Another Interesting 2020 Moment: User Reaction to Facebook

September 16, 2020

After years of letting online services operate like independent countries, a handful of the faithful have taken action. If the information in “Kim Kardashian to Freeze Facebook, Instagram Accounts in #StopHateForProfit Effort” is accurate, luminaries are using their orbital power to cause change. Elected officials lack the hands on experience with digital power houses that high profile cultural icons do. The write up reports:

Kim Kardashian West announced that she will join two dozen celebrities in temporarily freezing their Instagram and Facebook accounts on Wednesday because the platforms “continue to allow the spreading of hate, propaganda and misinformation — created by groups to sow division and split America apart.”

What is interesting is that governments have shown less initiative than made-for-social-media stars. DarkCyber is intrigued that individuals closely associated with Facebook usage are demonstrating a behavior that appears to be “adulting.”

Unregulated, cowboy operations are spinning money. Corporate actions have motivated celebrities to organize and behave — for at least a day — in a way that calls attention to behaviors these individuals find reprehensible.

In 2020, a year of surprises and challenges, Kim Kardashian West-type individuals appear to be manifesting more moxie, purpose, and understanding than most elected officials, Silicon Valley go getters, and churn-centric Wall Street professionals.

DarkCyber is indeed surprised.

Facebook’s management is likely to greet the user response and 24 hour pushback with a bold, “Meh.”

Stephen E Arnold, September 16, 2020

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