UK parliament committee demands sweeping social media censorship By Robert Stevens

22 February 2019 — WSWS

Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (DCMS) has called for the sweeping censorship of Facebook and other social media.

Reporting its 18-month investigation into “Disinformation and ‘fake news’,” the select committee’s explicitly anti-Russian agenda was clear from the outset, with a remit to tackle accusations of foreign interference in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, the 2016 referendum on the UK’s European Union membership and the 2017 general election.

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Facebook gives nod to secret pro-Israel campaign By Ali Abunimah

21 February 2019 — The Electronic Intifada

Facebook gives nod of approval to secretive and deceptive pages set up by a lobby group that collaborates with the Israeli government.

Facebook has banned several pages belonging to such viral media outlets as In the Now because they are affiliates of the Russian-funded network RT – even though these media outlets violated none of the social network’s rules.

Yet The Electronic Intifada can exclusively reveal that Facebook has given a nod of approval to a network of secretive and deceptive pages set up by The Israel Project, a lobby group that collaborates with the Israeli government and with Israel’s military establishment to influence public opinion against Palestinians.

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Alleging “Russian influence,” Facebook bans left-wing pages By Andy Thompson

20 February 2019 — WSWS

On February 15 Facebook suspended four pages run by Maffick Media, including In the Now, Soapbox, Back Then and Waste-Ed, which posted content critical of US foreign and social policy.

Facebook removed the articles after CNN ran a report alleging that the pages had connections with Russia Today, a broadcaster partially funded by the Russian government.

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How One of America’s Premier Data Monarchs is Funding a Global Information War and Shaping the Media Landscape

18 February 2019 — Mint Press

Pierre Omidyar’s Influence Empire

Through his purchase of influence over the daily flow of information to American media consumers, a dizzying array of connections to the national security state, and a media empire that shields him from critical scrutiny, Pierre Omidyar has become one of the world’s most politically sophisticated data monarchs.

By Alexander Rubinstein @RealAlexRubi and Max Blumenthal @MaxBlumenthal

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Laughter for All (Financial) Times By James Petras

16 February 2019 — James Petras

Introduction: In these times, when the United States pursues an unprecedented military build-up, promotes coups and trade wars, breaks weapons agreements, organizes the illegal seizure of overseas financial accounts, building barriers and walls along the southern border, Washington can count on the mass media to provide a variety of propaganda messages, ranging from the predictable ‘yellow ’ to the sophisticated ‘serious press’.

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How the Media Manufactures Consent for Regime Change in Venezuela

10 February 2019 — Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting

Alan MacLeod looks at the role of the media in the regime change operation in Venezuela.

Juan Guaido swore himself in as "interim president" on January 23 (EFE)

Juan Guaido swore himself in as “interim president” on January 23 (EFE)

The latest extraordinary chapter in the bizarre world of Venezuelan politics is playing out before our eyes. After winning the 2018 presidential elections, Nicolás Maduro was inaugurated in January, only for the head of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó — a man whom, at the time, less than 20 percent of the country had even heard of — to declare himself President.

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Acclaimed Venezuelan News Site Latest Victim in Facebook Censorship Spree

4 February 2019 — Sputnik News

UPDATE: Facebook restored the page for Venezuela Analysis roughly five hours after unpublishing it, offering no explanation.

Facebook has removed the page of yet another media outlet. This time, it’s not a far right fringe network like Infowars, but “Venezuela’s only independent, grassroots leftwing English media platform,” the outlet, Venezuela Analysis, noted on Twitter.

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Dissidents Must Understand The Difference Between Fact And Narrative by Caitlin Johnstone

3 January 2019 — Caitlin Johnstone

A politician can run a flawless campaign, say all the right things from a place of authenticity, hold wildly popular positions and an impeccable public record, but if they say things which upset the powerful, the narrative can be reshaped to paint them as crazy, incompetent, unelectable, treasonous, or all of the above, keeping them out of office forever.

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