If you report an imposter account on Facebook, Facebook locks YOU out of your own account.
On the anxiety inducements of social media and smart phones: “We must be cursed, one would think, to spend so much of our day walking around with our eyes glued to a device that provokes bad feelings.” Ironically, the essay writer ends with two lengthy paragraphs of doom, gloom and negativity and wonders why everyone is gloomy?
With some businesses suing online review authors, even for completely factual reviews, should we even write online reviews? Further, many online reviews are “fake”, using paid authors and even competitors writing negative reviews on their competition.
In 2017, without warning or recourse, Google shut down all services associated with Salil Mehta, a professor of statistics, editor of a statistics journal, author of a best selling book on statistics, a former Obama administration official and later, a polling statistics adviser to the Trump campaign. His offense? He ran a blog about mathematics! Google, Facebook and Twitter have become the totalitarian governments of the 21st century, stifling speech their algorithms choose to flag. Unlike us peons, Mehta is well connected and a huge outcry caused Google to reinstate his account.
The European Court of Justice (EU’s equivalent to the US Supreme Court) rules that social media platforms can be ordered to remove defamatory speech, world wide. In other words, individual nations can enforce their speech restrictions, globally.
So long Twitter – we’ve had enough of the anger, the bitterness and the culture of perpetual outrage that inhabits your platform. It’s time to move off Twitter.
Social media’s structure (and goal) is to put us into a perpetual state of outrage: “The most visible and consequential form of compromised ‘daylight’ we see in the digital attention economy is the prevalence and centrality of moral outrage.”
Twitter routinely gives free advertising to political candidates. Take a look at what they are doing.
Facebook now automatically fact checks online posts from selected sources or on selected topics.
Social media is filled with “inspirational quotes” that are often nonsensical gibberish, or as one professor suggests “pseudo profound bullshit” 🙂