The current environment will open up opportunities for leaders, corporations and individuals to oush through hidden agenda..In plain sight, yet not seem. CAUTION ADVISED.
Where the virus came from and why it happened when it did, is so far an unanswered question. At this stage however, those sorts of questions are secondary. The focus has to be on what is happening now and ensuring the pandemic protocols are being adhered to whilst at the same time, flexible enough to allow for unexpected events.There seems to be a consensus in the medical world that this was not a result of any advanced bioweapon designed at the bio level super laboratory in Wuhan. Without the facts, it is simply speculation. What has been concerning is witnessing how different sections of the hugely influential social media are dealing with this. In an age of ever-increasing mistrust, especially from the younger generation and their view of Government, social media companies including Facebook take on board a social responsibility, albeit unaccountable.
The amount of false information spreading across social-media platforms has prompted several companies such as Facebook, to limit the reach of such posts. In a statement, Facebook said it would only allow users to display "accurate information" and notify users if they are suspected of sharing false or misleading information. Hmmm. Here’s the problem and it starts with the word “accurate”. What is accurate? Who defines accurate and where is the evidence that it is …..accurate? Facebook it seems. There was a time when the rights of the media to investigate and the freedom to voice opinion was considered pivotal in a healthy democracy. Indeed, in the US it is enshrined in the Consitution.b That said, it is no great leap to suggest that, there has always been some degree of friction between the Press and the Government. The question arising out of Facebook’s response is, are we now seeing the social media denying its own users the right to voice their concerns? It is true we have had media manipulation for donkey's years so it would also be safe to say that there have been an almost incalculable number of untruths told. However, let's not get distracted here. Censoring what the readers of those newspapers would be allowed to say to other readers is another thing entirely. If we were to compare the social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook as modern day digitised manifestations of a walk down the high street or a chat in a local bar, then supressing what can be said because Mr Zuckerberg et al think it is an untruth is not a million miles away from the book burning times. A somewhat extreme example maybe, but one that could nonetheless spread through the dangerous roots of this particular deadly nightshade. It needs to be nipped in the bud much sooner, but who has a) got the balls, and b) the less to lose? On the upside, if history has taught us anything....a good usurping is always good for business all round and those ivory towers might not be as safe as some people think. So if private corporations have to learn their place and we need to see an equilibrium restored...then so be it.. IF, and it s a big if, the power transference from Governments to Social Media companies (and less not beat around the bush, we are talking about Facebook), was in large part down to a “plausible deniability” shift from Government to private corporations after the Snowden mass surveillance discoveries. Facebook, or shall we call it the “US Government Information Ministry” picked up the baton when the NSA had the worlds spotlight on it. Allegedly of course. This is not substantiated with any evidence, just acute cynicism and a penchant for common sense.
Admittedly the notion of Government using private firms to assist in a whole manor of government projects is by no means a new phenomenon, in times gone by, the companies we were talking about tended to be Military contractors or IT firms carrying our work for Government, CIA, NSA etc. That is not new. Using the same model to incorporate social media companies, which do not supply tanks or weapons but data, is a new phenomenon and without question far more dangerous. A tip tap of our QWERTY friend can cause a country severe hardship...just ask the Czechs and Estonians. SO when Facebook says it will monitor accounts to highlight and deter those users spreading messages they feel are not “accurate”, it is a BIG problem, and when the Coronavirus has fizzled out, the precedent will already have been set, and who knows where this worrying type of censorship will end? Hmmm…that reminds me. I must remember to look up the definition of ‘megalomaniac’ to familiarise myself. One must be prepared nes pas? More