I am sure it has occurred to any number of readers that Facebook represents the Orwellian dossier database that the government could never legally create in the United States. With subjects voluntarily submitting personal information to a centralized database for storage, data mining and tracking. Considering the pressure that the government can exert on any organization with legislative perks, privileges or penalties – and considering the degree of political corruption in this nation, why should Facebook or any other large repository of information be immune to scrutiny by the public?
Consider the following story which is deeply troubling on two issues. One, it removes any suggestion that Facebook is an agnostic platform benefiting its users in return for the commercial advantage of serving profitable and targeted advertising. And two, it represents a clear and present danger to our political system if targeted messaging were able to be sent to a particular segment of the population without further scrutiny and monitoring. Especially if those messages are willingly sent by management and not reported as in-kind donations to a political party. I am not aware of any restrictive legislation which would prevent a platform from being misused to target a political audience or to push a political agenda to its users.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg eyes political push on immigration -- Mark Zuckerberg appears to have found his next venture: politics.
The 28-year-old Facebook CEO and billionaire — after mostly staying out of the political fray while running his company’s day-to-day operations — is joining with other executives to form an issues advocacy organization, with an initial focus on comprehensive immigration reform, according to sources familiar with the discussions.
The group is forming at a time when the tech industry is stepping up its immigration efforts, with executives advocating key provisions to help in the battle for global talent. But those executives also say they support reforms to create a path to citizenship for undocumented people for the good of the nation and economy.
The sources said Zuckerberg and other tech executives have enlisted the help of Democratic and Republican strategists to create the group that would advocate long-term economic issues. "Leaders are coming together on a broader agenda,” said a person familiar with the conversations. “It's not necessarily company driven."
Zuckerberg recently raised some eyebrows in Democratic circles when he and his wife played host to Gov. Chris Christie at their home for a fundraiser. Protesters stood outside his Palo Alto, Calif., residence during the event for the prominent New Jersey Republican.
The Facebook co-founder has been generous with his money, donating $100 million to Newark, N.J., schools. But when it comes to making campaign contributions, Zuckerberg appears to have made just two donations of $5,000 each to Facebook’s political action committee, according to Open Secrets.
News of the group was first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, which said Zuckerberg has committed millions to the effort. A source told POLITICO that the group is likely going to be a nonprofit. Other than Zuckerberg, a central person involved in the discussions is Joe Green, co-founder of NationBuilder and Causes, who was Zuckerberg’s roommate at Harvard University. Green recently resigned as president of NationBuilder and is now an entrepreneur in residence at Andreessen Horowitz, the venture firm. Green declined to comment because the group’s formation is in its early stages. A Facebook spokesperson also declined to comment.
Planning for the group began about a month ago, according to sources. The executives are working with a bipartisan group of consultants, including Joe Lockhart of the Glover Park Group; Jon Lerner, a Republican strategist; and Rob Jesmer, a Republican strategist and former executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Lockhart, a former White House communications secretary under President Bill Clinton, worked for Facebook as vice president of global communications before departing late last year. Source: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg eyes political push on immigration - Michelle Quinn and Anna Palmer - POLITICO.com
Bottom line …
I don’t care where Mark Zuckerberg spends his own money and what causes he supports. But, with the increasing corruption of politics and political parties, I do care about any force that can swing an election by targeting specific constituencies and muster a rather ill-informed youth vote. In the worst case scenario, combining with the democrats to push a Hillary Clinton presidency to resume the socialist art of Barack Obama until our nation reaches the tipping point and morphs into a socialist democrat nation – just another step on the global domination path of international socialism.
Whether or not the new political organization is good or evil is not as troubling as the fact that they might have access to targeting mechanisms based on long-term user data capture. There should be a call of a political “opt in” process with significant penalties if any company inappropriately used their infrastructure and influence to corrupt an election.
We are living in days where the analog laws have not caught up to the digital age … and there are any number of billionaire activists who are attempting to dominate the policies scene. Whether knowing or not, pushing America towards a centrally-planned, government-controlled socialist state. And, removing the last vestiges of any real freedom. Hence, the urgency to disarm the American public and subvert the Second Amendment – our only real protection against government tyranny and political despots.
Wake up folks and watch what is happening in your own country – as well as the world.