Facebook’s anti-freedom complicity

September 12, 2019

Culture, Uncategorized

British Journalist Carole Cadwalladr gave a riveting TED Talk in June of this year: Facebook, she convincingly argued, was complicit in national sabotage as it undermined her country’s democracy in the Brexit vote. Laws were violated as lies were churned in targeted ads — and the scandal involved the same players who sabotaged America’s 2016 presidential election. Yet the social media giant’s executives have refused to cooperate in subsequent investigations.

She challenged the “gods of Silicon Valley:” Do you really want to be remembered as the vandals of free and fair elections?

It’s time to ask: Who elected 35-year-old Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg or COO Sheryl Sandberg? No one, of course, yet we’ve somehow given them permission to mess with our minds as they threaten to sue truth-seeking journalists. Perhaps it’s time to remind them that democracy is serious. It is not their for-profit playpen.

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About Charles Redfern

Charles Redfern is a writer, activist, and clergyman living in Connecticut with his wife and family. He's currently writing two books, with more in his head.

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