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1:46 pm, October 18th, 2018 - 13 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, censorship, colonialism, facebook, International, liberalism, Media, Politics - Tags: censorship, free speech
So I think we know the story. Across various monopolistic platforms, content is getting scrubbed for no clear reason. Better than that, it seems there’s some coordination being entered into, so that at the same time facebook content disappears, the same related twitter content disappears.
The Weekly Standard has been assigned as one of five “guardians” of facebook content. That should be cause for sitting up and taking notice. But aside from Snopes, which is no use for anything beyond finding some pointless truthiness about tittle tattle, the other appointed censors also have a decidedly right wing bent that lends itself rather nicely to promoting given political and ideological agendas.
And the reasons for content and pages being blocked and taken down are opaque and nebulous, relying on such notions as “inauthentic content” and “fomenting discord” (God forbid that politics ever fomented discord!) There’s no system of appeal. And, importantly, there’s often nowhere else to go for people and the information or news they have.
These platforms are essentially monopolies. If you are a Palestinian in Gaza who gets news and information via facebook (as a huge percentage do) and facebook wipes out Palestinian content at the behest of the Israeli government (which it does in over 90% of cases), then it becomes well nigh impossible to keep yourself informed.
Here’s a headline purportedly from the New York Times (Oct 11) “Americans are using the Russian playbook to spread disinformation and Facebook plans to cull hundreds of pages and fake accounts”.
I’ve used the word “purportedly” because the link I gave you either contains false information, or the New York Times changed its headline to “Facebook tackles rising threat: Americans aping Russian schemes to deceive” . Whatever, the article makes interesting reading because it would appear that aside from “acting like a
Greek Russian” (whatever that means) now being a reason for suspicion, “consensus” and not “discord” is the problem –
“These networks are trying to manipulate people by manufacturing consensus — that’s crossing the line over free speech,” said Ryan Fox, a co-founder of New Knowledge, a firm that tracks disinformation.
Because mainstream liberal media would never copy one another, echo one another, or present a false consensus. Weapons of Mass Destruction? Never happened. Play pass the parcel with whatever latest meme is to gain credibility? Unthinkable.
As reported by The Canary, the following five minute video presented by George Monbiot is one of the latest pieces of information killed by facebook. It was originally published by Double Down News (obviously on their facebook page with the aim of generating views and traffic – y’know, using facebook for what facebook is for). Anyway. Here it is. Just “because”.