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More Facebook Propaganda Posing as Defense of Democracy

Written by Joe Scudder

A new Facebook propaganda initiative promises to develop a “center” that will protect us from “fake news.”

Facebook propaganda, to be effective, must be perceived as neutral, impartial activity. Facebook poses as a platform for us to communicate with each other freely, but Facebook doesn’t like it when it’s platform actually works that way. The powers that be want to stop Conservatives from communicating their viewpoints and overwhelm Facebook users with a leftist “consensus.” With Harvard they are working on a new attempt to make this desire a reality.

Reuters reports, “Facebook funds Harvard effort to fight election hacking, propaganda.

Facebook Inc will provide initial funding of $500,000 for a nonprofit organization that aims to help protect political parties, voting systems and information providers from hackers and propaganda attacks, the world’s largest social network said on Wednesday.

The initiative, dubbed Defending Digital Democracy, is led by the former campaign chairs for Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Mitt Romney, and will initially be based at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, which announced the project last week.

Facebook said it hoped additional participants would turn it into a freestanding information-sharing center controlled by its members. Facebook, with two billion monthly users, bills itself as a vehicle for political debate and education, but was also used as a major platform to spread fake news and propaganda during the U.S. election campaign in 2016.

Read the entire Reuters story.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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