HOW AMERICAN CORPORATIONS ARE POLICING ONLINE SPEECH WORLDWIDE | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

HOW AMERICAN CORPORATIONS ARE POLICING ONLINE SPEECH WORLDWIDE

SOURCE: GIZMODO
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The architects of Silicon Valley’s big social media platforms never imagined they’d someday be the global speech police. And yet, as their market share and global user bases have increased over the years, that’s exactly what they’ve become. Today, the number of people who tweet is nearly the population of the United States. About a quarter of the internet’s total users watch YouTube videos, and nearly one-third of the entire world uses Facebook. Regardless of the intent of their founders, none of these platforms were ever merely a means of connecting people; from their early days, they fulfilled greater needs. They are the newspaper, the marketplace, the television. They are the billboard, the community newsletter, and the town square.

And yet, they are corporations, with their own speech rights and ability to set the rules as they like—rules that more often than not reflect the beliefs, however misguided, of their founders. Mark Zuckerberg has long professed beliefs that representing oneself through more than one identity indicates a lack of integrity, and that conversations held under one’s real name are more civil—despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. As such, Facebook users are forced to use their “authentic identity”—a name found on some form of written ID—regardless of whether it puts them in danger, or at risk of exposing a piece of themselves that could put them in harm’s way. It prevents youth from exploring their sexuality freely for fear of being outed; people with chronic illnesses from engaging with support groups out of concern that insurance companies or employers might learn of their plight; and activists living under repressive regimes from organizing online.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember; everything you say in any conversation, or anything you type into your computer, is now public knowledge, and you will wind up getting "hit" with ads for products at which you have looked on line.

I know a couple of days ago, I was looking at a really lovely (and inexpensive) clothing line for a couple of things; suddenly, I was getting ads all over the place on my computer, for this, and other brands of clothing.
It would actually have been funny, if its implications about freedom and privacy, were not so completely grim.

Privacy, as used to be afforded through through a Governmental adherence to the Constitution and Bill of Rights, is completely gone for Americans, at this point in the 21st century.

Please remember this, as you are posting and reading.

The only way to communicate privately in this country any more, is under a very opaque blanket, with a flashlight, and your speaking in sign language to the other person there.

Welcome to the unhinged, surveilled State of Amerika; we're there, folks.

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