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Why Is Mark Zuckerberg in a Chinese Police Film Ad? (Video)

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Certainly there is plenty of misinformation, rumors and such on Twitter (and on the Internet) but people are (ideally) educated to think critically and discern truth from rumor (easier said than done, it is true).

Chinese authorities are clearly as intent as ever on restricting free expression and the flow of information. The recent, daring escape of dissident Chen Guangcheng from round-the-clock surveillance at his home in Shandong province has suggested that the authoritarian country’s security forces may not be as air-tight as thought. Now in New York, Chen has repeatedly said that he fears for his family’s safety. Chen’s brother, Chen Guangfu, is reportedly missing after fleeing to Beijing to seek help for his son, Chen Kegui, who faces an attempted murder charge after using knives when local officials broke into his house, the day after his uncle’s escape. Last week, Chen Guangu described how he had been tied to a chair and beaten for three days to reveal how his brother had escaped.

Clearly, discussing the information in the previous paragraph would result in your Weibo account quickly having zero points — if you could mention anything about Chen and his family at all.

 

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2:54PM PDT on May 30, 2012

Care2: Your "take action now" haven't been large enough to expand for the last several weeks for me to actually sign them anymore.

8:46PM PDT on May 29, 2012

Marianne C. said, "Dear Lord, what would happen to the internet in this country if people were not allowed to spread rumors, publish untrue information, attack others with personal insults or libelous comments, or promote cults and superstitions? Half the sites on the net would fold, and all the Fox News blogs would vanish. *snort*"

You say that like it's a bad thing. In all seriousness though, to outlaw lies is to authorize brainwashing and complete thought control over a population. Why is that so? Because when a government outlaws "lying", they lay the groundwork for defining what is true. Truth is subjective. When a micro-managing organization takes control of the truth, they limit the scope to their personal reality.

Think of religion. Consider what God thinks of lies. The purpose behind the law was well intentioned, but the potential for rulers to abuse that law is just to great to permit such a law to exist. As such, China: one of the biggest human rights violators in the world.

8:18PM PDT on May 29, 2012

It may be that Zuckerberg and wife just happened to be walking by, and his "smile" was the embarrassed reaction of discovering that he had just walked into a scene being filmed.

Clearly, we don't know what the real story is behind this, so it's irresponsible to jump to conclusions.

9:25AM PDT on May 29, 2012

What do you know? Two evils joining forces. Figures.

9:14AM PDT on May 29, 2012

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8:40AM PDT on May 29, 2012

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8:12AM PDT on May 29, 2012

As usual Kristina Chew has not bothered to research this video or ask further questions, but jumps to wild conclusions based on her own agenda. When I viewed this here my first question was, "did Zuckerberg know this happening?" The second question was, "has anyone asked him why he is in this commercial?" And my third question was, "why, if he endorses the police, is he doing it in such a vague way? Why isn't he doing it upfront in a strong and direct way?" Something about the size ratio of the Zuckerbergs to the police is not right also. After all, it's not like the Chinese police can't use random footage to their own advantage.

Well, a simple return to the origin of this video at Youtube shows me that the uploader left this message along with the video. "Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his then wife-to-be obviously had a stroll on a Shanghai street. Which was shanghaied into a Chinese police documentary @ 00:29. Totally random and unintended."

And what if Z did smile at the police? Isn't that just a normal friendly thing to do when tourists are visiting a foreign country? A friendly smile is not necessarily acceptance of a regime. Does it not occur to anyone that the Chinese police can twist such things to their advantage?

So, if doubts are cast on the meaning of Z's appearance in this video, why does Kristina Chew simply jump to the conclusion that the worst has to be true? Because she always does it, with all of her blog posts. She seems to like makin

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