There is no doubt that the power being wielded by social media magnates such as Twitter and Facebook is a worrisome example of thought conglomeration in an otherwise free society.
By transition our society to one of digital interaction, as opposed to physical interaction, we are not only grooming future generations of Americans with sociopathic tendencies, we are also funneling all ideologies through the corruptible lens of private business. We mustn’t forget that Google, Facebook, and Twitter are not public utilities who will remain benevolent to the opinions being shared on their platforms.
In fact, in many ways, these harbingers of supposed freedom have already begun the neo-Mccarthyism that we fear in targeting the conservative ideologies of American society for censorship, throttling, and deletion. Facebook has admitted to hiring teams of engineers to alter their trending algorithms in hopes of silencing conservative voices that would otherwise find themselves going viral. Google’s autofill search results are facing a similar criticism after alternative search engines allow right wing ideas to populate searches, whereas Google declines to allow that freedom to express itself.
Whistle blower website Project Veritas has recently begun exposing Twitter’s similarly Fascist ideals as well, but, during the course of their investigation, they have stumbled upon something even more disturbing than the thought-control works of Twitter: The fact that the social media giant has teams of hundreds scouring through the entire platform’s private messages on a daily basis, with a particular emphasis on those containing nudity.
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“Project Veritas has released undercover footage of Twitter Engineers and employees admitting that Twitter employees view all of your private messages on their servers and analyze it to create a ‘virtual profile’ of you which they sell to advertisers.
“The footage features four current Twitter software engineers–Conrado Miranda, Clay Haynes, Pranay Singh, and Mihai Alexandru Florea.
“Haynes, who was featured in part one of the Twitter exposé, admitted in a January 6, 2018 meeting that Twitter has hired hundreds employees with the express purpose of looking at these ‘d*ck pics,’ stating:
“’There’s teams dedicated to it. I mean, we’re talking, we’re talking three or four… at least, three or four hundred people… Yes, they’re paid to look at d*ck pics.’
“Haynes continues to elaborate that even he himself has seen these ‘d*ck pics’
“’I’ve seen way more penises than I’ve ever wanted to see in my life.’
“’That’s, yeah… You know, actually… This sounds horrible, but I’m actually glad and fortunate it’s just dicks, it’s just blow job pictures, it’s just that type of stuff.’”
Somehow, Twitter believes that this particular data will be helpful in their quest to sell your personality profile to advertisers who then target your wallet with well-placed and well-timed advertisements for things that you probably don’t need anyway.
This, of course, falls back into the overarching idea that Big Brother is no longer a trope of dystopian fiction, but rather a very real force in our everyday lives. Where we all believed that we may one day implanted with RFID chips that carry our profile, banking information, work data, and hospital records, we have instead chosen to give Apple $800 each time we upgrade their version of these invasive devices.
The death of privacy is upon us, and we’re paying AT&T $100 per month to build our caskets.