Facebook shoots the messenger

It is in the news that Facebook is in the business of shooting the messengers of massive data abuse connected to the Brexit vote. This is a interesting move since the person in question was acting on the orders of Steve Bannon and others connected to the company called Cambridge Analytica. It doesn’t appear that Facebook has suspended Steve Bannon Facebook account or connected pages. It is clear that Facebook is going for the most easy and low hanging fruit they can find. I hope that Facebook gets sued over this case along with Cambridge Analytica and others connected to this case.

News items about this case

Facebook suspends account of Cambridge Analytica whistle-blower – The Register
The Cambridge Analytica Files ‘I made Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’: meet the data war whistleblower – The Guardian

Twitter is soon going to be a thing of the past

It is clear on the last news that Twitter is done for, it is going to vanish faster than MySpace did ten years ago. The reason for this is simple. Twitter is failing to deal with hate and racism on the platform, putting the garbage that Donald Trump (current president of the United States) puts on Twitter. Twitter even refuse judged racists from the UK and don’t even bother to remove the blue badge from the offending profile.

BBC News cover this clearly today (02-12-2017). Their news might just as well write that Twitter is in fact finished and at the end of the road. Donald Trump is going down in history for having destroyed a social platform.

BBC News report

Twitter is paralysed by Trump’s tweeting (BBC News)

Democratic discussions are not possible on social media (Facebook, Twitter, others)

While “arguing” with paid Turkish twitter trolls I got a warning from Twitter about that my account had been temporarily limited for 12 hours. This suggests that I got mass reported by a swarm of twitter troll accounts from Turkey. As they don’t accept any argument of facts of any type of shape. I have long suspected that enemies of freedom and democracy would abuse the security features of social media to silence anyone that argues with them with facts and few minor curse words. After I got the warning from Twitter or the “limited functionality” I processed to block the twitter trolls in question.

What about no and fuck you. I’m not interested in ending in jail in Turkey. Screenshot from Twitter.

Fake accounts is a big problem as explained here in this Guardian article. This person and an other account like it was used to flood my replay and to drown it in pro Erdogan message that everything is fine and Turkey is a democratic country today. While the fact is that is far away from the truth as it possible can be.

As social media is no longer useful to discuss democracy or anything else. I’ll keep to my writing here in the future. At least I won’t get banned from doing so (I host my own website for security reasons).

I forgot the screenshot the warning I got from Twitter. But I got the same message as is explained in this article here. Telling paid twitter propaganda bots (fake account) to fuck off is not abusive behavior. Its a civil duty to do so (it also keeps the trolls away), but because of this. I’ll have to do so here since social media is loosing all meaning and usefulness due to this facts on how social media allows the real abusers to roam free, while punishing those that oppose them severely.

For a long time now I haven’t trusted social media (for many reasons). That’s why I split my account of Iceland geology into its own twitter account just in case this would happen. As it turns out, it did. I drew from my experience with Facebook on this matter and built my own policy from it. That policy is not going to change now and my paranoia of social media is only going to grow from this point forward.

I’ll continue to use social media for now, mostly due to network lock-in and other such annoyances. But trusting it is now out of the question. Since social media companies do not have the will to remove accounts that undermine democratic values, they don’t remove those accounts as they want to keep profits up on cost of society and everything that comes with it. It is also fact, as stated in the documentary “Hypernormalisation” the fact that “angry people click more”. That keeps profit up for social media companies today and has done so for a long time now.