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Facebook’s fake fact checkers

Facebook’s fake fact checkers

Someone with enormous conflicts of interest over whether or not SARS-CoV-2 was bioengineered and escaped from a lab was used by Facebook to “fact check” posts suggesting the possibility of the lab leak hypothesis. This individual heads an organization that provided funding to the Wuhan virus research lab.

Nigeria blocks all access to Twitter

Nigeria blocks all access to Twitter

Twitter argues that access to, apparently, Twitter is a “human right”. Yet Twitter itself frequently cuts others off of Twitter for bizarre reasons. This tweet by Twitter does not seem to have been well thought out.

Old social media posts cost another job

Old social media posts cost another job

Google’s head of diversity has been re-assigned after old blog posts showed him denigrating Jews and possibly making inappropriate comments about the LGBTQ+ community. Old blog posts and tweets have resulted in many losing their jobs.

The fake Productivity versus Pay Chart on social media

The fake Productivity versus Pay Chart on social media

Propagandists share a poster on social media allegedly comparing the growth in worker compensation to the overall productivity of the U.S. The implication of the poster is that wages have stayed flat for almost 50 years while overall economic productivity has soared. That means workers are being shafted. Except for one detail – the chart compares a subset of labor compensation to total economic output – when all labor is included, both grow at the same rate. Typical of propaganda, it presents data – so it must be true – and highlights the comparison in a simple chart. Very persuasive. Propagandists know that most viewers will not engage their critical thinking skills – and hence, they allow themselves to be intentionally misled.