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CLARITY – 4-11-18 Free…Sort Of


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-11-18


Free…Sort Of


What’s Happening:  “Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO of Facebook, faced off 44 Senators who grilled him yesterday in 5 hours for the selling of personal data by Cambridge Analytica. Although he often spoke agreeing on the need for proper regulation (even agreeing to submit a list of proposed regulations), his main response was that he was sorry that Facebook had been so slow and he promised to do better. Facebook’s “free” service is paid for by advertisers ( In responding to Senator Hatch’s question if Facebook would always be a free service, he said, ‘Senator, yes. There will always be a version of Facebook that is free. It is our mission to try to help connect everyone around the world and to bring the world closer together.’


Knee-Jerk Response:  “As long as I don’t have to start paying to show who I had lunch with…”


Biblical Response:  “According to Zuckerberg, probably not…though you might have to be willing to surrender information on your buying habits. As economist Milton Friedman popularized, ‘There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.’ That’s why Facebook is free. It might have been Zuckerberg’s youthful desire to ‘connect everyone’ that first motivated him as a student at Harvard, but now he has 2 billion users across the planet and algorithms that tell his advertisers their likely buying habits…and that’s worth a lot of money. Will their be abuse? In this world of hackers and AI (Artificial Intelligence)…of course. Will the public be safeguarded? If Zuckerberg wants his company to continue to exist. ”


“Christians? Hopefully, we are not so naive as to believe that Zuckerberg (or anyone) has only altruistic and pure motives (Rom. 3:23). We should be open to businesses making a reasonable profit (after all, competition in a free market economy usually takes care of that), but we also must realize that Milton Friedman was right (Gal. 6:7).”


Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give our Senators the persistence and wisdom to look out for our interests;  in Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent


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