Headline, September 19 2020/ ''' FACEBOOK'S ''!WOW!-STELLAR'' FAR-REACH '''




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FACEBOOK - !WOW! : IMMENSE POWER : '' IT'S A DECLARATION THAT FACEBOOK is assuming a level of power at once of state and beyond it, as a sovereign, self-regulating, superstate within which states themselves operate.''

That power is consolidated in the decision of its chief executive, who has voting control over the company. Here's how Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes described Mr. Zuckerberg's iron grip on the company in The Times last year:

Mark's influence is staggering, far beyond that of anyone else in the private sector or in government. He controls three core communication platforms:

.- Facebook

.- Instagram 

.- WhatsApp

That billions of people use everyday.

If Mr. Hughe's description feels hyperbolic, it may be because such a consolidation of power is actually hard to comprehend.

''I think we underestimate Facebook's power constantly,'' Siva Vaidhyanathan, a professor of media studies at the University of Virginia, told me. ''It's really hard for human beings to picture in their head the actual size and influence of the platform.

Something like one out of three people use the thing - it's like nothing we've encountered in human history. And I'm not sure Mark Zuckerberg is even willing to contemplate his influence. I'm not sure he'd ever sleep if he ever thought about how much power he has.''

One Thursday last, Facebook's chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, announced the company's ''New Steps to Protect the U.S.Elections.''

They include blocking new political ads in the week leading up to the Election Day and attaching labels to posts containing misinformation, specifically related to the coronavirus and posts from politicians declaring victory before all the results are counted.

One can - and many will - debate just how effective these measures will be at preventing election-night chaos during a pandemic. So far Facebook's, ''misleading post'' labels are vague to the point of causing additional confusion for voters. 

Similarly, block new political ads one week out from the vote ignores the vast amounts of  disinformation Americans are subjected to year after year. But what seems beyond debate is just deeply Facebook has woven itself into the fabric of democracy.

Reading Mr. Zuckerberg's election security blog post reminded me of a line from a seminal 2017 article by the journalist Max Read. Three years ago, Mr. Read was struck by a similar pledge from Mr. Zuckerberg's to ''ensure the integrity'' of the German elections.

The commitment was admirable he wrote, but also a tacit admission of Facebook's immense power. Facebook power is now self-perpetuating.

This week provided a great example. One Tuesday last, Facebook and other platforms revealed a covert operation run by Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency to sow division ahead of the presidential elections by setting up a network of fake user accounts and websites.

This time, though, the agency hired unwitting American freelance journalists to create the content. There's a grim circle-of-life quality to this news. Facebook's unprecedented growth and commandeering of the digital advertising market - alongside Google and others - helped accelerate the collapse of Journalism's broken business models.

The Honor and Serving of the Latest Global Research on Social Media, Future and The World, continues. The World Students Society thanks author, Editorial Observer Charlie Warzal for his opinion.

With respectful dedication to Mankind, Leaders, Grandparents, Parents, Students, Professors and Teachers of the world. See Ya all prepare and register for Great Global Elections on The World Students Society : wssciw.blogspot.com and Twitter - !E-WOW! - The Ecosystem 2011:

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