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Facebook Jail: Content Driven and/or Numerically Based Censorship by Human Programmed Algorithmic Robots?

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Introduction: "You've created these platforms. And now they're being misused," Senator Dianne Feinstein told the general counsels of Facebook, Google, and Twitter in a recent hearing. "And you have to be the ones to do something about it. Or we will."

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Long before the New York Times broke the very recent story of its own six month Facebook investigation, I started compiling stories of other activists and their experiences being slapped with group sharing restrictions, or worse. If you haven't read the Times article, you should.

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Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook's Leaders Fought Through Crisis

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I wrote several of my own Facebook Jail articles, all of which were published at OpEdNews, including:

Facebook Suppression of Bernie Sanders Supporters?

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Fixing One Facebook Problem Serious for Activists; How Facebook Groups Can Increase Readership of OpEdNews Articles

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To sum it up from my most recent OpEdNews article, November 4, two days before the Midterms:

I wrote articles about the Battles for the Editorial Pages, and posted them widely and often enough that I got slammed into Facebook Jail* numerous times since January 1, 2018. I am presently in FB jail, by the way, just for 7 more days, because of my last article. (*the way activists put their being "restricted from group posting on Facebook, usually about a week ~~~ many activists see it as a badge of honor or as a right of passage, but the implications regarding the First Amendment remain very troubling to me.)

One never knows whether it was the content or whether it was the volume of group posts, or whether some Facebook monitor (Human or Robot, who knows?) who doesn't like what you posted and/or how many times you posted it. Facebook never posts neither rules nor anything that would clarify anything at all, except some vague references to community standards, as if that clarified it all.

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I am hoping that this article opens up serious discussions in many quarters, even at Facebook and among the supporters of various 2020 candidates, all of whom will engage through Facebook, whose impact on American politics is and will continue to be profound.


In the next article, I shall assail some of the relevant legal precedents. Here is a brief video introduction by a top First Amendment lawyer:



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The big platforms-- Facebook, Amazon, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Twitter-- are all far too powerful and must be drastically tamed.

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Agreed, Rob!

But, why is the conversation always about how to "fix" these companies, when that involves things that are counter to their mission, and the mission of the State?

The only way to "tame" these companies is to stop using them. That would put an end to the State's efforts to co-opt them as well.

Feinstein's words, quoted above, should be enough of an indication that the State intends to control how social media is used. They're using social media companies to do the censoring FOR them, thinking they're going to avoid the Constitutional issues by hiding behind the "private company privilege".

Any of those companies that are not refusing to comply with this Orwellian agenda absolutely should be abandoned, as they have violated out trust in too many ways.

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Devil's Advocate: I have noticed that you choose to hide anonymously with no identifiable name, but more important in this context, you have a predilection and obsession with the Big State, the Deep State, Orwellian agendas, etc. I just don't share those views. I am only 70 and have 64 years of political consciousness and involvement, so what do I know?


I think a far larger problem is that of the corporate strangulation of the proper functions of government, particularly the FDA and more recently the EPA, so see? The real giant is the corporate puppeteering behind far too much of the government.


As to the US Senate and Congress? That is where we have power to change and reshape everything, and where we continue to have power.


I have no intention to stop using these companies, and my attempts to reform them are self protective and are limited at best, because it is all journalism. Now, certainly, Mr. Zuckerberg and Mrs. Sandberg did no doubt pay attention to the New York Times article, but as to changing the way Facebook operates? I am skeptical but always hopeful.


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Surely I don't need to educate you on what purposes are served by pseudonyms. I would've thought in the year 2018, and with all the things we're fighting for online, we were past the point of worrying about the "nefarious" anonymous user.

You make reference to your age and experience, as if to imply I have neither. To set the record straight, I'm not far behind you in age, and I have a far greater understanding of our tech world than you, which I'm trying to share with others here, for increasingly important reasons.

It is from this experience that I say to you, I'm sorry, but your age and experience aren't serving you on the topic of Facebook itself.

You post all this stuff complaining about Facebook, like how you're in Facebook "jail", and other controversial Facebook behaviour, only to go on as if this were some temporary problem, and then continue to use them and give them more power to abuse you later. This absolutely BEGS the question - should we even be supporting Facebook at this point??

I'm giving you nothing but the only answers to that question that a functional mind should be coming up with, from a very qualified view from the technical end.

Facebook has become a serious threat to not only the social networking scene, but to a number of what are supposed to be unalienable rights. For some people, they're even posing a threat to their livelihoods and safety.

These threats are becoming everyone's threats now, and are a central issue in all that you yourself are writing about, whether you see it, or not. In case you missed it, there is a movement away from Facebook and others going on, right now.

The bottom line is, you can't "fix" Facebook. It's not going to happen. Something else has to. If you're going to talk about the problems this socially-created behemoth presents, while promoting it at the same time, you should expect these most natural and obvious responses.

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The issue of monopoly of anything is a serious question, but when the monopoly is one that affects the way people get access to information, it is a weapon.


I write about the fact that this is one of those ERAS of Transformation... where the inadvertent consequences are unknown and complicated, and will utterly transform society, as all transformational eras have.

Think how everything changed when:

* the hunter-gathers settled down, so the towns grew, and society changed

* inventions like the cotton-jenny, and the steam engine led to industrialization, which changed where and how people lived,

* technology changed everything but the

* ERA OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: telephones, film, television, and NOW, the internet/cyber-space --an unregulated place where anarchy allows propaganda to be disseminated!


IN this ERA we are witnessing The weaponization of disinformation -- intentional misinfronmation (i.e lies, "alternative facts" )


Thus, those who control access control what ordinary folks know!

They must not be allowed to own the GATES to the internet.

That kind of MONOPOLY, WILL END US.


But then, what do I know -- Only history.


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Thanks so much. I am soon adding another addendum to the article, so please check back and read about the larger picture.

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