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Thought police: Facebook said to have spied on private messages and reported anyone questioning the 2020 election to the FBI

Thought police: Facebook said to have spied on private messages and reported anyone questioning the 2020 election to the FBI

According to the Department of Justice (unnamed sources), the FB rummaged through everyone’s private messages and determined if they expressed anti-government ideas or questioned the 2020 election results, and if so, turned them over to the FBI. Facebook has been spying on the private messages and data of American users and reporting them to the FBI if they express anti-government or anti-authority sentiments — or question the 2020 election — according to sources within the Department of Justice. Under the FBI collaboration operation, somebody…

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RT America shuts down

RT America shuts down

RT America is shutting down. RT was a Russian government funded television propaganda operation. I feel uncomfortable that I had occasionally watched their programming years ago. I have also unfollowed all Russia-based social media content creators – how can I know they were not part of an elaborate propaganda campaign to encourage us to view the violent Putin regime in a positive light?

Twitter and Youtube appear to have banned the sharing of images of people in public settings

Twitter and Youtube appear to have banned the sharing of images of people in public settings

Twitter, and Youtube a week ago, appear to banning the use of photos or videos that may include anyone for which you do not have a signed release form. This would appear to ban the posting of photos or videos you have taken in public settings, such as a public parade, outdoor sports activity, showing other people while hiking on a trail, and other examples.

Data broker gave phone location records to government, for Covid tracking

Data broker gave phone location records to government, for Covid tracking

Government has used third-party services to track the locations of all smart phones in a given area. This is made possible by apps that collect location data (but may not make this clear to users) and sell it to data brokers. Data brokers, in turn, have then provided this information to the police and other government agencies, and the example here, gave it to public health authorities. Your smart phone is a literal 24×7 surveillance device to track you in real time.

WSJ: Facebook routinely exempts the elite from its content moderation

WSJ: Facebook routinely exempts the elite from its content moderation

Facebook completely controls public discourse in a totalitarian fashion. The WSJ reveals internal FB documents showing that FB “white lists” up to 6 million accounts world wide to get exemptions or special treatment from content moderation. The FB system applies to both FB and Instagram, and tends to include politicians (even down to the local city council level), actors, news media, sports personalities, academics – even those with very large followings on social media.

Because the FB content moderation system makes frequent errors, FB wanted to avoid the publicity that happens when a prominent person was censored by FB – thus, they excluded elite people from the system.

Through this system, Facebook controls public discourse – everyone can speak equally except some can speak “more equally than others” (to paraphrase Animal Farm).

The company has lied to the public about this system in the past, claiming that everyone was treated equally. But they are not. When public speech is censored by Facebook, Facebook becomes the arbiter of all information. In this case, FB has decided that elite members of society are more important than you or I and are given special speech privileges. Imagine the impact this has when some can promote (propagandize) their views but others are denied that option.

Facebook is a true menace to society.