In the last year, Facebook has taken it upon itself to be the ultimate gatekeepers of what you should and shouldn’t see.
It’s been an absolute mess, to say the least.
Despite the claim of trying to combat “fake news,” Facebook has curiously focused primarily only on conservative publishers, although there are plenty of unchecked claims from both the far-right and far-left.
On top of that, Facebook has been completely unable to satisfactorily answer the question of why it’s even Facebook’s responsibility to censor what they deem unworthy.
Frankly, it’s not their responsibility.
More so, it’s insulting to the millions of everyday people whom Facebook has basically told, “You’re not smart enough to handle Facebook. We’ll handle it for you.”
That’s all obviously bad, but there is something else that compounds matters so much more
While Facebook flailed around in the dark to try and figure out how it would decide what’s worth putting in front of your face, there were much more serious ramifications across the globe that the social media titan was letting run amok.
As Facebook was arbitrarily trying to figure out what to do with itself stateside, it was letting posts that were actually dangerous to remain publicized.
According to PJ Media, Facebook has only now just begun deleting and censoring inflammatory posts that were inciting the horrible human atrocities being committed in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma.)
For those not in the know, there has essentially an ethnic cleansing in Burma. It’s been bad enough for the United States to intervene and sanction several prominent military personnel in Myanmar.
“The ethnic violence in Myanmar is horrific and we have been too slow to prevent misinformation and hate on Facebook,” said Facebook product manager Sara Su.
If Facebook’s campaign to censor news began and focused on the atrocities in Burma, they would’ve rightfully been applauded. That‘s important work the social media company could and should have focused on. Actual countless lives were at stake in Myanmar.
In the United States? It’s hard to interpret Facebook’s actions as anything other than a massive overreaction to President Donald Trump’s stunning electoral win over Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Whatever influence Facecbook may or may not have had on that election, scores of people are not dying from a democratic election. Scores of people are, however, dying thanks to Burmese ethnic cleansing in Myanmar.
How in the world can a company be trusted to prioritize what’s best for you and me to see when it was deciding that stories that may or may not have affected the election were more important to deal with than stories that were actually killing countless people?
That answer is simple. They clearly can’t be trusted to prioritize such matters.
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