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We’ve had 32 pages shut down by Facebook. But no one did anything because it wasn’t them. Then they came for Alex Jones, deplatforming him on Facebook, Twitter, iTunes, and Youtbue on the same day. And no one did anything because it wasn’t them. Why would they come for you? They’re just going after really bad people like Turtleboy and Alex Jones, right?
Wrong. Check out what happened today….
Washington Post: Facebook said on Thursday it purged more than 800 U.S. publishers and accounts for flooding users with politically-oriented spam, reigniting accusations of political censorship and arbitrary decision-making. In doing so, Facebook demonstrated its increased willingness to wade into the thorny territory of policing domestic political activity. Some of the accounts had been in existence for years, had amassed millions of followers, and professed support for conservative or liberal ideas, such as one page that billed itself as “the first publication to endorse President Donald J. Trump.” Facebook’s ability to monitor manipulation of users is under an intense spotlight in the weeks ahead of the U.S. midterm elections.
But wait….I thought they were just trying to get the Russians off of their platforms? Everything is the fault of Russian bots. They’re the reason Hillary didn’t win. Now all of a sudden they’re going after domestic Facebook pages too for posting “politically-oriented spam.” Yet Occupy Democrats still posts a thousand times a day in GIANT YELLOW LETTERING, and that’s cool.
“I would gladly abide by Facebook’s terms if I understood what they were,” said Chris Metcalf, the publisher of the left-leaning “Reasonable People Unite” which was shut down along with eight additional Facebook pages, which he said had a total of 2.25 million followers. “I am a legitimate political activist. I don’t have a clickbait blog. I don’t have a fake news website. And I haven’t been doing anything that all the other pages in this space aren’t doing.”
This goes to prove that although Facebook censorship affects right wing media outlets more often, it can affect everyone. This is why liberals who cheer this shit are extremely dumb. Because you could be next. Reasonable People Unite was a left wing page with 2.25 million followers. That’s 2.25 million adults who made an adult decision to follow a page they lied. Then Facebook came along, acted like their parents, and decided that page wasn’t good for them. So they took it away from everyone.
In its post, Facebook described the pages, with names like “Nation in Distress” and “Reverb Press,” as largely domestic actors using clickbait headlines and other spam tactics to drive users to websites where they could target them with ads.
Oh no!! You’re telling me that websites like Turtleboy use Facebook to drive people towards their website, and then make money off of advertisements? It’s almost like we’re living in a capitalist society!! Ya know who else does that? The mainstream media. Literally all they do is print shit that people will click on, in order to generate revenue from ad impressions. Meanwhile, Facebook is making a KILLING off of all of us by selling our data. And we’re OK with that because that’s how capitalism works. But apparently they suddenly have a problem with people making money.
Just bc websites have ads, doesn’t make it clickbait. Independent sites like Reverb Press, who I worked 4 once, use money from ads 2 pay writers. Essentially FB impacted people’s livelihood and stomped on their free speech. Isn’t free speech the point of FB? 2/ #Facebook
— Quiana that ugly fat stupid n***er b**ch (@thequianafulton) October 12, 2018
Facebook said it shut down the accounts for having “consistently broken our rules against spam and coordinated inauthentic behavior.” “People will only share on Facebook if they feel safe and trust the connections they make here.”
Newsflash – we all feel safe. We’re adults. Stop treating us like children.
But ever since Russian operatives used Facebook to target American voters ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the company has been on a crusade to demonstrate that its platform won’t be used to disrupt the democratic process. False information peddled by foreign actors was clear-cut manipulation. But the same content, when spread by domestic actors, could be considered free speech — and a crackdown on it would be contrary to a principle social media embraces.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – none of this would be happening if Trump had lost like he was supposed to do. The left simply refuses to accept the fact that they lost fair and square. Instead of getting their shit together they blamed it all on Facebook and Twitter, and consequently these tech platforms have decided that they are the last line of defense in democracy. Except they are completely incompetent. We have handed over our freedoms and our democracy to faceless SJWs in Silicon Valley.
The domestic pages and accounts Facebook removed Thursday had a strong political bent. Nation In Distress, which claimed to be the early Trump supporter, recently shared a link to a story that had called Rep. Maxine Waters “demented.” Founded in 2012, it had amassed more than 3.2 million likes and over 3 million followers, as of Thursday morning, before it was taken down. The page linked in its “about” section to a website called “America’s Freedom Fighters,” which posted content and duplicated press releases that appeared to be written by others about violent crimes and gun rights — all alongside a sidebar of ads. An administrator for the site declined to comment.
Oh no, not ads!! Anything but profit!!
On the opposite end of the political spectrum, Reverb Press posted attacks on President Trump and referred to Republicans as “cheating scumbags” to its over 700,000 followers. A second left-leaning page, Reasonable People Unite, posted a screenshot from a Twitter user who said, “Somewhere in America, a teenage girl is listening to her parents defend Brett Kavanaugh and she is thinking to herself, if something like that happens to me, I have nowhere to go.”
