Once again, we have a situation where the Africans are actually more civilized – and in this case, more democratic – than the West.
President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda president has blocked Facebook from operating in his country, just days after the social media company removed fake accounts linked to his government ahead of a hotly contested general election set to take place on Thursday.
Note that we have no idea or evidence that these were “fake accounts.” The government and people of Uganda have no evidence of that. Facebook just says it, and the Times prints it as though it is fact of the universe. It’s the same thing that happened during our elections.
Even if they are “fake accounts” – who is Facebook to decide that?
In a televised address late on Tuesday night, Mr. Museveni accused Facebook of “arrogance” and said he had instructed his government to close the platform, along with other social media outlets, although Facebook was the only one he named.
“That social channel you are talking about, if it is going to operate in Uganda, it should be used equitably by everybody who has to use it,” Mr. Museveni said. “We cannot tolerate this arrogance of anybody coming to decide for us who is good and who is bad,” he added.
The Times of course goes on to talk about how this is bad, because of blah blah blah human rights and patriarchy and so on.
But just think of it: Uganda is going to have a more free and fair election than the United States, because their government had the good sense to prevent a foreign, private company from censoring the people they don’t like.
Also: just try to imagine the arrogance of employees of Facebook saying “oh, well, of course we’re going to go ahead and rig the election in Uganda in the name of democracy and because of our values.”
This has all gotten truly wacky, and I think we’re going to see a movement across the world of people calling for these companies to be banned. What has happened with the internet is that across the planet, in basically every country, a handful of countries now control the entire media. This is absolutely no different than if Facebook, Twitter and Google had gone into every country on earth, bought up all of their newspapers and TV stations, and then started pushing their own political agenda on them.
Seriously, think about it: literally no different than that.
And this has all just been allowed to happen because most people didn’t really understand or think about the implications of the technology. Meanwhile, the people who did understand the implications knew exactly what they were doing, and they did this on purpose.