Facebook Admits to Censoring Conservative Websites...
I mean, censoring conservatives on social media really shouldn't be shocking. Especially coming from Facebook, who actively works with other countries to censor what citizens can see (read "Zuckerberg Caugh on Live Mic Telling Merkel that Facebook Will Delete Anti-Islamic Migrant Posts" here).
But now, we've got the SJW leftists at Facebook on the record,
They were also told to select articles from a list of preferred media outlets that included sites like the New York Times, Time, Variety, and other traditional outlets. They would regularly avoid sites like World Star Hip Hop, The Blaze, and Breitbart, but were never explicitly told to suppress those outlets. They were also discouraged from mentioning Twitter by name in headlines and summaries, and instead asked to refer to social media in a broader context.
News curators also have the power to “deactivate” (or blacklist) a trending topic—a power that those we spoke to exercised on a daily basis. A topic was often blacklisted if it didn’t have at least three traditional news sources covering it, but otherwise the protocol was murky—meaning a curator could ostensibly blacklist a topic without a particularly good reason for doing so.
So now, whenever you hear your favorite conservative blog (like say, this one for example) talk about how their engagement and reach has suddenly taken a hit for no reason what so ever, you know why.
Listen, I understand that this is not a First Amendment issue. Facebook has the right to curate whatever they want. They have the right to boot whatever content they want. It's a business. Okay? Okay.
The problem here is that Facebook has been actively lying about their behind-the-scenes censorship practices. They've also courted clients and taken millions (possibly billions) of dollars from Conservative media entities in advertising, who were presented with the concept of an open, financially viable social media platform. The problem is with Facebook changing the rules based on ideology. Yes, this has happened to us quite a bit.
Now, full disclosure, I have a direct contact at Facebook to reach when these problems arise. Here's the issue.
A) They generally don't respond.
B) In THIS instance, Facebook was never able to tell me which post was the problem, NOR WHICH POLICY IT VIOLATED.
How can a partner know how to distribute content in the future if Facebook won't even tell them what the polices are, nor how the client in question violated them?
That's the problem, and it's by design. Facebook gets to hide behind ever-shifting guidelines (unethical-bordering-on-illegal), while claiming neutrality. The only difference is that now we know that this is not the case. We know that Facebook selectively censors voices based merely on opinion. They've lied about it.
That's the problem. But are you surprised? Modern leftists are fascists. It's the rule, not the exception. Yes, of course when it comes to freedom of speech. The progressive left believes in uniformity in all walks of life. Ideologically and yes, even economically. Case in point... Bernie Sanders.