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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Thought-policing the nations

Facebook arrogates a nonexistent authority unto itself:

Facebook announced in a blog post on Thursday that it has removed Instagram and Facebook accounts used by Myanmar’s military to communicate with the public in the wake of a coup by the armed forces in the Asian nation.

The social media company said it was left with no choice but to ban the accounts following the “deadly violence” in the country after the coup, believing that it was too risky to allow the Myanmar military, known as the Tatmadaw, to remain on its platforms.

Facebook will also remove and prevent all Tatmadaw-linked commercial entities from advertising on its platforms.

The tech company had previously removed 20 military-linked individuals – including Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing – and organizations from the site in 2019 over “severe human rights violations,” and taken down six “Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior networks” run by the Tatmadaw in the last two years.

Given its recent conflict with Australia and Canada, I don't think it will be too terribly long before some nation's military demonstrates to Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook the difference between power and influence. Of course, it's understandable why Facebook would believe otherwise given how easy it has been for them to buy off politicians in order to avoid legal consequences:

Australian lawmakers have passed a law that forces tech giants like Facebook and Google fork out money for the media content. Critics argue the bill was watered down after Facebook imposed a week-long ban on Australian news. The much-anticipated bill, which is widely expected to serve as a precedent other nations such as Canada might soon follow, seemingly puts an end to the heated row between Facebook and the Australian government that forced last-minute changes to the bill. The changes provided the tech firms with extra time to thrash out the deals with publishers to avoid being subjected to the new rules. The tech companies can potentially skirt the new media bargaining code if they make “significant financial contributions to the sustainability of the Australian news industry.”

I have to admit, I imagined that living in William Gibson's Sprawl future where global corporations act like nations would be an awful lot cooler than it is.

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52 Comments:

Blogger Scientific Manager February 25, 2021 6:09 AM  

The SJW seems to think that social media is the real world.

Blogger bramley bramley bramley February 25, 2021 6:16 AM  

I have to admit, I imagined that living in William Gibson's Sprawl future where global corporations act like nations would be an awful lot cooler than it is.

MFW no 2021 cyberpunk Tank Girl techno GF =:'(|

This future is really boring. Tank Girl can actually be used a physical description rather than a term of endearment, and the rest with funny hairdos are insufferable. I never thought what i grew up thinking of as a sign of individuality would become a marker of conformity to a creed best avoided by miles of ocean.

Blogger basementhomebrewer February 25, 2021 6:35 AM  

This future is really boring.

1 of these countries decides to send a spec ops team to arrest the tech tyrants or just shoot down the private jet they are traveling in, and things will get alot more interesting.

Blogger tublecane February 25, 2021 6:44 AM  

If your culture is garbage you get garbage plutocrats. I mean, why would we expect better than you find working in government bureaucracy or academia? Corporations pull from the same pool. Can't even assume they attract people more interested in rational things like profit. Rather than will-o-the-wisp things like....whatever most everyone else wants

One--or maybe just me--imagines agents of plutocracy being like Paul Reiser in Aliens. Personable until they have to be nakedly ruthless. Or if you're misguided enough like the Olden Days of the Robber Barons. When amidst, say, raping the South, a Yankee plunderer could be a gentleman.

Blogger Taqiyyotomist February 25, 2021 6:46 AM  

Does this move make it safe to assume that the Myanmar military are the good guys in this ordeal? Because that's what it leads me to believe.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan February 25, 2021 6:50 AM  

The industrial sabotage conflicts will be awesome though in our great tech future. I base that on the great Lysine battles between colluding and conflicting companies, Hollywood even made a Matt Damon movie out of these exploits. If someone told me the Chinese pigbola crisis was man made I would not have many doubts.

So that is biological warfare on lower order species imagine that with more ambitious goals up the food chain. Or in the tech sphere the constant hack battles which are probably now just in their infancies. I think Mr. Lind's "Victoria" had a decent plot point dealing with this brave new future of GloHo "capitalism."

