The threat of Big Tech looms large.
Social media sites are openly censoring online conversations.
And one columnist is sounding the alarm on the dangerous thing Facebook is doing.
Facebook recently upheld its decision to bar Donald Trump from the platform in light of the Capitol Hill riot.
The company’s “Supreme Court,” which consisted of left-wing activists and Obama era staffers, upheld Trump’s suspension for now, but told Facebook it needed to clarify its rules on censorship.
And the Wall Street Journal recently exposed just how broken Facebook’s system is.
Kirsten Grind detailed how Facebook arbitrarily suspends people in her column in the Journal.
In Facebook Jail, many users are serving time for infractions they don’t understand . . . Alex Gendler, a freelance writer in Brooklyn, N.Y., got a similar ban after sharing a link to a story in Smithsonian magazine about tribal New Guinea. Nick Barksdale, a history teacher in Oklahoma, served 30 days recently after jokingly telling a friend “man, you’re spewing crazy now!” . . .
“If you use the term ‘crazy,’ does that automatically get you banned?” asked Mr. Barksdale.
Users can be banned for nonsensical reasons.
Since Facebook uses an algorithm to monitor content, people on the platform can get dinged for posting something completely innocuous if certain keywords are used.
Facebook reviews two million pieces of content a day. Mr. Zuckerberg has said the company makes the wrong call in more than 10% of cases – meaning about 200,000 decisions could be wrong a day. Users that run afoul of Facebook’s rules can spend time in what many now call “Facebook Jail,” losing commenting and posting abilities for from 24 hours to 30 days or, in more serious cases, lose their accounts indefinitely.
Facebook has become the primary way that many people advertise for their small businesses and share news stories.
Temporary and permanent bans can take a serious toll on local upstarts.
All of this censorship is the result of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg being hounded by left-wing politicians from around the world to curb dissenting speech.
German chancellor Angela Merkel got caught on a hot mic imploring Zuckerberg to tamp down speech critical of the mass migration crisis that peaked in 2015.
He assured her that Facebook was working on it.
Even though liberals are getting caught up in the censorship web, Democrat politicians see that as a small price to pay for a monopoly on the conversation.
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