July 31st, 2011
(HigginsBlog) – The Director of Facebook is openly advocating that the government be allowed to track everyone’s Internet usage which is a precursor to outright censorship and the end of Freedom of Speech.
As I have previously reported Facebook is helping governments spy on online user.
News reports confirm that governments are now being aided by Facebook to spy on activists who plan peaceful protests. One report reveals that over 300 activists were tracked, detained and in some case deported after organizing events on the popular social networking site.
Also recall not to long ago Julian Assange, of Wikileaks fame, reported that Facebook is being used as spy machine for the US Government.
At that point in time most dismissed Assange’s comments as anecdotal because they were a likely scenario that could unfold. At that point there was no evidence to prove that the government was actually engaging in such activities.
That is until today, when we get our first news report confirming that Facebook is in fact aiding government operatives in spying on peaceful activists.
According to a report by the Associated Press, that protestors have been stopped in their tracks after Facebook aided Israel in cracking down on the group of activists from the UK, France and Belgium who planned their event using the popular social networking site.
To make matters even worse, Facebook is censoring some alternative media sites while allowing other to be hacked.
Then there are reports that Police have issued an alert because an activists “liked” an article on Facebook.
Police are on alert because a political activist liked a Facebook article about the right to resist illegal police authority with the sensational title “When Should You Shoot A Cop”
With the increase in propaganda being pushed by the mainstream media government police state agencies regarding “right wing extremists” and “domestic terrorists,” many are no longer surprised when law enforcement or government agents single out individuals or groups that may express controversial or unpopular points of view, or even points of view that are simply critical of government or its agents.
Most people are content to accept the fact that these types of free speech violations happen but that they happen somewhere else like New York or Los Angeles where any number of things can happen on any given day.
However, some South Carolina residents are receiving a wake-up call today, as police in Kershaw County have been placed on alert for “people out there that might want to hurt them.” The reason for the alert? An article that was posted to a Facebook page and an individual that “liked” it.
The article, entitled “When Should You Shoot A Cop?” was published by CopBlock.org, an organization that promotes transparency and accountability of law enforcement. The article discusses the issue of resistance to police “authority” and those police officers who are acting in an illegal fashion. The article also discusses the right that you have, as an individual, to defend your life and your person even when it is being threatened by a member of the police.
The article in question can be read here. Read it for yourself and draw your own conclusions.
Regardless of whether or not you agree with the thesis, the article never advocates or encourages anyone to kill police. At worst, it advocates the use of lethal force in self-defense. In fact, no one in Kershaw County is claiming that it does. It simply states that you have the right to defend yourself and your rights against unlawful police action, even to the point of using lethal force if necessary.
Now Facebook director Randi Zuckerberg has issued outright calls for an end to internet anonymity which would allow the government to track every aspect of everyone’s Internet usage. The agenda was made public at a discussion panel held by Marie Clair in New York City on July 26th.
‘It has to go away’: Facebook director calls for an end to internet anonymity
Facebook’s marketing director has called for an end to on-line anonymity, saying internet users would ‘behave a lot better’ if everyone had to use real names when surfing or posting on the internet.
Randi Zuckerberg, Facebook’s marketing director and sister of multi-millionaire founder Mark, made the comments during a round table discussion on cyber bullying.
The ubiquitous social networking site, which has been at the centre of recent controversy over internet privacy and bullying issues, currently requires all its members to use their real names and emails when signing on.Randi Zuckerberg, marketing director of Facebook has spoken out against internet anonymity in a bid to end cyber bullying
Randi Zuckerberg, marketing director of Facebook has spoken out against internet anonymity in a bid to end cyber bullying
Mrs Zuckerberg argued the end of on-line anonymity could help curb the trend of trolling and harassment on the web.
Speaking at a Marie Claire panel discussion on social media, she said: ‘ I think anonymity on the Internet has to go away.
‘People behave a lot better when they have their real names down. … I think people hide behind anonymity and they feel like they can say whatever they want behind closed doors.’
The comments echo those of former Google CEO Eric Schmidt who has previously labelled internet anonymity a ‘dangerous’ precedent, before predicting government intervention will one day lead to its demise.Controversial: Mark Zuckerberg has recently hit the headlines for proposing to allow under 13s on FacebookConcerned: Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt has also said previously internet anonymity would possibly come to an end
Privacy advocates have however condemned previous attempts to dismantle on-line anonymity.
Critics complain that the forced introduction of some kind of ‘on-line passport’ would damage the freedom of speech and blunt the internet as a tool for dissidents to speak up against oppressive governments.
Source: The Daily Mail
It is non-nonsensical for the company to issue such a statement and risk alienating the millions of users which have brought the companies billions in profits.
But when you consider Congress is pushing a child porn bill that is nothing more than a Trojan horse to allow the government to track everyone’s Internet use the becomes much clearer.
Clearly the push to end online anonymity is originates with government regulators pulling strings from behind the scenes.
The end of anonymity is also a precursor of censorship and both threaten to end free speech.
Source: Alexander Higgins Blog