The Sun: Facebook sets out new plan to CENSOR accounts which ‘spread fake news’

The Sun, 29 August 2017:

A group of “third party fact checkers” will be tasked with highlighting these pages – a decision which is likely to prove controversial as Silicon Valley is often said to have a left wing bias. 

The tech industry is currently locked in a free speech debate as conservatives and so-called liberals lock horns about whether it’s acceptable to publish content which might be considered offensive.

In a statement, Satwik Shukla and Tessa Lyons, who are both product managers, wrote: “Currently, we do not allow advertisers to run ads that link to stories that have been marked false by third-party fact-checking organizations. Now we are taking an additional step.


 

  • It is not odd for an organization to check the backgrounds of companies cq. organizations who ask to buy advertising space in a medium like facebook (e.g. Do we trust them? Do we as Facebook want to work with them?) . Facebook has the right to decide who can buy advertising from them, of course. However… 
  • What is odd, is how secretly, facebook allows certain third parties to label facebook accounts (in this case the label “fake news”), without those accounts knowing about it. Facebook not only allows third parties to label accounts, it stores that data (the label) and does so without informing the account on it. Not oké. Especially not for a company that has a market share so large it is controlling the market.
  • Fake News? Who decides? The mainstream media is full of fake news. On Facebook the mainstream media publishes a lot and advertises too. No blocks there. Does the “third party” not realize the mainstream media publishes fake news? Is fake news only allowed, when it serves a certain agenda? Whose agenda will that be?
  • What other labels does Facebook add to accounts, without these accounts knowing about it? What limitations does Facebook give to these “labelled” accounts, without the accounts knowing about it? Is this why the slogan is “It is free and it always will be”?  …..  Free? Do they mean the agenda of Freemasons? Or what else?

Anyway, Facebook is too large in terms of number of accounts. It has a controlling share of the market and that is unhealthy.

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