Big Tech is on the warpath.
Anyone in the way runs the risk of being silenced.
And Facebook censored researchers for a reason that will leave you speechless.
Big Tech firms largely remain a black box.
Their algorithms are closely guarded secrets, and their processes for censoring people are arbitrary at best.
Now Facebook is banning liberal researchers at NYU for investigating the company’s practices in terms of advertising.
Laura Edelson of NYU posted on Twitter that Facebook banned her team from looking into ad transparency.
This evening, Facebook suspended my Facebook account and the accounts of several people associated with Cybersecurity for Democracy, our team at NYU. This has the effect of cutting off our access to Facebook's Ad Library data, as well as Crowdtangle. 1/4
— Laura Edelson (@LauraEdelson2) August 4, 2021
Facebook has been attacked from both the Left and the Right, and the company appears to be battening down the hatches and hitching its wagon to the establishment.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg made that clear when a FOIA request showed emails proving a willingness to promote the “approved” message of Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Edelson emailed a statement to Breitbart News that read:
“Facebook is silencing us because our work often calls attention to problems on its platform. Worst of all, Facebook is using user privacy, a core belief that we have always put first in our work, as a pretext for doing this. If this episode demonstrates anything it is that Facebook should not have veto power over who is allowed to study them.”
Facebook claims that the NYU project used a plug-in called Ad Observer that violated user privacy, but the researchers deny that they violated any terms of service.
Facebook has become the number one source of advertising for businesses online, so it’s easy to see why the company is vigilant about who researches it.
The problems caused by Big Tech are becoming more apparent for everyone to see.
With so much of the national discussion happening online, there needs to be true transparency regarding who’s allowed on the platform.
Otherwise, Facebook will continue to do the bidding of the establishment at great detriment to everyone else.
Stay tuned to Unmuzzled News for any updates to this ongoing story.