Facebook Employees Are Quitting Because Users Are Being Censored

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Submitted by Jake Anderson via TheAntiMedia.org,

The war on “fake news” embarked upon by Facebook, Google, and Twitter may be earning the media goliaths brownie points with establishment politicos, but users — and even employees — aren’t feeling as enthusiastic.

In the midst of backlash over the stunning victory of President-elect Donald Trump, which some people attribute to the preponderance of apocryphal headlines disseminated by Internet search engines and social media platforms, the companies are tweaking their algorithms in order to target specifically blacklisted sites, many of which happen to be alternative media sites that question the political and media establishment. Many of the sites are also financially dependent on ad revenue earned by organic and referral traffic directed by Google, Facebook, and Twitter.

Now, it appears Facebook’s new algorithmic censorship practices are causing some of its employees to quit. According to the New York Times, three current and former anonymous employees claim the company has had a new tool developed specifically to restrict certain kinds of posts from appearing in users’ news feeds in certain geographic areas. This form of censorship has been deployed under the auspices of facilitating Facebook’s entry into the Chinese market. Previously, the company did this in Pakistan, Russia, and Turkey, where the respective governments requested the ability for third parties to review and block posted content. Facebook granted the requests and removed approximately 55,000 total pieces of content.

The suppression software has been contentious within Facebook, which is separately grappling with what should or should not be shown to its users after the American presidential election’s unexpected outcome spurred questions over fake news on the social network.

 

Several employees who were working on the project have left Facebook after expressing misgivings about it, according to the current and former employees.

 

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Over the summer, several Facebook employees who were working on the suppression tool left the company, the current and former employees said. Internally, so many employees asked about the project and its ambitions on an internal forum that, in July, it became a topic at one of Facebook’s weekly Friday afternoon question-and-answer sessions.

Now Facebook wants access to 1.4 billion people in the world’s second-largest economy, China, and they are willing to adhere to draconian censorship practices in order to do so. It could be a complete coincidence that this new push happens to coincide with Facebook’s crackdown on alternative media, which has caused several employees to tender their resignations.

A Facebook spokeswoman responded to the report in a statement:

“We have long said that we are interested in China, and are spending time understanding and learning more about the country. However, we have not made any decision on our approach to China. Our focus right now is on helping Chinese businesses and developers expand to new markets outside China by using our ad platform.”

The question now is whether there is a connection between two different but simultaneous pushes for censorship by the largest social media platform in the world.

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Nekoti's picture

The public needs to quit farcebook.

JungleCat's picture

This is why I no longer go on FB.

fukidontknow's picture

Pro internet censorship site the Accredited Times wants internet regulation now

https://www.accredited-times.com/2016/11/12/the-war-on-words/

Somebody stop them

Bob's picture

Have you seen MillionDollarBonus, the owner, lately?

Weren't they on that list of 200 Fake News sites, btw?

ACP's picture

To hell with Facebook and those 3 employees who quit also.

They had no problem with censorship in the US, but all of a sudden they're concerned about overseas censorship?

Fuck them.

enfield0916's picture

We should do a rolling post for MDB-

 

MDB - Million Dollar Bullshit

MDB - Million Dollar Batshitcrazy

MDB - Million Dollar Bitchasswhiner

MDB - Million Dollar (insert your words here - keep it rolling)

Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) enfield0916 Nov 29, 2016 2:30 AM

MDB - Multi Death Bureaucracy

Okienomics's picture

That's MDB's site, stop promoting it.

techpriest's picture

I'm guessing that he *is* MDB, doing some black hat SEO.

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) techpriest Nov 28, 2016 9:14 PM

I only use FB (under a nickname) for trolling and pissing off numbskulls.

IT'S FUCKING FUNNY AS HELL !

Stuck on Zero's picture

Governments and globalists will drive people with grievances underground where they are much harder to monitor. The underground communications channels will lack any attachment to reality and self-purify to the radical side.

 

Nekoti's picture

I never have. Never understood the allure of broadcasting my life to complete strangers.

