Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter discussed on Red Eye Radio
As we talked tonight, a Facebook banning certain provident individuals from Facebook, and we're talking with Lou Perez. They head writer and executive producer of the webby award winning. We the internet TV and looking at this. I must confess that that my first reaction was I suppose rather American reaction will you if you don't like Ford's by Chevy, and then it occurred to me, of course, we love you don't like Facebook than pound sand mean, why isn't there a viable competitor to to Facebook or Instagram or Twitter, or whatever. Well, I mean, if anybody out there, and if your listeners one of, you know, you know, join forces and make us, you know, it was up or something like that. I'm totally down. I I'm I'm not sure I mean, I think what we might have, you know, maybe a little bit of a kind of a short memory, and that we don't remember, you know, things like my space, and how mice base, you know, was was the go-to for a social media for so long. And then Facebook came along. I'm not sure I mean, I I would I would imagine that it must be, you know, pretty extensive for startup to, you know, compete in this in this marketplace against, you know, all these these giant of each of these conglomerates, I know there was a there was a platform called mine mine's dot com. Am I n b s dot com? And I think I actually have a profile on there. But I haven't checked it out. I think I think I think like a lot of. People. I'm pretty lazy in that. Facebook is just therefore maybe Twitter is just air for me in my browser. But you know, if an alternative comes comes along. I know a lot of people are interested in this. Well, there's going to be certainly a market for it. Clearly, a there are a tremendous amount of usage on Facebook. And be a lot of satisfaction with the kinds of things that we're talking about tonight if anything ever screamed out, of course, you're going to have to have some money. But that's okay. There are lots of people out there with spare money. I don't know what to do with it. So I just I it struck me as as very odd that we haven't seen it. And I think back at a little over a century ago when there were a number of institutions which had come along in our national life, which had been very useful. But all of a sudden, it became clear to many people that they have become not only very useful. But extremely powerful. And that they were using that power to distort their rightful place in our society. This was the era of the trust. Busting the era of the steel trust and the sugar trust and the oil trust in the railroads and all the rest of that. And of course, we wound up with antitrust laws and things of that nature. I'm not sure in the digital age if Facebook and similar organizations are approaching that. But there's no doubt about the fact that the power in the hands of Mark Zuckerberg is considerable and at the very least what I just talked about is worthy of discussion. Certainly. Yeah. I know a lot of people are having having that talk, Brendan O'Neill who is the editor of for spike magazine, which is a a British magazine, kind of a a left libertarian Maga's often talked about that about the idea of regulating, you know, something like Facebook and YouTube as if it was a public square, you know, sort of under the same jurisdiction as a as a as a public square would be, you know, I don't know too much about antitrust law or how that works. But I mean, if you know just looking at it from, you know, from the point of view of Mark Zuckerberg, we're trying to at least for this moment. I mean, the one thing about, you know, being regulated and regulating, this particular thing is that. Well, you know, it makes it a lot harder for competitors to get over those. Initial hurdles and start something new up. If you know, if if they're all these requirements, as I'm sure they'll be all these requirements as far as you know, bandwith, and and all these number of things that you have to check off your list in order to be deemed adequate, and you know, being fulfilling a platform a lot of the little guys are just not going to be able to compete with that. And. Yeah. And ultimately to just just one last thing of that. I don't know if anybody out there saw the congressional hearings where there were members of of Twitter and Google and Facebook there, and they were being asked these questions from you know, from from sitting representatives who had no idea what Facebook was or Google. That was one of the more interesting such hearings of us confess. And so just the idea that those people would be responsible for crafting legislation. I mean, it's it's I don't I don't know if that's the route. We wanna go down. Yeah. I recall some years ago when Senator Strom Thurmond was on a committee. It was in his is later years when he was shall we say, not as sharp as he wants it been and to one particular witness who was hard to hear at least for the Senator he urged them to lean forward and talk into the machine. So yes, I I see what you're talking about. Let me hasten to it. I am not one of those people who says there's a problem here. Let's turn to government right off the bat. I do not believe that the department of motor vehicles is the answer to every single problem we have. But I am of the viewpoint that some problems may as a last resort need to at least consider government intervention, and frankly lacking such competition lacking people who have jumped in and provided an altar. Turn it. If I'm thinking about it. Now, I'm just one person. But the thought has occurred to me, I don't see Mark Zuckerberg changing for the simple reason. Why should he he's a moldy kazillionaire and other than a than a painful hearing? Nobody's really doing anything about him. So if he he wants to the wave his magic wand and and play God, why not? Yeah. We we we actually premiered the documentary five reasons why we need hate speech last week in New York City, and we had a panel discussion and Acuna and one of the one of the audience members who participated in Acuna put forth, you know, just sort of sort of give some context to it. And you know, Mark Zuckerberg, not only is he dealing with users of Facebook who are upset with him. But he's also dealing with you know, sponsors who are upset with him. And he's also dealing with the government which is upset with him. You know, with you know, the whole Russian box thing and ads fake news and all that stuff. So, you know, the the the guy is is while, you know, obviously, he's he's loaded. The guy's got so much money the platform and the importance of that platform plays in the culture at large. As well. As you know, you know, just the citizen of the, you know, the importance that it is for the citizens right now, the guys dealing with a lot of stuff, and I don't know if I'd be able to juggle all of that. Yeah. What? Eight six six five O, JIMBO and more calls to come Lou Perez, head writer and executive producer of we the internet TV. And we're looking at the moves by Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg speaks from the corporate headquarters located somewhere near Mount Olympus. We'll be back.