Grado de dificultad: 3 (Por el idioma).
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:
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:
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).