(Note from Erin: Facebook has announced publicly, which is in the news, that if you the user on Facebook continue to share content from some of these sites you too will be banned from Facebook. Please get on our mailing list before we’re taken down. Dr Mercola already announced he’s leaving Facebook “before they delete us.” Join my update list by clicking here <<<<<<)
If you’ve been on Facebook any time at all you know the social media giant is famous for putting you in “jail” for posting things that someone — or thing, i.e., its algorithms or fact-checkers — finds offensive. Jail time can range from a few hours (time-out) to a few days to a month or more (jail), depending on the offense.
Recently, in a move that Facebook spokespersons say is meant to protect you from “individuals and organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate,” they’ve gone another step, by wiping the accounts of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and right-wing media personalities Laura Loomer, Milo Yiannopoulos and Paul Joseph Watson.
While the standards Facebook professes to be upholding by banning free speech seem legitimate on the surface, no matter what your opinion is of Farrakhan or the others, it still leaves you wondering just how they define “violence” and “hate” — and how far they’ll go to stifle free speec.
For example, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says anyone who’s still on the site will continue to be monitored and their posts basically tunneled off their public page and and moved into private groups that will be seen by only a limited number of people.
No matter what Facebook’s reasoning is for appointing itself as a censor and categorizer of free thought, the idea of banning free speech and open discourse is disturbing — especially when the method of applying the rules is obviously biased toward Big Industry and left-wing politics.
Think: Facebook is also accused of hiring Definers Public Affairs, a PR firm whose use of “anti-Semitic narrative to discredit critics” — in this case a group of protesters called Freedom From Facebook — created the same kind of propaganda that Facebook’s fact-checkers regularly debunk.
Not only that, Facebook is also accused of pushing reporters to prioritize debunking misinformation that affect Facebook advertisers. That’s not exactly what you call nonbiased expression of thought.
All told, all these problems have added up to become quite a dilemma, as one of the original reasons Facebook grew to be a 2.7 billion-member community was because so many people wanted to share their thoughts with the world at large, and to communicate, debate and enlighten others on a wide variety of topics. Now, however, all these members are finding the forum they joined is not the one they belong to now.
Censorship isn’t the only problem, though. Facebook has repeatedly been caught mishandling users’ data and/or lying about its collection practices. The fact is, its entire profit model is based on the selling of personal information that facilitates everything from targeted advertising to targeted fraud.
Tracking and storing everything you do, this company just isn’t the consumer-friendly entity it would like you to think — it even has the ability to access your computer’s or smartphone’s microphone without your knowledge.
To add insult to injury Facebook and Zuckerberg are facing legal problems on multiple fronts, including a class-action complaint alleging lax security measures increased users’ risk of identity theft.
When you consider that Facebook’s primary product is YOU (it has to make its money somehow!) you can understand why Mercola.com will soon be leaving the platform — an idea you might want to consider yourself.