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COLLUSION? Facebook, Twitter, Google (and more) Meet to "Discuss" Election "Meddling."
Wouldn't you know it, the most powerful people who control the internet are meeting today to discuss election 2018. Rumor is M.Night Shyamalan is working to acquire the movie rights. We're not sure who's going to play Zuckerberg, but my money's on Andy Serkis. That man can bring anything to life.
From BuzzFeed News:
Representatives from a host of the biggest US tech companies, including Facebook and Twitter, have scheduled a private meeting for Friday to share their tactics in preparation for the 2018 midterm elections.
Don't be paranoid, though. They're totally meeting to prevent foreign interference in the election. Not as a way to silence your voice ahead of the midterms. Completely unrelated: Facebook Assigns Trust Ratings to Users. But It's a Double Secret Trust Rating.
Last week, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, invited employees from a dozen companies, including Google, Microsoft, and Snapchat, to gather at Twitter’s headquarters in downtown San Francisco, according to an email obtained by BuzzFeed News.
Did I say M. Night Shamylan was acquiring the film rights for this tete-e-tete? My bad. I meant Francis Ford Coppola. The Godfather 4: Social Offers You Can't Refuse.
“As I’ve mentioned to several of you over the last few weeks, we have been looking to schedule a follow-on discussion to our industry conversation about information operations, election protection, and the work we are all doing to tackle these challenges,” Gleicher wrote.
What, pray tell, are the "challenges" the Internet's version of the gods of Olympus are hoping tackle? Yes, the official word is these titans are looking to prevent foreign agents, like the ruskies, from buying ad space, or swamping the social media platforms with bots. While not giving us an edit button on Twitter.
If preventing foreign powers from messing with our election was all these companies were concerned with, fine. But with recent news events on how these same platforms are seemingly working together to ban voices they find "hateful," pardon me for being paranoid. But is it paranoia with all this? Check out these related stories:
- Facebook Removes Infowars Page for Violating Community Standards
- US Senator Says There Should be 'Consequences' for People Like Alex Jones
- VIDEO: Nigel Farage Grills Mark Zuckerberg Over Facebook’s “Politically Neutral” Platform
- Facebook Releases Two-Question Fake News Survey. It’s BAD.
- Facebook Launches 'Hate Speech' Checker
And now for something completely satisfying: