With little fanfare or mainstream media discussion, Facebook has closed its doors to third party blogging which is coincidentally, mostly conservative. As of August 1st, this new rule quietly went into effect. Of course it does not apply to paid content which now dominates the newsfeed and has absolutely nothing to do with any user’s particular preferences. However, even there, a precedent was established with the decision to permanently ban Alex Jones and specific pages from Infowars, therein the censorship of US MSM is officially initiated.
While smaller bloggers scramble to try and adjust to the rulings, the attacks will likely rise as Facebook’s “Community Standards” rules loosely define terms of ‘Violence and Criminal’, Safety, and ‘Objectionable Content’. These terms are created by and monitored by Facebook and are not necessarily a legal demonstration of conduct. Therefore, Facebook has nominated itself as the censorship police – which would mimic Communism.
While our current MSM is dedicated to the meme that Censorship is Trump commenting on his view of specific media cites, true censorship is being invoked in order to silence what is deemed not to be aligned with the approved propaganda. We routinely are subjected to a single narrative that is mass produced throughout hundreds of stations across the US. It is the same methodology used in China, former communist Poland, Russia and Romania.
Still, amidst the scandal of information hawking and sharing Facebook has apparently been busily coercing US banks to share information on their customers including credit card transactions, bank account balances, and shopping habits so that it can ‘partner’ with banks in offering their services… although insiders are stating that Facebook actually intends to become a competitor.
According to a law enacted in 1999, the FDIC offers an ‘opt out’ clause in which any customer can refuse to allow their information to be shared. However, the ‘opt out’ must be instituted by the customer, it is NOT automatic. In order to opt out, a customer must read their banks policy and sign a clause that specifies what sharing is allowed and what is not.
India accounts for the largest share of Facebook users, with the US coming in 2nd, Brazil 3rd and Indonesia 4th. Bothe Brazil and Indonesia are slated to become Facebook’s biggest sources of advertising fueling the growth of their market share. And while Facebook made the very public announcement that it had removed 32 fake accounts that were clearly pro-Russia, CNN estimates there are over 82 million fake accounts… Obviously the word didn’t make it to Zuckerberg’s security personnel.
Africa is a target market, but in order to spark the climb, Facebook needs more mobile phones to be distributed among the population. No problem. In Africa, smartphones average less than $50 – compared with the US price tags of $600 to $900.
Although Zuckerberg is supposedly wallowing in waves of lawsuits and lacking credibility, obviously Facebook is continuing to ramp up and expand – albeit not so much in the US as the target markets where billions of additional users still languish, and potential advertisers are lining up with cash.
If that isn’t enough…, in 2014, Facebook set up a means for people to access Facebook through the Dark Web via Tor, a site that promotes child pornography and the sex trade. Of course, much of the content on Tor is illegal, and given the alliance, it traverses some very interesting ideals and ethics. As of 2016, Facebook claimed it had over a million users through the Dark Web. Apparently, because of Facebook’s international base, and the fact that different countries have different regulations with respect to Tor’s illegal activities, Zuckerberg feels entitled to extend even greater access giving advice on Facebook for how to enter the Dark Web securely, without being caught by authorities…
They even advertise how government login credentials can be bought on the dark web – by anyone… DNC, Clinton, anyone. How convenient that Facebook is promoting this at the height of the Russia hacking investigation.
Odd, that none of this Dark Web content is subject to the scrutiny of Facebook’s extensive rules ie, “Community Standards” which just dumped Infowars and thousands of smalltime bloggers…