Blogger Steve Canyon February 25, 2021 6:53 AM  

If someone back then told me Tank Girl was an accurate representation of the future, I would have thought it meant girls that looked like tank girl and not girls built like tanks.

Blogger JACIII February 25, 2021 6:53 AM  

When the Corpocracy and the Idiocracy arise simultaneously....

Blogger Unknown February 25, 2021 6:53 AM  

I remember when the federal district and circuit courts rules Trump couldn't block people on twitter because his personal twitter was an unofficially official account (and the reasoning was literally just some legal phrases nonsensically pushed together).

Then when he was locked the courts blocked attempts to sue, for nonsense reasons.

And I understand why. I hate it, but the US courts are controlled by god's chosen people. Which is why the tech corps get away with it.

But one of these days a country where gods chosen people do not rule will get angry. And maybe the Chinese will Belt and Road assist them in getting a little payback.

And America's true rulers will learn that maybe getting rid of all the military tech that works, and making SJW diversity the most top priority in the military, wasn't quite as funny as it was when they imposed it on the goyim.

Blogger The Last Roman February 25, 2021 6:55 AM  

"Human rights violations" aka commies getting what's coming to them.

Blogger Burning Pitch February 25, 2021 6:57 AM  

The facade on these tech companies really is about a millimeter thick:

https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/twitter-says-it-purged-dozens-accounts-undermining-faith-nato

Blogger [Redacted] February 25, 2021 7:01 AM  

@bramley say Enoch woz right
Cyberpunk falls apart without a functional corporate meritocracy driving the ruthless ethical violations. We are a few years away from the African javascript programmers accidentally getting people killed over poorly made data mining algorithms. It is a shame too. I was looking forward to having USB jacks for eyes and Boston Dynamics sex doll ninja assassins being defended on CNN.

Blogger Doktor Jeep February 25, 2021 7:03 AM  

Without facebook, how are their kids going to see images from their latest tropical cruise or how great their new RV is?

Blogger Red Bane February 25, 2021 7:20 AM  

Twitter announced it has been purging 'anti Nato' accounts. Ideological purity will be imposed

Blogger Newscaper312 February 25, 2021 7:22 AM  

In first or second grade when Apollo 17 flew, and taken along to see 2001 when it came out a couple years earlier, grabbed by the visuals at a young, was naturally a space and astronomy buff at an early age. Heinlein juveniles a few years later, etc, etc, and I was stoked for "The Future".

In 2000 I would be 35.

2000 finally came along, but same old bullshit except for a better phone and PC.

So 2020 was the next "The Future".

Well 2020 was even worse bullshit, except for a nicer phone and PC.

Blogger MarkyMark February 25, 2021 7:33 AM  

WTF do people depend on Twitter, FB, etc. for news? Whatever happened to-gasp-going to news sites DIRECTLY? The only reason I'm on FB is to chat with people from the old neighborhood; it never occurred to me to get news there-sheesh!

Blogger Digger Variant February 25, 2021 7:41 AM  

Good reason to have an AM radio handy.

Blogger Boaty Bear February 25, 2021 7:44 AM  

I think it's probably relevant somewhere that Sir Nick Clegg is the Head of Faceache Global Communications.

He of the "there are no plans for an EU military"

https://www.ukcolumn.org/series/eu-military-unification

Blogger Karen took the Kids February 25, 2021 7:45 AM  

I expect they'll be taking down the accounts of Israeli government soon because of the ongoing genocide in Palestine.

Blogger Red Bane February 25, 2021 7:48 AM  

@15 ' except for a nicer phone and PC.'

Both such devices being used to track one's whereabouts and thought crimes. Jailers of the digital panopticon

Blogger Harambe February 25, 2021 7:50 AM  

Taqiyyotomist wrote:Does this move make it safe to assume that the Myanmar military are the good guys in this ordeal? Because that's what it leads me to believe.

No. They are also bad guys. But they aren't the facebook-approved bad guys.

