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Facebook’s Decision about the Holocaust

The vast majority of people, including your humble blogger, have never done any serious research on the Holocaust. In this case, our main reason to believe it happened is that, in most relatively-free countries, anybody who had the opposite opinion has been free to defend it and that, obviously, it did not survive the shock of free debates. For the same reason, most of us non-physicists believe in quantum entanglement. What will be the consequence of the legal bans on...

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Ninos Malek on the Ins and Outs of Free Speech

Ninos P. Malek is a Lecturer in the Economics department at San Jose State University and a Professor of Economics at De Anza College in Cupertino, California. He earned his Ph.D. at George Mason University. He sent the following to me and gave me permission to run it. Some conservatives, notably Tucker Carlson and Dennis Prager, complain that big “tech monopolies” are squashing conservative ideas. They claim that Google, Facebook, and Twitter are enemies of free...

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Fun on Friday: My Love-Hate Relationship With Social Media

I have a love-hate relationship with social media.On the one hand, I now have a number of really close friends that I would have never met without Facebook. I’m talking people I connected with on the social media platform and now hang out with in real life. It’s pretty amazing to be able to interact with like-minded people across the US, and even around the world.On the other hand, social media is a daily reminder that there are millions of people out there that I don’t want to know. Not...

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The Problem of France

The explanation may look too simple, but it is very likely the correct one. The problem of France is not wine, literature, or the sensuality of the whole country. The problem was illustrated by a French government minister a couple of days ago. Alexis de Tocqueville and other observers already pinpointed the problem as it sailed unchanged from the Ancient Regime through the democratic governments that followed the devastating revolution of 1789. The problem is the...

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What can go wrong with Bitcoin, Libra and other cryptocurrencies?

with Leonidas Zelmanovitz A monumental struggle between government and market (that is, between the government and the people) could take place. Who would win? For investors, what can wrong with cryptocurrencies? In regular times, not much. First, the brokerage of crypto-assets is something new, and a body of self-regulating norms has not evolved yet. Proper protection mechanisms may be lacking also because these brokerage houses are not regulated (although that may...

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Fun on Friday: Forget Area 51; Storm the Fed!

So, are you planning on storming Area 51 this fall?You know, this is a thing, right?There’s a Facebook page and everything. And you know, if there’s a Facebook event page, it’s a real thing. So far, 1.7 million people have indicated they are going to the event on Sept. 20, and more than 1.3 million more are “interested” in seeing “them aliens.”Here’s how it’s going to go down, according to the event page.We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our...

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Hazlett on Facebook and Privacy

While Congress has been holding hearings, poking tech execs, and dancing the legislative Fandango, the marketplace has imposed actual sanctions. Between the time Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal was revealed, March of last year, and March of this year, shareholders lost more than $61.6 billion adjusted for overall market (NASDAQ) fluctuations. In contrast, Sen. Wyden’s 4 percent fine—even if applied to global sales, and instantly—would whack just $2.2 billion...

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Facebook Got Caught Phishing for Friends

“The company cannot be left to its own devices, and existing enforcement authorities haven’t done enough.” By Bennett Cyphers and Jason Kelley, Electronic Frontier Foundation: Once again, Facebook is in the news for bad security practices, dark design patterns, and secretly reappropriating sensitive data meant for “authentication” to its own ends. Incredibly, this time, the company managed to accomplish all three in one fell swoop. What happened? Last weekend, news broke that Facebook...

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When Are We Going to Tackle the For-Profit Monopolies Which Censored RussiaGate Skeptics?

The RussiaGate Narrative has been revealed as a Big Con (a.k.a. Nothing-Burger), but what’s dangerously real is the censorship that’s being carried out by the for-profit monopolies Facebook and Google on behalf of the status quo’s Big Con. This site got a taste of Facebook-Google-Big-Media’s Orwellian Authoritarian-Totalitarian censorship back in 2016 when a shadowy fake-news site called PropOrNot aggregated every major alt-media site that had published anything remotely...

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So If Half of Facebook Accounts Are Fake… What Is Facebook Worth?

How many accounts on Facebook are fake? Recent estimates of half could be low. Here’s an experiment: open a Facebook account with a name that cannot possibly be anyone else’s real name, for example, Johns XQR Citizenry. Solicit a few real people to friend you, start posting something original every day and see what happens. Eventually, your friends will inform you that “Johns XQR Citizenry” solicited them to friend him, even though they’re already friends with...

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