- Jun 24 Tue 2014 22:12
- Jun 27 Tue 2017 22:58
- Jun 27 Tue 2017 22:47
Out of Facebook
Most of my friends in Taiwan and I have been in an upset or even terrible mood recently because many of our friends, some of whom were even Facebook group/community moderators, as well as I have got our Facebook accounts abruptly and permanently terminated by the Taiwan branch of Facebook (Facebook Taiwan) without any previous notification or even warning.
This is not only a matter of “rudeness”, but also a matter of suppression and even “slaughter”.
Facebook got its start in a small dormitory room at Harvard University, which is one of the best universities in the U.S.A. and even in the world. As everyone knows, The United States has long been regarded as a great democracy which boasts of the high degree of freedom, including freedom of speech, its citizens enjoy, and a model of democracy for the other nations.
But, to make people around the world puzzled, petrified and even enraged, the things and the ways in which Facebook has been doing in the past few weeks have been immensely undemocratic and rather have been the suppression and even “slaughter” of the freedom of speech.
The reason why Facebook Taiwan has been terminating accounts of users who are writing, spreading or discussing matters, news and pictures about anti-same sex marriage, anti-the Tsai (Ing-wen) administration and even pro-the “blue camp” (blue stands for the Nationalist Party, the so-called KMT, the former ruling political party in Taiwan) propagandas because Face book deems the activities are expressing or showing hatred and/or discrimination.
On the contrary, those who are pro-same-sex marriage and/or pro-the Tsai administration have not gotten their Facebook accounts terminated.
Hence, it is rumored and people are beginning to firmly believe that the so-called “green terror” (green stands for the People’s Progressive Party, the ruing political party in Taiwan) permeates every corner of Taiwan and they fear the “green persecution” has taken its threshold.
We all know that along with Mark Elliot Zuckerberg, the co-founder of Facebook, Facebook is a corporation that strongly supports same-sex-marriage. It states in its policy that Facebook does not allow speeches, pictures or propaganda that express or show hatred and/or discrimination. But, if anti-same-sex marriage and anti-the Tsai administration propagandas are expressing or showing hatred and discrimination, why are pro-same-sex marriage and pro-the Tsai administration propagandas NOT expressing or showing hatred and discrimination.
What Facebook has been doing is suppressing, persecuting and even slaughtering freedom of speech and it is showing to the world it is playing double standard!
As a matter of fact, Facebook is a corporation that harbors hatred and discrimination, and what it has been doing is a solid proof that it surely is one!
With more than two billion users, we don’t deny that Facebook is influential worldwide. In the very beginning, users who get their accounts terminated may feel unhappy or even outraged for they have been accustomed to the service of Facebook. But habits can be changed. More and more people are now turning to other services of the same or similar kind. If Google+ and other similar services seize this opportunity and make their services more user-friendly and versatile, the dominance Facebook has been enjoying in the past decade can be changed and replaced.
Probably, in an instant of an eye-blink.
Author: Franklin Wu
Franklin Wu is the chief counsel of a multinational high-tech conglomerate.