Vivek Ramaswamy said, “Those processes are really just a smokescreen to divert attention from accountability for a nefarious, coordinated censorship in the classical sense.
Former tech CEO Vivek Ramaswamy slammed Facebook for setting up a “widespread ploy to deceive the public”. blast report That the tech giant claims everyone is treated equally but actually allows celebrities and other elite users to break the rules of the platform.
NS wall street journal Reviewed documents that prove Facebook has privately “built a system that has taken actions against high-profile users” by using a program to avoid some or all of its rules on high-profile high-profile users. Users are given discounts. Ramaswamy, a biotech entrepreneur who has been a vocal opponent of Big Tech censorship, believes the damning report sheds light on even bigger issues.
Ramaswamy told Granthshala News Digital in an interview, “I think the gist of the story was the smoke screen dimension. The way they have created all the policies, procedures, boards of oversight, they are really just a ploy to deceive the public. ” .
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Ramaswamy, author of “Voc, Inc.”, feels there has been widespread “institutional dishonesty” from Facebook and its top executives after the WSJ’s report indicated that CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg were personally involved in much of the company. All content moderation decisions make.
Ramaswamy said the high-powered duo publicly claimed that Facebook has “some sort of generalized process that follows certain general rules and procedures, terms of service that have general procedures that govern it”. are,” but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
“These are not just human decisions, they are very human decisions over these organizations, confirming the worst of such fears that you really see the head of a corporatocracy exercising quasi-monarchical power that What can and cannot be discussed,” Ramaswamy said.
Ramaswamy further said, “Moreover, people in bed with their counterparts in the federal government can actually do through the back door what the federal government cannot do through the front door.” “What was partly revealed here was that it was really focused decision making in a way that didn’t follow any sort of process, but was actually deliberate censorship on a certain day with the CEOs. It was a matter of. The apex decided that they wanted to.”
Ramaswamy noted that the same authorities who have the power to decide what content is censored were the ones who were allegedly aware of Facebook’s photo-sharing app, Instagram, being detrimental to the self-esteem of teenage girls. maybe, which was the subject A second WSJ report. They think Facebook executives knew the threats “without really doing anything” to address them.
“Promoting all the time, how their products really help make the world a better place. So I think it’s hypocrisy,” Ramaswamy said.
“Voc, Inc.” The author added that allowing elite users to go farther than ordinary people is part of Facebook’s laundry list of problems, but what the tech giant found out about is even more alarming.
“In the guise of processes, under the guise of accountability from real human to processes, what we realize is that those processes were really just a sham,” Ramaswamy said. “What we learned in that reporting was that those processes are really just a smokescreen to remove accountability for a really nefarious, coordinated censorship in the classical sense.”
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Conservative strategist Chris Barron agrees and feels that “falsehood” allows for the censorship of conservatives by the company’s liberal leaders.
“It’s been clear for some time that Facebook picks and chooses when to enforce their ‘rules’ and against whom to apply them. None of this should come as a surprise to anyone who has taken to Facebook. have seen the treatment of conservatives,” Barron told Granthshala. News.
Barron said, “No one on the left has ever been held accountable for spreading misinformation and fraud and yet conservative news outlets such as Human Events – an outlet I have written for – have been demonized for the crime of being conservative. And has been single.” “Republicans in Congress should stop talking about Facebook and actually do something about Facebook.”
While Barron called on Republicans in Congress to step down, Ramaswamy thinks it could be a slippery slope.
He said, ‘I don’t trust the government. “I want to be careful about not replacing a two-headed monster with a one-headed monster. Right now, it’s a two-headed monster with big business and government. One-headed monster, big government, step that problem.” The way to solve it isn’t something I’m particularly excited about.”
Facebook spokesman Andy Stone took to Twitter to respond to the Journal’s story, first pointing to a 2018 blog post where Facebook defended itself against another significant report on its policing. That post acknowledges that Facebook “cross-checks” high-profile accounts like celebrities.
“As we said in 2018: ‘Cross-check’ simply means that certain content on certain pages or profiles is given a second layer of review to ensure that we have implemented our policies correctly is,” Stone wrote, citing an earlier post before making the claim. , “There are no two systems of justice; it is an attempt to avoid mistakes.”
“Ultimately, at the heart of this story is Facebook’s own analysis that we need to improve the program,” Stone said. “We know our enforcement is not perfect and that there are tradeoffs between speed and accuracy.”
The Facebook exec concluded, “The WSJ piece repeatedly cites Facebook’s own documents that actually indicate the need for changes already underway at the company. We have a new team, new resources, and an overhaul of the process.” Which is an existing work-stream on Facebook.”
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Ramaswamy’s book, “Voc, Inc.: Inside Corporate America’s Social Justice Scam,” is available now.
Granthshala Business’ Braque Dumas and Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.