Facebook: Another Rats-nest Of Right-Wing Propaganda And Republican Lies.

President Trump may not understand the American nuclear triad — nuclear laden bombers, submarines and Intercontinental ballistic missiles. He does, however, comprehend and is at the center of the right-wing propaganda triad — “conservative” talk radio of Rush Limbaugh and his ilk, the massive pull of Fox News (lots of money to be made in firing up the fears and biases of the White underclass) and perhaps the current greatest organ of disinformation and hate-mongering — Facebook.

More than 70% of Americans use Facebook for their daily social networking with family and friends, and Facebook has exploited all that communication to gather tons of info on the likes, dislikes and psychological blind spots of its users. Moreover, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has worked closely with sponsors and conservative operatives in ways of designing Facebook’s architecture so that it will amplify their intended messages, messages aimed directly at the personal preferences of individual users via sophisticated algorithms that are built upon mountains of digested personal data.

Therefore it doesn’t matter if it is a sponsor selling toothpaste or one of Trump’s political operatives aiming for a user’s political hot button, they can repeatedly pound away until the subject unwittingly caves to their intensions.

And thus hiding behind freedom of speech, Facebook — under Zucherberg’s profit optimizing direction — rakes in piles of money from predatory capitalists and ruthless, lying politicians and their army of digitally savvy supporters.

As currently configured Facebook is a threat to truth and democracy, and yet millions find it a marvelous means for keeping up with friends and relatives. What to do, what to do?

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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