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Nolte: Mark Zuckerberg’s Fatal Error — Not Leaving Everyone the Hell Alone

Posted by M. C. Fox on March 21, 2018

They lure us onto their platforms with the promise of unbridled free speech, create their respective monopolies, and then go the full-Kafka against opinions that personally offend them.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/03/21/zuckerbergs-fatal-error-not-leaving-everyone-hell-alone/

by JOHN NOLTE

Make no mistake, Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook are in trouble — not just here in America, but all over the world. The Tech Tyrant has only himself to blame. Had he just left us alone, he would not be so alone or widely viewed as a monopoly with all the inherent risks in that. He would also not be a national pariah.

On both the micro and macro levels, as Facebook arbitrarily singles out conservatives for suppression, censorship, and purges (not to mention left-wing “fact checks”), all while leftists doing the same remain mostly unmolested. There is no question that this is a digital public square lousy with double standards that we all witness on an almost daily basis

The right is disgusted because Facebook’s corporate censors are manipulating these rules to suppress, silence, and purge us.

Alternately, the easily triggered left, who interpret mere words and ideas as violence and racism, are disgusted because Facebook is not keeping its promise to enforce its “community standards,” which in their twisted minds means purging anyone to the right of Don Lemon.

The world would look much different for Zuckerberg today had he kept his authoritarian impulses under control and governed Facebook in the same way Ma Bell and the U.S. Postal System were governed 35 years ago when those were our primary means of communication…

In other words, Ma Bell and the post office did not control the way in which Americans communicate. They were not monitoring our phone conversations or reading our mail to see if we were engaging in whatever the arbitrary definition of “hate speech” was. By extension, they did not have the power to purge users via those arbitrary rules.

Moreover, there was even the equivalent of a “block” button back then. If you were harassed, you could get an unlisted phone number or rent a post office box to which you alone controlled access.

Facebook (along with Twitter and YouTube) are all guilty of bait-and-switch. They lure us onto their platforms with the promise of unbridled free speech, create their respective monopolies, and then go the full-Kafka against opinions that personally offend them…

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