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:
Facebook Manipulated 689,003 Users’ Emotions For Science
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:
Defiant Mark Zuckerberg defends Facebook policy to allow false 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).