[ExI] The Metaverse Is Big Brother in Disguise

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Thu Nov 11 19:17:46 UTC 2021

I see utterly no reason why government in any form has any business
sticking its hands into private business.  Insuring minority opinion is not
the job of government.  If people don't like it they can go elsewhere or
create their own company, and I assure you that if such a need arises,
competition will occur.

Good heavens, don't we have enough bureaucracy now without what you are
suggesting?  In a way this is a moral issue of fairness.  It has no place
in the world of business except in obvious cases of racism and so on.
Facebook has the right, it seems to me, to do anything it wants to - and it
should have that right.  People do NOT have the right to be heard.  People
in free countries do not have to be protected from propaganda.  That is the
function of the news media, who will criticize Facebook, our President or
whoever they want to.  It's a free press.

bill w

On Thu, Nov 11, 2021 at 12:11 PM BillK via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> On Thu, 11 Nov 2021 at 16:33, Adrian Tymes via extropy-chat
> <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
> >
> > The cases I am aware of where this happened went rather beyond mere
> "unpopular political movements".  For instance, claiming that all or most
> Mexican immigrants to the US are murderers and/or rapists is factually
> incorrect.  Claiming, without context, that the anti-coronavirus vaccines
> are more dangerous than coronavirus is likewise incorrect, and generally
> has the effect of causing people to get sicker (by encouraging people not
> to take the vaccine) to a high enough degree to cause significant problems
> for the rest of us.
> > _______________________________________________
> Arguing about specific cases is missing the point.
> There will always be contrary opinions.
> The millions of supporters of the previous president probably object
> to him being banned from Facebook and Twitter.
> The point is whether the Metaverse should be a public service or a
> state-controlled service (like in China) where people with bad social
> credit can be made into non-persons.
> (It makes no practical difference whether the Metaverse is controlled
> by a company that just happens to do what politicians or powerful
> people want them to do).
> If people are transferring more and more of their life into the
> Metaverse then legislation must change to ensure that there is legal
> protection for minority opinions. 'Banning' of lives from the Metaverse
> must involve laws being broken, trials and sentencing.
> Not just 'Somebody doesn't like what they're saying'.
> A totalitarian political system would of course ensure that the laws,
> trials, and sentencing were in line with government policy.
> BillK
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