“It’s obvious that the Blacks are really a problem. But I know how to deal with them,” said Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and creator of the notoriously famous Facebook website. “We can easily control their content and what type of content trends on our network. People today are more interested in a kitten being held by a celebrity than they are about the possibility of nuclear war.”
(Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter provided data access for a surveillance product marketed to target activists of color)
Facebook is a place that keeps the users entertained and sharing silly content and stories. According to Mark Zuck, it’s a great way to pacify the masses. Users have become so dependent on Facebook for all of their needs, that its a simple solution.
Though Mark Zuckerberg said he was only joking, there is much truth in his statement. Population abroad has become anesthetized by social media, almost in a dream-like state. They have surrendered themselves to the control of social media and willing share their most personal information and thoughts. The super interesting thing is that Facebook never deletes content. Even when we think we have deleted our content and it is gone forever, Facebook servers keep every photo and every post ever made. The bigger question becomes, why?
There is a great deal of intelligence to be acquired through online activity. Based on how a person uses social media, organizations and intelligence can study and even monitor an individuals activities through how they use social media.
Human beings are social by nature, so we already the need to share information and express our thoughts and ideas. These platforms help get that done. This gives agencies behind these websites power to manipulate and study the behavior of the people that use these forms of media. It has become abundantly easier than ever for giant websites like Facebook to study our thoughts abroad and understand how people really think.
Facebook has real power over people. In today’s age, people generally spend more time on social network media than ever before… more time than they do reading or watching television. The internet has truly turned into a place of control. It has become a place where people can be controlled.