Does New Zealand need it’s own inquiry into Facebook suppressing political content?
The U.S. Senate Committee of Commerce has written a letter to Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and asked him to appear in Washington to answer allegations that the social network suppresses certain political content trending among its users.
The letter, signed by Chairman John Thune, R-S.D., follows a Monday report by Gizmodo quoting several anonymous ex-Facebook employees who alleged the company’s Trending Topics sidebar gives the news a liberal bent by “curating” certain topics over others.
“Have Facebook news curators in fact manipulated the content of the Trending Topics section, either by targeting news stories related to conservative views for exclusion or by injecting non-trending content?” the letter asks.
First reported by Gizmodo, the letter asks Zuckerberg to “arrange for your staff, including employees responsible for trending topics, to brief committee staff on this issue.”
Video at the Bottom of the page goes over lots of censorship by Facebook
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg lauded the virtues of socialism during a recent meeting with Lu Wei, the czar of China’s draconian Internet censorship system.
Having previously met with State Department official Catherine Novelli, who urged the two countries to “work together as friends” on web security, Wei paid a visit to Facebook’s SIlicon Valley offices despite the fact that the social networking website is completely banned in China.
During the meeting, Wei discovered a book written by Chinese President Xi Jinping called “The Governance of China” sitting on Zuckerberg’s office desk, leading Zuckerberg to comment, “I’ve bought this book for my co-workers. I want them to understand socialism with Chinese characteristics.”
“The sight of Xi’s book on a tech tycoon’s table has been taken as hypocritical and absurd by many observers – the government Xi leads has one of the most restrictive Internet policies in the entire world and Facebook itself is banned in the country. Zuckerberg’s promoting of the book struck many as kow-towing,” reports the Washington Post.
China routinely censors the Internet and cuts off access in order to hide evidence of government corruption and to cover up atrocities committed by the state, a process that Wei has personally overseen since 2011.
Today’s Lesson: Make Facebook Angry, And They’ll Censor You Into Oblivion
Facebook is well on its way to becoming the most popular way that people share links, photos, and other content with their friends. For many sites it’s becoming a powerful new driver of traffic — get people to ‘Like’ your stuff, and Facebook’s network effects will expose it to dozens of their friends.
Just make sure not to do something that might make Facebook angry. Otherwise it might nuke every link to your site, choking off this river of traffic that you’ve worked so hard to build.
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