Mark Zuckerberg has been accused of an abuse of power after Facebook censored one of the most famous images of the Vietnam war from Facebook.
Source: Mark Zuckerberg accused of abusing power after Facebook censors Vietnam war ‘napalm girl’ photo
Facebook censored the use, by Norway’s largest newspaper, of a very famous historical photo from the Vietnam war, taken by a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer.
Facebook then censored the prime minister of Norway when she posted the censored photo on her own Facebook page.
As Facebook is becoming the leading way in which people (44% in the US) receive “news” (much of it fake news, which is another problem), Facebook’s ability to censor and control what the public sees is Orwellian.
Similarly, Facebook permits outright falsehoods to be shared widely across Facebook to millions of people every day. Facts are censored, and falsehoods are promoted on Facebook.
UPDATE: Facebook has backtracked on this and promises yet again to review their policies and may be fire some staff or something.
Related: Google’s Youtube’s “censorship” via advertising policy
German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with Facebook Nation president Mark Zuckerberg to request that Facebook Nation censor certain kinds of speech on social media:
Speaking to the European leader at a luncheon, Zuckerberg was heard saying ‘we need to do some work’ in reference to the German push against racist and xenophobic posts on the Internet.
‘Are you working on this?’ Merkel, who has seen an increase in violence against immigrants in her country during a massive intake of Syrian refugees, pressed again.
Zuckerberg replied, ‘yeah’,….
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk
Because social media has become the world’s most influential platform for propaganda dissemination, heads of state are negotiating with social media CEOs. As Peter Sunde observes, this suggests social media platforms have become de facto nation states. More here.
This is an update to the previous item, below.
According to Gizmodo, quoting former Facebook workers:
Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network’s influential “trending” news section, according to a former journalist who worked on the project. This individual says that workers prevented stories about the right-wing CPAC gathering, Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, and other conservative topics from appearing in the highly-influential section, even though they were organically trending among the site’s users.
Source: Former Facebook Workers: We Routinely Suppressed Conservative News