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How Social Media Is Becoming an Arm of the State | Mises Wire

Posted by M. C. Fox on November 27, 2018

Unfortunately, Silicon Valley’s obsession of PC thought policing is a symptom of our present-day culture. Once a country that championed free expression at all levels of society, the U.S. is seeing its culture of free expression slowly wither away. 

https://mises.org/wire/how-social-media-becoming-arm-state

Say the wrong things and you might get kicked off of your favorite social media platform.

Tech titans Apple, Facebook, and YouTube have wiped out talk-show host Alex Jones’s social media presence on the Internet. But the social media crusades weren’t over.

Facebook recently took down popular pages like Liberty Memes and hundreds of other prominent libertarian-leaning pages . In the wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, social media network Gab was on the receiving end of suspensions from payment processors like PayPal and Stripe and cloud hosting company Joyent. Although these companies did not provide clear explanations for their dissociation with Gab, the media had a field day when they learned that the synagogue shooter, Robert Bowers, had an account with the social media network.

Should libertarians fear social media de-platforming? Or is this a case of private actors exercising their legitimate property rights by excluding those they wish to no longer do business with?

The Blurring Lines of the Public & Private Sector

Since the question of de-platforming has popped up, some conservatives have proposed state-based solutionsto solve this problem. In a role reversal, conservative commentator Ann Coulter suggested that the governmentpass anti-discrimination laws to prevent social media platforms from de-platforming conservatives. Ideological consistency is a lot to ask for from seasoned veterans of Conservative Inc these days… Read the rest of this entry »

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Of Two Minds – Why Is Social Media So Toxic?

Posted by M. C. Fox on November 1, 2018

The desire to improve our social standing is natural. What’s unnatural is the toxicity of doing so through social media.

https://www.oftwominds.com/blogoct18/toxic-social-media10-18.html

Charles Hugh Smith

…So why is social media so toxic to healthy dialog and tolerance, and to those who live much of their lives via social media? I think we can discern several dynamics that direct the entire social media space.

1. The feedback loops within each “tribe” strengthen the most divisive, toxic narratives and opinions.

In the anti-Trump tribe, for example, those calling most vociferously for Trump’s head on a stake are “rewarded” by praise from other members of the tribe via “likes” and positive comments on the “bravery” of their extreme language.

Others note this feedback and are naturally drawn into trying to top the extreme language: I want Trump’s head on a stake, and then let’s set it on fire, etc.

In the real world, expressing such extreme views soon draws negative or moderating feedback from those outside the social media’s claustrophobic “tribe.” More reasonable people will politely suggest that such extremism isn’t very helpful, or they will start shunning the frothing-at-the-mouth firebrand.

But in the social media world, there are no moderating feedbacks. Anyone who dares question the extremism being reinforced by the “tribe” is quickly attacked or ejected from the tribe. Attacking moderate voices increases the potential “rewards” / likes from tribal members. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bokhari: This Is What ‘Election Interference’ Actually Looks Like

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

The free and open Internet has been indispensable in spreading conservative ideas, and it was indispensable in getting Donald Trump elected president — and now the Left wishes to destroy it.”

https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2018/08/20/bokhari-election-interference-actually-looks-like/

by Allum Bokhari

The purge of the right on social media was once a slow trickle, with high-profile bans happening only occasionally, and then subsiding. With just three months until the midterm elections, the Masters of the Universe in Silicon Valley have turned online censorship into a cascade….

Then, last night, Twitter went on another mass-purge of right-wingers, with multiple conservative personalities reporting that their follower count had dropped by hundreds overnight. Among those purged was the account of Vey, a graphics designer who previously produced artwork for Breitbart News. He provided Breitbart with a screenshot of progressive activists targeting his account for mass-reporting prior to his ban… Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Social Media Destroying Humanity on Purpose? – The Organic Prepper

Posted by M. C. Fox on May 9, 2018

One former Facebook executive said, “We have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works.”

https://www.theorganicprepper.com/is-social-media-destroying-humanity-on-purpose/

Is Social Media Destroying Humanity on Purpose?

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by Daisy Luther

You may not be on social media yourself, but chances are your friends and family are. Some of us are on there for work purposes and some so we can keep in touch with loved ones who live far away. There are valid reasons we have accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. But things are getting ugly out there in Internetland and it begs the question of whether social media is destroying humanity.

And even worse, is social media destroying humanity on purpose, because it was engineered to do so?

You’d have to live under a rock big enough to block all internet communications to not have heard about the privacy scandals that have plagued Facebook recently. From Cambridge Analytica mining user’s data to Facebook’s massive profits from your data, it’s been all over the news. Zuckerberg even had to testify to Congress about it for 10 hours recently, in the end apologizing for his part in the scandal.

But your lack of privacy may be just a drop in the bucket.

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GAB- A New Social Media Platform

Posted by M. C. Fox on April 16, 2018

https://gab.ai/news/2029

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How to Play Hard to Get – Use DDT

Posted by M. C. Fox on July 11, 2013

Do you like to play hard to get?

Do you like to make a graceful, low-key exit from a social event?

Do you like to keep a low profile and “stay off the ridges” as my friend Ray likes to say.

Whether you want to live smarter and just stay in the background or make a more permanent departure,

here are some good tips.  I suggest getting your feet wet by using my DDT system Read the rest of this entry »

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Facebook Part II: More on Social Media and Smart Phone Hazards

Posted by M. C. Fox on December 1, 2012

There are several things to consider when socializing electronically.  Suppose you are protesting in Peoria or catching butterflies in Bangor but live in Omaha.  You proudly post your activities to your hundreds of “friends”.  One of those “friends” near Omaha realizes you aren’t going to be home tonight.  You could return to an empty house. Read the rest of this entry »

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