Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg, owner of Facebook’s VIRTUAL CREMATORIUM

UPDATE: My facebook profile was restored, a couple of days later, without any explanation for its suspension. I have no idea what caused the suspension, or what caused its reappearance…

UPDATE in Greek: Μετά από διαμαρτυρίες φίλων, (αυτό εδώ το) άρθρο στο blog μου και αναφορά στο Electronic Frontier Foundation (τομέας καταπολέμησης της ιδιωτικής λογοκρισίας, http://onlinecensorship.org) το προφίλ μου στο facebook αποκαταστάθηκε την μεθεπόμενη ημέρα (28/2/2018), χωρίς να λάβω εξηγήσεις για την απο-ενεργοποίηση, η οποία (όσο διάρκεσε) προκάλεσε αναδρομική απόκρυψη ΟΛΩΝ των σχολίων μου (εδώ και 10 χρόνια) παντού στο facebook, χαλώντας και τον ειρμό πολλών συζητήσεων. Το EFF ίσως έκανε το διάβημα διαμαρτυρίας που μου είχε υποσχεθεί, αλλά αυτό δεν το ξέρω ακόμη. Ξέρω ότι το facebook σιωπά και σφυράει αδιάφορα…😎

  • Αν κάποτε χάσετε κι εσείς το προφίλ σας ή το χάσει φίλος/φίλη σας, ΜΗΝ πτοείστε. Μπείτε στο site που σας έδωσα και κατεβάστε καντήλια… με κόσμιο τρόπο, κατά του αμαρτωλού fb. Κάντε report και πολύ πιθανώς θα _βρείτε_ την άκρη. Ο ΕΠΙΜΕΝΩΝ ΝΙΚΑ.

Δεν αποκλείεται, πάντως (επειδή κι άλλα προφίλ έπεσαν και ξανα-ανέβηκαν άνευ εξηγήσεων) να επιχειρούνται… πρόβες «νέων όπλων» λογοκρισίας. Η διαγραφή ΟΛΩΝ των σχολίων κάποιου είναι δολοφονία χαρακτήρα. Στην παλιά ορολογία του διαδικτύου λεγόταν «cybercide« αλλά… (όταν δεν γινόταν από τον ίδιο τον χρήστη αλλά από αντιπάλους) ΔΕΝ περιλάμβανε αναδρομική εκμηδένιση όλων των προηγούμενων σχολίων, η οποία χωρίς μάντρωμα σε κλειστό μέσο (π.χ.το fb) δεν ήταν εφικτή, ενώ τώρα… Το Ξαναγράψιμο της Ιστορίας έγινε Τεχνικά Εφικτό!

Σημείωση: Το ίδιο συνέβη σε άλλες σελίδες και προφίλ, π.χ. δείτε το άρθρο «Το fb έριξε τη σελίδα Λέμε ΟΧΙ στη Χρυσή Αυγή» . (Το fb επαναδημοσίευσε αυτή τη σελίδα).


Mr. Zuckerberg,

My facebook account was suspended today without warning or explanation, not even a short e-mail to tell me why this happened. It was completely annihilated without trace, to be exact. I was also told on the phone by some friends that they received facebook messages misinforming them that I am «a spammer» and/or that I had «blocked» them, neither of which is true…

I’ve been a facebook member for more than 10 years, now (since 17/12/2007) during which time I have never caused the slightest problem to your so-called «community standards». I have also never posted anything labelled as «spam» (except one article which was blocked by mistake and I received facebook’s apologies for it, after it was unblocked).

Over a period of 10+ years, I have made countless f/b notifications of valid articles; I also spent countless hours contributing to facebook (in posts and discussions) highly original material, most of which was also intended to re-appear in a book! As of today, all this work was suddenly savagely annihilated, made inaccessible not only to the public, but also to me personally (despite a small number of pages saved on my hard disks). This is a huge, irreparable intellectual catastrophe, a barbaric cremation of human spirit…

Now, I do realize you are a very busy man, Mr. Zuckerberg. So, normally I would not address this letter to you personally; I would not entertain the hope (or illusion) that you would even bother to read this. However, I did some research about you first, which persuaded me that it is worth my time to address you personally, while also posting this letter on my main blog, so that it can be read by everyone else (at least potentially) and not disappear without trace in a Virtual Crematorium, which is facebooks sad reality today, so very much like a Black Hole, so many light years away from your pretentiously declared lofty public goals

As far as I am concerned, this open letter will remain visible forever (thanks to public archiving) even after I disappear from this earth, perhaps even after the global ghetto you have founded disappears, sinking steadily below its own, inherently dystopian Black Hole Horizon, where every human being today can get in, but nothing truly human can ever get out.. since there is nothing more truly human and worthy of political respect (despite its imperfections) than Public Dialogue, which is the foundation of any kind of democracy, ever since Ancient Athens!

Ah well, perhaps my dark depiction of your ambitious, over-successful (till now) facebook project surprises you, or even angers you, Mr. Zuckerberg. If so, this is quite understandable, since -to the best of my knowledge- you have never, ever realized (in your young life) the value of public discussions on the internet. Perhaps this is why you are actively trying to destroy the democracy of public dialogue, in so many ways: -By reducing it to private chat «between friends», by inventing countless ways of hiding it, blocking it, censoring it, or even destroying all traces of it (as if it never existed, just like what you did to my humble profile), and so on…

In fact, it is precisely this public aspect of human communication, which your global business destroys systematically, reducing all traces of it to privatised ashes, invisible to the rest of the Internet, as well as invisible to those banished or «blocked» from your gigantic global on-line ghetto.

Mr. Mark Zuckerberg, mark my words:

IF you have any conscience, any decency inside you (which I sincerely doubt), some day you wallow in shame, guilt and remorse, if and when you come to realize the preposterous, irreparable damage you have caused to this world:

Instead of putting aside profits for the sake of connecting everyone (as you claimed), you’ve been making money by disconnecting people (like me) from your Virtual World,  while keeping all spontaneous public self-expression securely locked inside your deceptively seductive gigantic Black Hole.

Anyway… I am not going to bore you (or your obedient employees) with more general grievances that may seem baffling (if not understood) or intimidating (if understood). Let’s get to the point, as regards my complaint:

Since my facebook account was unjustly (IMHO) extinguished or… cremated, I wish to know why this happened. And I can think of only two reasons (or excuses) for this to have happened:

[1] Either it was «punishment» for my recent loud protest against the unjust censorship of a harmless Political Satire page (Jo Di Graphics); nevertheless, a page which now has been restored, therefore such «punishment» was also proved unjust. (In this case, if you restore my 10-year-old facebook profile, Mr. Zuckerberg, I will apologize for calling facebook a «shit-hole», but only if and when you prove yourself worthy of such an apology…)

[2] Or else, it was an… Artificially Intelligent Algorithm‘s fault, misreading my most recent anti-fascist post as… the exact opposite, because of Artificially Idiotic Pattern Recognition, since my anti-fascist post used the picture of a fascist (nazi-bolshevic) flag for reference (from wikipedia).

Of course, if there is another reason for the cremation of my profile, I would like to know it, too!  Hm… I wonder -Would you also dare to tell the world about it (Your answer must only be public and any private answer will also be made public. I hope you understand why…)

Sincere Regards,

George Stathis (aka omadeon)

cremated profile URL:  https://www.facebook.com/george.omadeon/ (non-existent URL)

archive-copy: https://archive.is/SoHNX

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P.S. In any case, I sincerely hope my suspension was a mistake, so I end this post with a precise screen-shot of my facebook profile, a few seconds before… cremation (including my very last post) for reference:

omadeon_last_profile.png

 

 

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