Heads of state meet with social media CEO over propaganda opportunities

German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with Facebook Nation president Mark Zuckerberg to request that Facebook Nation censor certain kinds of speech on social media:

Speaking to the European leader at a luncheon, Zuckerberg was heard saying ‘we need to do some work’ in reference to the German push against racist and xenophobic posts on the Internet.

‘Are you working on this?’ Merkel, who has seen an increase in violence against immigrants in her country during a massive intake of Syrian refugees, pressed again.

Zuckerberg replied, ‘yeah’,….

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Because social media has become the world’s most influential platform for propaganda dissemination, heads of state are negotiating with social media CEOs. As Peter Sunde observes, this suggests social media platforms have become de facto nation states. More here.