I completely disagree with what these pages posted, yet I will defend to the death their right to say these things. Crazy right?
so .@facebook basically killed my business, and singled .@ReverbPress out as a bad publisher out of 800 pages on both sides of the aisle, for severely bullshit reasons. we have always stood up to fact-checking. left leaning, yes. but fake news? NEVER. google us. #FuckFacebook
— James Reader (@JamesReader_RP) October 12, 2018
Experts said that some of the groups used unscrupulous methods to inflate their traffic. Researcher Jonathan Albright said that Facebook is simply catching up to operations that attempt to boost their reach and game its service for profit or ideological reasons.
Oh no, people are trying to game Facebook for profit or ideological reasons!! It’s almost as if they’re entrepreneurial!! Ya know what people game for profit every day? Roads. Without roads products sold at market wouldn’t be able to get from point A to point B. God forbid we use infrastructure as a tool to make money.
Both operators contacted by the Post said they had used multiple Facebook profiles, which violates Facebook’s policies. They said they did so in part to avoid what they perceived as an arbitrary crackdown on their organizing by the social network.
And why shouldn’t they use multiple pages? When Facebook suspends your page, and you need to use Facebook to make a living, what are you supposed to do? Call Facebook? They don’t have a customer service number. Your only option is to break their stupid unenforceable rule about fake accounts.
Reasonable People Unite’s Metcalf, a 36-year-old graphic designer in Columbus, Ohio, said in an interview that he launched his first Facebook page in late 2015. He began to connect with other left-leaning organizers, and they developed a system of aggressively promoting one another’s content. The techniques were so successful that he created eight other pages, which together generated 80 to 100 million likes, clicks, shares, and comments each month. He said that most of the news that he shared came from mainstream news organizations, such as the Washington Post, The New York Times and the online magazine Slate. Occasionally the posts would get flagged for spam, he said, which he didn’t understand because he was sharing news stories.
Wait….this guy was banned for creating multiple pages that were all designed to draw traffic to the same website? Good thing the mainstream media doesn’t do that:
Welcome to our word Metcalf. No one reviews shit. There’s just a couple assholes reporting everything you post for spam. We’ve lost countless pages to “spam.” You can even see under each post how many times it’s been reported for spam:
Facebook has handed over it’s platform to trolls who mass report shit all day long, a long, long time ago. Now that it’s happened to you you’ve finally opened your eyes.
Metcalf said Facebook’s policies against “coordinated inauthentic behavior” were “insanely arbitrary” and that profit was not his primary motive. “The problem with the language is that every page in this space coordinates with others, and everyone has shared content for profit. It’s insane to say you can’t make money,” he said. He added that Facebook had also removed his wife’s Facebook account, and that she now doesn’t have a way to contact many far flung family and friends.
Yup. Welcome to Turtleboy’s world.
This isn’t an attack on the right or the left. This is an attack on independent media. Every page that was taken down as part of this purge is not corporate controlled. It’s just people who wanted to distribute news in a different way.
Most of the pages FB has removed in the past for rules violations were small and niche. But this batch has a few very big ones. Here are Right Wing News and Reverb Press compared to, say, Newsweek. pic.twitter.com/n21iRXz5eu
— Kevin Roose (@kevinroose) October 11, 2018
Facebook would never do this to Fox News or CNN, even though those companies exist to make money and drive traffic to their websites as well. And Facebook readily admits that they did this because of the upcoming election:
Today, we’re removing 559 Pages and 251 accounts that have consistently broken our rules against spam and coordinated inauthentic behavior. Given the activity we’ve seen — and its timing ahead of the US midterm elections — we wanted to give some details about the types of behavior that led to this action.
But we are so divided politically that we can’t see the big picture here. CENSORSHIP IS BAD!! Stop asking for censorship!! The comments on the Washington Post were actually shitting on Facebook for not censoring enough content:
God these people are terrible. They’re literal Nazis. If you don’t like a page, don’t go to it. Instead Facebook caters to them. Imagine being such a miserable human being that you woke up every day looking for shit on Facebook to report? Jesus Christ, get laid or something. These left wing commenters probably didn’t even read the article, because had they done so they’d realize that it was half left wing pages that were taken down.
We all need to fight censorship together. Stop asking for shit to get taken down, and start demanding that all competing ideas be heard in the public square that is social media.
Oh, and these pages like Free Thought Media and Anti-Media, which had millions of followers, also had their Twitter accounts disabled as well:
Antiwar critics of establishment politics @AntiMedia and @TFTPROJECT just had their pages with millions of followers deleted by Facebook, along with hundreds of other alternative media outlets. Latest escalation of corporate censorship used as state censorship in the west. pic.twitter.com/Fdk9Yd13jI
— Caitlin Johnstone (@caitoz) October 11, 2018
But this totally isn’t a conspiracy between tech companies to silence non-corporate controlled media. Only nutjobs like Alex Jones think like that.