If a recent episode of Real America is any indication, then the purpose of the partnership between Facebook and Univision appears to be little more than to allow host Jorge Ramos to indulge the fringiest left-wing policies under the guise of journalism
After years of being hammered by liberal talking heads for being too lenient about policing content, social media companies are considering radical changes to the social media landscape. Big Tech giants might begin to decide “what is true and what is false,” according to Axios.
Ready for a handful of liberal news sources and a maybe a conservative or two? How about a computer program that chooses what stories you should read? Facebook’s upcoming “News Tab” already sounds suspect. Especially, in light of previous attempts by the company to control its news feed. Facebook “will pay dozens of publishers to license content for News Tab, and news from many more will be included.” In Axios’ exact words “A small team of journalists will pick stories for a Top News section.”
Media Research Center (MRC) President Brent Bozell issued a statement on Tuesday regarding former Senator Jon Kyl’s interim report on Facebook’s anti-conservative bias.
Facebook released its official report about accusations of bias from conservatives — only it bears no resemblance to the similar audit it did for the left. The company didn’t actually admit conservative concerns about censorship were valid in the new report.
Facebook is allegedly trying to monitor its workers’ psychiatric trauma sessions. According to a letter written by whistleblowers within Accenture, a Facebook contractor, “This pressuring of a licensed counselor to divulge confidential information is at best a careless breach of trust into the Wellness program and, at worst, an ethics and possible legal violation.”
Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) questioned whether Facebook was entirely honest in its previous Hill testimony about recording its users’ supposedly private conversations. Peters wrote in an Aug. 15 letter “regarding recent reports that, counter to your prior testimony to Congress, Facebook Inc. (Facebook), has collected, transcribed, analyzed, and used data from private audio conversations of Facebook users.”
Facebook has been recording audio clips of its users and paying contractors to copy what they say. According to Bloomberg, the employees, “who are not told where the audio was recorded or how it was obtained” are merely told to transcribe it. The anonymous workers explained how they are “hearing Facebook users’ conversations, sometimes with vulgar content, but do not know why Facebook needs them transcribed.”
A lawsuit against Facebook has ended in a loss for the massive social media platform. Reuters reported that a federal court ruled against Facebook, declaring that it illegally collected and stored biometric data of users without their consent. Shawn Williams, the lawyer representing the plaintiffs, said “This biometric data is so sensitive that if it is compromised, there is simply no recourse.
Instagram has gone to war with meme pages. The reason why is unclear. “Instagram seems to have purged most of the top meme accounts on the platform,” according to Insider. Reports indicate that pages with hundreds of thousands to millions of followers were suddenly purged on July 25 and 26. YouTuber and free speech advocate Tim Pool theorized in his video “The Great Meme PURGE Is Upon Us, Instagram BANNED 30+ Accounts” that this may be a calculated move ahead of the 2020 election.
Facebook announced that it had removed 259 accounts, allegedly part of a Saudi Arabian propaganda network. The accounts, the pages set up by the accounts, and the events hosted by the pages promoted propaganda about the Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, his “Vision 2030,” and the success of the Saudi Arabian Armed Forces in Yemen.
According to a Michigan-based survey to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, user satisfaction with Facebook is dropping rapidly. As the study reported, “ACSI results show a dramatic loss in user satisfaction with Facebook, and the site plummets 6% to the industry’s bottom with an ACSI score of 63.”