Blogger Boaty Bear February 25, 2021 7:50 AM  

There's some pretty based "Nationalist" Monks there too, have they been banned yet?

Myanmar monk accused of stirring anti Muslim sentiment
https://youtu.be/COTr-nhHgc8

Anonymous Anonymous February 25, 2021 7:51 AM  

So the whole thing with Australia was just for show and the bill will basically work like a tax increase? Pathetic.

The future is here and its... gay

Blogger Redbeard February 25, 2021 7:55 AM  

At this point, the heads of big tech belong on the end of a pike. No trial.

Blogger M In The 517 February 25, 2021 8:13 AM  

@15:

Bob Dylan was the first Bob Dylan. Who was billed as the next Woody Guthrie.

2030 is the next "The Future"

(h/t to Wally Pleasant)

Blogger SecondComingOfBast February 25, 2021 8:30 AM  

The thoughts of Myanmar sending out a team to take out Zuckerberg could grow hair on the palm of my hand before the day is over.

Blogger machinephilosophy February 25, 2021 8:44 AM  

"I don't think it will be too terribly long before some nation's military demonstrates to Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook the difference between power and influence."

I'd have my best troops learn some Spanish. Highest grades get a free trip to Mexico to prepare for a special vacation in El Norte.

Blogger VFM #7634 February 25, 2021 8:55 AM  

Sprawl combined with Idiocracy and whatever low-T feminist dystopia there is out there.

Blogger Harry_the_Horrible February 25, 2021 9:09 AM  

Why does there have to be good guys?

But, yes...

Blogger Warunicorn February 25, 2021 9:31 AM  

Scientific Manager wrote:The SJW seems to think that social media is the real world.

Man, they would have withered years ago, when Twatter and Fakebook didn't exist...

Now that I think about it, that wouldn't be a bad thing at all, since they can't descend on innocent people like the foxtrotting vultures that they are.

Blogger Yukichi Sensei February 25, 2021 9:43 AM  

They deposed a cheating globalist commie.

Blogger Yukichi Sensei February 25, 2021 9:45 AM  

This. Any judgement of their side is a violation of their satanic right to rule.

Blogger swiftfoxmark2 February 25, 2021 9:48 AM  

I have to admit, I imagined that living in William Gibson's Sprawl future where global corporations act like nations would be an awful lot cooler than it is.

Of all the dystopian, cyberpunk futures, this one is the lamest.

Blogger OneWingedShark February 25, 2021 9:49 AM  

tublecane wrote:If your culture is garbage you get garbage plutocrats.
[…]
One--or maybe just me--imagines agents of plutocracy being like Paul Reiser in Aliens. Personable until they have to be nakedly ruthless. Or if you're misguided enough like the Olden Days of the Robber Barons. When amidst, say, raping the South, a Yankee plunderer could be a gentleman.

The "garbage plutocrats" aren't a part of the US's culture, and the US's culture really isn't what Hollywood and MSM pushes out, either. In fact, you could easily say that it's because the elites are of a foreign nation, as evidenced by who they are loyal to (take a look at who they and their children have married) and it is self evident that, by birth or by choice, they are NOT a part of the US — and not being a part of the US, they have no sense of loyalty or compassion for the people of the US.
Thus why the elite of today cannot match the "Yankee plunderer could be a gentleman".

basementhomebrewer wrote:This future is really boring.
1 of these countries decides to send a spec ops team to arrest the tech tyrants or just shoot down the private jet they are traveling in, and things will get alot more interesting.

Would that the military doing that were the US's.

Doktor Jeep wrote:Without facebook, how are their kids going to see images from their latest tropical cruise or how great their new RV is?
This made me laugh more than it should have.

Newscaper312 wrote:So 2020 was the next "The Future".
Well 2020 was even worse bullshit, except for a nicer phone and PC.

