Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg just completed his second day of questioning before Senate and House Committees regarding Facebook's role in our society and issues related to the possible manipulation of our liberties under the Constitution. If you have a chance to listen to the interviews, I would encourage you to do so and share them with others. The interviews are chilling to say the last and are a prophetic picture of the technology nightmare coming our way. It is already here! These interviews have to be one of the most important and scary interviews in American history regarding the future of our Nation, Constitution and the loss of freedoms in our Nation, the Church and our world today.
What started out as an initially innocent social networking company, designed to help people stay in touch and share their lives with their family and friends, has seemingly turned into a sophisticated web of manipulation and control for profit and political gain. In today's hearing before a Congressional Committee, Mr. Zuckerberg allowed the public to get a measured glimpse of what is going on behind closed doors at Facebook. Today's hearing made it abundantly clear that Facebook is engaged in political activism and has been using the data from its almost 3 billion users in an attempt to shape reality, control free speech, brainwash its users, manipulate their thinking, influence people's buying and selling, attack the Christian Faith and even determine political outcomes. And all most of us wanted to do was to share our latest vacation pictures with the people we love and care about.
It may shock people to know that Facebook employs around 20,000 full time people who determine what content can be allowed on their site. Surely someone is looking at this post....and yours. Today's hearings in Washington demonstrate that those 20,000 employees are using the company's political and personal bias to control and manipulate the entire world for their own ends. Numerous cases were mentioned in the hearings in which Christians and individuals with more conservative opinions were "shut down" by Facebook because they were deemed "unsafe" to the Facebook community. Shockingly, at the same time, Facebook is allowing thousands of illegal pharmacies to use their platform to sell opioids to the public without a doctor's prescription, which is leading to the death of thousands. The level of hypocrisy going on in the Facebook organization is staggering. On the one hand Facebook will tell someone they find the Cross "too violent" to display, as in the case of a Catholic University here in the Midwest, but on the other hand they will take money from companies that promote and illegally distribute drugs to millions of hurting people in the current opioid crisis.
Perhaps what is saddest of all is the fact that virtually all the Facebook users are absolutely clueless as to what is happening to them and how their innocent use of this technology is literally changing the world for the worse. This is particularly true for our young people. If the adults don't see this going on, how can we expect our youth to see it? Truly our young people have become the greatest casualty to this subtle, but increasingly clear manipulation. With the technology currently available to Facebook they literally have the ability to shape and control this Nation's future. That is not an overstatement. Facebook is monitoring virtually everything we say and do and using that information to influence us on every level.
One of the most fascinating parts of yesterday's interview by the Senate came from Illinois Senator Dick Durbin when he asked Mr. Zuckerberg if he wanted people to know what hotel he had stayed at the night before the hearing. Mr. Zuckerberg was visibly shaken by the question and clearly did not want anybody knowing anything about his personal life, habits or decisions. Apparently Mr. Zuckerberg seems to have forgotten that he has become one of the wealthiest men in the world by making money from selling access to exactly such information about his users regarding everything they do, where they go, what they buy, what things they believe, what they read, who they voted for, where they went to school etc. etc. etc. Facebook is carefully tracking and using information about virtually everything a person does whenever they are online from the moment they wake up until they go to bed......and nobody seems to know it.
If all of this is NOT scary enough for us, the worst is yet to come. In an article posted today from the Washington Examiner, author Melissa Quinn share the following,
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg predicted Tuesday it will be five to 10 years before Facebook has technological tools in place to flag and remove hate speech from the platform before it is posted.
In other words, Facebook is developing systems with potential artificial intelligence that will make decisions about every post made in the world BEFORE it goes live. It will be edited and blocked by software that will "flag" something that looks "suspicious." If such technology is put into place, Facebook, will not need those 20,000 paid censors, they will use AI (artificial intelligence) to do it for them. In the same article from Melissa Quinn, Mr. Zuckerberg is quoted as saying the following regarding this issue,
"Some problems lend themselves more easily to AI solutions than others," Zuckerberg told Thune. "Hate speech is one of the hardest, because determining if something is hate speech is very linguistically nuanced. You need to understand what is a slur and whether something is hateful, not just in English, but a majority of people on Facebook use it in languages that are different across the world."
The essence of Mr. Zuckerberg's thinking is that "hate speech" is "nuanced" and hard to sort out. However, it appears that Facebook will figure it out for the rest of the world. Beliefs and statements like that are perhaps the clearest example of how Facebook will not only shape and control our Constitution and freedoms but will also become a major tool in allowing the rise of some sort of totalitarianism in the future.
As Christians we need to see that these issues are clearly prophetic in nature and hold a warning about the future. The Bible is very clear that such manipulation and control of people's lives is a hallmark of the coming Antichrist. You don't even have to own a Bible to see this coming our way. The Antichrist is coming to manipulate and control the lives of all who oppose his agenda. The technological infrastructure to do that is moving into place now. Perhaps it might help Mr. Zuckerberg to read Revelation 13:16-18 where it states,
He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no-one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666.
For many people today, a passage like the above is "crazy" at best, even in the Church world. And yet, you can see this sort of control mechanisms coming to pass before our eyes every time people log on to places like Facebook, Google, and Yahoo etc. and give them more information. One thing people seem to forget is the fact that evil always starts out subtle at first. It starts out sharing some wonderful news about the birth of a new grandchild with family and friends. Only later does it turn into shaping a Presidential election by blocking certain information from readers/voters or changing policies in Washington about the definition and meaning of "hate speech" that leads to the persecution of others, especially Christians. History is replete with nations being "blindsided" by such subtle movements toward evil and away from the Lord.
The purpose of an article like this is to wake people up. Long after Facebook has come and gone, the Lord and His everlasting purpose in the Lord Jesus Christ will continue. This is an article to share with everyone. How much longer such a post will be allowed on Facebook is anyone's guess. It is certainly possible that even this post will be removed as "unsafe." It is also possible that such posts will be restricted in their distribution to others on Facebook. Time will tell. YES, a nightmare is coming to the world, but the Good News is that the Lord has made a way of escape in the Finished Work of the Cross and Empty Tomb. All any of us can do in this hour is share God's love with everyone we can and leave the results to the Lord. May our Lord allow such sharing for His honor, glory and the advancement of His Kingdom.