Microsoft has installed a new news filter into its Edge mobile web browser, which provides users with uninvited assessments of the credibility of various news outlets. Predictably, the scoring of Microsoft’s filter is heavily biased towards establishment and legacy media outlets.
Microsoft’s filter, called “Newsguard,” assigns a “red,” or unreliable, scoring to several outlets that present a conservative or anti-establishment perspective. Some platforms it deems to be dangerous to Edge users include Breitbart, the Daily Mail and Drudge Report.
All of these platforms are widely popular and well read, with the Daily Mail being the third-highest circulating digital news outlet in the United Kingdom, and the Drudge Report serving as the most widely viewed news aggregator in the United States for at least a decade.
Wikileaks is also given a red scoring for supposed unreliability, despite never releasing inauthentic documents and serving as a neutral political accountability platform.
Ironically, some of the outlets given a “green” or credible scoring by Microsoft’s Edge filter have a track record of spreading some of the infamous fake news stories in recent memory. Buzzfeed was laughably assessed as credible- despite getting busted promoting a totally fake conspiracy theory about President Trump instructing Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about his plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.
Microsoft’s news filter extension- hoisted upon the browser without any input from users requesting its implementation- represents the latest attempt from big technology companies to control and siphon the political content viewed by its consumers. No longer do companies such as Microsoft seek to offer a service to people as their defining mission, instead opting to create an environment where their behavior can be controlled by small teams of centrally-located corporate authoritarians.
Leading neoconservatives and career establishment foreign policy operatives such as Deep State-linked former CIA Director Michael Hayden are said to have played a role in the design and implementation of Microsoft’s new news filter, according to a report by Breitbart’s Allum Bokhari.
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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