Facebook Bastardry

A false balance is an abomination to the Lord,
but a just weight is his delight.

When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with the humble is wisdom.
The integrity of the upright guides them,

but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.
(Proverbs 11:1-3)

It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin.
(Luke 17:2)

Just when I thought my regard for Facebook and other social media organs couldn’t sink any lower I come across this:

And the depth to which these companies sink to continue generating this content [sharecropper content; i.e. user-produced blog posts, etc. 100% owned by entities such as the Huffington Post under their bogus, bourgeois “patronage”] should alarm you. The Huffington Post launched a section that’s operated by fifteen- and sixteen-year-olds called “Huffpo High School,” where they informed parents, “Although Huffpost bloggers aren’t paid, the sites offers a widely read platform from which to share their views.” Forbes contributor Jeff Bercovici, who often documents the activity of the Huffington Post, explained the pitfalls for children contributing to Huffpo High School:

There are a couple potential problems with using minors to supply the grist for a for-profit enterprise. There’s a reason we have strict laws governing child labor. Kids aren’t allowed to enter into certain types of work arrangements that adults are because we recognize that they’re at greater risk of being exploited. So if you already think Huffpo’s model is exploitative- and there are good cases to be made on both sides of that debate- then you’re bound to think expanding it to kids makes the exploitation a lot worse. Then there’s the whole issue of protecting children from themselves and their own incompletely developed powers of judgment. Just because a kid writes something doesn’t mean it’s okay to publish it. If a thirteen-year-old writes something overly personal about, say, her parents’ divorce, or her sexual awakening, or how she tried marijuana, there has to be someone exercising the judgment to prevent that from being published. If that someone has traffic targets to hit, it increases the possibility that he or she will make the wrong decision. Again, it’s an important distinction that we, as a society, make between children and adults. It’s perfectly ethical to let an adult writer publish something that will haunt his Google results for the rest of his life; it’s not ethical to let a tween do it.

In California, The Sacramento Bee reported Facebook “spent more than $102,000 on lobbying in California and made its first contributions to political campaigns in the state.It has taken lawmakers out for lunch in Sacramento, hosted them at its Bay Area headquarters and lobbied on bills concerning Internet privacy, commuter benefits, and use of ‘social media’ by registered sex offenders.” These efforts may have contributed to the defeat of a bill in California that would have made “more user information private.” In addition to hiring two formers FTC commissioners as lobbyists, Timothy Muris and Mozelle Thompson, Facebook also spent more than $1.3 million on its Washington lobbying efforts in 2011, according to OpenSecrets.org. And when they’re not defending themselves from charges of flouting FTC rules and regulations concerning the privacy of their users, Facebook is spending money on things like eliminating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). COPPA prevents children from using Facebook, and Facebook from collecting and aggregating information about them to sell to their advertisers.
(B.J. Mendelson, Social Media Is Bullshit [New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2012], pp. 29-31)

Go the rest of the way now and tether this to the scandalous reality that sex traffickers are capitalizing on Facebook to further their wicked schemes. Do you see? Facebook has absolutely no regard for the safety of our children. Now, before you rush in to champion these scumbags and rationalize their despicableness with lame retorts like, “Well, every corporation is driven by greed- what are you gonna do, not use any of their products???” just ask yourself: why are you so eager to protect such exploitative scoundrels? At bottom, is it that you don’t want your favorite past time associated with such turpitude? That just such an association wounds your conscience (and rightly so)? Are you really so beguiled by their schemes you can simply hand wave away the offense? If so, then you are in the grip of a theology of glory, and your love of comfort and distraction has eclipsed the injustice being perpetrated. Pray for these degenerates to be stopped and cease supporting their enablers.


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