One of the basic tenets of modern civilization is the ability of the citizens to control their governments.
Sure, at times, even in a nation such as America, we find ourselves feeling more than a little hopeless against a federal institution gone mad. Years of Obama-era executive orders come to mind, in which the President flatly refused to ask permission from Congress, who in turn speak for the people, for anything.
One key element of The People’s ability to keep their governments in check is the free press. In America, journalists have been exposing the wrongdoings of the entrenched establishment since before we even told England where to shove their tea tax. In many ways, the free press of the time was responsible for the outpouring of support for the independence of America, and this whole grand experiment that we’re living in today.
So, what happens when Facebook, a broadcasting entity for all intents and purposes, begins to censor journalists? While it has already been happening for some time, the examples of their blatant misuse of media mangling are becoming more blatant by the minute.
“Matthew Caruana Galizia, a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ award-winning Panama Papers team, was temporarily locked out of his Facebook account over four posts, which were deleted for violating the social network’s community standards.
“’For me, this process was enlightening because I realised how crippling and punitive this block is for a journalist,’ Caruana Galizia told the Guardian by email.
“The posts, which were written in Maltese, contained allegations of wrongdoing by prime minister Joseph Muscat, his chief of staff Keith Schembri, and minister of energy Konrad Mizzi. Each post included images of documents from the Panama Papers leak.
“The censorship of Caruana Galizia comes amid considerable political turmoil and intrigue in the Mediterranean island nation, where a snap election is scheduled for 3 June. It also again raises concerns over Facebook’s incredible power to disseminate – or block – news and information.”
In far too many instances, Facebook has become the gatekeeper of journalism. By acting as an enormously popular intermediary between the source material and the user, who often spends more time on Facebook than any other website, the liberal-leaning social media behemoth is creating their own universe; one in which the conservative viewpoint is humiliatingly marginalized in order to promote whichever leftist lawmaker will protect them, or whatever liberal comedian has the most “likes”.
The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com