Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise. Former National Post & Toronto Star columnist, past vice president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. New posts: Mondays & Wednesdays.
The world’s largest censorship machine relies on partisan fact checkers. The results are absurd.
People are being ferociously censored. Not by governments, but by corporations.
Individuals are being deleted. Ejected from the public square. Deprived of the right to communicate with like minded folk. By corporate entities.
Mark Zuckerberg is 37 years old. He runs Facebook, which also owns Instagram, WhatsApp, and FB Messenger. In other words: this single individual controls four of the world’s five largest social media platforms.
It’s great to be young, rich, and successful. But it’s another matter altogether to be in the One Anointed Truth business.
Facebook uses third-party fact checkers to decide whether certain posts are accurate or inaccurate. Whenever one is deemed false, the person posting it may be banned – temporarily or permanently. Facebook will label the post ‘misinformation.’ It will prevent others from seeing and sharing it.
But the fact checking process is a joke. It’s a biased feedback loop, in which partisans declare their own worldview to be true, and all others to be garbage.
Facebook is now the world’s largest censorship machine. Billions of people are being systematically prevented from hearing about non-conformist perspectives – because a Silicon Valley corporation is censoring those perspectives.
Please take the time to inform yourself about this tsunami of censorship now bearing down upon us. Corporate censorship. The first link below discusses a recent climate change book written by Steven Koonin, whom the Wall Street Journal describes as the “former top scientist at the Obama Energy Department.” The Journal recently published a review of that book.
The book review is now being censored on Facebook. Why? Because third-party fact checkers, on whom Facebook has chosen to rely, analyzed the book review and “estimate its overall credibility to be very low.”
This is a brand new form of book banning. In the words of the Journal‘s editorial board, “If reviewers can’t engage thoughtful if provocative books even by leading scientists without their pieces being throttled on social media, then those books won’t sell.”
Facebook’s Book-Banning Blueprint. Wall Street Journal editorial board, May 2021
Facebook’s False Fact Check. Donna Laframboise, Oct. 2019
Facebook: A Worthy Judge of Medical Info? Vinay Prasad, Mar. 2021
Fact-Checking Facebook’s Fact Checkers. Wall Street Journal editorial board, Mar. 2020
Another fake “fact check” from Facebook. Sharyl Atkkinsson, Nov. 2020
Facebook’s Evidence-Free ‘False’ Rating. Kalev Leetaru, May 2020
Facebook’s ‘fact checkers’ are the real fake news after censoring Post story. New York Post editorial board, Apr. 2020
Facebook, Fact-checkers & Medical Debate. Donna Laframboise, Mar. 2021
President Joe Biden & Hunter Biden:
‘Fact-Checking’ Biden Family Business. James Freeman, Feb. 2021
Instagram is Using False “Fact-Checking” to Protect Joe Biden’s Crime Record From Criticisms. Glenn Greenwald, Dec. 2020
Facebook and Twitter Cross a Line Far More Dangerous Than What They Censor. Glenn Greenwald, Oct. 2020
agendas, bias, & conflicts-of-interest
Big Tech Censorship Part 2: Follow the Money. Sharyl Atkkinsson, Jan. 2021
The Troubling Fact Is That the Media’s Fact-Checkers Tend to Lean ← Left. Sharyl Atkkinsson, Aug. 2020
On the 70th anniversary of Orwell’s death: The danger of third parties “curating” and “fact checking” our info. Sharyl Atkkinsson, Jan. 2020
If Facebook claims it’s false; it’s probably true. Sharyl Atkkinsson, Apr. 2021
Vaccine info site: CENSORED. Sharyl Atkkinsson, May 2021
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