The Facebook War on Trump Enters a New Phase

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

Promising to eliminate “propaganda,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg has launched a Facebook war against conservative content.

The Gateway Pundit recently released a headline that perfectly articulates the meaning of Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement: Zuckerberg’s Announcement Means Final Remaining Conservative Voices on Facebook Will Be Eliminated by Election Day. There’s nothing more to be said. The CEO of Facebook wanst to eliminate any content on the social media site that would contribute to conservatives, libertarians, or populists winning any election. He’s even claiming he will fund investigative jounalism which means he wants to be the internet version of CNN.

Buzzfeed reports, “Facebook Has Begun To Rank News Organizations By Trust, Zuckerberg Says.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Tuesday that the company has already begun to implement a system that ranks news organizations based on trustworthiness, and promotes or suppresses its content based on that metric.

Zuckerberg said the company has gathered data on how consumers perceive news brands by asking them to identify whether they have heard of various publications and if they trust them.

“We put [that data] into the system, and it is acting as a boost or a suppression, and we’re going to dial up the intensity of that over time,” he said. “We feel like we have a responsibility to further [break] down polarization and find common ground.”

Zuckerberg met with a group of news media executives at the Rosewood Sand Hill hotel in Menlo Park after delivering his keynote speech at Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference Tuesday.

The meeting included representatives from BuzzFeed News, the Information, Quartz, the New York Times, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, NBC, Recode, Univision, Barron’s, the Daily Beast, the Economist, HuffPost, Insider, the Atlantic, the New York Post, and others.

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Zuckerberg said the company will invest “billions” of dollars in a combination of artificial intelligence and tens of thousands of human moderators to keep both fake news and deliberate propaganda at bay, especially in elections.

When conservatives use Facebook they are using a platform owned by people who presume to ” feel like we have a responsibility to” wipe out right wing thought.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

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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