U.S. Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees and the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Hearing
Will Zuckerberg Step Down?
Last month, we were talking about the Cambridge Analytica scandal that rocked the Facebook and since then shares in the company are down to $155, that is more than 16 percent. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg did testify, and tomorrow and the day after there will be a joint hearing of the U.S. Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees and the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee.
You can see that all the way back when Zuckerberg was launching Facebook from his dorm room at Harvard, when private messages were released later in a 2011 story in the Business Insider.
Mark Zuckerberg: “Dumb Fucks”
These are the reported messages:
Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard
Zuck: Just ask.
Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS
[Redacted Friend’s Name]: What? How’d you manage that one?
Zuck: People just submitted it.
Zuck: I don’t know why.
Zuck: They “trust me”
Zuck: Dumb fucks.
That right there shows a complete lack of care for his 1st users private information, and that was just the tip of the iceberg. Many years later we would learn of the massive amount of information being sold to political campaigns apps, games, and data collection companies turning around and turning that information against the the users to manipulate them. Was he joking? I don’t know, but even if he were, seems to be in extremely bad taste and still shows his flippant attitude about the subject while only making small changes when caught with his hand in the cookie jar.
The problem is, it doesn’t just stop with the selling of your information with social media platforms like Facebook, they also become content police, banning users shared content with no recourse at the present time. I saw it most notably during the 2016 primaries for the presidency. Where videos of my guy Bernie Sanders were being banned and censored as spam. Even just a few months ago I tried sharing an old video of him speaking and it came up as spam. Now you may disagree with Bernie, and you have every right to disagree with his message; but it doesn’t give facebook the right to censor others who do want to share it and see it.
Facebook Hypocritically Censoring Nudes but Sharing Private Data
You also have Facebook censoring art, nude or not the poster should be free to post any photos that they so choose, as long as they have permission to share said content. If they have their channel or page set to friends only and their is an age limit. There should be no censorship. In March of this year a case which took 5 years to come to court, due to the fact that Facebook argued that even though the plaintiff was from france, Facebooks representation argued, that they should have the court hearing in a California court as per the “user terms and conditions”
But a Paris appeal court ruled in February 2016 in the favor of the Plaintiff, a teacher, Frederic Durand finally got his day in court to fight for basic rights to post what everyone considers art on his own page. Which the rules have now been changed, and the teacher has since been able to post the picture due to a rule change by facebook. The trial is over and the Court will announce its ruling any day now.
We now have have options, these are just a few cases of the many that has been brought to your attention, there has to be some other way for us to share our lives with others without losing information we don’t want everyone to see and to share it when and who we want to, and to have the ability to profit, not some ass hole (my personal opinion, not necessarily Aranebear’s) who came up with some code to siphon all this private info for their own profit. I don’t disagree that people should get compensated for creating a great platform that everyone can share their lives. Just not against people’s wills or even knowledge like has happened with facebook many times that we know of. The promises of stopping it or giving people better options to turn it off is just not going to be enough in my opinion.
Learning Much from Steamit and Minds
Just as groups like A Sum of Us are passing around petitions to have CEO Mark Zuckerberg fired (it has about 50,000 signatures), decentralized blockchain social media platforms like Minds are out now, just now exiting their Beta, and Narrative (still in production) is another. Both are boasting secure places to create pages or Journals, with encryption options, and more. Giving full control to users, and Channel creators, even the ability to make money with digital content. Minds is letting users gift it, earn it, and by setting prices for viewing content, while Narrative will give you a share in the profits, boasting 80% going to contributing users.
Narrative will have moderators who are voted on by users and content will be given scores by other users, drowning out the not so popular content. This idea may be problematic as a similar feature on Steamit gets abused, and content ends up being censored by paid for bots. We won’t know, Narrative is not ready to be released and we won’t see this for some time. They may learn much from Steamit and Minds, then fine tune things before being released. The main thing is they are pushing the envelope, brainstorming, developing, testing, and one of these will be the David to the Goliath that is Facebook. I for one am excited to see new ideas and welcome them, whatever they may be. There should be lots of people amped to try new platforms now after all the well earned grief Facebook has received, me included.
Have you logged in and created a Minds ID and page? If so, tell us of your experience, what are your likes, dislikes. Right now they are not rocking it, but that might change since this news has taken over the media. I feel Minds background is too white, and needs to look more towards social media layouts like Discord, possibly a company catering to the gaming community will be where one of these decentralized blockchain social media platforms come and develop from.
Author: Steven Johnson