An article written by a mainstream press outlet was censored as “spam” by Facebook Wednesday night.
“So this is interesting…
@facebook took down my post of my reporting for the @nypost — I’ve received nine separate messages from readers telling me the same thing has happened to them. ‘sup @facebook ?” said Salena Zito, author of the piece.
So this is interesting…@facebook took down my post of my reporting for the @nypost — I’ve received nine separate messages from readers telling me the same thing has happened to them. ‘sup @facebook ?https://t.co/dCwG9HQiJI
— SalenaZito (@SalenaZito) August 23, 2018
The article published in the New York Post, which is politically right-of-center but mainstream, detailed how the white collar crimes of President Donald J. Trump associates Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort will not have an impact on support for the President.
Zito shared the following photo evidence of the censorship with The Daily Caller.
“We removed this post because it looks like spam and doesn’t follow our Community Standards,” said an automated message from Facebook.
The post was restored shortly after Facebook was contacted for comment on the situation. According to Zito, no explanation was provided for flagging the post in the first place.
“Update original post restored with no response to any of my questions,” Zito said on Twitter on Thursday morning.
Update original post restored with no response to any of my questions. https://t.co/47bHRblWUb
— SalenaZito (@SalenaZito) August 23, 2018
The embattled tech giant has been under scrutiny for censorship of conservatives for years, but the level of concern reached new heights when talk show host Alex Jones was banned from the platform recently. Jones was also banned from Apple, YouTube and Spotify.
Similarly, British free speech activist Tommy Robinson was banned from Instagram, and VICE Media co-founder Gavin McInnes was banned from Twitter.
Big League Politics contributor Laura Loomer was temporarily suspended from Facebook for publishing a video wherein she asked Sharia-Law compliant Congressional candidates simple questions about how they would serve certain constituencies given their religious disposition.
Twitter Posts Job Posting for Developing Paid Subscription Service; Will Platform Become Pay-to-Use?
Will it lead to the downfall of the platform?
Shares for Twitter’s stock surged more than 8% on Wednesday as the company posted an online job listing for a developer who would work on a new system designed as a pay-to-use platform.
The job listing advertises the opening for a project team termed “Gryphon.” The company describes the team as creating a “subscription platform” that “can be reused by other teams in the future.”
In a statement to CNN on the job listing, Twitter underplayed the announcement, stating that it was only a job listing, not a product announcement.
“We’re conducting this survey to assess the interest in a new, more enhanced version of Tweetdeck. We regularly conduct user research to gather feedback about people’s Twitter experience and to better inform our product investment decisions, and we’re exploring several ways to make Tweetdeck even more valuable for professionals.”
CEO Jack Dorsey has resisted shareholder demands to reorganize Twitter to prioritize profitability, most recently fending off a buyout attempt staged by oligarch Paul Singer challenging his leadership of the company. Dorsey kept his position of power over the company after reaching an agreement with profit-hungry shareholders, and the new development of paid subscription software could signal he intends to further satisfy them.
The company’s major investors will likely be pleased by any sign the company intends to convert its service into a pay-to-use model, evolving away from the tradition business model of micro-targeted ads towards its user base. However, a change to a subscription model could prove to be a threat to Twitter’s appeal, especially when newer free speech platforms are gunning for the platform’s user base and the company caves to the demands of censorious liberal journalists in suspending a variety of public figures deemed inconvenient to the neoliberal societal model.
Ultimately, the greed and thirst for power of the privileged elites of Silicon Valley could possibly bring about an end to their era of domination over online political speech, heralding a renaissance of the internet.
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