J S Bach's picture

Let these bastards go ahead and censor.  As long as there is a free internet, another "FaceBook" will arise that allows for unfettered speech to fill the vacuum.  Wasn't there a site called "My Space" once?  (I never use the damned things, so I don't remember.)  Is it still around?

I predict that the internet will evolve until it is basically "Juden Frei".  That is, "Fake News" ((((their))) news) will continue to be more easily shown for what it is - and will eventually go extinct.  Remember - truth always wins in the end... keep it on your side.  Since their motto is "By Way Of Deception, Thou Sahlt Do War", the internet dooms them.

Nekoti's picture

Let us all hope the internet does remain free and unfettered. With the loser in the White House giving up control of the net, I personally do not believe it will remain open and free for everyone.

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

organized jewry does not and will not tolerate news or entertaibment media (or aggregators) of any decent size that is not directly controlled or substantially influenced by them... to include much of the 'alt' press.

Christmas us everywhere, Christ is never mentioned at all - that is not an accident; Jews, largely, have promoted Santa and 'secular Christmas' while demanding their own largely ethnonationalist quasi-religious holidays be regarded as sacrosanct....

http://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2015/12/yes-virginia-the-jews-stole...

Israel is always in the news... when was the last time you saw a story on the Occupation? crimes by racist nutcase 'settler' Jews....

exactly.

so... they will come for the internet hard.

no topic is censored more, no facts more forbidden, than those related to the sheer pervasiveness, internationally, of the Jewish/Zionist Matrix of Information and Propaganda.

sun tzu's picture

How often do schools teach about the Jewish communists in the USSR that killed over 30 million Russian and Ukranian Christians in the 1930's? How often do you hear about the Jews who called for the extermination of Germans prior to WWII?It's always about the Jews being the victims. They are the original and permanent victim class 

booboo's picture

think of the implications of announcing to the world that you are pregnant, (well not you personally) and how many corporate mill stones start grinding towards your name.

Pumpkin's picture

This is why I no longer go on FB.

 

Never did, never will.

nmewn's picture

It takes an informed citizenry to be a republic, if we are to be censored & un-informed I have no problem in helping burn it to the ground. I would rather leave nothing, no trace of it ever being here but ash blowing in the wind than to have it stolen from us and presented to the world as something entirely different.

And I'm dead serious.

johngaltfla's picture

I quit Farcebook just over 2 years ago when it was revealed that Zuckerberg gave over $10 million to illegal alien amnesty groups. 'F' is for F them.

Youri Carma's picture

Indeed because there are enough deplorables around who do anything for a bit of money who will replace them.

Cruel Joke's picture

"The public needs to quit farcebook."

 

I just clicked 'Like' on your post :-)

BennyBoy's picture

 

 I need censorship.

Otherwise I might start thinking for myself.

I might start to question Mark's authority.

I might start questioning why my free posts are making him extremely rich.

And then I might get angry that I am one of his 1.59 billion slaves. 

So I post on ZH.

orangegeek's picture

Zuckerberg is going to turn facefuck into myspace pretty soon.

IridiumRebel's picture

I cannot wait until FB dies.

Consuelo's picture

 

 

"Now Facebook wants access to 1.4 billion people in the world’s second-largest economy, China, and they are willing to adhere to draconian censorship practices in order to do so."

 

The term 'They' in this instance should be qualified...    Let's just say that when it comes selling freedom (or even your soul) for $profit-at-any-cost, there is a certain group who flat out owns the space, and 'they' just so happen to occupy the key positions at FB.

Barnaby's picture

You should see the datastream FB feeds into Alexandria, let alone the new NSA Pipe in Utah.

Holy Mother of God they should've predicted this OSU attack today.

bamawatson's picture

maybe they did

none of them were injured

Citizen G's picture

I don't think you should have been down voted for this one. I think you just have people trigger happy.....lol.....

Downvote away.......

booboo's picture

ya see Barnaby, you finally say something that make sense, I go and upvote you and my computer froze up.

Barnaby's picture

It's okay, my browser froze up upvoting you and now I'm apparently gay for the Trivago guy.

Cookies. huh