Grado de dificultad: 3 (Por el idioma).

Columnista: Roberto

Mark Zuckerberg doubled down on his claim that Facebook shouldn’t restrain the political lies ads on the platform.

Unfortunately for him, he is a nerd. We are too, reason why he can’t fool us …

Facebook has a record on manipulation

An already known issue

It was revealed in 2014 that Facebook had performed a test on 689,000 uninformed users, “discovering” that emotions could be manipulated (and were).

Here is one of the many articles that were published at that time:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2014/06/28/facebook-manipulated-689003-users-emotions-for-science/#5b84cfc0197c

This study was obviously leaded with his consent, if not directly ordered by him, personally.

By the way, this is what doubt and hesitation are about: we suspect but a doubt still remains.

There is no such doubt in the “controversy” he is caught in, now.

A quick reminder: a few weeks ago, he delivered a speech at Georgetown University, about “Free Speech”.

Many, like me, were frustrated / disappointed / annoyed, but not really surprised by his statement.

This is a very common statement among Libertarians. The liberty is the excuse for every lies and abuses: “it’s up to people to recognize the lies”.

Libertarian and their vision of liberty

But I should rather quote him, because he is even more cynical:

What I believe is that in a democracy, it’s really important that people can see for themselves what politicians are saying, so they can make their own judgments”.

(Note: Like during the last presidential election and the Cambridge Analytica scandal, I presume?)

AKA Libertarians don’t take any responsibilities, you and I do.

Note: We are not speaking of Tim Berners-Lee, here. We are speaking of social manipulators and of experts in Newspeak.

Do you know that sarcastic joke: “You can’t have everything. They have the power; you have the responsibilities”.

That is exactly what Mark is telling us. He has the power.

Advocating for “free speech” is advocating for the powerful. This is a liberty for the powerful only.

What’s up Mark!

Mark Zuckerberg is a powerful man.

His central creation, Facebook, owns 2.3 billion accounts (about one third of the planet). What he decides matters.

Now, here he comes again:

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/dec/02/mark-zuckerberg-facebook-policy-fake-ads

Mark Zuckerberg is a nerd. So, does he know that what he said is wrong?

Of course, he does, just like he already knew, forehands, what his Facebook’s experiment would prove, in 2014.

There is a funny/sad admission of him, also reported by the Guardian:

Well, this is a clearly a very complex issue, and a lot of people have a lot of different opinions

This is not a complex issue: a difficult decision, yes, complex, no! You have the courage to make it or you haven’t.

He is saying he hasn’t.

Note: He is also saying that we must be able decide where he is not able to. Stunning! …

This doesn’t mean that he won’t do it: he may be forced to, just like it looks like he is forced not to, right now.

Sorry, I am anticipating. We don’t know for sure that he is blackmailed; this is just a hunch (#QuidProQuo of some kind).