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MORE CENSORSHIP: Facebook is Blocking Articles From ZeroHedge

The finance-focused website is the latest to be censored by Facebook.

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Facebook appears to be employing several of its well-known content filtration tactics to censor articles from the alternative media platform ZeroHedge.

The finance-based blog and news outlet published an article Monday revealing a trend of the social media behemoth nuking or censoring its content, most commonly by designating it to be spam.

Increasingly, giant Silicon Valley companies like Facebook and Google seek to minimize the spread of anti-establishment and populist political content through ‘shadow ban’ style techniques, as opposed to directly removing or banning it. The former allows the monopolies to deny responsibility for censorship, while shielding their liberal daddies from criticism or skepticism online.

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At least some ZeroHedge content appears to have been outright banned. It’s likely that the Silicon Valley behemoth has altered its algorithm to automatically detect and censor ZeroHedge articles without so much as even a report from an incensed and offended progressive. 

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Much of the content being banned and censored was posted in conservative groups, contrasting with Facebook’s notion of ZeroHedge content being unwanted spam.

Facebook is increasingly taking a direct and heavy-handed approach towards conservative and libertarian group pages, often reaching at straws to find an excuse to shamelessly ban pages with more than 10,000 members.

Last month, the viral meme page ‘God Emperor Trump’s Dank Meme Stash’ was purged from the platform under the dubious grounds of promoting ‘nudity.’

It also appears that Facebook was nuking links to content on the website ‘Minds-‘ thus directly censoring content from a competitor to the Silicon Valley monopoly. Minds bills itself as a decentralized alternative to big tech authoritarianism and censorship.

ZeroHedge was one of the first online media platforms to take Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy seriously in 2015 and remains a preferred outlet for cryptocurrency buffs and others interested in finance.

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YOUR NEW MASTER: Twitter’s Head of Conversational Safety, a “Young, Queer Asian-American Businesswoman,” is “Rethinking” the Concept of User Safety

Do you trust someone like her to make Twitter “a safer place”?

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The media company Protocol, a sister site of Politico, recently published an article about Twitter’s new “head of product for conversational safety,” Christine Su. It claims that Su, a “young, queer Asian-American businesswoman,” is revolutionizing what “user safety” on social media means.

Twitter hired Su around six months ago to be in charge of “what might be the most difficult task on Twitter,” despite having no apparent experience in politics, programming, and media relations. But Twitter seems to like her for her “creative” and “somewhat radical new ideas” about user safety.

“As a queer woman of color who is an Asian American in tech in rural America, that experience is a very intersectional one. I’ve had plenty of experiences moving through spaces where I wanted more safety,” Su said.

Protocol writes that Su’s vision incorporates “transformative and procedural justice.” Transformative justice ostensibly refers to a non-retributive form of repairing harm done to someone and preventing it from happening again; procedural justice to enacting a set of rules that “make harm rarer in the first place.”

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This all sounds nice and dandy—but beware. So-called transformative and procedural justice will not benefit you, but will crush you. Anything that’s perceived as “harmful” against “women and people from marginalized groups” can and will be used to censor you. Christine Su may reassuringly claim that “the point is not to make the entire world a safe space,” but she’s open about the fact that she will help give the Coalition of the Fringes more control over what people are allowed to do and say on Twitter.

Examples from the article:

  • Creating an audio hangout feature called “Spaces,” which will allow users to determine who is allowed to participate, as well as who can speak and when. (Note that it’s being tested on “women and marginalized groups of people” first.)
  • Potentially doubling down on functions that “encourage people to read content before reposting it.” (Which is exclusively done to censor or limit the reach of conservative and other right-wing content.)
  • Building tools that “create private pathways for apologies, forgiveness and deescalation.” (The finer details are still a work in progress according to Su.)
  • Defining what a “meaningful conversation” is. (Would people like Su think that anything right-wingers say or believe belongs in a “meaningful conversation”? Let’s just say I wouldn’t bet money on it…)

You know full well that a company like Facebook would shortly follow suit. After all, it’s not just Twitter that Su is “revolutionizing,” but the concept of social media itself. Figure out where all this is heading.

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