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Today the President has been rightfully very vocal about Twitter’s decision to fact-check him, after years of tolerating vicious non-factual assaults on the President, as well as upon anyone else who does not bow to Progressive Orthodoxy. And the head of Twitter’s “integrity” unit is so confident he openly expresses his contempt and hatred for everything Trump.
This is part of a larger pattern in the social media universe. Right after the 2016 elections, senior executives at Google (also owners of YouTube) and Facebook (also owners of Instagram) pledged they would do everything they could to not have that result again. And it is not just the executives; the activist employees of these companies are pushing hard for censorship of opposing views. I think you will see over the next few months a more active attempt by these platforms to alter algorithms, to use “fact checks” to create false narratives, and to resort to outright censorship, in order to assure victory in 2020.
They’ve constructed an elaborate closed ecosystem to rationalize their plans. Use leftist groups like Politifact to “fact check,” classify media outlets like the New York Times as presumptively credible, and allow real hate groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center to identify “hate groups” which can then be used to limit their access to social media.
I would be interested in what any of you are hearing or reading about efforts to combat this.
UPDATE: After posting this, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, spoke to Fox News and commented on Twitter’s actions, “I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything people say online”.Published in