WAR ON WORDS: Facebook Censorship Widens, Website to Curate ‘Favored’ News
21st Century Wire says…
The US media’s neoMcCarthy-like witch hunt continues as social media giant Facebook creates a newly designed feature that allows the website to curate ‘favored news’ in its News Feed section.
A new feature called ‘Collections’ created by Facebook appears to be yet another exercise in formalizing group think – specifically designed to highlight “approved” mainstream ‘news’, while serving to push down or quell any political piece or issue which falls outside prescribed mainstream Western media talking points.
“The feature is called Collections and functions similarly to Snapchat’s Discover section, which showcases news stories, listicles, videos, and other content submitted by handpicked media partners.” (see report below)
It’s unclear just how far Facebook is prepared to go in filtering user content, but it appears that the social media platform is introducing a brand new level of algorithmic automated censorship that could potentially create a virtual ‘blacklist’ of online media websites and articles – something which could have a lasting impact on freedom of the press and free speech well into the future.
In essence, Facebook’s new restrictions smack of Orwellian thought control…