What's even worse is that under the "nicer phone and PC" is objectively worse usage of the hardware and poorer quality. Like the F-35 dropping the programming language used on military hardware which was designed for correctness, which avoids a lot of safety/security issues, and maintainability (Ada) in favor of a language with known, massive design flaws (C++) under the excuse that they couldn't find programmers for the former.

It's not all bad news though: programmers are starting to learn that the correctness (safety & security) features of C, C++, and JavaScript are simply insufficient for real-world applications — hence the hype over Rust… and some interest in Ada, which also had ideas about concurrency/parallelism from the initial design (via the TASK) and with the new standard in development the PARALLEL block which is set up to seamlessly use things like CUDA/OpenMP.

Blogger vmax71 February 25, 2021 9:51 AM  

At the very least our corporate overlords could have given us Rollerball.

Blogger Dwayne Thundergrit February 25, 2021 10:04 AM  

Shows FB is full of morons. Myanmar has been ruled by the military since it was founded and the most recent revised Constitution reserves 25% of the seats in their Parliament to serving military officers as well as granting them military the right to select both Vice Presidents as well as several critical posts in the government. The fact that they put a patsy in pace and the patsy was popular with the globalist cognoscenti didn't alter the facts but FB misses that patsy.

Blogger Dwayne Thundergrit February 25, 2021 10:10 AM  

I have to admit, I imagined that living in William Gibson's Sprawl future where global corporations act like nations would be an awful lot cooler than it is.

Bill Gates obviously dropped acid right after reading "Snow Crash" and thought it would be cool to have everyone take a new drug of his creation so how some people imagine the Cyberpunk reality is less harmful than how others imagined it.

Blogger brbrophy February 25, 2021 10:44 AM  

Next thing you know the Myanmar military is getting on Gab

Blogger Manuel February 25, 2021 10:45 AM  

Did they forget Game of Thrones already? Little Finger was influential but in the end had little power.

Blogger Kingly Gift February 25, 2021 11:23 AM  

Just throwing out an extremely unlikely hypothetical, but what if Myanmar military somehow did a 'pearl harbor' type sneak attack on FB headquarters in San Fran? I'm thinking that contrary to the nearly universal reaction of Americans in 1941, about 80 million Americans would shrug their shoulders and thing "meh, got what they deserve."

Maybe I'm exaggerating the disillusionment of the Trumpers, but in any case, I don't see an attack from an outside enemy being able to create generalized unity in America again. The internal fractures are beyond repair.

Blogger Kingly Gift February 25, 2021 11:33 AM  

@15 I've been saying this for awhile, with poor receptions from those around me, that the breakneck pace of technological advancement in the modern world basically leveled off in the 60s. Yes, computers are getting better, and yes improvement in materials used in manufacturing of all of our machines and gadgets is making them marginally better. But if you compare the change in lifestyle from the 50 years prior to the 1960s, to the 50 years since the 1960s, the lack of change in the latter 50 year block is startling.

Is this because our culture has been corrupted and can't produce the new scientific/engineering innovations that it did before? Or maybe its just a function of natural limitations based on the energy technology we have mastered. Or maybe the global oligarchs are making sure that the only advancements are in the realm of information tech b/c that is that last piece that will be needed to create a global system of surveillance and control. Or maybe it's a combination of all three.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd February 25, 2021 11:47 AM  

Taqiyyotomist wrote:... the good guys in this ordeal?
Why would you ever expect to see good guys? There aren't any good guys in 90+% of the fights.

Blogger Newscaper312 February 25, 2021 11:52 AM  

@OneWingedShark

I'd forgot about the F-35 and C++.
Never used ADA, but studied it briefly in Prog Language Theory course back in the 90s.
I knew it never took off w a broader audience, but injection that they couldn't find ADA programmers is asinine. Any good programmer with a couple different languages under their belt can pick up a new one relatively quickly, with a bit more time to learn the writing code in the new language using it's own best practices. Companies used to do this thing called training. Sheesh.

Blogger God Emperor Memes February 25, 2021 12:06 PM  

Or possibly The Sprawl from Dead Space 2, what with all of the mutated zombies attacking everyone. Convergence, indeed.

