Facebook acts like a hostile foreign power: time to treat it like one.

In 1947, Albert Einstein, writing in this magazine, proposed the creation of a single world government to protect humanity from the threat of the atomic bomb. His utopian idea did not take hold, quite obviously, but today, another visionary is building the simulacrum of a cosmocracy.

Mark Zuckerberg, unlike Einstein, did not dream up Facebook out of a sense of moral duty, or a zeal for world peace. This summer, the population of Zuckerberg’s supranational regime reached 2.9 billion monthly active users, more humans than live in the world’s two most populous nations — China and India — combined.

To Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and CEO, they are citizens of Facebookland. Long ago he conspicuously started calling them “people” instead of “users,” but they are still cogs in an immense social matrix, fleshy morsels of data to satisfy the advertisers that poured $54 billion into Facebook in the first half of 2021 alone—a sum that surpasses the gross domestic products of most nations on Earth.

[Zuckerberg] introduced in a blog post the concept of a Facebook Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, inviting people to share their feedback—but only if they signed up for a Facebook account.

“More than 175 million people use Facebook,” he wrote. “If it were a country, it would be the sixth most populated country in the world. Our terms aren’t just a document that protect our rights; it’s the governing document for how the service is used by everyone across the world.”

Zuck has changed the name of Facebook to META. For “Metaverse” most people say. Governing principles aren’t the democracy he prattles about in defense of the Facebook style. It’s MEGALOMANIA.

11 thoughts on “Facebook acts like a hostile foreign power: time to treat it like one.

  1. Cassandra says:

    Facebook is enabling a new generation of touchy-feely robots
    The company’s AI research lab has created an entire suite of tactile technologies. https://www.engadget.com/facebook-is-enabling-a-new-generation-of-touchy-feely-robots-120016974.html
    “Without a sense of touch, Frankenstein’s monster would never have realized that “fire bad” and we would have had an unstoppable reanimated killing machine on our hands. So be thankful for the most underappreciated of your five senses, one that robots may soon themselves enjoy.”

  2. Ahem says:

    “Ohio’s largest public pension system filed a class-action lawsuit against Facebook, alleging that the social media giant misled investors and breached the public’s trust.”
    https://www.dispatch.com/story/news/politics/2021/11/15/ohio-public-employees-retirement-system-sues-facebook-misled-opers/8622440002/
    “Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, which manages $125 billion on behalf of 1.1 million Ohioans, says it purchased Facebook stock “at artificially inflated prices” in 2021 and suffered damages because of Facebook’s violations of federal securities laws.
    “Defendants were aware that Facebook’s platforms facilitate dissension, illegal activity, and violent extremism, and cause significant harm to users, especially children, but Facebook refused to correct these issues,” the federal lawsuit alleges. “All told, these disclosures erased more than $100 billion in shareholder value and subjected Facebook to immense reputational harm.”

  3. p/s says:

    “Restore Net Neutrality, Or Facebook Will Dominate The Internet Forever” https://www.vice.com/en/article/epxndw/restore-net-neutrality-or-facebook-will-dominate-the-internet-forever
    “…These scenarios are not just theoretical. In 2017, Facebook negotiated monopolistic deals with internet providers in a number of developing countries as part of its controversial “Free Basics” scheme, which was eventually banned in India.” See https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jul/27/facebook-free-basics-developing-markets

  4. Rotters says:

    “Facebook’s race-blind policies around hate speech came at the expense of Black users, new documents show : Researchers proposed a fix to the biased algorithm, but one internal document predicted pushback from “conservative partners” https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/11/21/facebook-algorithm-biased-race/
    Photo caption: “Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive and founder of Facebook right, and Joel Kaplan, vice president of global public policy at Facebook in May 2018. Kaplan, the company’s most influential Republican, was widely known as a strong believer in the idea that Facebook should appear “politically neutral,” and his hard line free speech ideology was in lockstep with Zuckerberg. He bent over backward to protect conservatives, according to previous reporting in The Post, numerous former insiders and the Facebook Papers.”
    See also: “The Facebook Papers: What you need to know about the trove of insider documents” (Oct 25, 2021) https://www.npr.org/2021/10/25/1049015366/the-facebook-papers-what-you-need-to-know

  5. Blood Money says:

    Landmark $150B lawsuit seeks to hold Facebook accountable for Rohingya genocide
    Facebook knew it was fanning flames of violence, did nothing, lawsuit alleges. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/12/landmark-150b-lawsuit-seeks-to-hold-facebook-accountable-for-rohingya-genocide/
    This lawsuit claims that Meta’s Facebook product is defective and that the company acted negligently. The complaint was filed this week in San Mateo County Superior Court, the jurisdiction in which Meta is headquartered, on behalf of a Rohingya refugee living in Illinois. It’s seeking class-action status to encompass all of the more than 10,000 Rohingya refugees who have resettled in the US since 2012.

  6. 5th column Inc says:

    Facebook groups swelled with at least 650,000 posts attacking the legitimacy of Joe Biden’s victory between Election Day and the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol, with many calling for executions or other political violence, an investigation by ProPublica and The Washington Post has found.
    The barrage — averaging at least 10,000 posts a day, a scale not reported previously — turned the groups into incubators for the baseless claims supporters of then-President Donald Trump voiced as they stormed the Capitol, demanding he get a second term. Many posts portrayed Biden’s election as the result of widespread fraud that required extraordinary action — including the use of force — to prevent the nation from falling into the hands of traitors.
    Drew Pusateri, a spokesperson for Meta, Facebook’s newly renamed parent company, said that it was not responsible for the violence on Jan. 6. He pointed instead to Trump and others who voiced the lies that sparked the siege on the Capitol.
    https://www.propublica.org/article/facebook-hosted-surge-of-misinformation-and-insurrection-threats-in-months-leading-up-to-jan-6-attack-records-show

  7. Update says:

    FTC has a “plausible claim” that Facebook is an illegal monopoly, judge says https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2022/01/facebook-loses-bid-to-kill-ftc-antitrust-lawsuit/
    The Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust suit against Facebook may proceed, a federal judge has ruled. The company had filed a motion to dismiss the case, which the judge denied.
    The FTC argues that Facebook (now known as Meta) used a “buy and bury” strategy to stifle competition in the social networking space. Specifically, it alleges that Facebook purchased both Instagram and WhatsApp to prevent them from offering their large user bases new features that could have challenged Facebook’s main platform.

  8. Meanwhile says:

    New Delhi, India – Facebook allowed a large number of ghost and surrogate advertisers to secretly fund the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) election campaigns in India and boost the governing party’s visibility, according to an analysis of advertisements placed on the social media platform across 22 months and 10 elections.
    Advertisers either hid their identities or their connections with the BJP, even as they paid tens of millions of rupees to Facebook, mostly to show advertisements that promoted India’s ruling party and its leaders. These ghost and surrogate advertisers got almost as many views as the advertisements officially placed by India’s governing party, doubling its visibility without the party having to take responsibility for the content or the expenditure related to their advertisements.
    https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2022/3/15/inside-facebook-and-bjps-world-of-ghost-advertisers

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