ANYONE who knows me knows that I used to joke about Facebook being THE DEVIL.
I joked that because I believed it encouraged stalking, lying, jealousy, narcissism and the like.
Don’t get me wrong, I know that Facebook is useful for people who want to keep in touch, raise awareness or distribute important information.
But, sometimes, I wonder if the bad outweighs the good.
When I was in Seattle visiting one of my oldest and dearest friends, we watched a documentary about how a certain political campaign, using a group called Cambridge Analytica, commandeered Facebook to target certain populations with false ads, confusion and other disinformation.
To sway them politically and influence voting.
The old scare the shit out of ’em, depress ’em, or piss ’em off strategy!
Sadly, it worked!
Quite a few folks fell prey because they believed what they read.
Hell, they made the ads look and sound convincing enough.
So, for instance, some ads were used to scare people to the polls and other ads were used to make people feel so discouraged and dismissed that they would opt not to vote—they weren’t even trying to get some of these folks to vote for someone else, they were, in fact, trying to get them not to vote at all.
And this was all served up on a nice platter of Facebook!
Currently, the informed public is fully aware of this fuckery, as evidenced by this testimony.
But for those who still need a bit more convincing, check out this article which details the whole evil plot.
Which brings me to my original point…
Who enjoys engaging in evil plots?
Wait for it…
Now, far be it from me to give you a problem without offering a solution.
That would be RUDE!
Here’s the solution to “turn off” political ads on Facebook.
Just click past any pop-up windows in the article.
Frankly, there’s no reason to believe that they won’t start the same shit again this election year.
So, I urge you to turn these ads off for YOUR peace and for the goodness of us all!
We can’t take another four years of this INSANITY!