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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.

11:43AM PDT on May 29, 2012

Just why do you think he went out of his way to get in this pic? He's an idiot that want's attention and this is the only way he knows how to get it. He's a total loser in real life just check it out.

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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