrogance, bullying, intimidation, and coercion of the Deep State Plutocrat/Oligarch Elite, and must be resisted with the peaceful and non-violent full force, might, temerity, and aggression of all of America’s 300,000,000 citizenry, tooth and nail.

For this promise, announced by the Deep State MSM, is an outright threat to the First Amendment, by a purely private and sprawling commercial entity, and is no less dangerous than the threat of removing any other of America’s other hard-won and hard-fought for Amendments.

The reason that it is the “First” Amendment, is because the Founding Fathers probably believed that it was the most important of all of them.

Since the MSM is not considered a governmental body, it might be able to crush and destroy this First Amendment with impunity, as the First Amendment only truly applies to public legislation issued by a government sponsored entity – indeed the text of the edict states that

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

But what happens when the MSM has openly, flagrantly, and clearly infiltrated, dominated and has become synonymous with, the United States Government?

Ron Paul@RonPaul2h2 hours ago

REVEALED: The Real Fake News List ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/revea…

 

 

When one can no longer recognize the difference, because of the MSM’s incestuous and intermingled relationship with the US Government?

 

The American People must resist this open declaration of war on the alternative media, tooth and nail, lock stock and barrel, and President-Elect Donald Trump must immediately set about dismantling, breaking up, and destroying this unholy alliance by and between private media and public government, because even though he got elected in huge part by the alternative media, the Deep State Plutocrat/Oligarch Mainstream Media is going to do everything within its power to ensure that none of his mandate and promises to the American people will ever be fulfilled, or realized.

 

See: Reporters who met in secret and coordinated with Hillary’s campaign.

 

Also see related articles:

 

The Illusion of Choice: Ninety Percent of American Media Controlled by Six Corporations

 

These 6 Corporations Control 90% Of The Media In America

 

Can The American People Defeat The Oligarchy That Rules Them? — Paul Craig Roberts

 

Google’s Pro-Clinton Search Bias Reflects US Tech Firms’ Ties to ‘Deep State’ 

Google now listing Wikileaks as a ‘dangerous’ site 

Julian Assange Fingers Mossadist Jew Jared Cohen in Google Duplicity 

Assange: Google as a Creature of the State Department 

Subverting Free Expression: Assange Accuses Google of Being a Tool Used by the US to Silence Dissent 

Israel to Coordinate with Google, YouTube, to Censor Palestinian Videos of Conflict 

Google Investigated by FTC Over Search Abuse 

White House Official Cozied Up to Google Before Antitrust Lawsuit Was Shelved

 

Israeli Official Meets with Google and YouTube to Censor Palestinian Videos 

Google and Israel discuss educational collaboration 

Clinton Emails Show Zeal for Syrian War by Google, Israel, Team Hillary 

Google Manipulates Search Results, According to Study from Yelp and Legal Star Tim Wu 

Senator presses FTC to reopen Google antitrust case as EU Commissioner comes to town 

Google: The Center of Conspiracy “More Vast than the Rothschilds and Bilderbergs” 

Apple and Google Just Attended a Confidential Spy Summit in a Remote English Mansion 

Pentagon and Google join forces to advance US military hegemonic capacity 

How the CIA made Google 

Google’s deep CIA and NSA connections 

Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems 

Google entrenched in Zionist ethics, politics 

Google involved with Clinton campaign, controls information flow – Assange 

Revolving door’: Google & EU govts’ cross-hiring revealed in new report 

Google’s ‘Regime Change’ Agent, Jared Cohen 

WikiLeaks: Google & Al-Jazeera Encouraged Civil War in Syria

Google planned to help Syrian rebels bring down Assad regime, leaked Hillary Clinton emails claim 

Clinton Emails Reveal Google’s Role in Attempting to Oust Syria’s Assad 

Google this! Hillary Clinton and the Syrian regime-change conspiracy 

StratforLeaks: Google Ideas Director Involved in ‘Regime Change’

 

If this is true, it is a disgrace’: Donald Trump responds to viral video claiming Google’s search is biased

Wikileaks Global Intelligence Files, Israel Day 18: Google’s Covert Role in Arab Uprisings

Wikileaks’ Assange: Google Directly Allied with Clinton Campaign

 

 

Executive Chairman of Google Eric Schmidt (front left) and Director of Google Ideas Jared Cohen (back left).

 

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