"...do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."

"For the good of the Air Force, for the good of the armed services and for the good of our country, I urge you to reject convention and careerism..."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Maxwell AFB, April 21, 2008

"You will need to challenge conventional wisdom and call things like you see them to subordinates and superiors alike."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, United States Air Force Academy, March 4, 2011

Monday, March 14, 2016

Dante Ostiguy & Speech You Agree With

There is an elite club of people who do not like the free exchange of ideas or adult discussion.  They leverage Facebook's victim based business model to have users censored from discussion when they receive criticism or encounter a view they do not like.  The latest to join this club is a guy by the name of Dante Ostiguy.  Well, I'm assuming it was he who joined the club.  Facebook doesn't actually allow its banned users to know who their accusers are, so one has to assume.  Fortunately, at least for now, it does allow the censored to see the terrible remark reported, so that they may dwell in the guilt of their actions and torment themselves through the period of their banning, after the Hurt Feelings Report is filed.  The offending remark:

Dante is an interesting cat.  He posts about free speech during private ventures, as he did prior to getting your humbled blogger banned, so the concept of speech a person finds disagreeable is something Dante has thought about.  His Facebook page is filled with such deep thinking about serious topics, so it really is no wonder why Facebook would want to do everything in its power to protect it from any criticism.  If Facebook were something more noble like a used car auto lot, rather than what it actually is which is some strange union of spamming and privacy denying surveillance, then Dante's page would be all clean and waxed and shining and parked right out front.  Dante's page is the pride of Facebook, and it must be protected at all costs.

Other members of Facebook's elite group of Protected Feelings include Tony Carr and of course the little tyrant of Purdy, WA.  Together, they stand ready to ensure that no idea or criticism that makes them Sad Panda escapes corporate censorship.

And Mark Zuckerberg is able to pull himself away from destroying the privacy of his customers to ensure that Facebook remains, in its own terms, a "safe place."  But of course it's anything but a safe place when users can choose to punish and silence others they disagree with, rather than simply defriend them and exit a voluntary conversation.  Facebook is anything but a safe place for speech or discourse or the exchange of ideas.

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