In light of the news reports that came out yesterday, I'm at least giving thought to giving up my Facebook. I would dearly miss keeping up with my FB family and friends, surely. And, yes, I would miss having an outlet for my writing. But, this morning, after reading all those former FB staffers revealing how they censored conservative viewpoints in their news feeds, and promoted the liberal ones, I have to feel a little bit of guilt for aiding and abetting a company that censors the news.
Sadly, America is awash in liberals demanding "safe space" from any social or political view that might challenge the facts, and put their liberal viewpoints in peril. We see it on college campuses, where students are demanding the removal of our more conservative founders, Presidents, and even artists who might tack toward a conservative viewpoint. We already see the mainstream media tilt their news coverage toward the liberal political philosophy. (When was the last time you saw the mainstream media report on Hillary's email scandal? Or reported on illegal crime? Or even presented an alternative viewpoint on urban Black crime?)
Facebook says they are not a media outlet...that they are just a site where folks can get together and share their lives. That assert that they are not a media outlet so have no responsibility to "report objectively". Pardon me, but that seems to be a grand cop out...when you surrender the "non-personal algorhythems" that determine what news feeds one should see, and voluntarily delete news feeds that promote a conservative viewpoint, you are censoring the news. As stated, we are already seeing enough of that....in our media, on our college campuses, and, yes, even with our government masters who routinely suppress any truth that might make them look bad.
We Facebook users already have the tools to filter out what we consider ridiculous, what we don't want to read or see....so we don't need FB to make that choice for us.
So, Facebook, for me these days, is like the favored girlfriend, that you caught picking her nose, or beating a dog, or being a bit less fastidious with her bathing habits. I'm starting to look around, beginning to flirt with other sites that remain objective, that allow me to make my own decisions about what I wish to read.
So, if some day, my friends don't see my name listed over there on the right, you'll understand why. I need no "safe spaces" in my life.
Sad. Damned Sad.