The problems with social media: viewpoint discrimination, issue myopia, government

Censoring of Christians by Google, Facebook, and Twitter

OneNewsNow provides an account of several voices against the censoring by the giants of social media in a 10 December 2017 article.

After years of censoring Christians online, the big three Internet technology giants – Google, Facebook and Twitter – are now being targeted by the Internet Freedom Watch initiative to give believers their online voice back.

The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) launched the initiative via the website, where numerous cases are documented, such as former Gov. Mike Huckabee’s (R-Ark.) Facebook post in 2012 supporting Chick-fil-A’s pro-family stance regarding same-sex “marriage” and Twitter’s removal of an ad by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), who stands for biblical morality on a number of hot-button issues.

Let the censorship end

NRB announced that the free speech effort is being endorsed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and a former commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, as the campaign focuses on exposing the censorship of Christians on the Internet by social media search engine giant Google, as well as the popular social media channels Facebook and Twitter.

NRB President and CEO Jerry A. Johnson stresses that his organization was founded back in 1944 to fight corporate censorship of evangelical radio ministries at the time – something that continues to plague America more than seven decades later.

“[NRB is focusing on] those who desire to expunge opposing viewpoints from the marketplace of ideas by recklessly using nebulous terms like ‘hate speech,’” Johnson told those attending a press conference held last week at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., according to WND.

(Read more at OneNewsNow)

As Christians, there are two ways we might be led to react to this electronic oppression:

  • We might figuratively turn the other cheek (something not to be confused with avoiding the conflict or being silent) or
  • We might follow the example of Paul by demanding the rights afforded to citizens.

Oddly, both of these responses involve talking (either gently or very directly) with the opposition. Therefore, Christians and those who would preserve freedom must stand against this censorship.

Left-leaning Bloomberg laments the problems Facebook wants to admit

In a 14 December 2017 Bloomberg article the social media giant looks at the damage it does to children’s brains (but does not seem to make plans for lessening the detrimental impact they have). Too bad Facebook also does not also consider its own censorship of conservatives, the detrimental affects brought on by those actions, and ways to fix those bad affects.

Facebook is projected to boost sales by 46 percent and double net income, but make no mistake: It had a terrible year. Despite its financial performance, the social media giant is facing a reckoning in 2018 as regulators close in on several fronts.

The main issue cuts to the core of the company itself: Rather than “building global community,” as founder Mark Zuckerberg sees Facebook’s mission, it is “ripping apart the social fabric.” Those are the words of Chamath Palihapitiya, the company’s former vice president of user growth. He doesn’t allow his kids to use Facebook because he doesn’t want them to become slaves to “short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops.”

Palihapitya’s criticism echoes that of Facebook’s first president, Sean Parker: “It literally changes your relationship with society, with each other … God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.”

Facebook has reacted nervously to Palihapitya’s accusations, saying he hadn’t worked at the company for a long time (he left in 2011) and wasn’t aware of Facebook’s recent initiatives. But I can’t see any practical manifestations of these efforts as a user who has drastically cut back on social networking this year for the very reasons cited by Parker and Palihapitya.

A wise man said, “A blind man cannot guide a blind man, can he? Will they not both fall into a pit?” While it is good that Facebook is seeing that constant social media use does change the brain of children and adolescents, you think that they would also wake up to the constant calls for them to stop censoring conservatives. Still, there is never anyone as blind as someone who refuses to see.

OneNewsNow provides a view of what we should expect

Through a 15 December 2017 OneNewsNow article, a few things we should expect now that Obama’s Net Neutrality has been erased have been provided.

“I can pretty much guarantee it,” he says. “If you are a consumer and you want to know what’s going to happen now that Net Neutrality regulation has been taken off the book, the answer is probably nothing for the short-term. Your Internet experience is not going to change dramatically; probably not at all, in fact. It’ll more or less be the same, at least for the time being.”

In the longer run, Radia says consumers may see changes that are beneficial, perhaps even some arrangements involving ISPs and content companies like Netflix that Radia says could mean lower bills for Internet users.

“[I think] that’s … a little longer on the horizon maybe in a few years, rather than in the immediate term, [but] there is nothing to worry about right now,” he continues. “Your ability to binge-watch over the holidays is not going to be affected by the FCC decision, no matter what you hear from left-wing activists and certain companies that have a self-interest in not having to pay for any of this infrastructure.”

(Read more at OneNewsNow)

Since Obama’s “Net Neutrality” seemed to discriminate against a number of business and content interests, such as “edge providers” (as identified in a November 2014 article) just as the Democrat’s “Fairness Doctrine” weighed down conservative radio shows, we should expect a lot of caterwauling from the left as long as Net Neutrality remains out of effect.

Due to Obama’s and the Democrat’s record of the NSA phone surveillance scandal, the IRS targeting scandal, the VA waiting list scandal, Fast & Furious gun scandal, Benghazi, … somehow I don’t trust “Net Neutrality” to be neutral (if it ever was).

During the last of my tenure at the Johnson Space Center, I experienced the Y2K hype. Except for election cycles where the Democrat was in serious likelihood of being beaten, the Y2K only marginally beats out the Net Neutrality on the big, bad, hype-o-meter (and that assumes that NN doesn’t drag on for over a year).

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