Wall Street Journal Exposes Facebook Bias and Corruption
Systemic suppression of First Amendment rights by Big Tech is the Left’s key strategy for controlling public opinion.
As we have noted, second only to the domestic threat the Democrats’ bulk-mail ballot fraud poses to American Liberty and Rule of Law is collusion with their Leftmedia propagandists and their BigTech First Amendment suppressors in order to throw elections.
The systemic suppression of First Amendment rights by the BIG Tech oligarchs’ free speech suppressors and their Leftmedia collaborators is the leftists’ key strategy for shaping and controlling public opinion. And they have become masters at “shadow-banning” conservative content, systemically limiting our content reach to our followers on their platforms, despite the fact that those followers have deliberately selected to see our content.
When Americans are targeted because of our constitutionally protected political and/or religious views, leading to coordinated shadow-banning of content, deplatforming individuals or organizations, and in some cases then defunding those individuals and businesses when financial institutions selectively refuse services — that constitutes a digital form of “redlining” in violation of the most fundamental of civil rights. Without a Republican gauntlet, the surge in the systemic redline suppression of civil rights by institutions will continue. And at present, few Republicans sufficiently understand the enormous impact of this background suppression being used by social media giants.
Let me be clear about this: When commercial social media companies ban individuals from their platforms because the protected First Amendment expression of their views doesn’t comport with that company’s views, that is an open violation of those individuals’ civil rights. However, the shadow-banning of content for the same reasons is invisible, but it has a far more egregious impact on suppression of civil rights than the highly visible deplatforming of high-profile individuals.
While all the congressional focus is on BIG Tech high-profile bans, there is virtually no congressional focus on the invisible shadow-banning — which, again, is a much more effective means of suppression of free speech, and by a magnitude of 100 times more consequential.
Fortunately, The Wall Street Journal is undertaking a long-overdue investigative look at one of the social media manipulators, Facebook. The Journal has produced a five part series exposing Facebook’s bias and corruption. I link each part of that series here as the series lays an important baseline for the dangers of social media.
Part 1: Facebook Says Its Rules Apply to All. Company Documents Reveal a Secret Elite That’s Exempt — A program known as XCheck has given millions of celebrities, politicians, and other high-profile users special treatment, a privilege many abuse.
Part 2: Facebook Knows Instagram Is Toxic for Teen Girls, Company Documents Show — Its own in-depth research shows a significant teen mental-health issue that Facebook plays down in public.
Part 3: Facebook Tried to Make Its Platform a Healthier Place. It Got Angrier Instead. — Internal memos show how a big 2018 change rewarded outrage and that CEO Mark Zuckerberg resisted proposed fixes.
Part 4: Facebook Employees Flag Drug Cartels and Human Traffickers. The Company’s Response Is Weak, Documents Show. — Employees raised alarms about how the site is used in developing countries, where its user base is already huge and expanding.
Part 5: How Facebook Hobbled Mark Zuckerberg’s Bid to Get America Vaccinated — Company documents show antivaccine activists undermined the CEO’s ambition to support the rollout by flooding the site and using Facebook’s own tools to sow doubt about the COVID-19 vaccine.
There is also a podcast series on Facebook’s corrupt practices.
Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis
Pro Deo et Libertate — 1776
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