December 16, 2016
This is probably the worst imaginable policy of censorship.
I can’t really think of a more aggressive way to push the official narrative, and to silence those who think differently.
Facebook has announced its plan to tackle fake news by harnessing fact checking and, potentially, making disputed stories appear lower in users’ News Feeds.
“We believe in giving people a voice and that we cannot become arbiters of truth ourselves, so we’re approaching this problem carefully,” said Adam Mosseri, Facebook’s VP of News Feed, in a blog post Thursday. “We’ve focused our efforts on the worst of the worst, on the clear hoaxes spread by spammers for their own gain, and on engaging both our community and third party organizations”
The issue of fake news on Facebook has been a hot topic for months, particularly during the recent U.S. presidential election. In one hoax article, for example, Pope Francis was falsely reported to have endorsed Donald Trump.
Yeah. They just keep bringing up that one article, but then when you look at what they’re talking about censoring, it’s RT, Zero Hedge, Breitbart and The Daily Stormer.
The social network announced Thursday that it will make it easier for users to report fake news when they see it, which they can do by clicking the upper right hand corner of a post. If enough people report a story as fake, Facebook will pass it to third-party fact-checking organizations that are part of the nonprofit Poynter Institute’s International Fact-Checking Network.
Five fact-checking and news organizations are working with the company on this: ABC News, The Associated Press, FactCheck.org, Politifact and Snopes. Facebook says this group is likely to expand.
ABC and AP are themselves fake news, while the other three are extremely liberal/Jewish organizations.
This has nothing to do with “fake news,” in the sense of actual fake stories – which were not really ever an issue to begin with. This is about pushing a narrative.
In his blog post, Mosseri explained that if the fact-checking organizations identify a story as a fake, it will get flagged as disputed and there will be a link to a corresponding article explaining why. Stories that have been disputed may also appear lower in the News Feed, he added. While users will still be able to share these stories, they will receive a warning that the story has been disputed.
A warning from the news police!
Facebook, like Twitter, needs to die.
These controlled social media outlets need to be replaced.
Whereas gab.ai may be a replacement for Twitter, Russia’s VK is a viable replacement for Facebook. In fact, I might have to open my own VK profile to encourage people to move there. It’s the best option overall for social media, because they aren’t censoring or pushing a political agenda.