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    Facebook Plans to Rewire Your Life. Be Afraid.

    FEB 17, 2017 10:33 AM EST
    By Leonid Bershidsky

    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s manifesto, penned clearly in response to accusations leveled at the social network in the wake of the bitter U.S. election campaign, is a scary, dystopian document. It shows that Facebook — launched, in Zuckerberg’s own words five years ago, to “extend people’s capacity to build and maintain relationships” — is turning into something of an extraterritorial state run by a small, unelected government that relies extensively on privately held algorithms for social engineering.

    In 2012, Zuckerberg addressed future Facebook investors in a letter attached to the company’s initial public offering prospectus. Here’s how he described the company’s purpose:

    People sharing more — even if just with their close friends or families — creates a more open culture and leads to a better understanding of the lives and perspectives of others. We believe that this creates a greater number of stronger relationships between people, and that it helps people get exposed to a greater number of diverse perspectives. By helping people form these connections, we hope to rewire the way people spread and consume information. We think the world’s information infrastructure should resemble the social graph — a network built from the bottom up or peer-to-peer, rather than the monolithic, top-down structure that has existed to date. We also believe that giving people control over what they share is a fundamental principle of this rewiring.

    Whatever those beliefs were based on, they have largely failed the test of time. Instead of creating stronger relationships, Facebook has spawned anxieties and addictions that are the subject of academic studies from Portugal to Australia. Some studies have determined that using Facebook detracts from a user’s life satisfaction.

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    https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-02-17/mark-zuckerberg-s-manifesto-for-facebook-offers-a-social-dystopia

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  • Enthusiast (10193 posts)
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    1. I will not participate in Facebook.

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." - Frederic Bastiat, 1848
    • em77 (2507 posts)
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      3. .^that

  • ThouArtThat (5431 posts)
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    2. No Facebook For This Citizen

    eom

    "In America Today, Power Corrupts and Money Corrupts Absolutely" - Anonymous  
  • oldandhappy (3790 posts)
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    4. have been getting ready to leave FB

    All I get anymore is trump stuff.  Deleted a lot today.  Making sure the people I want to keep in contact with have my email.  Just a little house keeping.

    Invest in people.  Seek TRUTH.
  • leveymg (3465 posts)
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    5. FB is a way to commoditize your loss of connection with the real world

    Zuckerman and his ilk are sucking energy away from people’s lives by penny a click amounting to trillions of wasted moments and diminished attention spans.  If that isn’t an alien invasion, I don’t know what is.  Nuke them from orbit now, before it’s too late.  It’s the only way to be sure.