The sole purpose of social media is to serve as a frictionless platform for the spread of propaganda, in order to sell eyeballs to advertisers.
Facebook CEO did, in fact, intercede in FB’s teams decisions regarding acceptable speech on Facebook. Now we get government censorship via proxy – and let billionaires decide what we are allowed to read, see or hear.
Al Jazeera runs a column by a professor of philosophy who says capitalism is a failure and that only government can deliver the “innovation” necessary to deliver vaccines for Covid-19. Al Jazeera fails to note his background as an avid socialist member of groups opposed to the “neoliberal capitalist model”. Failing to disclose this background context turns this into a propaganda piece versus not legitimate analysis of issues.
The large social media companies have demonstrated they have more power than government, government leaders and government agencies. At what point does this get treated by a government as a declaration of war, and get a corresponding response?
Globally, all FB users are now banned from sharing or viewing Australian originated news articles; all Australian news publishers are prohibited from sharing their own content on their own FB pages. UPDATE: Facebook has even cut off official Australian government pages on health, police services and wildfire issues.
Hey, who would have thought that social media influencers are phony? Most of them are faking a persona to act as cheap sales people for corporate product placement ads.
Under new Google rules for Android apps in the Google Play store, only government approved speech about Covid-19 will be permitted. This is traditionally known as censorship. This goes in hand with the next item, where Facebook announced similar rules, prohibiting speech not fully in line with officially approved government speech about Covid-19.
Facebook, Twitter and so on, will come under regulatory scrutiny this year, may lose their Section 230 protections, plus privacy protections embedded in the os (like iOS) may limit information gathering by social media apps, just as consumers may also be losing their interest in social media.
Some police appear to be playing music when someone video records their activities so that those videos get flagged on social media and taken off line: BHPD’s recent behavior suggests that at least some cops believe they can prevent themselves from being filmed or livestreamed by playing copyrighted music, which would have serious implications for more serious incidents of police misconduct. That is: if this had only happened once, an officer coming up with an off-the-cuff, if slightly dodgy, plan…
Facebook accounted for almost 80% – with Parler near 5%. Which social media platform was shut down?