We’ve Mistaken Facebook For What Is Not | Hacker Noon

June 17th 2020

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Ignore the issues around data privacy or its security, we’ve mistaken Facebook for what it isn’t.

First, by giving you the ability to interact with the people of your choice, paying no mind to the country you come from or the god you worship.

Second, by freeing you from the monolithic-oppressive misguides, you obtain from local churches, local mosques, local schools or local communities.

And by offering you globally curated education that is fair, even with your right to make informed choices.

Yet with such potential on Zuck’s hands, Facebook is yet to lift people out of the problems they experience under corrupt politicians and totalitarian leadership across the globe.

I hear the fearful voice of building walls and slowing immigration — Mark Zuckerberg

First and foremost, understand that authorities from state to state, despite everything done to decentralize their power, they still exercise a very large control on citizens without first considering what people think is best for themselves.

Though a world without a centralized power seems almost unreal–too perfect.

But the determined Mark Zuckerberg believes it is achievable, even with the politics of the world kicks against his idea.

The hatred for Mark Zuckerberg’s company began long before Facebook even grew this big.

Check his record from Facemash, 2003, you’ll realize it has been long people around the world regard, Zuck, a tyrant assuming total control of nearly everyone’s life, using Facebook as the tool to capture people’s secrets.

And soon after the scandal came public, the actual war to put Facebook out of business breaks out.

Immediately, many users left Facebook, while some could only vex but couldn’t quit. The U.S government tried tearing the company apart. Facebook’s stock even tanked. Mr Zuckerberg, for the first time in his life, faced Congress.

Do you wonder why Facebook still operates today, with billions of people using its services day by day, after all the mess that occurred?

Yes, I wonder too, but whatever the reason might be, one thing is clear, and that is, although Facebook seems to have won the battle, Facebook came out really weak.

Which is why I’m bringing you to the awareness of what a great opportunity and beautiful chance Facebook is to every one of us, what a heavy loss it would be if we drop Facebook, why we ought to solve Facebook’s problem together and how we can help Mark achieve his dream?

And only if people trust what he does, can we speed up the movement.

It’s worth noting that the company is technically already about four years into the 10-year plan. And among those plans are, using solar-powered drones to beam internet access to Earth; building hardware that would boost internet connectivity in dense urban areas; and launching a satellite to help provide internet access in less developed countries like countries in Africa.

Libra is a permissioned blockchain digital currency proposed by Facebook. And the plan is for a new global payment system, making the unbanked banked, slow transfer faster.

Libra token is to be backed by financial assets such as a basket of currencies, and US Treasury securities in an attempt to avoid volatility.

Again, a world without a centralized power seems almost unreal–too perfect. But the determined CEO believes it is achievable, even with the politics of the world kicking against his idea.

Surely, it is a dream worth pursuing.

But in the midst of all these struggles, even if the politics of the world is keeping Facebook from achieving another level of decentralization and freedom for the masses, you don’t expect open web and privacy advocates sabotaging Mark Zuckerberg’s plan.

They all promise to give us back what Facebook couldn’t give us now — ABSOLUTE DATA OWNERSHIP, ABSOLUTE DATA PRIVACY, and ABSOLUTE DATA SECURITY.

But the biggest gist is none of them measures up to Facebook on any of those standards. Even for the fact they are many, should first tell you they are qualms.

Yes, unlike Facebook, decentralized social networks are not owned by any corporation, yet you can make a profile and post anything you want your friends to see.

Which means while Facebook is owned and operated by a single corporation that can capture your information, disturb you with ads and even shut down your social account whenever they want to, there is no company or government running these decentralized social networks.

But the fact is different from that. Yes, Mark Zuckerberg no longer has access to your secret information anymore, but can you protect your own server from being hacked by no-moral cybercriminals?

Even if you could protect your server by yourself (which I surely know you can’t), do you expect people to put up servers for themselves while knowing over three billion people are in extreme poverty?

Which indicates your social account is either as strong as Zuck’s account is. Or as weak as Zuck’s account is. No more. No less. Facebook really cares. Isn’t that equal treatment?

So, if we are truly concerned about getting a very open and decentralized world, we need to support Mark Zuckerberg in using his centralized social network to help us achieve a decentralized world.

I believe very strongly in trying to decentralize and put power in individuals’ hands — Mark Zuckerberg

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