You know about the on-going debate about whether Russian bots – some using Facebook – made a difference in the outcome of the 2016 election.
My tendency, without discounting that there was Russian, Israeli or American dark money, is to hold the Democratic Party leadership mostly responsible.
They rigged the nomination of a terrible candidate.
A side-bar to the Russian bot theory is that Facebook should become a censor of what can bee seen on its site.
Some want to replace the first amendment with Jeff Zuckerberg.
I have received warnings on several occasions from Facebook about things I have posted that were neither sexual nor defaming.
The Russian bot thing is now thrown around as frequently as Trump yelling fake news.
Just the other day someone accused me of being a Russian bot because I reported on a resolution voted out of the Democratic Socialists of America which declared that if Bernie wasn’t the Democratic Party nominee then they wouldn’t support any other Democrat against Trump.
Which is why I bring up Gustav Courbet.
Courbet is a favorite painter of mine. I admire his great skill as a realist painter and as a revolutionary who participated in the Paris Commune of 1871.
After an eight-year legal battle full of twists and turns, Facebook agreed to settle a case with Frédéric Durand-Baïssas, a French kindergarten teacher who sued the company for suspending his account after he posted Gustave Courbet’s nude painting “L’Origine du monde” (“The Origin of the World,” 1866).
In 2017 The Guardian leaked a Facebook internal document which addressed how problematic it was deciding what speech (and art) was acceptable to Facebook.
What does all this have to do with Russian bots and the 2020 election?
I don’t know.
Except that if they rig the system like they did in 2016 and it gives the election to Trump then they can blame it all on the Russians again.