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.

6 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.”
    “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

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