“Fake news” is a misnomer

Facebook wouldn’t admit it but I think Zuckerberg and Facebook’s ideals are being bought out by profit from foreign money. I was asking myself why he made these comments. Recent news (BBC here) was released that Facebook has developed a censorship tool for China.  The Chinese Communist regime (PRC) is known to censor anything its government doesn’t like.

This is terribly disturbing to us because it dangerously impinges on our freedoms and liberties of free-speech in the west.  Most citizens in the PRC do not even know what real news and opinions are because they don’t know what they don’t see and hear.

What about us here in the west?  If Facebook is complying to the demands of the PRC in order to stay in China, then we also need to be aware of the possible dangers of Facebook.  It can easily apply the same tool here too.

The use of this term “fake news” is a minomer and is used in a slight-of-hand to censor people’s personal opinions.  Users of Facebook do not intend to put its so-called “fake news” on Facebook.  They are intended to be real opinions from real people, and therefore, should not be labelled as “fake news.”  This is why “fake news” is really just a misnomer.

I am disappointed in Facebook and would dump FB in a heartbeat; in fact, I use very little of it today. Perhaps this is an opportunity for Google to gain more users because it did decide to leave the authoritarian confines of the PRC to relocate to Hong Kong. Anyway, I just want more FB users to be aware of this and think for themselves.

Facebook in violation of privacy laws

The national newspaper, The National Post, reports that Facebook may face a court challenge in Canada.  Personally, I don’t like to keep any of my private information on Facebook and have removed all of it. That would be a smart thing to do.  I don’t keep real birthdates.  Provide a fake one. I put April 1st with a fake year, like 1901 or something. Facebook has a right to all of it so why would you want to give them a real one?  Who knows what they might do with the information?

“Time is up for Facebook to find a way to live up to Canada’s privacy law after this country’s privacy watchdog gave the social-networking website one month to close its “serious privacy gaps…..And if Jennifer Stoddart, Canada’s privacy commissioner, isn’t satisfied with Facebook’s final response Monday, she has two weeks to take the California-based company to Federal Court in Ottawa to try and get a court order requiring it to change its business practices to comply with Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, the country’s private-sector privacy law….. In order to download popular games and quizzes, Facebook users must consent to share all their personal information, except their contact details. These companies, totalling nearly one million, operate in 180 countries.”

Facebook must satisfy privacy commissioner by Monday

Sarah Schmidt, Canwest News Service Published: Sunday, August 16, 2009

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Canada's Privacy Commissioner has serious concerns about Facebook’s ability to protect the personal information of its 12 million Canadians users. Kier Gilmour/Canwest News Service Canada’s Privacy Commissioner has serious concerns about Facebook’s ability to protect the personal information of its 12 million Canadians users.

OTTAWA — Time is up for Facebook to find a way to live up to Canada’s privacy law after this country’s privacy watchdog gave the social-networking website one month to close its “serious privacy gaps.”

And if Jennifer Stoddart, Canada’s privacy commissioner, isn’t satisfied with Facebook’s final response Monday, she has two weeks to take the California-based company to Federal Court in Ottawa to try and get a court order requiring it to change its business practices to comply with Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, the country’s private-sector privacy law.