Obscured within the shady shell game in the dank and dark southside Chicago alleyway of wondrous political intrigue and discontent, the concept of truth is adroitly camouflaged and manipulated with the nefarious prevarications of a politician accepting a bribe and allowing large haul gun thefts to shakedown at a regional freight yard railroad facility (This really did happen.) Quite possibly, F***book has a content management facility located within the decrepit confines of the Windy City, as the politics of the evil social network align with the belief system of Rahm Emanuel and the quicksand milieu of a think tank dreaming up ways to spend other people’s money in eliciting control over society.
Users around the digital expanse of the internet galaxy should know by now what Mark Zuckerberg and cronies are all about, and the patently obvious ulterior motive of a corporation forwarding a politicized agenda in burying any content that provides a contrary perspective. As a business, they are allowed to play by their rules, but with the inexcusable careless and listless failure to properly secure the personal data of account holders, and the hands off approach to allowing foreign interests (No, not the Russians!) to populate fake accounts of dissent and the prevalence of misinformation, the company is facing likelihood of anti-trust sanctions and revenue loss. Even the liberal rag that is the Seattle Times, allied with the progressive narrative of F***book is urging readers to abandon ship and escape towards the hills of liberty, free from smartphones and the subversive nuances of the modern day big brother.
As the social network faces another round of justifiable scrutiny surrounding the unbelievable scandal of sharing the personal messages of users with other commercialized entities, the organization once again proves that entire spectrum of unethical businesses practices is possible, when billions of dollars of legal funding can weather any courtroom superstorm. As the one stop shop for everything from specific targeted advertising to indoctrination, the perfect tool for brain washing has been unleashed. To parry the most recent controversy, the company has leaked to the press that aggressive countermeasures have been deployed in fighting fake news in wait for it, the influential arena of Bangladesh politics. Ironically, team Jeff Bezos and the Amazon controlled Washington Post, were happy to report of the F***book campaign to ensure that the diminutive nation abutting the eastern border of India, will enjoy a dose of digital purity transcending the apparent ongoing controversy afflicting North America and Europe. While right of center businesses and individuals continue to get shadow banned by an ambiguous and disingenuous “Terms and Conditions” policy, which conveniently blacklists terms such as “firearms”, “self-defense”, “free market”, and “Ayn Rand”, folks can now rest easy that alleged political crises in the outskirts of Dhaka is now being regulated by a team of human and bot regulators. The classic anecdote as to the imbalance and insanity of the moderation policy is that after a member of a non-profit F***book page made death threats on a post, the social network refused to remove the disturbing comment, and determined that the content did not violate community standards.
For those still tempting fate in the nightmarish experience of utter data transparency and unscrupulous actions rivaling the exploitation of humanity through feudalism and stringent caste policies, the question remains, at what point of do the ceaseless indiscretions and backpedaling cross the threshold of deleting the app and enjoying life free from the servitude typified by activity without a achievement? The damaging reality is a real concern, especially for the younger generations, as social morays influenced by isolation, enablement, and instant gratification threaten the near future of healthy interpersonal interaction, and F***book is willing to profit from this malaise.
From metaphorical perspective, the company as an organism has morphed and regressed into a self-serving anthill or termite colony completely lacking the ability to innovate and solve glaring encryption and security issue. While the end is near for Zuckerberg, the queens are now battling for position to seize control of the nest, as the technological infrastructure becomes exceedingly complex, and impossible to manage. Shortly after its inception, users were offered a dozen or so possibilities for privacy setting, and in a testament to the bureaucratic nature of the corporation, that number bow ranges in the hundreds, in a dizzying display of twists and turns to achieve buoyancy. The reckless and dynamic inconsistencies manifested in community policy, a complete abomination to the basic tenets of acceptable business practices in breaching the contract between the company and the customer. As the tech culture in general is reticent to follow the rules in relentlessly and illegally harvesting consumer data, the only hope for reform is ability of the individual to make vigilant and well-researched decisions before downloading software or purchasing technology. The solution is quite simple, but ironically difficult for a culture so ingrained with devices and applications, that the very idea of free thought is exceedingly taxing for those addicted to the dreamland of smartphones and social networks.
Until Silicon Valley and the end user accept responsibility for a reasonable approach to managing the digital world, the perpetual merry-go-round of deflection and deceit will persist, and ensconced within the obscure trivialities of Asian politics. But we can all breath a collective sigh of relief in knowing that competing factions of what was once East Pakistan government, has reached a sobering resolution.
The second coming of deregulation may be on the horizon, and the corporate heads will start to roll.
Read the Washington Post story here.