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Facebook to “fact check” photos, propaganda posters and videos

Facebook to “fact check” photos, propaganda posters and videos

Facebook to “fact check” photos, propaganda posters and videos – but how accurate is their “fact checking”, and what happens when Facebook fact checkers must apply subjective interpretation? There is a risk that Facebook will become the arbiter of truth, and due to a false positive problem, turn fake facts into true facts.

Employers require you to have a public #Facebook page?

Employers require you to have a public #Facebook page?

What happens when employers require that you may only have a clean, moral, “fit lifestyle”, free of politics and political controversy and require you give them access to your social media to prove it?

What if your employer believes that a lack of a public social media presence means you are hiding something (like you are not on social media)?

What happens when public sector workers are protected by law from similar rules and can freely express their political beliefs free of employer repercussions?

#Facebook and #Twitter are rating your “trustworthiness” #Censorship #Socialmedia

#Facebook and #Twitter are rating your “trustworthiness” #Censorship #Socialmedia

Facebook and Twitter are algorithmically assigning users a secret “trustworthiness” score. This score is used to determine whether your posts are seen by others – in effect, its a computational shadow ban on users. Twitter takes into account who you follow and who follows you and their scores – which means people you have no control over may be determining your trustworthiness score.

Could the government bypass the First Amendment by outsourcing censorship to private organizations?

Could the government bypass the First Amendment by outsourcing censorship to private organizations?

The First Amendment prevents the government from censoring or compelling or controlling your speech. But the First Amendment does not apply to what businesses may do with their clients and customers. Social media companies are free to censor as they wish.

Does this provide a way for the government to bypass the First Amendment and restrict speech? A tweet by a U.S. Senator seems to advocate for outsourcing censorship to private entities.

Did #Facebook shadow ban PragerU?

Did #Facebook shadow ban PragerU?

We do not know much about PragerU but a situation involving that group and Facebook confirms that Facebook does indeed shadow ban groups and pages.

Facebook says they made an error in shadow banning the group’s posts and videos and has since restored them. But in the process, they confirmed they are using shadow bans.

Twitter admits to shadow banning users

Twitter admits to shadow banning users

This sure looks like an admission of shadow banning – this from Twitter:

“We want to be clear that we do not shadow ban according to political ideology or viewpoint. We do rank the timeline and we do that with the principle of relevance, but all the content is still there — you just have to do more work to see it.”

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Did Vox advocate censoring social media? No.

Did Vox advocate censoring social media? No.

This propaganda poster is now spreading online. The original Vox Tweet is here. It contains a link to a video explaining their thinking. They are clear in their video that they are not advocating censoring these individuals. The video concludes with the problems that emerge when speech is censored and the practical problems of policing platforms like YouTube that see 400 hours of new video uploaded every minute. The Vox video does not encourage censorship. Commentary There is, though, a…

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Journalists and Academics seek special privileges on Facebook

Journalists and Academics seek special privileges on Facebook

Facebook restricts certain conduct on its platform. However, journalists and academics are seeking to  receive special privileges to do things that are prohibited for others. Journalists and academics, for example, would be permitted to set up fake accounts with fake or curated content, for the purpose of studying users. Individuals, however, would be banned from conducting the same research and thus, would be prohibited from verifying or evaluating the work of journalists and academics. Basically, the proposal is to have…

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