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Don't Wait for Congress or Zuckerberg To Set You Free From Facebook


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Don't Wait for Congress or Zuckerberg To Set You Free From Facebook
Millennial pipsqueak Mark Zuckerberg may have done us all an unintended favor at Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s Congress performance.

Anyone who watched it knows exactly where the masses stand in this perilous moment in time: millions of frogs in social media’s boiling cauldron of water getting uncomfortably hot, but not quite yet knowing it’s time to jump out.

Here many of us were placidly thinking of Facebook as a convenient way to keep in touch with family and friends; the trusted digital place to share photos of kids and Grammy’s secret recipes.

Zuck also did us the favor of showing how useless Congressional Hearings are.  These hearings provide a prime opportunity for congress grandstanding, which we mostly see Congress critters doing on cable television most nights anyway; leaving behind a reminder that when these Congressional hearings are (mercifully) over, nothing ever changes.

Here’s the thing all frogs in the Facebook boiling cauldron need to know:

Facebook won’t help us.  The government won’t help us.  Blowhards and screams of outrage won’t cut it. Only WE can help us.

Only when conservatives stop griping and come together to form a new platform will we get the change so sorely needed.

Unlike the banks of Obama’s era, Facebook is not too big to fail.

As this corner has lamented before Facebook is the government and the government is Facebook.

Congress members, who even provided this Silicon Valley narcissist a chair cushion booster making him both look and feel taller,  was not there to drag the truth out of wily Mark Zuckerberg.

They were there to con the public into thinking they were worried and really care about the major intrusion of privacy known as Facebook.

MSM stories that lawmakers were ramping up talk of regulation and suggested the interviewing of Zuck involved “tough questions and criticism” are downright laughable.

That’s all that Congress and Facebook brass do: “Talk, talk, talk”.

“During his testimony Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressed the company’s recent data-breach scandals.” (Wall Street Journal, April 12, 2018)

How can any self-respecting MSM call it “testimony” when Zuckerberg wasn’t even sworn in?

“Facebook Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent two days on Capitol Hill seeking to placate angry lawmakers by saying he would be open to some sort of regulation to protect the privacy of users on his global social-media platform.” (WSJ)

Zuckerberg already knows that his company won’t be open to “some sort of regulation to protect the privacy of his users” because the same lawmakers questioning him, are the ones who invest heavily in his company.

Talk is cheap especially for elected officials!

“The question now is whether Washington will create regulations that address increasingly widespread concerns about digital privacy, and how any new constraints would squeeze the business models of companies like Facebook that rely on the free flow of data.” (WSJ)

 

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“Free flow of data” for whom? Facebook and social media, steadfastly morphing themselves from platforms to desk top publishing, already stem the free flow of information that comes from conservative news sites.

“That tension was at the heart of Mr. Zuckerberg’s two days of testimony. He signaled repeatedly that he had learned the lesson of the recent data-breach scandals that have been dogging the company. And yet, when the discussion turned to details about how industrywide rules might help protect user data, he often couched his willingness to embrace new rules with warnings about poor regulation leading to unintended consequences.” (WSJ)

Tigers never change their stripes, nor leopards their spots, nor skunks their tell-tale stench. 

Just one year before founding Facebook, Zuckerberg ran Facemash, which once posted pictures of female Harvard University students asking the public to judge the “hottest”. (Wired: Why Zuckerberg’s 14-Year Apology Tour Hasn’t Fixed Facebook, April, 6, 2018)

Zuckerberg was sorry then too, but that never stopped him from founding the world’s largest social media now under attack for selling the personal information of their own clientele for advertising revenues.

During his Congress questioning, the Facebook CEO sounded just like your typical bleeding heart liberal:

 


“In response to a question from Rep. Fred Upton (R., Mich.), Mr. Zuckerberg said he thought it was “inevitable that there will need to be some regulation.” Then he immediately warned against going too far. “You have to be careful about what regulations you put in place,” he said. (WSJ)

The entire Facebook scandal leans heavily on Cambridge Analytica being “Trump-affiliated”.

Proving that there are no Sherlock Holmes types in all of Congress, it went right over their heads that Trump campaign phased out use of Cambridge Analytica data before election (CBS News, March 18, 2018)

Meanwhile, Congress and Zuck proved nothing but their partisan palsmanship to an observing John and Josephine Q. Public because untold numbers of water-logged frogs wanted out of the Facebook boiling cauldron long before this week’s Congressional Hearings.

Someday a non-political frog, one who looks like President Donald Trump and who is totally unrelated to government, will set all Facebook frogs free.


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