While Robert Mueller’s probe focuses more on the criminal elements to Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, the Senate and House Intelligence Committees are giving us some insight into the methods of the manipulators.
This week, Facebook, Google and Twitter have been in the spotlight again, providing sworn testimony. A report indicates that after many months of denials and excuses, Facebook’s “influence” from Russian election propaganda reached over 125 million people.
The scope of this damage is frightening. In one case in Texas, Russia Facebook pages organized a protest and a counter protest surrounding an Islamic center in Houston. Think about that for a second: a foreign power has the capacity to trick people into going to an event that has the potential to get violent using a social media network. Scary stuff.
I’ve written about this before, but it’s worth repeating that Facebook is a Silicon Valley slumlord with absolutely no morals. Mark Zuckerberg seems to care far more about his precious image than actually taking steps to fix the problems at his company. Twitter has arguably been even worse, with their arbitrary enforcement of terms of service paving the way for brain dead degenerates like Roger Stone, Milo Yiannopoulos and Richard Spencer to harass people online for a lengthy period of time without any repercussions.
The bottom line is that these “tech visionaries” don’t give a flying fuck about anything except the bottom line. Just this past month, Facebook used one of the worst natural disasters in American history to promote a new product. And Zuck implored us to “think of the profits” when he announced new security initiatives at the network.
I’ve deleted my Facebook account and my Twitter account as well. It was a fantastic decision, I am so glad I did it. Of course, these companies are probably going to keep my data. There need to be laws that ensure that this should not be the case.