Facebook vs Citizens by Meg Sherman

21 July 2019 — Dissident Voice

Facebook as an Unnecessary Evil

A wonderfully written recent article on the ethics of Facebook Inc provoked me to think about my own position. It’s oft said in defence of the software that Facebook is a forum for progressive public debate, an ideal and desirable stimulus for democracy. So I was pleased the article stimulated a lively exchange of ideas on a contentious issue, the ethics of Facebook itself.

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Human rights imperialism, social media censorship and the fraud of Facebook’s “Oversight Board” By Kevin Reed

2 July 2019 — WSWS

On June 27, Facebook published a report entitled “Global Feedback and Input on the Facebook Oversight Board for Content Decisions” on the progress of its plan to create an international review committee to oversee its censorship regime. A careful examination of this report shows that the real purpose of the planned Oversight Board—contrary to Facebook’s pretensions of creating an “external appeals process” and safeguarding “free expression and safety for all users of our platforms”—is to expand and systematize social media censorship in defense of world capitalism.

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How to fend off automated censorship

27 June 2019 — Open Rights Group

You have until Monday 1 July to make you views known!

The Internet in general and social media in particular play a central role in protecting free expression in society. But the Government’s new plan to make social media safer could change that by ushering in a new era of automated censorship.

The window to comment on the Government’s Online Harms White Paper closes on Monday.  William can you take a minute to tell the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) that social media regulation must protect the right to free expression?
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Why is the US government using social media to monitor the public? By Kevin Reed

24 June 2019 — WSWS

A series of recent reports—based on documents obtained from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) filings and other leaked information—have revealed that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is violating the First Amendment right to free speech and assembly by gathering social media data for surveillance purposes and targeting organizations and individuals for harassment, intimidation, deportation and arrest.

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The political issues raised by the media ban on UK far-right leader Tommy Robinson By Thomas Scripps

15 March 2019 — WSWS

UK far-right leader Tommy Robinson has been banned from a growing list of social media outlets.

Last week, Amazon blocked the sale of Robinson’s Islamophobic diatribe on the Quran, co-authored with another far-right figure, Peter McLoughlin. In February, he was permanently banned from Facebook and Instagram, following a Twitter ban in March 2018 and a PayPal ban in November 2018. YouTube suspended advertising on his account this January and is under pressure to bar his account.

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On TEDx, Gene Therapy, Profits, and Criminal Thinking By Phil Butler

7 March 2019 — New Eastern Outlook

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And the headlines read, “Putin wants his own private internet.” This genius stroke of Neanderthal mass information came from TechRadar via the golden string of stupidity that emanates from Bloomberg. This “thread” I speak of is the connective tissue of the most ominous force in the history of our planet. How’s that for sensational? Now let me show you why America’s propaganda machine will be the end of us all. Very soon, thinking at all will be a crime.

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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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Major Psy-Op in Europe Exposed: UK Government Tramples on Values It Vowed to Protect By Alex Gorka

26 November 2018 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Those who have been saying that the West has turned Russia into a scapegoat to be blamed for each and every thing that goes wrong have been proved right. We have witnessed concocted stories invented to denigrate Moscow that have gone viral as directed by the secret services. The UK, the country that is spearheading the anti-Russian information campaign, offers a good example that illustrates how this is being done.

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How Google, Facebook and Twitter are manipulating the Mexican presidential elections—Part 1

28 April 2018 — WSWS

US election meddling in the age of the Internet

By Alex González and Andrea Lobo

This is the first part in a two-part series

In recent months, Google, Facebook and Twitter have signed agreements with the Mexican National Electoral Institute (INE), the organization charged with carrying out elections in Mexico, in what amounts to a massive campaign to manipulate the outcome of the July 1 general elections in the world’s tenth most populous country.

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The Real Reason Social Media Makes Hollywood So Nervous By J. F. Sargent

26 April 2018 — FAIR

Scene from the Black Mirror episode Nosedive

The Black Mirror episode “Nosedive” envisions a dystopia where every human interaction is rated on social media.

There’s an episode of the Netflix show Black Mirror called “Nosedive,” about a world where everyone can rate their interactions with everyone else on a scale of 1–5, and each person’s average rating determines their socioeconomic status. The moral of the episode (because most episodes of Black Mirror have a techno-moral at the end) was a warning against the dangers of mob mentality and groupthink on social media. It’s easy to see where they got the idea: you only need to look at the story of Justine Sacco, whose life was turned upside down over an offensive joke she wrote on Twitter, or Zoe Quinn, who’s life was torn apart over lies spread by a vengeful ex, to see that internet hatred and rumor-mongering is dangerous, and we haven’t figured out how to deal with it yet. It’s scary, but TV is obsessed with it.

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