Individual rights and freedom of expression took thousands of years to evolve. They made civilization great and held the promise to make it greater yet. Facebook is out to dismantle much of the progress in attaining universal free speech. Instead, Facebook promotes speech codes and censorship. That is not progress, it is regress.
Human nature strives to achieve improvement, perfection, with the limits to that only being set by human imagination, and that is limited only by human ingenuity. No flights of unlimited human imagination are achievable by using anyone’s “community standards” that constrain freedom of expression. They cannot even be launched, let alone be completed, when they are limited through arbitrary constraints imposed by the “community standards”, the rules, of profit-hungry corporations. What a pretension it is to call corporate rules, constraints, restrictions and censorship: “community standards”! They are no more “community standards” than “War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength.” It would be far more accurate for Facebook (and any other comparable corporation correspondingly) to insist that, “Facebook is the Ministry of Truth.” George Orwell would rage in his grave, if he knew and could, but he most certainly saw what was in store for us. He was a prophet whose dystopian visions are becoming reality.
Which democracy ever had any say in what Facebook’s “community standards” should contain? Which member of the community of mankind ever attended any meetings, discussions, or debates at which it was determined whether FB “community standards” were needed and what they should entail? Who are the elected representatives whom the people sent to any parliamentary sessions at which Facebook’s “community standards” were hammered out, amended, put into their final form, voted on, ratified and published? Which legislative assembly appointed Facebook judge, jury and executioner?
Everyone, including Facebook, knows that Facebook cooked up what it calls “community standards”, without anyone anywhere in the world providing the least semblance of legal authorization for Facebook to do so, let alone allow Facebook a free hand to judge anyone’s conduct based on those standards, and to hand down any sort of punishment to perceived violators of “standards” that are not accessible to the public and were, as far as I can determine, never published as a formal, comprehensive document.
Community standards cater to the ideology of communism. We know where that leads. It starts out with identity politics and goes from there to where everyone’s individuality is made equal by brutally hammering it flat. Under communism, anything and anyone remarkable, outstanding, admirable, and excelling, Whack comes the hammer!
Facebook’s “community standards” that make the quest for perfection deplorable, and the drive to deprecate established ethical traditions desirable, are not worth pursuing. Aside from that, Facebook’s “community standards” suffer from at least one fatal strategic flaw, amongst others that are firmly based on logical fallacies.
The next section addresses Equality of Outcomes vs Equality of Opportunities.
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