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WSJ: Facebook routinely exempts the elite from its content moderation

WSJ: Facebook routinely exempts the elite from its content moderation

Facebook completely controls public discourse in a totalitarian fashion. The WSJ reveals internal FB documents showing that FB “white lists” up to 6 million accounts world wide to get exemptions or special treatment from content moderation. The FB system applies to both FB and Instagram, and tends to include politicians (even down to the local city council level), actors, news media, sports personalities, academics – even those with very large followings on social media.

Because the FB content moderation system makes frequent errors, FB wanted to avoid the publicity that happens when a prominent person was censored by FB – thus, they excluded elite people from the system.

Through this system, Facebook controls public discourse – everyone can speak equally except some can speak “more equally than others” (to paraphrase Animal Farm).

The company has lied to the public about this system in the past, claiming that everyone was treated equally. But they are not. When public speech is censored by Facebook, Facebook becomes the arbiter of all information. In this case, FB has decided that elite members of society are more important than you or I and are given special speech privileges. Imagine the impact this has when some can promote (propagandize) their views but others are denied that option.

Facebook is a true menace to society.

Fact check this: Co-Founder of Snopes plagiarized dozens of articles, wrote fake articles too

Fact check this: Co-Founder of Snopes plagiarized dozens of articles, wrote fake articles too

Snopes has just destroyed its own reputation. Their co-founder was plagiarizing dozens of articles from elsewhere, plus writing fake columns and article on the site under a pseudonym. I may no longer link to Snopes except to note that Snopes is now officially an Internet misinformation service.

Fake TV news report destroys local business

Fake TV news report destroys local business

Bend, Oregon TV station KTVZ-21 ran a false news report destroying a local McDonald’s, falsely claiming they had refused food service to firefighters. The story spread nationally, plus was widely shared on social media and led to condemnation and threats against the staff (3 quit due to the threats). KTVZ has still not apologized to anyone for their fake news report. This story took place in my backyard. My fuse for garbage journalism is very short; I no longer consider KTVZ a reliable source for local news.