On the latest episode of Radio Sputnik’s Trendstorm talk show hosted by Andrew Korybko, FRN Editor-in-Chief Joaquin Flores was interviewed for his assessment of Facebook’s rapidly accelerating collapse, and explained how he and Fort Russ News plan on addressing the need for new, alternative networking media in the near future.
This is a must-listen for all readers interested in the dynamic outlook and future plans of Fort Russ News.
The collapse of Facebook, according to Flores, is bigger than the numbers presently show, as Facebook is hiding its real losses and lying to investors by maintaining hundreds of millions of fake accounts. This means that whatever usefulness Facebook might seem to have left for content-consumers, it is already a dead platform for independent content-producers like Flores and FRN, who are increasingly censored.
The comments in the same segment by Patrick Henningsen, Executive Editor of 21st Century Wire, were also pertinent and demand attention. Henningsen laid out his view of how Facebook is increasingly censoring the share of critical opinions and attempting to stomp-out uncontrollable trends through alien computer mechanisms. It is the users, who built up the platform, that lose in the end, in Henningsen’s diagnosis.
“This is turning the platform into an automated virtual reality where censorship is closing every door you can imagine,” 21st Century Wire’s editor remarked.
Radio Sputnik’s interview with Henningesen and Flores comes on the heels of Flores publicly announcing his departure from Facebook for the following reasons:
Flores has offered a personable, point-summary of his view on why Facebook is becoming the bane of continued independent media operations:
1.) Facebook is broken and it is highly censored. They have committed suicide in service to the deep-state.
2.) People are already leaving in droves, especially the youth, who are inspired by Flores’ work and ideas.
3.) Flores can’t reach whatever audience might remain uncensored by Facebook.
4.) The nature of networking relationships on Facebook and the insecurity of the platform make the informal sharing of innovative ideas prey to parasites who sell these over to large media institutions. These competitors and opponents are certain to run out of ideas as soon as the idea-creators turn away from the “easy-to-find-place” that is the Facebook intelligence-gathering and surveillance project.
5.) The decline of Facebook reflects positive developments, and should be taken as a good sign that Humanity has pushed back against the Corporate Technocrats.
FRN news chief editor bids farewell to friends and colleagues still on the rapidly shrinking Facebook platform, and encourages the collective building of new alternative media and networking platforms. Here is Flores’ statement in full:
“Make no mistake, this is an extremely positive development. That I am joining the countless millions that are now instantaneously leaving Facebook in droves, is a Triumph of the Human Spirit. The Deep State has, already in practice, committed some strange form of Seppuku, and apparently we are left to do the honor of finishing it off with a final chop to its head.
We’ve looked at the numbers, and also thought long and hard about the underlying philosophy of Facebook. Facebook gambled on a never-ending monopoly.
It cynically used the neuroscience relating to opiate and gambling addiction to develop a platform. This was revealed earlier in the year by one of Facebook’s creators, no doubt one of the team who designed Facebook only to have it legally hijacked by Zuckerberg manipulating the crooked court system.
It didn’t take long to realize that Zuckerburg’s doe-eyed perma-smile was the dangerous sign of a detached, trans-human sociopath at large.
The only trade off for us in using the platform was being able to reach hundreds of thousands of users through promoting the personalities of our project’s team members own profile pages, and through building Pages and Groups.
But Facebook’s increasingly draconian algorithms have made building, maintaining, and interacting with users on these, more or less a useless and irrelevant endeavor. FB’s peak utility was probably somewhere in 2014, even though down-throttling of our content had been well in effect even then.
We’ve had at least one of our past FRN news pages taken down for pure censorship reasons, as we cover the uncomfortable truths about the wars in Syria and Ukraine, losing somewhere around 120k followers. Realizing they were playing games with our rebuilt page with now only 20k, but with engagement around 0.05%, means that any actual manual time spent on the site is a > 99% waste of time.
Finally, I found myself revealing any number of gems to my consistent core of followers and friends, for the sole purpose of maintaining a direct line with people who have supported our work the most.
But among them were also thought-parasites, who continue to work with various large and state-run media institutions around the world, and have found themselves inspired by these gems but with no attribution given.
It’s just too easy for the thought-parasites to have one easy location to mine for insights, angles on the paradigm, and powerful meme magic. The effect this had on me was bizarre mixture of inspiration and demotivation.
On the one hand, it showed me that I was leading a discourse and that my ideas are cutting edge. On the other, it showed me that it’s better to develop and fully flesh out my ideas elsewhere, directly to our larger audiences – a Youtube channel with 100k subscribers and a large online news media presence with a strong Alexa rating better than 50k in English language/USA, and better than 10k in the UK.
In terms of networking, Facebook increasingly felt like ‘Linked In’, and not a place where I can mimic the power of radio and television. In truth, people with a message to deliver need it amplified. We aren’t here to have excessive 1 on 1 conversations. This is the opposite of effectiveness unless one is making a unique ask of a particular person.
Contacts with ‘major’ media institutions are increasingly irrelevant, as their own employment rolls are dominated by the least creative class. Their own models are decreasingly viewed and interacted with by content consumers.
Facebook has clamped down its algorithm to the extent that on my personal page with over 3,500 friends (3,300 of them who sought me out – I know I could have proactively added to hit the 5k limit) and 1,000+ followers, I’m nevertheless broadcasting concepts and ideas to roughly the same 27 people. Among them are folks who take the goods and hand it over to large institutions based on thought-parasitism.
The internet cannot be defeated, it must organically intertwine with diverse users, using decentralized node building concepts that mimic the physical structure of the internet itself.
Large media institutions will be the first to be hit, and the last to realize they’re too late to make a serious move and diversify their brand and outreach to content creators.
This has to do with how bureaucracies function, and what sorts of people are drawn to formalized employment settings in exchange for freedom and creativity.
All in all, these are positive developments, and it’s a sign that the human spirit will prevail in the end.”