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WAR ON WORDS: Facebook Censorship Widens, Website to Curate ‘Favored’ News

21st Century Wire says…

The US media’s neoMcCarthy-like witch hunt continues as social media giant Facebook creates a newly designed feature that allows the website to curate ‘favored news’ in its News Feed section.

A new feature called ‘Collections’ created by Facebook appears to be yet another exercise in formalizing group think – specifically designed to highlight “approved” mainstream ‘news’, while serving to push down or quell any political piece or issue which falls outside prescribed mainstream Western media talking points.

“The feature is called Collections and functions similarly to Snapchat’s Discover section, which showcases news stories, listicles, videos, and other content submitted by handpicked media partners.” (see report below)

It’s unclear just how far Facebook is prepared to go in filtering user content, but it appears that the social media platform is introducing a brand new level of algorithmic automated censorship that could potentially create a virtual ‘blacklist’ of online media websites and articles – something which could have a lasting impact on freedom of the press and free speech well into the future.

In essence, Facebook’s new restrictions smack of Orwellian thought control…

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Over the past month, The Washington Post published an irresponsible propaganda piece that blamed the 2016 US election results on ‘fake news’ dispensed via sophisticated Russian propaganda. These accusations of course were completely unfounded, deliberately feeding into a paranoid trial by media format that is no doubt echoed by US government sock puppet accounts that act as a digital firing squad by redirecting public perception.

SEE ALSO: Washington Post Sloppy ‘Journalism’ Blames Russia for “Fake News” Crisis and Trump’s Win, While Pushing Neo-McCarthyism

While the US mainstream media contends that ‘fake news’ somehow altered the 2016 presidential election cycle, it’s important to remember that the US government has some pedigree here, having been behind the creation of bogus social media accounts and personalities for years now.

Back in 2011, The UK’s Guardian reported that the US government via CENTCOM, was looking to gain a foothold over information shared on the internet through fake online personal accounts:

“The discovery that the US military is developing false online personalities – known to users of social media as “sock puppets” – could also encourage other governments, private companies and non-government organisations to do the same.

The Centcom contract stipulates that each fake online persona must have a convincing background, history and supporting details, and that up to 50 US-based controllers should be able to operate false identities from their workstations “without fear of being discovered by sophisticated adversaries”.”

This is just one example. Who really knows how widespread this practice is.

You can expect a litany of allegations to continue from the mainstream, along with their faux war on fake news sites which has been used deliberately to discredit and frame genuine investigative analysis in alternative media, its intended target. Western media’s anti-Russian hyperbole has morphed and broadened somewhat, thanks to Facebook, Google and Twitter and the alphabet establishment news agencies, Washington has a new go-to scapegoat joining the tired old Russian ‘hack’ meme – independent media.

Facebook’s new tool to restrict certain posts has already created a backlash as several employees have recently quit the social media site Business Insider reports:

“Facebook has created a censorship tool to automatically suppress certain posts in specific geographic areas  — and several employees who worked on the project quit in dismay, reports the New York Times.

This software would give third parties, like internet service providers, the ability to monitor Facebook for popular stories, and suppress them at will.”

Additional censorship will be administered via a web browser plug-in called the “BS Detector” promoted on the Google Chrome App Store – which labels web articles along political lines.

As readers can see, 21st Century Wire is at the top of the list of websites that will be defamed and censored here:

https://github.com/selfagency/bs-detector/blob/master/chrome/data/data.json 

With the blessing of Washington, social engineers in the Silicon Valley will now begin parsing internet content into categories like “Conspiracy Theory” (anything which challenges any official version of events), “Biased” (alternative media opinion critical of the Establishment or government), “Hate” (any article which violates politically correct language), “State Run” (targeting Russia’s RT and Iran’s Press TV, but not the BBC, NPR, Voice of America, or Pentagon & CIA-affiliated CNN), and “Junk Science” (any content which challenges the UN party line on ‘climate change’. This level of social control is almost exactly a depicted in Huxley’s dystopian classic, Brave New World.

More from Business Insider below…

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Facebook working on a plan to pick news from favored media partners

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Alex Heath
Business Insider

Facebook is working on a new feature that will showcase lists of curated content from publishers directly in the News Feed, according to two people familiar with the project and internal documentation seen by Business Insider.

The feature is called Collections and functions similarly to Snapchat’s Discover section, which showcases news stories, listicles, videos, and other content submitted by handpicked media partners.

Facebook has approached media and entertainment companies in recent weeks to create content for Collections, but has not given a time frame for when the feature will be made available.

A Facebook spokesman declined to comment for this story.

More from Business Insider here

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  • Susan O’neill

    We need alternatives to Facebook and Google, some are popping up but they will have to get bigger and better to compete against the giants. Some enterprising individual could make a lot of money if they get their skates on.

    • Analyze_This_88

      You’re right. The problem is Facebook is a one stop shop. They are officially dead now – they just stabbed their user base in the back – the user base are the people who made Mark Zuckerberg one of the world’s wealthiest people and all their staff millionaires. 21st Century Wire seems to be targeted by these establishment gatekeepers to scare away new readers.

