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Facebook Fake News Flagging System Gives Orwell a Lesson in Censorship

Published on December 27, 2016 by   ·   No Comments

Brendan D. Murphy, /Waking Times

“Hold on a second, citizen. Before you have that thought, you should consider this other thought we prepared earlier for you.”

It would be hard to conceive of a more partisan or rigged social media platform than Facebook, but that clearly isn’t enough for Facebook, because it has just outdone itself, introducing a tool that allows users to flag any story they may dislike or disagree with as “fake news.” Welcome to the Facebook fake news flagging system.

One can just picture the armies of Establishment trolls and shills salivating at the prospect of being able to dispute any and every item that shows upon Facebook which they don’t like as “fake news,” making it even harder than it already is for independent news outlets to be seen and heard by the people who need to be reached the most (the people who need waking up so they can become part of the solution).

But wait, can’t intelligent, well-researched individuals in turn report outlets they would consider to be sources of bogus information, like the Washington Post, New York Times, and other Establishment-approved sources? Why, no, of course not, this is a one way street. As NBC (an Establishment outlet) notes, “legitimate news outlets won’t be able to be flagged.

Er, so who occupies the mighty throne of Arbiter of Truth to determine what is a “legitimate” outlet and what is not?

Why, a legion of Establishment outlets of course!

Here’s what will happen: flagged stories – any viewpoint a Facebooker happens to dislike – will be reviewed by Facebook “researchers” and sent on to third-party “fact-checking” organizations for further “verification” — or simply marked as fake. The post, after being “assessed” by the third-party “checkers” will show up as “disputed” should they deign to make it so.

Rest easy, citizen, it will be “respectable” entities like Snopes (hard not to laugh out loud here), Politifact, and Factcheck.org who will be doing your thinking for you from now on. You can definitely trust them to sort the wheat from the chaff. Go back to sleeeeeep…

There, doesn’t that feel better without all that naughty brain-hurty “thinky” stuff going on?

A group of Facebook researchers will initially have the responsibility of sifting through flagged stories and determining which ones to send to the fact-checking organizations. If it’s determined to be fake, the story will be flagged as disputed and include a link explaining why.

These stories can still be shared, but you’ll be warned before you do and they’ll be more likely to appear lower in News Feed. These stories also won’t be able to be promoted or turned into advertisements.1 [emphasis added]

Facebook’s algorithm that decides what gets the most prominence in News Feed, is also to be tweaked. It doesn’t take a genius to realise that any such “tweaks” made will be to the benefit of the Establishment outlets, and to the detriment (reduced visibility) of the truly independent news media outlets (like us, for instance) that aren’t massively funded by Big Pharma and/or totally on board with enabling/protecting the global Satanic pedophile network (have you been following the Podesta situation and PizzaGate?).

The hypocrisy on the point of funding is staggering. Facebook’s VP claims that they want to hit “fake news” sites in the pocket1 because, after all, they have ads on them and stuff, mmkay? Mainstream media receives its funding HOW, exactly? Donations from unicorns?

To continue putting this in perspective…

That’s right, not only will the pedophile protectors be given prominence in Facebook’s news feed, but only the “legitimate news outlets” bearing the Establishment’s seal of approval will be immune to flagging.

Everyone else is fair game.

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