A frightening new face of censorship has surfaced—some young people at Facebook.
News reports surfaced this weekend saying they wanted to take down some of Donald Trump’s Facebook tweets.
This ominous new factor in the growing wars in cyberspace bodes ill for Americans.
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According to news accounts, there is much grumbling within Facebook about Mr. Trump’s comments concerning keeping Islamic refugees from our borders. It was felt to be racist and therefore should be taken down.
Besides being an important part of a Presidential race, his utterance also include the message that he wants effective vetting measures to be in place.
Clearly, his musings are fuel for thought on an important issue Americans want to talk about and discuss.
What is disturbing about the way Facebook handled these banning efforts. Instead of quelling them immediately, the decision was bucked up to President and CEO Mark Zuckerberg for final decision.
That he came down on the right side of the issue is beyond question.
The fact that management members of his organization could not see the inherent danger is even bringing this request up speaks volumes. This episode highlights an important issue.
Americans are in danger of losing their ability for free speech if this is even contemplated by a major communications media.
Mr. Trump has raised and espoused viable concerns shared by millions of Americans. Democracies exist only when there is free exchange of ideas in all media.
What is even more disturbing, despite the decision to not censor, Facebook employees are still not going along with the decision. The fact that there are still grumblings within Facebook on their internal chat room arguing this decision is frightening. What will be the next issue they will decide can not be discussed with its members?
What is more ominous is the fact that the average person doesn’t know who they are or what they believe.
Americans exchange much information and personal feelings through social networks. To have a major conduit like Facebook start deciding what is appropriate and what is not raises a frightful image to our way of life.
Earlier we heard of other problems with Facebook and their decisions on what was trending in terms of popularity. Now we have additional scary news of a desire to affect what is said and reported on this media.
The internet is dominated by younger people who do not yet have the maturity to understand the importance of hearing dissenting views. Our colleges today are rife with so-called “safe-zones” and places where “disturbing” words can not be spoken or written about.
Dissent is what created America and allowing others to decide what can and can not be heard is the first step towards tyranny.
One need only read about how the Chinese government strictly controls the Internet in its country to become frightened by the implication of what has just occurred at Facebook.
The Internet has created a democracy oriented highway bringing billions of people around the world closer to free speech and other freedoms.
Having let the cat out of bag, tyrants around the world are trying to cap its ground-breaking wave.
President Obama is abetting these efforts by insisting the US give up control of the Internet to an international body which would allow nations to control the internet within their borders.
No wonder Russia, China, Iran and other despotic nations are all for this giveaway.
Freedom is precious and protecting it requires constant vigilance.
In this Presidential election, that freedom is under heavy attack.
Each day we see more and more how many people want to erode our freedoms.
This latest attack from faceless people at Facebook put us all in mortal danger.