April 16, 2018

Zuckerberg, Hate Speech, and Congress


by Cowboy Bob Sorensen


Mr. Markie Goes to Congress

As you probably know, Facebook is having some difficulties. Because of the data scandals, their stock is plummeting, and people are quitting it — including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Do some searching for "reasons to quit Facebook", and you'll see that warnings are not only sounding now, but have been for years.

He offered his standard apology, but people are not expecting much. It didn't mean much before, after all.

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Mark Zuckerberg had himself a little discussion with the US House and Senate. It's not just about selling information, but about discrimination, censorship, and hate speech. Fazebook has a reputation for allowing terrorist speech (here is one report), then they get on the prod and slap down non-leftists (here is an example, his campaign was "shocking and offensive"). Two black women (I know they're two black women, they keep telling us this) who go by the name of Diamond and Silk, had their Page taken down. There was a great deal of publicity, and it is back up now. Just a coincidence? No, I don't think so.

Zuckerberg said that hate speech is "linguistically nuanced". Sounds like a four-bit term, but it actually has no meaning. My take on it is that this term is like "hate speech", vague and to be manipulated for someone's convenience. In Facebook's case, censoring Christians, Israelis, and non-leftists.

Interesting that Bookface is selling information, but is not all that concerned with fake names. I've reported obviously false information, such as some jasper that had a profile icon and name that sounded like he was out of the killer robot from outer space franchise. Others were equally outrageous, even deliberately offensive to Christians and creationists. Same old story:
Thanks for your report - you did the right thing by letting us know about this. We looked over the profile you reported, and though it doesn't go against one of our specific Community Standards, we understand that the profile or something they shared may still be offensive to you. We want to help you avoid things you don't want to see on Facebook.
And so on. I have also reported hardcore sex video clips, hate speech, and more. Bookface allows stuff that decent people abhor, but hypocritically bridles or bans decent people. Facebook is run by leftists, which is well known.

You know that raid on Trump's lawyer (violating attorney-client privilege)? Maybe they could have saved time by asking Markie.


I Have a Fake Name...

...and my real one (which you won't find). There is a very long story, but I'll have to tell some of it. In the midst of using the service, I was suddenly shut down. (No prior disciplinary actions against me, either, so it's not like I made one too many bad moves.) I had to prove I was old enough! What brought this on, I had no idea at the time. After showing my ID, I was still shut down. Why? They can't tell me "for security reasons". After testing with other names and where I used them (such as commenting in a certain atheopath group), I reluctantly agreed with the assessment of others: one or more angry atheists who is in power (or has friends in power) on Fazebook wanted me silenced. That's what they do when they cannot deal with logic. However, I kept The Question Evolution Project going. Atoms-to-atheopath evolution is foundational to atheism, you know.


Slapped Down for Alleged Hate Speech

On Sunday, January 21, 2018, I was logged out of Facebook by the Powers That Be. Seems that something posted at The Question Evolution Project was deemed "hate speech", and removed. It was a repost of an article called "Stopped in Time: Another Atheist Killing Spree". Let's take a gander at the notice:


Used according to  federal copyright law, Fair Use doctrine, for educational purposes (click for full size)
Let's see now... checking their rules, was it about...
  • Race? No.
  • Ethnicity? Not unless "atheist" is an ethnicity, so, no.
  • Sexual orientation? No.
  • Gender? No.
  • Disability? Aside from mental and spiritual disabilities, no.
  • Religious affiliation? Waitaminnit.
Your typical village atheist claims that atheism is a "lack of belief" in God, spirits, and the like, and not a religion, but that's all we have left. So, Fazebook is declaring atheism as a religion! Actually, despite the denials of adherents, atheism most definitely is a religion. But Bookface is unlikely to know that.

The atheopath who reported my "hate speech" later bragged about it, and blamed me that his own anti-Christian, anti-creationist Page was removed. I don't have that power, and he has done quite a few things to upset many people. 


Facebook's Future Relevance

When I responded to their replies of, "Nuh uh, nothing wrong with that obviously fake name or with the blatant anti-Christian obscenities you reported", I told them that they are not too big to fail. Facebook could become as relevant tomorrow as MySpace is today. People are leaving Fazebook for alternatives, or even nothing at all. 

I have no idea how many warnings from people and even the law that Zuckerberg and his ilk are going to ignore. If they change their ways, there is a chance to salvage Facebook. But I think the damage has been done, and they are spiraling downward.

Below is a video by Chris Plante, syndicated talk show host out of WMAL. He's my favorite commentator. This was edited for the main parts. (If you want the fun and information from the original three-hour show, complete with news and commercials, click here.) I respect Chris. I do not respect Zuckerberg or Facebook a whole lot.



2 comments:

Alex B said...

"I Have a Fake Name...
...and my real one (which you won't find)"

(puts real name at top of article)

Bob Sorensen said...

Context, Skippy. I was talking about Fazebook, which is quite clear. But then, it's easier to attack the person, even over inconsequential things, than to deal with the content of the post, innit?

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