Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, released an op/ed on Saturday where he called for Big Brother to regulate his competition out of commission while putting new Draconian restrictions into place that would shift the blame off of him for committing an Orwellian assault against free speech on his corporate platform.
“The rules governing the Internet allowed a generation of entrepreneurs to build services that changed the world and created a lot of value in people’s lives. It’s time to update these rules to define clear responsibilities for people, companies and governments going forward,” the Facebook founder wrote about his restrictive proposal to strange the free internet.
“Lawmakers often tell me we have too much power over speech, and frankly I agree. I’ve come to believe that we shouldn’t make so many important decisions about speech on our own. So we’re creating an independent body so people can appeal our decisions. We’re also working with governments, including French officials, on ensuring the effectiveness of content review systems,” Zuckerberg added, making it clear that he is happy to cede unprecedented power to big government if it will clear up his public relations problem.
Some “free market” commentators, like the leather jacket-clad Nick Gillespie of the Koch-funded Reason Magazine, are already throwing in the towel. An avid proponent of laissez-faire economics, Gillespie sees the monolithic corporations embracing this regulatory push and is rolling over since his dogma claims there is nothing we can do to stop these so-called market forces.
“Goodbye to hive minds, the wisdom of crowds, and the disintermediation that allow each of us to decide what is ‘terrorist propaganda, hate speech and more.’ We’re back in bad old meatspace, with ‘independent bodies’ and expert committees and all that,” Gillespie wrote, bemoaning Zuckerberg’s push for more regulation.
“Goodbye, open internet; you will be missed,” Gillespie wrote in a final submissive whimper to Big Brother.
However, all hope is far from being lost. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) can be amended to revoke certain special government immunity privileges for tech companies if they act as partisan political publishers rather than neutral content providers.
The key provision of the CDA reads: “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”
Freshman US Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) is leading the charge against Big Tech for Orwellian censorship policies against conservative free speech as well as other hostile business practices:
The new Congress needs to investigate and find out. Twitter is exempt from liability as a “publisher” because it is allegedly “a forum for a true diversity of political discourse.” That does not appear to be accurate.
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) November 27, 2018
The Big Tech giants regularly abuse the public trust – spying on consumers, taking data without consent, discriminating against conservatives. Then they wonder why citizens are angry? Time to hold them accountable pic.twitter.com/m4vSNUKOBp
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) March 5, 2019
Handicapped by a mediocre ideology, the Koch-suckers at Reason Magazine cannot fathom anything but total obsequence to their corporate masters, but there is a non-invasive solution: Changing Section 230 of the CDA. If tech corporations refuse to uphold basic American values like freedom of speech, they should not be give any special government favors protecting them from liability and competition.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Begs for Government Mandates on ‘What Discourse Should Be Allowed’
Zuckerberg doesn’t have the courage to really stand for free speech.
While Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg regularly pays lip service to free speech, he demands for more government control over the public discourse at the same time.
Zuckerberg showed what a snake he is during an appearance at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.
“There should be more guidance and regulation from the states on basically — take political advertising as an example — what discourse should be allowed?” Zuckerberg said to a group of Western leaders Saturday at the prestigious event. “Or, on the balance of free expression and some things that people call harmful expression, where do you draw the line?”
“There are a lot of decisions in these areas that are really just balances between different social values,” Zuckerberg added. “It’s about coming up with an answer that society feels is legitimate and that they can get behind and understand that you drew the line here on the balance of free expression and safety. It’s not just that there’s one right answer. People need to feel like, ‘OK, enough people weighed in, and that’s why the answer should be this, and we can get behind that.’”
Zuckerberg will be meeting with European Union officials throughout the week. He is expected to give them the blessing they want to regulate freedom of speech out of existence.
“We need to make sure that the internet can continue to be a place where everyone can share their views openly and where the legal framework around this is one that encodes democratic values,” Zuckerberg said.
“I do think that as part of that, we’ve got to move forward on regulation. Hopefully, we move forward quickly before a more authoritarian model gets adopted in a lot of places first,” he added.
Earlier this month, Zuckerberg was attempting to dupe suckers by claiming that he and his monopoly social media platform were dedicated to preserving freedom of speech:
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced during the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit in Utah on Friday that his tech corporation is going to support freedom of speech from this point forward.
“This is the new approach, and I think it’s going to piss off a lot of people. But frankly, the old approach was pissing off a lot of people too, so let’s try something different,” Zuckerberg said.
Zuckerberg is paying lip service to free speech and encryption while he is under fire from every angle. Conservatives are criticizing Facebook for deplatforming right-wing voices while liberals beg for more Draconian Big Brother censorship against their enemies. Zuckerberg has become a convenient punching bag as political polarization rises.
“Increasingly we’re getting called to censor a lot of different kinds of content that makes me really uncomfortable,” Zuckerberg said.
“We’re going to take down the content that’s really harmful, but the line needs to be held at some point,” he added.
Zuckerberg has the audacity to paint himself as a hero standing up for digital freedom during a tumultuous time.
“If you’re not out there standing for things that people care about then it’s not possible for people to feel that strongly about what you’re doing,” he said.
Zuckerberg talks about Facebook’s new focus in favor of freedom of speech while his platform cracks down on alternative media like never before.
Facebook has outsourced their censorship operation to supposedly “independent” fact checkers that flag stories that go against the globalist narrative. Pages that share the flagged stories are given strikes on the platform, and eventually censored from the news feed.
Fork-tongued hypocrites like Zuckerberg can never be counted upon to defend sacred rights. That is why Facebook and other Big Tech giants must lose their special government-enforced privileges under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act if they do not protect freedom of speech, as Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) has suggested.
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