What to do about Facebook…?

Amidst Mark Zuckerberg’s admission that Facebook sells more than just your “volunteered” information, that over 87 million users have been affected, that he’s censoring hate speech without a clear definition, and working with political campaigns, we have to question what’s next for Facebook?

Zuckerberg can never be trusted moving forward, and in fact, everything Facebook and Alphabet (Google, YouTube and all the others), are forever suspect. NO tech company can be trusted, unless you own it yourself – and you still can’t trust what others may do to your company and with your data.

It’s not just that they’re selling your name and address, but are you comfortable with them tracking everywhere you go (with your smartphone), everything you say (even when not talking on the phone), every web page you browse, every purchase you make (online), email you send, and even how long you sleep and when you go to the bathroom (I think I’m kidding on the last one, but…)?

Are they a monopoly? As a single corporation, they arguably aren’t – but collectively, between Google and Facebook – 90% of news is coming through these channels – and they’re all biased to some degree.

Our access to information and “news” has exploded exponentially, but our ability to discern accuracy and validity has evaporated. Not only are the “new” news sources questionable, but now the traditional (MSM) news sources are also tinged, jaded, and biased to the Nth degree.

Any person, no matter which side of the aisle, or to whatever degree of extremist viewpoint, can find validation to support their biases on the net. To the point where teenage girls can be radicalized to join the Taliban, and stupid kids eat Tide Pods, or worse – OD on fentanyl which was manufactured by American companies, sold oversees, and then smuggled back in through the border to be sold to American teenagers – because it’s cool.

I can boldly proclaim, there are NO truly reliable news sources. Period.

We know how we got here, through the promise of the advanced society and lure of all things tech, social and media. The question is, what do we do now?

Pandora’s box had been opened long ago, we just didn’t realize it, now the singularity is imminent. The killer robots are already here and have been practicing their evil for many years while we clicked and browsed to our heart’s content. They’ve been plotting their takeover by collecting all the data there is to be had, and now they can use it against us in ways we could never imagine.

SkyNet from Terminator (1) is here, and we’re powerless to rid ourselves of it. Deleting Facebook and Google would be like not using roads and bridges. We have to fight back with our consumer dollars, but first we must be aware. EVERYTHING YOU SAY AND DO IS BEING COLLECTED AND WILL ONE DAY BE USED AGAINST YOU.

So we are resigned to watch the billionaire clown that is Mark Zuckerberg tell his untruths, with a perfectly straight face, to a committee of people we don’t trust, while we watch it on YouTube.

We are truly a joke.

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About Darryl Vidal

Darryl Vidal has been consulting for schools implementing technology for over 20 years. His projects include district-wide implementations of VoIP, Wireless, Data Center Virtualization, and Video Security. His primary instructional focus for over 15 years has been the ever evolving technology classroom. Mr. Vidal has developed the formal strategic planning and project management methodology known as MapITsm. He is currently the Vice President and principal Education Technology Consultant for Southern California-based technology firm Networld Solutions, Inc.