      • Susan O’neill

        The more they go after certain sites the more people will dig their heels in and defend the underdog – in this case Century Wire – I know I will. Nobody likes bullies and a great many of us will jump to the defence of the bullies victims.

      • Ken Rose

        I would guess that Zuck is just some (chosen one) who got credit for an application that naturally evolved from MySpace and others. He should not get credit or the profits from Facebook. It should be confiscated as public domain property resulting from technological evolution. The technical community created the technologies; why should a handful of (special people) get all the reward?

        • cold340t

          Well reasoned thought! Nice others out here are still able to use common sense and an appeal to the greater good.

    • Catfish

      Check out vk.com if you get time. I switched to it originally for music and the fact it’s outside “national security” letter jurisdiction which I have a problem with the unlawfulness of on principle. I haven’t had any issues so far with it and is similar to navigating facebook as far as it being relatively easy to get around.

    • Namma

      minds.com, while still in beta and working on features, is still far better than Facebook for getting broad points of view on many things going on right now. Pseudonyms allowed, includes full end-to-end encryption and asymmetrically encrypted chat messaging with private passwords. From Wikipedia – supported on both desktop and mobile devices. An official mobile Minds application is available for iOS and Android. Right now I’m there instead of Facebook – which I’ve abandoned.

      • Susan O’neill

        Thanks, will try it out and see how it goes.

  • Yes people need to bring their conversations to other platforms. Our platform called Plum (People Like You and Me), lets you post anonymously in interest based groups and has an advanced interest graph to help people connect around all of their interests. Its like yikyak meets sub-reddits with a netflix recommendation engine for people. http://www.plumgroups.com.

    • Catfish

      Thanks for the info. Haven’t heard of it yet. Switched to vk.com myself after getting fed up with facebook data collection among other things. Meetup.com is another site to check out if you’re looking for groups in your area for activities/ interests. Don’t know much about them yet as I’m new there but seems an effective idea

  • Meltonmark

    One thing I notice, and have done for many years, is how these ‘advances’ and ‘developments’ never favour the peasants.

  • These enhancements will forever be all about profit, if it don’t make money then it don’t make sense!
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  • cold340t

    Facebook owner has lost @$3.9 billion since the Election….. Let the censorship continue! The People are $peaking…….$$$$$$$$$$$ going going gone…..!

  • Frances Leader

    I shared your article 11 hrs ago & my timeline is always seen, liked, commented on & shared. This article did not attract any attention. Odd – I thought.
    So I asked my son to go to my timeline & like comment share but he could not find the link at all. We checked carefully but sure enough, although it appears on my timeline it failed to show when he checked from his account.
    We have concluded that the censorship around you is super tight.
    We are working to bust you out.
    We will post a file hidden in a cake.
    OK?

  • Zaphod Braden

    FACEBOOK, TWITTER, YOUTUBE, GOOGLE are PLACES OF PUBLIC GATHERING, “SOCIAL Media”, and ADVERTISE themselves as PUBLIC places.. They are also PUBLICLY TRADED CORPORATIONS, unlike the PRIVATELY owned and operated “Mom&Pop” Bakery and Party Planner SUED by homosexuals.
    FACEBOOK is a PUBLIC SPACE therefore it has no right or legal option to censor participants. FACEBOOK is a PUBLICLY TRADED company, NOT a “private entity” and it solicits PUBLIC memberships.
    Just as cake bakers HAVE to bake homosexual cakes, and wedding planners HAVE to “accept” homosexual weddings, SUCKERberg has to accept opinions, videos, and pictures he does not like.
    The same applies to ALL “social media”, YOUTUBE, and search engines.

    • Meltonmark

      Not sure I understand your comment? RU saying Z must be forced to accept whatever comments are posted? Who will ensure he does?

      • Zaphod Braden

        They advertise themselves as “Social Media & Public Spaces” so everything that is covered under the First Amendment can be posted there. A Party Planner and a Baker were successfully sued for refusing service to homosexuals ….. these “Social Media” can & should also be sued for violating People’s 1st Amendment RIGHTS to speak freely in PUBLIC SPACES.

        • Meltonmark

          Ok I gotcha.
          • Holocaust deniers are imprisoned for exercising free speech.
          • Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights states that: “Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers…” Except if you are an 80-yr old woman who denies the holocaust. Then you get put in prison.

  • greg

    Abandon Facebook immediately. This once useful networking program has, like everything else in the commercial world, corrupted itself into a tool of manipulation.
    QUIT!

  • Jolly Roger

    How are you going to fight and win a war, if you can’t even bear the thought of shutting down your Facebook account? If you useless little Twits can’t suffer the slightest inconvenience, or forgo a minute of entertainment and luxury to simply boycott the enemy we don’t have much of a chance, do we?

    Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, and You-tube are the ENEMIES of freedom, and the American people. Keep using these “services”, and guess what? YOU’RE the ENEMY, too.

    • Jolly Roger

      Pick a side, and get on it.