The Anti-Social Network
For us, it’s no secret that Facebook has quietly become one of the biggest scams in modern history.
Soon afterward the entire month of October 2012 would disappear from our timeline.
Unfortunately, there’s nothing satirical about a so-called “social” network whose stated mission is to make the world more open and connected, that has in reality become a massive, anti-social, corporate state surveillance network, providing a wonderful marketing tool and information control mechanism to big businesses and governments around the world.
If you’re not a page owner or administrator you may not yet fully understand the problem — but to make a long story short:
Facebook now systematically hides much of what is posted by the average user or page from our news feeds, including those we have “Liked” or followed, unless someone has paid to “promote” the content.
Add Pay-to-Share suppression on top of all the censorship of whatever speech arbitrarily deemed “inappropriate” and Facebook has itself a system that likely made George Orwell roll over in his grave a few times.
Here’s a collection of screenshots and memes that perhaps better illustrates the nature of what we’re dealing with:
Now are you starting to understand why despite having tons of friends and/or followers, hardly anyone likes or shares what you post?
He who controls the information, controls the world.
Have You Signed the Facebook Declaration of Independence?
Tell Facebook you’re tired of its anti-social speech suppression and unfair pay-to-share by adding your name here, then join the Facebook Users Pages United Against Facebook Speech Suppression Group.
We the People of Facebook (hereinafter “We”, “Us” and “Our”) hereby declare & decree as follows:
Whereas Facebook is a self-proclaimed “social network” whose stated mission is “to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected”
Whereas Facebook severely and unjustly limits our ability to connect and share by, including but not limited to:
(a) continuously and arbitrarily removing our posts and other forms of speech without notice or an opportunity to be heard;
(b) charging us to share and connect with already established friends, family, subscribers and followers;
(c) capping friendships and blocking or banning users from being able to send friend requests;
(d) removing our pages without notice or an opportunity to be heard;
(e) blocking and banning us without notice or an opportunity to be heard;
Whereas Facebook states that we are free to share and connect with one another, when in reality we are far too limited, and many of us are prevented from having any power or choice in what we can share and who we can share and connect with;
Where as we are continually and systematically subjected to arbitrary, unjust and anti-social policies and speech suppression by Facebook while its corporate sponsors and highest bidders are rewarded with the power to connect and share without limitation;
Wherefore, We demand that Facebook:
(1) Eliminate its pay-to-share policy with respect to friends, family, subscribers and other Facebook users we choose to connect with, who have liked our pages or otherwise expressed their intent to receive our status updates and other important information we share;
(2) Eliminate arbitrary spam filters which hide, remove or otherwise suppress our messages or other posts which have not been shared indiscriminately;
(3) Provide us with notice and an opportunity to be heard before Facebook removes any of our posts or other speech through a fair and public appeal process;
(4) Provide us with notice and an opportunity to be heard before Facebook bans or blocks our ability to connect and share, including but not limited to blocking our ability to friend and message one another;
(5) Remove our friendship cap.
Unless and until the above-listed demands are met, We hereby pledge the following:
(i) We will not click any of Facebook’s sponsored advertisements or suggested links.
(ii) We will not pay for any of Facebook’s advertising services.
(iii) We will seek and make new homes on true social networks and encourage our friends, family and followers to join us on them.
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