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Express Yourself & the George Soro's Showdown!

Updated: Feb 4, 2020

#GeorgeSoros #FreeSpeech #Facebook

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I just learned that Mark Zuckerberg says he is now pushing 'for free expression' on Facebook after censorship 'didn't work'. Mark Zuckerberg has announced that Facebook is scrapping its spiraling censorship policies as he vows to "stand up for free expression" on the platform, marking a major U-turn for the company.

Facebook has come under increasing scrutiny over recent years, with users accusing the company of censoring their posts and infringing their rights to free speech.

In a surprise move, Zuckerberg has now declared that Facebook is going to start allowing people to "post what they want". "The 35-year-old CEO made the pledge on January 31st during a fiery appearance at the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit in Utah. 

Speaking to the audience, Zuckerberg said Facebook had previously tried to resist moves that would be branded as "too offensive," but admitted he now believes his company is being pressured to partake in "excessive censorship."  [1] But from whom?

Well, it seems left-wing billionaire George Soros wants the control of Facebook to be wrested from Mark Zuckerberg because Soros believes the CEO wants President Trump reelected. Soros made the argument in a January 31st column in the New York Times titled "Mark Zuckerberg Should Not Be in Control of Facebook."

"Facebook should be judged by what it does, not what it says," Soros said.  Soros went on to say, "I repeat and reaffirm my accusation against Facebook under the leadership of Mr. Zuckerberg and Ms. Sandberg. They follow only one guiding principle: maximize profits irrespective of the consequences."

The billionaire also pointed to Zuckerberg's meetings with Trump as raising "serious questions."

Soros concluded his article by stating that Zuckerberg "should not be left in control of Facebook." He did not specify how the control should be taken away from the company's founder. [2] All I can say is, I hope Mr. Zuckerberg has a great team of armed security.

So, in September of 2019 Trump revealed a meeting between himself and Zuckerberg on Twitter and Facebook after it happened, despite it not being on his public schedule. According to the Facebook spokesperson, the meeting between the two was constructive regarding the future of Internet regulation.

At that time Zuckerberg was facing stiff bipartisan criticism of their social media dominance and self-regulation.

After Mr. Zuckerberg’s meeting with President Trump, he met with several members of Congress on Capitol Hill and had dinner with several senators.

Trump has expressed concerns about big tech companies and social media, as his supporters have loudly protested the unfair bias behind their business and censorship decisions. President Trump has publicly remarked that tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter are wrong to use this form of self-regulation and their actions are possibly illegal.

President Trump has announced that people are asking him to act against these moguls including Amazon. According to President Trump, the tech companies in the United States specifically want to get Democrats elected. [3]

So, was self-regulation all that Mark Zuckerberg and President Trump discussed? Well... Maybe Mr. Zuckerberg has learned it’s not such a bad idea to jump on the MAGA train. In November of 2019, the Facebook founder had dinner with President Trump and First Lady at the White House, during the period when Facebook's CEO was testifying to Congress on the Libra coin. PayPal co-founder and Facebook board member Peter Thiel has also joined the diner. 

In the past, President Trump has criticized Bitcoin, Facebook’s Libra and other cryptocurrencies. The president stressed if Facebook and other companies want to become a bank, they must seek a new Banking Charter and become subject to all Banking Regulations, just like other Banks, both National and International. [4]

Did this diner spark a new era of possibilities for two parties that were formally contentious to become allies in an ever-changing state of politics?

Meanwhile, it seems Mr. Zuckerberg has picked a fight with George Soros in this ensuing proposition. Will Soros have his way? Time will tell. In this recent Tech Summit, Zuckerberg goes on to say, "Increasingly we're getting called to censor a lot of different kinds of content that makes me really uncomfortable."

"We're going to take down the content that's really harmful, but the line needs to be held at some point," Zuckerberg added. The Facebook founder went on to bemoan: "It kind of feels like the list of things that you're not allowed to say socially keeps on growing, and I'm not really okay with that." 

"This is the new approach [free expression]. Even though fellow social media giant Twitter declared that they would stop sharing political advertisements. The tech guru has also stated that Facebook will not fact-check political ads, resulting in a highly publicized showdown on Capitol Hill with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

During an awkward questioning, Ocasio-Cortez falsely claimed that Zuckerberg was supporting "white supremacy" by not fact-checking Republican campaign ads on Facebook.

Meanwhile, Zuckerberg's defiant appearance at the Utah tech summit came after Facebook disappointed Wall Street's expectations of fourth-quarter growth earlier this week. 

The results, revealed on Wednesday, raised concerns that Facebook's days of astronomical growth were firmly in the rearview mirror, and shares of the world's biggest social network dropped 7.2 percent in extended trading. [1] Or, perhaps this new free expression strategy will give this Social Media Giant just the boost it needs. 

If so, hopefully, the others in the tech world will follow along with granting users what they so desire; free expression.






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