Now that Facebook successfully weeded most conservatives from their platform, the social media giant is ready to make up the rules for being online.
Imagine that! Mark Zuckerberg wants to take control. Of you, me, and anyone else with something to say.
Zuckerberg decided to reduce the amount of political content on its platform, targeting news feeds and groups. This would allow Facebook to “push users towards more healthy communities.”
As Breitbart explains:
Zuckerberg also said that he wants “clear guidance and clear rules for the Internet,” and is in favor of updating Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA).
Deadline reports that during a recent call to discuss quarterly earnings, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated that the social media giant is taking steps to reduce the amount of political content on its platforms and in its news feeds in an attempt to channel its users towards more “healthy communities.”
Zuckerberg stated during the call: “What we are hearing is that people don’t want politics and fighting to take over their experience on our service. We are still working through the best way to do this… We will still let people engage in political groups and discussion if they want to.”
Zuckerberg stated that only a small minority of content on Facebook is political and that the vast majority of users would rather it continue to stay that way. Zuckerberg said: “There has been this frenzy across society where a lot of things have become political and politics have been creeping into everything. And we have seen that people don’t want that. They come to connect with friends and family… We can potentially do a better job…”
A Small Portion? Seriously?
If politics is such a small aspect of Facebook, why work so hard to censor conservatives? Our page was “unpublished” months ago. We had zero fake news violations when all the sudden we were accused of spreading misinformation.
Obviously, we appealed, more than once. Nearly 600,000 people followed our site. Did we get answers? Not a single one. Instead, we were told “Facebook is backed up right now thanks to covid-19. Don’t expect an answer anytime soon.” Why make the move if they’re not available to defend the decision? Of course, it did go down on a Friday the 13th. But Zuckerberg’s statements don’t match his actions. Not that they ever did.
The company posted strong 2020 fourth-quarter numbers but noted that an antitrust lawsuit from the FTC and most states and a possible repeal of Section 230 could pose a threat in the future. Section 230 grants the internet broad legal immunity and freedom to moderate content, many have called for a repeal of Section 230. In November of 2020, former President Donald Trump called for the repeal of Section 230 stating: “For purposes of National Security, Section 230 must be immediately terminated!!!”
I’m not surprised to see Zuckerberg back down in the public eye. How can he honestly defend his desire to control the narrative on social media? I don’t know if you call that communism or Nazism, but it’s all together un-American to tell people what to say and when.
Breitbart sums it up:
Zuckerberg declined to comment on the FTC but stated: “On regulation overall, the point that I would to highlight is that it would be very helpful to us and the Internet sector for there to be clearer rules and expectations around some of these social issues, around how content should be handled, elections should be handled, what privacy norms the government wants to see in place. Because these questions all have tradeoffs.”
Zuckerberg added that free expression, safety privacy, and social equity “are all very important and it is hard for a private company to balance those. It would be better to have clear guidance and clear rules for the Internet. So that is something that I am going to continue to advocate for.”
Zuckerberg added that he does believe that Section 230, which is more than two decades old, needs to be updated “to make sure it’s working the way people intended.”