Facebook announced they are implementing, what seems to be, a new censorship tool beginning October 1st.
It started with a measure to address tensions in Australia between regulators and Facebook that would require Facebook to pay media outlets for the content posted on their website.
“We also can remove or restrict access to your content, services or information if we determine that doing so is reasonably necessary to avoid or mitigate adverse legal or regulatory impacts to Facebook.”
According to BBC:
Facebook has threatened to stop users from sharing news content in Australia as it prepares for a new law forcing it to pay publishers for their articles.
But this move doesn’t just apply to Australia.
And it comes at a pretty opportune time for the social media giant that has long been accused of censoring conservative opinions, facts, and politicians.
Just over 30 days before the United States election in November, Facebook will step up its efforts to remove content that it feels doesn’t jive with their business objectives.
But what are their business objectives? That seems pretty ‘subjective’ in itself.
Facebook has readily suspended conservatives like Candace Owens, Libertarian Austin Peterson before an election, and even removed a video that President Trump posted about the Chinese virus being of little danger to children.
In fact, I had a “partly false information” flag on a Twitter video that I re-posted on Facebook, just last week, that was nothing but Kamala Harris talking on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Kamala Harris says that the riots are not going to stop, ever, and to BEWARE. With a smile on her face. pic.twitter.com/xkwAUOMJcL
— 𝕔hi𝓁𝓁iຖ໐iˢ (@chiIIum) August 27, 2020
Facebook fact checked that video with an article from USA Today. I posted her words above the video. Somehow, according to Facebook Fact Checkers, an article from USA Today carries more weight than Harris’s own words.
I don’t recall seeing any videos of Adam Schiff claiming he has direct evidence of Russian Collusion being censored, even though that turned out to be false. In fact, Russian Collusion pushers virtually had free reign on the platform as far as I have seen.
While Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says that he doesn’t believe Facebook should be the arbiter of truth, it seems that’s exactly what they’re doing.
Why should we trust Facebook to decide what information we can see? Does anyone actually trust that they aren’t, and won’t be, meddling in the 2020 election?