The discussion surrounding the effects of social media on our nation’s political discourse could continue infinitely into the future, and Facebook’s upper brass understand that all too well.
The social media giant has long found itself embroiled in political controversy thanks to the leftist lean of CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Zuckerberg, like many of his generational colleagues, was raised into a sort of blind liberalism that the democrats rely on to maintain their semblance of power in the nation’s capital. This hand-fed behavioral conditioning has since trickled down into everything that Zuckerberg touches, including the nearly omnipotent Facebook platform, where the CEO had previously instructed his staff to cull any and all conservative narratives from the “trending topics” section of the site.
Soon, those engineers were out of a job as Facebook’s team created algorithms to do their Fascist dirty work for them.
This carte blanche censorship of ideas has been widely lambasted by the free press of the internet, while simultaneously being wholly ignored by the liberal mainstream media. The ignorance has allowed Facebook and others to continuously work against the intent of the American people whose election of Donald Trump as President was a referendum on the populism and conservative nature of the nation as a whole.
Now, after years of this Nazi-esque propaganda pilfering, even the bigwigs at Facebook have been forced to admit that what they are doing runs counter to the ideals of a free and fair society.
“In a number of blog posts on Monday, executives at the Menlo Park, Calif.-based firm assessed the company’s impact, with Product Manager Samidh Chakrabarti saying he isn’t sure if Facebook is helping or hurting.“‘If there’s one fundamental truth about social media’s impact on democracy it’s that it amplifies human intent — both good and bad,’ Chakrabarti wrote in one of the posts. ‘At its best, it allows us to express ourselves and take action. At its worst, it allows people to spread misinformation and corrode democracy.’
“‘I wish I could guarantee that the positives are destined to outweigh the negatives, but I can’t. That’s why we have a moral duty to understand how these technologies are being used and what can be done to make communities like Facebook as representative, civil and trustworthy as possible.’
“‘This is a new frontier and we don’t pretend to have all the answers. But I promise you that my team and many more here are dedicated to this pursuit. We’ll share what we learn and collaborate with you to find the answers.'”
While the sentiment is certainly appreciated by those who have been routinely slighted by Facebook in the past, the gesture may still be a day late and a buck short.
The censorship and discrimination on the platform continues to head toward critical mass in 2018, with the Freedom of Speech coming under attack from a number of leftist sources. Facebook was merely one of those sources, and this halfhearted apology isn’t doing anything to resolve that.