Friday, December 28, 2018

The world's peoples are increasingly speaking and listening through American communication, social media or social networking services - thus subjecting their speech to the draconian laws of these services

  1. This whole "Instagram Influencer" thing that's going on these days. These young girls who're trying to make a career for themselves by posting ever more controversial and/or nude photos of themselves on Facebook's Instagram service - do they realize that they've subconsciously censored and restricted their own speech and expression of thoughts so as to fit Instagram's rules? One "mistake" [which is a violation according to them, but they won't explain what exactly was the violation] and without warning they delete your entire account and all your investment is gone forever. Better to choose the self-censorship route and focus on one's career, isn't it? That's what's happening.
  2. I've written something similar in one paragraph of this post.
  3. Look what happens when one or a few private companies start to de facto dominate any particular industry or technology - like the total dominance of Ant Financial’s Alipay and Tencent’s WeChat Pay in China's mobile payments sector. Retailers have started to refuse cash and are asking to be paid using only mobile payments. This is not good. Chinese people are increasingly paying only through these mobile payments companies' services. The effective control of currency has come in the hands of these companies, which sit between the Chinese government/banks and the Chinese people. [link 1] [link 2]
  4. Instagram asks bullies, ‘Are you sure you want to say that?’ [link 1] [link 2]

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