Roasting Mark Zuckerberg

April 13, 2018

If you don't follow my Twitter feed (and if not, how have you survived this long? I warn you, though, if you don’t have a sense of humor, steer clear), check this link for my tweet on the Senate grilling of Mark Zuckerberg, along with other reactions to the story. Always nice to have your metaphors appreciated!

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Zuckerberg must be relieved that he wasn’t under oath in testifying before the Senate, because he let something slip out that could conceivably bankrupt his company. He’s already backpedaling. I’ll let you read the details at the link, but suffice to say that if Facebook wants to keep enjoying the legal protections of a neutral platform that just hosts other people’s opinions and doesn’t insert itself into the content, then it had better start acting like a neutral platform that just hosts other people’s opinions and doesn’t insert itself into the content.

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One other intriguing sidelight to the Zuckerberg testimony: an AP reporter used a hi-def camera to snap a photo over his shoulder of his binder of notes, which, when blown up, reveals what he was concerned he’d be asked about and his prepared responses.

Why, this is outrageous! How dare someone invade his privacy like…Oh wait. Never mind.

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You’d think from the roasting Mark Zuckerberg took in the Senate, annoyance with Facebook was bipartisan. But the big tech companies still have one defender in DC. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer once again looked down his nose glasses to scold President Trump and Republicans in general for criticizing the tech giants. And rest assured, this has nothing to do with an analysis that found since 2010, Schumer has received a total of more than $150,000 in donations from Google and Facebook. Nor the fact that his daughter works for Facebook and his son-in-law for Google’s parent company. No, it’s because without Facebook, the poor Democrats would have no voice in the media at all!

I’ll give you a minute to pick your jaws up off the floor…Ready? Okay. In defending the multi-billion dollar tech companies, Schumer said this: “We Democrats represent average folks. Tech gives us the advantage. We don’t have a Fox News. We don’t have Rush Limbaugh who gets 20 million people a day. It’s our antidote. I am sympathetic.”

That’s right, there is no place you can go in the entire media sphere to hear a liberal point of view, other than your crazy Cousin Lydia’s Facebook page. Or maybe CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, PBS, NPR, the L.A. Times, the Huffington Post, etc. etc. etc. But to concede Sen. Schumer’s point, it is true that all of those liberal media outlets do indeed have Facebook pages. And since Facebook never seems to censor, block, or cut off traffic to those sites, the way it does to conservative sites, it’s no wonder he’s so sympathetic.


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Yesterday, I directed you to a chart showing the increase in traffic mostly to liberal news sites and the drop-off mostly for conservative sites under Facebook’s recent changes. I neglected to point out that the only liberal site that had a traffic drop equal to the conservative news sites was Talking Points Memo. I have to assume that’s because it was too hard for Facebook to argue that it’s an unbiased, reliable news site when it has the phrase “Talking Points” right in the name.

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Comments 1-9 of 9

  • Susanna Donovan

    04/15/2018 12:53 PM

    Dear Governor Huckabee. I believe everyone should exit Facebook and Twitter, utilize Firefox and other lesser search engines, who are less globalist, and get together and create a REAL UNBIASED SOCIAL PLATFORM. We need to run it as a fun based Social Giant, which won't allow bullying, or limits to free speech, unless said groups are known terrorist organizations.
    We need to get our brightest youth who are conservative and moderate into this new Social media platform. You could be one of the moderators.
    Just a thought and a prayer.

  • Alan Johns

    04/14/2018 03:37 PM

    The alleged collaboration between Facebook and Google is one thing that seems to not get mentioned in all the stories I have seen on data mining Facebook. Some time back (I do not recall the source or exact time) it was mentioned that if you were logged onto FB, even if the webpage was not open, and you were logged out of your google account, you were still being tracked by google thru Facebook due to how they share info for tracking and targeted advertising. And, vice versa. So, not only the personal data which you explicitely share on Facebook makes you vulnerable, but wherever your computer goes, with or without you, is harvested as well. Your youtube viewing habits, to some degree your store purchases, your list of friends, family, and coworkers on FB, your search engine results, map directions, everything you do with the assistance of a computer are used to build a dossier which can predict your vote, when and what kind of dog food you will buy next, where you'll go to hide when their enemy list is used to hunt you down. It isn't just the data you intentionally share and grant FB license to use for connectivity sake that makes them an insidious threat.

  • Audrey Smith

    04/13/2018 02:13 PM

    Mike,
    I enjoy your program on TBN. I watch it when I can.

    Also, programs where people sit & call the President of the United States of America, President Trump, names & degrade him....If they were in another country...I DOUBT they would have the freedom to speak of that Leader in that manner. And...I think they would get very upset if people called them the same 'names'. It is so sad.

  • Nancy Beene

    04/13/2018 02:04 PM

    I laughed at Mr. Zuckerberg's comment that FB was trying to create a national identity registry so anywhere we used FB we could be found. ROFL. The Dems won't even let us have driver ID at voting booths!!! Sing us another one please.

  • Jeff Sasser

    04/13/2018 12:48 PM

    Not that I want to defend Zuckerburg as I believe the product he supplies the world has probably done as much, or more, harm to societal evolution and discourse as it has helped. But whole faux "outrage" over this data mining of the Facebook databases (or whatever you want to call it) is simply that, fake outrage. Facebook provides a FREE service! How do you think they are making so much money? This is a common practice! The best analogy I have heard from anyone is the governors comparison to Casablanca. "I am shocked! Shocked I tell you, to learn that gambling is taking place in this establishment!" PLEASE! Gathering and selling users info has been going on since the early days of the internet. Why do you think you receive targeted ads in your e-mail and in web pages? Obama was PRAISED for using this tool and hailed as a visionary. Now this occurs as connected to the Trump campaign and suddenly Congress is wasting millions of dollars and days and weeks of time investigating this pseudo outrage. I'm outraged their wasting time on this topic! Anyone who feigns outrage over this is either a liar or an uninformed idiot.

  • rodney burke

    04/13/2018 12:13 PM

    well I know from first hand experience...twice. FB does NOT remain neutral. They openly censor my posts when it comes to the sexual orientation of the ovomit. So Zuckerberg is lying through his teeth. He OPENLY censors posts that doesn't suit his love for libs and muslim terrorists.

  • Suzanne Utts

    04/13/2018 11:55 AM

    Ha! I like your catfish metaphor! I hope this puts the fear of being hooked into Apple and other groups that phfish for information as they trawl in and out of the world wide web!

  • Stephen Russell

    04/13/2018 11:48 AM

    Treat FB as a Information Utility & regulate as such then C changes at FB "overnight".
    Hey Zuck, why did U block Conservative content?? Bad advice, peer pressure, challenge from others, bribes, kickbacks??
    & remove those darn Fake Profiles too , very annoying.

  • Stephen Russell

    04/13/2018 11:46 AM

    Darn put him under Oath, next time, or others IE Google, YouTube, etc.
    Regulate FB, YouTube, Google+, Myspace, etc.
    Uniform censorship rules
    ID where data going & to whom.
    Make Public when possible.
    & Only see your Bank balances online, DONT Bank online.
    A-Z banks.