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Mark Weisbrot
Wow, this is pretty Orwellian: Facebook chooses 2 US-government-funded organizations who specialize in overseas propaganda and sometimes regime change to fight "malicious propaganda" Reuters reports without irony or any awareness of who these groups are:
Facebook Inc on Wednesday said it would team with two U.S. non-profits to slow the global spread of misinformation that could influence elections, acknowledging that fake news sites were still read...
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Alan MacLeod Sep 21
Replying to @MarkWeisbrot
They've actually already been working with the Nato-funded Atlantic Council for months. I've got a chapter in my upcoming book about this.
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Heather *The political right always cheats* Sep 21
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Have you seen this? One of FB's "fact checkers" is a right wing operative from The Weekly Standard. FB allowed him to block a Think Progress piece on as "fake news".
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Rachel Pirani Sep 21
Facebook pushes voter registration drive, inks deals to monitor elections
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Rachel Pirani Sep 21
BEWARE!!!
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Bernienomics Sep 21
It probably qualifies as fake news. Which is why we need a free and open internet. Everything can qualify as fake news to those that in charge of the definition.
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Nick Davis Sep 21
This was the fear by ending net neutrality: that ISPs would censor the free and open internet. Turns out the tech giants were already doing it themselves.
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Heather *The political right always cheats* Sep 21
Well, no. The piece was deemed "fake news" over minor semantics in a sentence while ignoring the entire substance of the piece. Drawing a false equivalency between a valid argument put forward in a piece with facts to back that argument, & actual "fake news", is utter nonsense.
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Bernienomics Sep 21
Sorry Heather, You are not the expert in charge of defining "fake news" so your opinion is irrelevant. (do you not see the lesson in this?)
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Bernienomics Sep 21
Yup, right sentiments, NN was the wrong target though.
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Derek B. Johnson Sep 21
Replying to @MarkWeisbrot
I tried to tackle this same in a story last month about U.S. government task forces created to counter misinformation. Wound up dedicating a good portion on how appropriate it is for the government or aligned orgs to become arbiters of truth:
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Chase Miller ⏳🎅🎄🎁 Sep 21
You can't expect these sillicon valley oligarchs to be objective. They will only bring a neutrality bias where they will target fringe people who are anti-establishment on both sides while only promoting the establishment's propaganda.
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Grattan Healy Sep 21
Par for the course with Facepuke
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Jeremy Lieberman Sep 21
Replying to @MarkWeisbrot
And the left media does nothing to bring this up. Notice how little push back there is on the China, google union as well. All these games in the name of “saving democracy” are pulling us further and further apart.
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lnOrOut Sep 21
Replying to @MarkWeisbrot
Facebook is a private company that can hire whoever the hell it wants to and you have no say in it. Just by using it makes them billions of dollars.
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Jeremy Lieberman Sep 21
Replying to @MarkWeisbrot
Actually it’s not Orwellian. People who say, Orwellian, 1984, Animal Farm, etc are just being cute and actually not trying to engage with the topic in any meaningful way. What it is, is real and damaging people now.
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Dante Robles Sep 21
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The US isn't going to stop. Someday the war party will have it all restricted.
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Retiredsailor Sep 21
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Facebook has already proven they only consider conservative content to violate their rules. So this should make the DemocRATS and socialists happy.
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Rachael Warner Sep 21
The media you are referring to is not actually left though. 🤷🏻‍♀️
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Moon of Alabama Sep 22
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