The big tech platform is continuing its censorship campaign of conservative Facebook groups, and is displaying its bias clearly in its efforts to decrease the reach and engagement of conservative voices.
As Big League Politics has revealed repeatedly, Facebook is using the inaccurate articles shared by individual Facebook users within groups containing thousands of members to punish the reach, engagement, and membership status of these often conservative groups.
Now Facebook and its “independent fact checker” has displayed its bias by fact checking two different somewhat true instances differently. In one instance, Facebook rated a story as a “mixture” because it used a video from 2018 and suggested it was recorded in 2019.
In the other instance, Facebook rated a story as “false” because it used a 2018 video of pro-President Donald Trump demonstrations in the United Kingdom and suggested it was recorded in 2019.
The first instance showed news footage, while the second showed an outpouring of British citizens supporting President Trump. When referring to the news, Facebook offered a lenient “mixture” rating, but condemned the inaccurate news about President Trump as “false”.
As Big League Politics has reported previously, this system is rife with opportunities for abuse.
Most groups, including this journalist’s God Emperor Trump (Official) group, depend almost entirely on volunteer staffers. While it has always been the policy in God Emperor Trump: (Official) to remove calls to violence, speech using racial or religious slurs, imagery that may be considered a provocation to violence, as well as content that mainstream Americans may find acceptable but could violate the Facebook Community Standards, the volunteer staff now must become fact checkers who are experts on everything from geology to climate change to British politics.
This also creates the perfect opportunity for nefarious individuals to infiltrate groups they disagree with politically and post what Facebook considers “false news” to force the group to undergo collective punishment.
Republicans could employ this tactic against Democrats as easily as they could Republicans, however, Big League Politics has thus far been able to find a single example of a left-leaning Facebook group receiving these notifications.
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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