YAWYD! You are what you do. We can have the nicest words and intent, but what matters is our actions. So if a person (or company's) words and actions conflict, judge them by the actions. With that in mind, here's some of the things Facebook has done: 18 items
- 2019.02.11 Gun Safe Ad - Since Facebook doesn't believe in the fucking constitution (or the first or second amendments), thus they ban gun commercials or more accurately, commercials that have legal firearms in them. So Liberty Safe (famous for Gun Safes) ran this advertisement that didn't show a gun in it, but got the message across anyways. Showing that most people are smarter that progressive douchebags that try to control them.
- 2019.02.25 Facebook Moderators - The Verge did an expansive expose on how crushing it is to be a Facebook Moderator, both because of the context you're exposed to, and the grueling conditions and environment you work in. To me it read as a slightly overstated truth: that lots of elements are true, but like an Oliver Stone film, if you pack every bad rumors/story into one piece, you're magnifying the horror and filtering out the rest. It's not untrue, but not necessarily a balanced piece or the whole truth either. I think many could work in this environment and be fine, but generation do-for-me (and participation trophy) isn't really prepared for this kind of job, or getting out of the safe space of their parents basement.
- Apple and the Google/Facebook fight - The short version is that Apple Enterprise agreement allows you to install apps directly (without using the store or the store rules), but the requirements are that this is only for internal employees (and can not be used to install on other users machines). As I setup the policy and some enforcement for my company, I'm 100% aware of this and warned internal employees extensively to NOT use this program license to subvert Apple's normal developer or beta program (TestFlight). (Don't side load customers like FB and Google were doing). Facebook and Google both broke those rules, willfully, and had their hand slapped (Apple turned their certificate off) as a warning: breaking all their corporate iOS Apps.
- Blocking/Banning - While, blocking/banning in Social Media is the equivalent of book burning, I really don't have a problem with it: if a company is transparent, defines the terms, and documents how someone violated them. My problems are when they have double standards where they attack those on the right for being more informed but occasionally resorting to the tools of the left (name calling, etc), while they ignore far worse from "their side". And that's why I'm not a fan of Facebook, Twitter, Google, and others that want to arbiters of fairness, while only demonstrating hypocrisy.
- Facebook Backlash - Facebook's obnoxiousness has not only lead to natural attrition (and a decade in users), but it started a movement called #DeleteFacebook... and some prominent names like Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak decided to lead by example and delete his presence. It doesn't have much momentum yet, and there isn't a good alternative (despite some upstarts like MeWe or Gab), but it's a strong hint that customer are taking notice and momentum is building.
- Facebook Bias - SPLC, their political donations, bans for ads against conservative groups or movies, Jesus on the cross is considered too violent while Jews being strung up from nooses as part of the BDS or Palestine is fine, dozens of conservative folks getting banned while far more offensive/abusive lefties do not, Chick-Fil-A appreciation day is blocked but Antifa or BLM calls for violent protests are fine. And dozens of others. A few is a mistake, a few dozen is a pattern. Zuckerberg claims he's about diversity, just not diversity of thought.
- Facebook Goodness - Of course not everything Facebook does is bad. I use the platform, and Social Networking has done some good things for society as well as bad. I'm hoping like advertising that it teaches people to be more skeptical and critical thinkers in the long run. (So there could be some long term net benefits as well as short term costs). The jury is still out. And on a less macro level, I even like some of the things Facebook does or pushes like the following:
- 2017 - While FB has done a lousy job of FakeNews filtering (and what they filter is just conservative truths they don't like), but then they do some good by fighting even further left governments (like Germany) who want to decide what people can see/read, in the name of marxist fascism. Maybe that's just two socialists fighting over which one gets control of the proles, but it's something.
- 2012 - Eduardo Saverin, Argentinean billionaire co-founder of Facebook Inc., renounced his U.S. citizenship to save hundreds of millions on his taxes when Facebook IPO'd. Demonstrating the problem with over-aggressive taxes, is a good thing, even if Zuckerberg didn't make a more overt display. But at least it's something.
- Facebook Obstructs Justice - I lean civil libertarian, but I also believe in balances. From a cousin (Detective who went after child exploitation and other abusive family issues) would tell many stories about how Facebook ("Fuckerberg") would give him the run-around, while trying to stop pedophiles and child abductors -- and put their agenda above public safety. According to him (and some buddies in the Police), Facebook would change the name of their account services group -- so that after they had gotten the proper warrants, they would say, "Oh, sorry, that group doesn't exist", and they'd have to figure out the new organization name, and get the warrants re-issued and stuff like that. And they'd notify the suspects that the cops were going after their accounts, all aiding criminals. I like standing up for the little guy, and there's plenty of places that the Law can go too far. But I don't think amber-alerts and trying to protect child safety is is one of them.
- Facebook's Bad User Interface - What I want in a social network is all the things that FB is worst at:
- Ability to customize what I see: who and topics.
- Ability to customize what I share, how it looks, and who sees what.
- Competent searching, organization, and management of my stuff
- Competent feedback
- Facebook: Hate speech - I got FB-slapped. Imagine my surprise when I go to check FB and am forced to re-log in, and get a, "This post goes against our Community Standards on hate speech" welcome dialog. Hate speech? Me? What are they talking about? It turns out the accession is a crime in FB land: so I was warned by automated systems. I appealed, and won. But the fact that guilt by algorithm or accusation is still not a good thing.
- Facebook: Reported - Sunnyvale Dept of Public Safety is doing a gun buy-back Sept 29th (2018), along with a few other departments.There was arbitrage, undercutting, unintended consequences, and worst of all, FB was allowing the violation of their own rules (against buying/selling/advertising Guns). But the rules are for proles, not them.
- Instagram - Facebook bought Instagram, so what Instagram does, reflects on Facebook. And Instagram withholds likes from people, to get them to post more often, and is a known partisan outlet.
- Mark Zuckerberg - While I have no problem with Zuckerberg personally, he has a reputation as an arrogant, contemptuous (of his customers), man-child billionaire. Sort of a "Steve Jobs knows best" view of the world, without having the talent to back it up. And Zuck lets his ego get him into things he knows nothing about (like politics). While all celebrities get mocked and Meme'd, Mark Zuckerberg has uniquely been able to parlay the bad will he's earned into being a parody of a caricature.
- Russians ads swung the 2016 election -
So when someone claims the Russians swung the election because of their Facebook ad spending, they are claiming that a few Russian trolls throwing random shit-memes are 68,000 times more effective in their ad spends than the entire American political system at swaying voters? If so, then they deserve to win.
- The Creepy Line - This is a documentary on how Facebook and Google turn your data into their profit, and manipulate you in the process. It was a bit sensational in parts, but did a worthy job in letting people know who and why their data was captured, and what they did to manipulate you. Generally, it was liked by viewers -- but far lefties didn't like that it attacked leftist icons, or showed how these organizations colluded with the Hillary (and Obama) campaigns to rig elections.
- Used gaming to rip-off kids & Parents - Internal documentation shows Facebook encouraged game developers to let children spend money without their parents’ permission, then refused to give the money back, and called this practice, "friendly fraud". Then ignored warnings from its own employees that it was bamboozling children. All according to unsealed court documents that are part of a class action lawsuit focused on how Facebook conducts business. Ouch!