Facebook just announced that they would ban ads concerning the May 25 ballot issue in Ireland on the legalization of abortion. Facebook says it has learned the lessons of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and is working on changes to make election campaigns more transparent
How much impact did Russia have on the outcome of the U.S. election? According to Ad Age, the Russians spent about $1.25 million per month during the campaign. On the other hand, the two presidential campaigns spent about $81 million on social media, or over 60 times more than the Russians.
Mark Zuckerberg in his testimony before Congress said, “Silicon Valley is extremely Left.” As an author who had his books banned from Facebook, I wonder just how many Facebook people, who set the policy on the banned advertising about the Irish election, are actually in support of the change? The announcement does not say that Facebook will ban all advertising, but they will decide what to ban on a case-by-case basis.
In addition to controlling ads in Ireland, Facebook also indicated that they would try to put into place similar restrictions in other nations around the world. I believe they are setting themselves up as the “Free Speech Police” for the world. After I was sent to Facebook jail, I realized that I had no alternative. I do not believe that there is a viable alternative to Facebook. Facebook knows this is true that there is no alternative to them, and their arrogance is shown by their actions.
I also believe that the entire Silicone Valley is hugely leftist, as is the Democratic Party. Facebook has built a monopoly on the flow of information and ideas. Facebook, in fact, is not regulated by any government agency at the local, state, or federal level. Perhaps they should be under some oversight. Among the reasons why something has to be done is because Facebook as the largest media company in the world, has a monopoly and should be regulated. Our country has come to know that bigger is not always better.
Here are some facts that demonstrate why we should be very afraid of Facebook as the thought police:
2.20 Billion active monthly users
86 million fake accounts
10 million websites
Five new profiles created every second
20 percent of all page views in the United States per day are on Facebook
Average time per day spent on Facebook is 20 minutes.
Now for a serious number: unique visitors on the entire Internet are about 258 million per day. Facebook has 206 million unique visitors a day. The reach of Facebook is enormous, and its desire to control the news cycle on a global basis by deciding what to air smacks of communism. In a communist state, the state makes personal and societal decisions for everyone. While Facebook is not a state, they believe that they are the decision-makers and it is their prerogative as to what people can and should see and hear.
The current U.S. regulators must begin to look at Facebook as an unregulated monopoly, and just like Standard Oil Company, Facebook needs to be broken up under the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. The same Sherman Anti-Trust Act once was used to break up AT&T. I think the Justice Department needs to file an antitrust lawsuit against Facebook and again use the Sherman Anti-Trust Act to split up the company so as to create competition and spur new providers.
I believe that the breakup of Facebook and the competition for our eyeballs will eliminate the need for such companies to decide as to what one can and cannot see or hear. In the past, we have talked about the idea that some businesses are too important to fail. Our freedom to be able to hear from all sides outweighs the power of Facebook to control our minds. I don’t think Facebook, even broken up, will fail, but our freedoms will if we don’t protect them.
It’s time to break up Facebook and save our freedoms.
Dan Perkins is an author of both thrillers and children’s books. He appears on over 1,100 radio stations. Mr. Perkins appears regularly on international TV talk shows, he is current events commentator for seven blogs, and a philanthropist with his foundation for American veterans, Songs and Stories for Soldiers, Inc. More information about him, his writings, and other works are available on his website, DanPerkins.guru. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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