Facebook ‘could collapse’ if it keeps being dogged by scandals over misinformation and election hacking, says the author of a 2010 book on the company.
David Kirkpatrick says advertisers could start to shun the platform if the scandals don’t stop – after a year of seemingly endless controversy over misinformation, privacy and ‘fake news’.
Kirkpatrick said the election manipulation issue, ‘could get so terrifying that advertisers could start to back away. That’s nowhere near happening now, but it could happen.’
Kirkpatrick said that if Facebook stops being a virtual watercooler for friendly conversation, but a lair for trolls and misinformation – advertisers might find the service too dangerous to showcase washing tablets and shoes. Research earlier this summer suggested that young people are deserting Facebook.
Facebook is also facing backlash from its ongoing purge of Republican favoring pages and users from its platform, in what clearly appears to be a last-ditch attempt by Zuckerberg to sway the upcoming elections.
He even went so far as to banish a non-profit, non-violent group of conservative activists, Overpasses For America.
The organization’s Founder, James Neighbors, claims that this was done to his organization in an attempt to stop a massive nationwide rally asking Democrats to #WalkAway from their clearly deranged party, and vote Republican.
His claim has credibility, given that Mr Neighbors and his organization held a record number of simultaneous protests in 2014 across America, demanding that the talk of Amnesty for illegal aliens be dropped. To date, the U.S. Congress has not granted Amnesty to the millions of illegal aliens residing in the United States.
A survey from the reliable Pew Foundation found that the top website among kids aged between 13 and 17 is YouTube, which was used by 85% of the teens involved in the study.
In second place was Instagram (72%) followed by Snapchat (79%).
Just 51% of teens are on Facebook, suggesting young people are turning away from a social network which was once a pivotal part of adolescent life. ‘The social media environment among teens is quite different from what it was just three years ago,’ said research associate Monica Anderson, lead author of the report. Today, their habits revolve less around a single platform. At the same time we’ve seen this shift, teens are more digitally connected than ever – nearly all teens have access to a smartphone, and more than four-in-ten say they are online on a near-constant basis.’ Smartphone use is now ‘nearly universal’ among teens with 95% owning or having access to a mobile. Some 45% reported being online ‘almost constantly’. The survey of 743 U.S. teens ages 13 to 17 was conducted between March 7 and April 10 2018.
Facebook may be backing on other services that it owns – such as Instagram – in case its ‘main’ service fails, analysts told Associated Press. Analyst eMarketer estimates that Instagram will bring in 16 percent of Facebook’s advertising revenue this year and 25 percent by 2020. ‘Advertisers love Instagram,’ eMarketer analyst Debra Aho Williamson said. ‘It has the appeal of being a generally positive environment.’
As we reported before on our part in the purge of Facebook.
It has begun.
The arrests and summary executions of conservatives has begun on Facebook in earnest.
As of the moment of this being published, no less than a dozen independent news websites that I personally know about have been removed from Facebook. I know it’s happening for certain, because I am one of those whose page was deleted, as you can see by the screen shot below.
But that wasn’t good enough for Facebook. No, not good enough at all.
You see, it wasn’t enough for their Socialist Thought Police to merely delete our pages that reflected years of work, of our lives, and of our souls… No, that wasn’t enough.
They also deleted our personal pages as well. Just see below.
I’m just showing you my information, but just so you do know it’s not me making up some tale of woe, here’s a screen shot of an email I received shortly after sending out my own.
As well, a screen shot of notifications from Facebook just before they disabled an account.
As well, I have received many phone calls of friends from Facebook, who are reporting their personal pages have been disabled as well.
I often told people that being a Conservative on Facebook was akin to Anne Frank living in her basement, trying to sneak messages past the Gestapo.
How apt that analogy is today, because the SS came knocking today, and sent me to the death camp along with friends and loved ones.
Congratulations, Mark Zuckerberg. You are the 21st century, digital equivalent to Adolph Hitler.
This is nothing short of election tampering, given the specificity of the targeting by Zuckerberg’s Thought Police. All pages opposed to the agenda of the left, all news sources dedicating to exposing the left with the truth.
I have waited for years for this to happen, honestly. 5 years ago, I founded the conservative movement, Overpasses For America. We began by calling for the impeachment or arrest of Barack Hussein Obama, but when it became clear that was never going to happen, no matter how many laws he broke, we moved onto other political issues, such as supporting candidates.
Over the last 5 years, I have spent no less than two and a half of those years in “Facebook Jail”, for ridiculous things like telling the truth, or posting cartoons of Elmer Fudd that they found to be “a credible threat of violence”. Judge for yourself.
I don’t know about you, but I have yet to hear of any instances of Elmer Fudd becoming a physical manifestation of himself in this world. How they determined that is a credible threat of violence, is beyond the comprehension of anyone with a functioning brain.
This is no accident, this is no random chance, this is the National Socialist Gestapo Thought Police rounding up those they see as Jews, and sending them to the gas chambers, and burying them in mass digital graves.
There may not be any actual bodies, but the evil intent behind it is no less malevolent, no less evil, and no less intended to silence the opposition.
Mark Zuckerberg and the officers of every social media and internet company accused of censorship should be placed in front of military tribunals for crimes against humanity, crimes against the Constitution, crimes against the rights of fellow Americans, and whatever various federal laws that would apply.
This is nothing less than an attempt by Mark Zuckerberg to silence the conservative voices just before the mid-term elections. The timing was no accident.
Welcome to the Soviet Socialist States of Digital America, where only the chosen members of the party have free speech.
Only direct intervention by the Trump administration can reverse this. Direct, brutal, holding CEO’s in Gitmo level of intervention. It is time.
Either that, or welcome to the brave new world of controlled thought and speech.
Or perhaps the govt should just shut Facebook down for repeated offenses of violating the civil rights of millions of Americans, and let the new social media platforms coming about take over.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
October 24th, 2018