Monday, April 02, 2018

Facebook Vice President: "The End Justifies the Means"

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Facebook Vice President Andrew Bosworth wrote in a memo... "anything that allows us to connect people...is de facto good."

This after the public learned that Cambridge Analytica had improperly harvested personal data from the social network's users---with Facebook's blessing.

Now Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says his inspiration to create Facebook came from the Bible.


The New York Times is reporting "Facebook employees were in an uproar on Friday over a leaked 2016 memo from a top executive defending the social network's growth at any cost---even if it caused deaths from a terrorist attack that was organized on the platform."

The Times says, "In the memo, Andrew Bosworth, a Facebook vice president wrote: 'Maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools. And still, we connect people. The ugly truth is that we believe in connecting people so deeply that anything used to connect more people more often is de facto good."

After BuzzFeed reported on the memo, both Zuckerberg and Bosworth have disavowed the memo.

But there are people who have read it. Many people.

Two Facebook employees told the Times that employees are calling for more transparency within the company regarding their 2.2 billion users worldwide. They spoke to the Times only after they were promised their names would not be revealed.

This comes in the wake of the story last week, which we wrote about here on Faith and Freedom Daily, that revealed that Facebook colluded with Cambridge Analytica who harvested at least 50 million names and personal information from Facebook.

The new dimension of the story last week, and over the weekend, is that the Trump organization bought the improperly harvested data to use in targeting voters during the presidential campaign.

The truth is that Trump's people did buy data from the company during the primaries, but didn't do so during the general election in November.

What is omitted from most all news reporting is that the improperly harvested information was originally gathered for Barack Obama who used it in both his primary and general election campaign.

But the importance of the story is not that either candidate bought the information, it's that Facebook allowed their users to be compromised and used in this way. And it's about how Facebook is responding.

Now this.

Bosworth has taken to Twitter saying he does not now agree with what he wrote earlier in the "memo." In fact, he is saying he didn't even agree with it at the time he wrote it. He says he was just trying to bring to the surface issues that he felt needed more discussion within the broader company.

Nobody believes that.

Walter Scott once said, "O, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive."

After employees began saying the memo had in fact been written because they read it, Bosworth deleted it from an internal message board where he had originally posted it.

Alec Muffett, a former engineer at Facebook, said after reading the memo from Bosworth, he knew he could no longer work for Facebook, so he resigned.

On March 27, CNN reported that Facebook stock had plunged 18%---$80 billion in value following this story becoming public.

As of March 27, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had personally lost about $14 billion.

Zuckerberg has agreed to testify before Congress.

In the meantime he is giving media interviews as quickly as he can move from TV studio to TV studio.

It was Niccolo Machiavelli in his book "The Prince" who first discussed the theory that the end justifies the means.

In the mind of the secular progressive the end---whatever it is---is so noble that the end always justifies the means; therefore cheating, misleading, deceiving outright lying is all OK if it is for a noble cause.

However, this Facebook fiasco has a spiritual dynamic as well.

Yesterday, Zuckerberg said the inspiration for the design of Facebook came from Psalm 139:1-4.

He says, "When I read Psalm 139:1-4 something just clicked. I saw a heavenly glow and heard the voices of angels, assuming angels sound like the hum of a billion servers and a heavenly glow looks like a backlit keyboard."

Zuckerberg says he first learned about the Bible from an evangelical roommate at Harvard.

Promising to read it, Zuckerberg was encouraged by his roommate to not start at the beginning of the Bible, but just start reading and "let the spirit move me," which Zuckerberg says "sounded like a shot of whisky, but later I learned it means something totally different."

He says, "When I opened the Bible and saw Psalm 134, I thought, 'wow, what a great business model.' I knew I wanted to build a company like that."

That is very hard to match up with the fact that Zuckerberg, while a student at Harvard, was hired by the Winklevoss twins and Divya Narendra to develop what they called the "Harvard Connection" based on the concepts of My Space. Under the guise of working for them, he stole and developed their concepts, breaking a legal contract with the twin brothers.

The result of Zuckerberg's work is Facebook---which he is now saying is based on Psalm 134.

He later made a financial settlement with the twins.

Psalm 134:1-4 reads,
You have searched me , Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.

CS Lewis wrote, "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive"

Saul Alinsky in his "Rules for Radicals" says, "The man of action views the issue of means and ends in pragmatic and strategic terms. He asks of ends only whether they are achievable and worth the cost; of means, only whether they will work."

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton (whom Alinsky tried to hire at one time) and many other secular progressives embrace Alinsky's rules and ideologies.

Alinsky admits that some of the Machiavellian tactics he advocates might seem unethical to some, but states that "in action, one does not always enjoy the luxury of a decision that is consistent both with one's individual conscience and the good of mankind."

It is true, the Lord knows each one of us---and He perceives our thoughts from afar, and discerns our going out and lying down and is familiar with all our ways. And yes, He does know completely what our tongue will say before it speaks.

The problem is that Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook are not God.

Perhaps he should have also read John 3:16 which presents a far more effective model.

Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Engaged. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful.


4 comments:

  1. So did the man read Psalm 139:1-4, thinking, "How wonderful it would be if the whole world knew everything about me, and that nothing would be hid!"?

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  2. This is sad and pathetic. People are using a myriad of scriptures to justify any number of ridiculous and inane ideas and points. This is especially true of the alt-religious left who distort, pervert, corrupt and mislead quoting (often misquoting) scriptures to illustrate their weird views. Zuckerberg must be floating around somewhere in the ozone to state that Psalm 134 is a "great business model." God does indeed know a word before it is on Zuckerberg's tongue...and He knows it's a lie!

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  3. Mat_13:11  He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

    1Ti_2:4  Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

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  4. Let's look under the hood...so to speak.

    God's word is essentially God's law. If we accept His gracious offer of Salvation in order to become one of "His people", called by "His name", then we have essentially exercised our free will option to commit to "LOVE HIM" above all else and to "OBEY" His commands. Jesus was clear "If you love me, you will obey my commands". (All scripture came from God..so all scripture came from the eternal Christ, through whom all was created and by whom all will be judged.

    So...when that judgment happens, it is clear that God will not just judge our "actions", but rather He will judge our "motives". Why,?.. Because if we comply with the law for sinful reasons, we have sinned even though “technically” we are in “compliance”! We don't get a "get out of jail free card" because what we did could be construed to be a good thing. In truth, we are all capable of 'construing', 'rationalizing', and/or 'justifying' almost any action by 'adjusting' the viewpoint until it looks like a "good" thing, when in truth it is simply and truthfully designed to satisfy our sinful desire(s).

    God never misses the motive! We can hide our motives from others, and even from ourselves...but NEVER can we hid our motives from God. What comes out of our "heart" is our desires, and those motives are either Godly and of the Spirit, or Sinful and of the flesh.

    Government makes laws and then judges the guilt or innocence of a prospective violation of law by examining the action. The motive might be evidence to tie the individual to the action, but the punishment is for the action...not the motive. Right?

    Well...it seems that in the last 20 years of so Government has begun to see themselves as God. Perhaps, there are some in this world that would like to replace God with government? Little by little they have taken the authority to punish for "motive', in addition to or even in the absence of action. Is not this referred to as 'political correctness'? Do we as individuals not often slip into the path of punishing others because of what we “think” their motives are? Doesn’t this all smell like smoke? Yes, because it comes from the pit of hell.

    Any idiot can complicate, but sometimes it takes a genius to simplify.

    There is clarity in truth.

    Truth is indeed a lonely warrior...

    G>T>

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