We Are Watching, Citizen…

 

It started innocently enough. A Facebook friend (and an actual friend) given to occasionally posting memes of a political nature, chose to post one I have seen countless times before. I am sure you have as well. It is the one that makes light of the “fact” that the federal government took over operation of the Mustang Ranch for back taxes and failed in the process. This time, however, Facebook was offended, blocking the view because “independent fact checkers” had declared it false.

Well, maybe. This particular meme has circulated for some time. It is amusing and innocuous whatever the accuracy. One more posting will not push civilization off a cliff. Nor is it the fact that Facebook chose to block it this time around. One can hardly criticize them for wanting to keep false claims off their website. No, it is the matter in which this meme, and one has to assume many other such items, was handled.

Consider this. Take first that the meme is typical of many in that it oversimplifies what may be a more complex matter and draws a “misleading” conclusion. It would best be ignored, or if something must be done, a comment from an identifiable source might be made.

That is not good enough for Facebook, however. Here we have an anonymous action taken by — who? It could be anything or anyone from a soulless AI bot to Pajama Boy from Paducah, but you know not. Moreover, the “independent fact checker” is not identified and no source for the criticism is presented. It is thus impossible to argue the case whether it were a serious matter or not. I suppose one could make an independent search on the web, but even the redoubtable Snopes seems to have gone to the dark side lately.

Even that is not what should concern us most. Here an accusation is made anonymously, citing an unidentified “independent fact checker” and action is taken without recourse. No one, not any of them, from Zuckerberg on down is uncomfortable with this. In essence, the thought police have accused, tried and convicted without anything resembling due process or real evidence, and no one complains.

Where might this lead? Is this the kind of world we can expect? One would hope not as it is a dark and dismal future if it is.

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  1. Not a Gubmint Spy Member
    Not a Gubmint Spy
    @OldDanRhody

    Another service of your Ministry of Truth.  Or was it the gentle hand of the Ministry of Love?

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  2. BDB Coolidge
    BDB
    @BDB

    Play Facebook games, win Facebook prizes.

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  3. DrewInWisconsin, Oik Member
    DrewInWisconsin, Oik
    @DrewInWisconsin

    Did you know that Jonah’s “Dispatch” is one of Facebook’s “independent fact checkers”?

    They got a pro-life ad pulled from Facebook.

    So proud!

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  4. John Diehl Member
    John Diehl
    @JohnDiehl

    Independent fact checkers. Independent of what?

     

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  5. BDB Coolidge
    BDB
    @BDB

    John Diehl (View Comment):

    Independent fact checkers. Independent of what?

     

    Independent of facts.

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  6. Vince Guerra Member
    Vince Guerra
    @VinceGuerra

    Ditch Facebook. Know inner-peace.

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  7. DrewInWisconsin, Oik Member
    DrewInWisconsin, Oik
    @DrewInWisconsin

    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    Ditch Facebook. Know inner-peace.

    And yet the problem will remain. I don’t read the Washington Post, but I know that it is responsible for the brainwashing of millions. One cannot turn away.

    (Also, I gotta be on Facebook as part of my job.)

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  8. Vince Guerra Member
    Vince Guerra
    @VinceGuerra

    DrewInWisconsin, Oik (View Comment):

    Did you know that Jonah’s “Dispatch” is one of Facebook’s “independent fact checkers”?

    They got a pro-life ad pulled from Facebook.

    So proud!

    Anti-Trumper Jonah Goldberg, the Dispatch’s editor-in-chief, however, failed to claim personal responsibility for the previously stated editorial error.

    What a loser.

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  9. Old Bathos Moderator
    Old Bathos
    @OldBathos

    I wonder what the maximum permitted IQ is for Facebook and Twitter fact-checkers?  There has to be cap–how else to explain what they block. 

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  10. Bishop Wash Member
    Bishop Wash
    @BishopWash

    DrewInWisconsin, Oik (View Comment):

    Did you know that Jonah’s “Dispatch” is one of Facebook’s “independent fact checkers”?

    They got a pro-life ad pulled from Facebook.

    So proud!

    I did and was going to mention it, but was late to the party.

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  11. TBA Coolidge
    TBA
    @RobtGilsdorf

    Facebook is doing the right thing and we need more of it – I cannot tell you the number of times someone has posted ROTFLOL when in fact there was no audible laughter to be detected, much less ROTF. This has been independently checked by logs from Alexa that were time-synced to recorded keystrokes.

    People are blatantly misrepresenting their laughter and this casts into doubt the entire communication system that Facebook depends on. If we can’t depend on internet memes to be factually correct, and typed laughter to represent real world events, how will people be able to believe in the thumbs-up system that Facebook depends on, indeed that we all depend on.

    Don’t  forget  to  upvote⇩   this  comment  below!

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  12. Flicker Coolidge
    Flicker
    @Flicker

    TBA (View Comment):

    Facebook is doing the right thing and we need more of it – I cannot tell you the number of times someone has posted ROTFLOL when in fact there was no audible laughter to be detected, much less ROTF. This has been independently checked by logs from Alexa that were time-synced to recorded keystrokes.

    People are blatantly misrepresenting their laughter and this casts into doubt the entire communication system that Facebook depends on. If we can’t depend on internet memes to be factually correct, and typed laughter to represent real world events, how will people be able to believe in the thumbs-up system that Facebook depends on, indeed that we all depend on.

    Don’t forget to upvote⇩ this comment below!

    I’m entering my ROTFLOL into the Matrix right now.

    (And I’m laughing inside.)

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  13. cdor Member
    cdor
    @cdor

    Quit Facebook. Easy peazy.

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  14. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
    DaveSchmidt
    @DaveSchmidt

    TBA (View Comment):

    Facebook is doing the right thing and we need more of it – I cannot tell you the number of times someone has posted ROTFLOL when in fact there was no audible laughter to be detected, much less ROTF. This has been independently checked by logs from Alexa that were time-synced to recorded keystrokes.

    People are blatantly misrepresenting their laughter and this casts into doubt the entire communication system that Facebook depends on. If we can’t depend on internet memes to be factually correct, and typed laughter to represent real world events, how will people be able to believe in the thumbs-up system that Facebook depends on, indeed that we all depend on.

    Don’t forget to upvote⇩ this comment below!

    LOL 😆 😹 

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  15. Vince Guerra Member
    Vince Guerra
    @VinceGuerra

    DrewInWisconsin, Oik (View Comment):
    (Also, I gotta be on Facebook as part of my job.)

    I hear ya. 

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  16. Sisyphus Member
    Sisyphus
    @Sisyphus

    Facebook? Those losers are still around? Trading in lies in the name of Truth. Let’s see, who was that other serpent that made all the papers?

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