Blogger Hammerli 280 February 25, 2021 12:22 PM  

After FB shut down the Australian government, I've been expecting some sort of action. The Silicon Valley Megalomaniacs forget that other countries have hackers...and SPECOPS teams. If Zuckerberg gets paid a business call by the Australian SAS, there won't be too many people irked - just as long as they avoid shooting the housekeeper.

This actually gets to a possible characteristic of Next Generation Warfare. The First and Second World Wars were in many ways a Second Thirty Years War...a conflict fought with a ferocity that shocked the participants. In the case of the Thirty Years War, it produced Laws of War that tried to keep the violence contained - Laws of War that would be generally honored until around 1900. I would argue that since 1945, and particularly since 1990, we have returned to an informal structure of Laws of War. Area bombing of cities is out, using guided weapons to take out specific buildings is in.

Where things get interesting is in unconventional warfare. The Laws of War are crystal-clear that legitimate combatants must be identifiable as such. Failure to do so is itself a war crime, and can get you shot out of hand. Whither SPECOPS in that sort of environment?

Blogger map February 25, 2021 12:43 PM  

Kingly Gift wrote:I've been saying this for awhile, with poor receptions from those around me, that the breakneck pace of technological advancement in the modern world basically leveled off in the 60s. Yes, computers are getting better, and yes improvement in materials used in manufacturing of all of our machines and gadgets is making them marginally better. But if you compare the change in lifestyle from the 50 years prior to the 1960s, to the 50 years since the 1960s, the lack of change in the latter 50 year block is startling.

Yes, the earlier 50-year block had science dominated by White men. The latter 50-year block has science dominated by non-Whites.

Blogger weka February 25, 2021 3:24 PM  

Facebook is boomer p0rn, which is why this Boomer avoids it,along with RVs and cruises.

I want Gibson's universe, not this.

Blogger OneWingedShark February 25, 2021 3:29 PM  

Newscaper312 wrote:@OneWingedShark
I'd forgot about the F-35 and C++.
Never used ADA, but studied it briefly in Prog Language Theory course back in the 90s.
I knew it never took off w a broader audience, but injection that they couldn't find ADA programmers is asinine. Any good programmer with a couple different languages under their belt can pick up a new one relatively quickly, with a bit more time to learn the writing code in the new language using it's own best practices. Companies used to do this thing called training. Sheesh.

This is one of the worst legacies from Boomer management: they killed off training in the corporate-culture to such an extent that I experienced culture-shock transitioning from Army to corporate on just how hated and despised training is culture-wise in the latter compared to the "We have a job here, all you need is some training… get to it." of the former. — Then the boomer management used the "I'm not familiar with [EXACT_VERSION] of your [PROCESS/SOFTWARE/HARDWARE], can I get some training?" from college grads as a reason to snub the degree as well as as an excuse to hire foreigners [who, in general, have NO SHAME WHATSOEVER in fraudulently representing their skills and qualifications].

Blogger B-Rex February 25, 2021 5:44 PM  

yeah! the corporatist cyberpunk genre sold us a bill of goods. where are the cyber head jacks or the laser guided ap flecette rounds? hell even the edm bars are gone

Blogger nswhorse February 26, 2021 5:07 AM  

Are there any (((healers))) in Myanmar to expel? Could this be 110?

Blogger Cloudbuster February 26, 2021 6:54 AM  

The US established the precedent that it is legitimate to use drone strikes against people in other nations with whom we are not at war if the US regime has determined the individuals to be enemies.

Therefore, the US has no cause for outrage if some nation perpetrates an attack on Facebook headquarters for interfering in its internal political matters.

Blogger Akulkis February 26, 2021 8:07 PM  

>> Therefore, the US has no cause for outrage if some nation perpetrates an attack on Facebook headquarters for interfering in its internal political matters.

As a GENUINE American, I can hardly wait for the day it happens.

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