Facebook & Twitter Cross a Line Far More Dangerous Than What They Censor

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  1. nivek

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    Facebook and Twitter Cross a Line Far More Dangerous Than What They Censor

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    Just two hours after the story was online, Facebook intervened. The company dispatched a life-long Democratic Party operative who now works for Facebook — Andy Stone, previously a communications operative for Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, among other DC Democratic jobs — to announce that Facebook was “reducing [the article’s] distribution on our platform”: in other words, tinkering with its own algorithms to suppress the ability of users to discuss or share the news article. The long-time Democratic Party official did not try to hide his contempt for the article, beginning his censorship announcement by snidely noting: “I will intentionally not link to the New York Post.”

    Twitter’s suppression efforts went far beyond Facebook’s. They banned entirely all users’ ability to share the Post article — not just on their public timeline but even using the platform’s private Direct Messaging feature.

    Early in the day, users who attempted to link to the New York Post story either publicly or privately received a cryptic message rejecting the attempt as an “error.” Later in the afternoon, Twitter changed the message, advising users that they could not post that link because the company judged its contents to be “potentially harmful.”

    Even more astonishing still, Twitter locked the account of the New York Post, banning the paper from posting any content all day and, evidently, into Thursday morning. The last tweet from the paper was posted at roughly 2:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

    And then, on Thursday morning, the Post published a follow up article using the same archive of materials, this one purporting to detail efforts by the Vice President’s son to pursue lucrative deals with a Chinese energy company by using his father’s name. Twitter is now also banning the sharing or posting of links to that article as well.

    In sum, the two Silicon Valley giants, with little explanation, united to prevent the sharing and dissemination of this article. As Los Angeles Times reporter Matt Pearce put it, “Facebook limiting distribution is a bit like if a company that owned newspaper delivery trucks decided not to drive because it didn’t like a story. Does a truck company edit the newspaper? It does now, apparently.”

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  2. nivek

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    They do have an obligation, when a private company offers a public service medium or outlet they cannot critique the content of that which the public adds to their services...Its like a Macy's store barring customers from entering who are wearing green shirts whilst allowing all other colours because the Macy's owner doesn't like the colour green...

    This is common sense and common knowledge intertwined lol...

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  3. Dejan Corovic

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    That same argument was risen a few years ago, but the bottom line is, yes, legally they can refuse to serve you if you wear a green shirt.
     
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  4. nivek

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    Large corporations cannot operate with impunity and cannot get so large that they become untouchable...If they committed no errors they would not have been summoned to Congress to answer for their actions...

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    Fact-checking guru blasts Twitter, Facebook as dangerous 'arbiters of the truth' after censoring Biden article
    'Naive are those who believe this isn’t dangerous,' Cristina Tardáguila says

    The Poynter Institute published a column blasting Twitter and Facebook as “arbiters of the truth” on Thursday after the tech giants made “controversial and questionable” decisions to censor a New York Post article that was damaging to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

    International Fact-Checking Network Associate Director Cristina Tardáguila penned the blistering column headlined, “Without methodology or transparency, Facebook and Twitter become the ‘arbiters of the truth,” which stated that anyone who doesn’t believe that is dangerous is simply “naive.”


    “It seems like Facebook and Twitter have decided to assume the position they’ve been avoiding for so long. Less than a month from Election Day, both companies finally became arbiters of the truth on the internet. Naive are those who believe this isn’t dangerous,” Tardáguila wrote before detailing the events that resulted in Republican Sens. Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham and Josh Hawley calling on the heads of Twitter and Facebook to testify about alleged social media censorship.

    Critics have long claimed the social media platforms have been suppressing reports critical of Democrats and censorship of the New York Post bombshell this week that purports to show emails from Hunter Biden linking his father to his Ukraine business dealings as put the issue at the forefront.

    “Professional fact-checkers should be transparent about their methodology, their sources and their organization’s financing. They should also have a public corrections policy and practice non-partisanship,” Tardáguila wrote. “when Facebook publicly acknowledged that it also reduces the distribution of potential disinformation using other methods, the company surprised not only its users, but also the IFCN community.”

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  8. AD1184

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    I'm hoping they will also disable the feature that lets people tweet.
     
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    Twitter CEO Dorsey pressed by Cruz on restricting Hunter Biden stories

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    "Mr. Dorsey, who the hell elected you and put you in charge of what the media are allowed to report and what the American people are allowed to hear, and why do you persist in behaving as a Democratic super PAC silencing views to the contrary of your political beliefs?"

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    Jack Dorsey Hires Homeless Man Off Streets Of San Francisco To Fill In For Him At Hearings

    Jack Dorsey Hires Homeless Man Off Streets Of San Francisco To Fill In For Him At Hearings
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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Jack Dorsey was summoned to the Senate's hearing on Big Tech today, but he was tripping on acid with the spider-monkeys off the southern coast of St. Bart's, so he quickly called up his office and had his people hire a homeless man hanging out in front of Twitter's headquarters to fill in for him.

    The hobo was holding up a sign reading "Will Go to Senate Hearing for Crack," and Dorsey's assistants quickly hired him for the hearing.

    "Yeah, uh, censorship, I like that. That's good stuff," said the hobo to the confused panel. "The apocalypse is coming, man. The signs are all around us!"

    "Sorry, Mr., uh, Dorsey, we were expecting a professional-looking CEO, but you're clearly just a hobo off the streets of San Francisco," said Senator Mike Lee. "Couldn't you at least have taken a shower before talking to the United States Senate?"

    "Hey, bro, chill out," the hobo responded. "Don't harsh my mellow, man. I'm doing this for a couple bags of blow and a $20, man. You suck!"

    For his part, Mark Zuckerberg programmed a lookalike android to testify.
     
  12. Xuu

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    I mean... the answer is clearly yes due to the fact it gives politicians a platform. This is influencing the election. Trumps own Twitter is one of the biggest pro-Biden campaign pieces of media out there.

    I say we give the politicians exactly what they want. Twitter, Facebook et al should permanently ban all political accounts, including the personal accounts of anyone involve in politics, and refuse political ad money.
     
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  13. nivek

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    Twitter is going over the top...

     
  14. nivek

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    I think all political discussion on Twitter should be banned, its disgusting because that's all you see now, even the UFO Twitter accounts, some of these so-called researchers claim to uphold honesty and integrity in their research and do except when it comes to their political tweets...Then its a disgusting follow party lines at all costs ignoring facts and truths in favour for their political convictions, but on top of it all for the last month or so there's rarely any discussion on their UFO research or work, all discussion coming from them is strictly political and vilifying and blocking anyone who disagrees, even respectful and peaceful disagreements...Three people on Twitter blocked me for a tweet I posted to Tom Delonge, I suggested to him to stop posting all the political garbage and go back to talking about TTSA...I'm really sick of reading all of that garbage...

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  17. SOUL-DRIFTER

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    They are all in for socialism, and a Banana Republic.
    Why don't Twitter, Facebook and the rest of them move their headquarters to China.
     
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