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An Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg from Aaron Sorkin -- Facebook isn't defending free speech, it's assaulting truth.

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'The law hasn’t been written yet — yet — that holds carriers of user-generated internet content responsible for the user-generated content they carry, just like movie studios, television networks and book, magazine and newspaper publishers.  Most people don’t have the resources to employ a battalion of fact checkers. Right now, on Facebook  is an ad claiming that Joe Biden gave the Ukrainian attorney general a billion dollars not to investigate his son. Every square inch of that is a lie and it’s under your logo. That’s not defending free speech, Mark, that’s assaulting truth.'

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IN THE PLACE OF the Beneficial values passed on in real communities , comes the internet... cyberspace, where division and violence are fed to our most impressional people. Read 'In the Absence of the Sacred' by Jerry Mander. And he was looking at the values pushed on our citizens by television, selling our people, not just cereal, but presidents!

And now, in this transformational era of information technology (tv and the internet) comes the anarchy of cyberspace, where images and memes sell disinformation to a stressed, fearful and ignorant citizenry.

The information technology revolution began with television. Pushing the values of the power elites who own the media... and suddenly, 60 years after Howdy Doody, we can flip channels and see in that huge window on the world... endless aggression, violence and blood.

The animated shows fed to our young people are all about violence -- as an evil character must be bested by powerful super-heroes. No more stories where people work together to find solutions. And instead of quiet time, where one reads timeless stories where people find ways to survive over adversity, video games give angry people a way to finally 'win," and as they watch...they lose touch with humanity.

A 'must see' Jerry Mander video, made about television's impact in 2010, but the impact of the internet, and of facebook is much greater!

I read his book on this subject, "Four Arguments for the Elimination Of Television" in the eighties. Now, I see the weaponization of disinformation, with no laws to end the radicalization of our citizenry.

It is time for the RULE OF Law, to govern social media sites. One cannot yell fire in a crowded room. Words matter!

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