Friday, December 28, 2018

Facebook's global digital state, through content moderation, can topple regimes




Should a journalist become president?  Tim Pool is three years too young, but he seems to know more than just about anyone, and is self-taught.  I can predict his videos by the time I look at the New York Times in my afternoon break visit to Starbucks. (Predicting what "Economic Invincibility" will talk about is a lot harder.  OK, he is smart enough to be president, too.  Guess who is not.) 


I usually find his arguments as to what is going on persuasive.  He also says he is building a new mobile studio, and wants to have his own media company.
   
Journalists can’t run for Congress, or could they?  What about YouTube or Blogger/Wordpress pundits?  (Would somebody try to figure out who my own "base" is?) 
     
Today he presented Max Fisher’s New York Times piece “Inside Facebook’s Secret Rulebook for Global Political Speech”.   Moderators work from varying rules and depend on Google translate, which doesn't do to well with idiomatic expressions and slang. 
   
Note right off, Facebook has to pay attention to media laws in every country it is available, and in some developing countries, Facebook is the Internet.
  
So it’s moderators have tremendous power to change the political spin that residents of a country (like Myanmar) can see, and determine who gets to stay in power.

If Mark Zuckerberg really did come from another planet in a Ridley Scott movie, I can’t think of a more eerie plan for global conquest, without a drop of blood.

Seriously, the “cognition gap” among users of the Internet is what drives so much controversy.
I have stated that I think I can help Facebook with its moderation issues, but it needs to contact me first.  My background is really that unusual.

But then does that give “Me” the power to rule the world?
  
Maybe I’m the alien and don’t know it yet.

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