P is for Propaganda (‘Oops’ Said Faceberg, Part Infinity)

So lifelike.

The WaPo tells us that Facebook decided to not take down disinformation after the 2016 election for fear of alienating conservatives:

“This is what they know about Republicans: Tell them ‘yes’ or they will hurt us.”

Facebook created “Project P” (P for propaganda) —after the 2016 Goat Rodeo— to identify pages that had spread fake news reports during the 2016 election that helped the Russian Usurper’s improbable win. They found dozens of pages, mostly coming from overseas and all coming from the hard-right.

Joel Kaplan (VP of global public policy) argued that the pages shouldn’t be deleted:

“We can’t remove all of it because it will disproportionately affect conservatives.”

You don’t say?

Kaplan said that conservatives didn’t regard fake news as fake news, and there would be a backlash if they removed those pages. Because when it is fake in conservatives’ favor it is good news, I guess?

So you can see how this could snowball. To keep the peace with Possum Hollar and allow the lies to remain (and reproduce like bunnies in clover) brought us to where we are today: Facebook is the platform preferred by our Rage Uncles where they can promote their favorite conspiracy theories and where politicians pay Faceberg a lot of Ameros to lie to Possum Hollar.

Not surprisingly, other media outlets sensing both the power of Facebook and how they are hoovering up the disinformation dollar (and presumably these media outlets cannot) are starting to squeal:

In a newly released interview, AT&T President and COO John Stankey says he’s “really concerned about the concentration of economic power” in big tech companies and how they approach their “platforms’ influence on society.”

Stankey, who also serves as the CEO of WarnerMedia, urged Facebook (FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg to take some responsibility for information posted on the platform, saying that the site requires “editorial integrity” whether or not Zuckerberg considers it a media company.

“If that’s where people are consuming facts and information and if you’re aggregating and producing that to move out, then you probably need to think about what the editorial integrity of your platform is,” he says…

“Why did editorial integrity show up in media companies?” Stankey adds. “Editorial integrity and editors arrived because people needed to make sure that their source of information was, in fact, doing that ethical and fair reporting that we just talked about. And so I don’t think you can sit here and say, well, just because I’m not a media company, I shouldn’t need editors.”

Facebook is absolutely a media company (despite Faceberg saying that they are a technology company) and they must be regulated as such. Right now, Facebook is an unaccountable version of Fox News (which, you know, is unaccountable in a different way).

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14 Responses to P is for Propaganda (‘Oops’ Said Faceberg, Part Infinity)

  1. Dennis Cole says:

    “You will be assimilated; resistance is futile…”

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  2. They’re not afraid of conservatives ‘being mad at them’ they’re on the SAME SIDE!

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  3. Relatedly, another one for the “This is the WORST timeline” files:

    This arrived in my inbox (as this kinda thing is my day job):

    We are happy to announce that CISA is expanding its external reach to a new platform: Facebook (facebook.com/CISA). As a new agency with a collaborative mission, CISA’s success depends upon our ability to communicate with our partners and the public. Facebook will be a critical platform where we can share resources, make announcements, and encourage all our followers to be proactive about managing risk.

    CISA now maintains a presence on four social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube. Please like, follow, and connect with CISA.

    So the fucking agency in charge of coordinating infosec in the US is now asking all of it’s “partners” (ie: Infosec and related IT folks throughout the country) to officially make it known to Faceberg that they are, in fact, IT and/or Infosec people.

    [Spock]This seems…unwise.[/Spock]

    (note this is the agency: https://www.cisa.gov/about-cisa They’re the ones that sent me the deeee-LIGHTFUL news just the other day that an un-named major pipeline management company was subjected to a 3-day shutdown due to a ransomware attack, but the pinky swear that no actual pipeline controls were hacked. Honest.

    And it is a testament to the ongoing shitshow that is the Dampnut Administration that I DON’T REALLY TRUST THEM ANYMORE because everything King Shitdas touches is turned to shit.)

    Happy Friday, folks.

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    • Someday I”m going to , like , blow up a rocket or something by forgetting a closing tag, aren’t I..

      😛

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    • MDavis says:

      Also, that pipeline news seems like an argument for some computer systems to be set up as silos with no outside internet access. To reduce the vulnerability.

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      • Yes, althiough that didn’t prevent Iran’s centrifuges from getting hacked. It’s a thorny problem. If you set things up so they’re so insulated you have to be physically at the console to do stuff, you’re pretty well hardened against hacking, but then you’ve got the issue that you have to travel to the console to do anything, which in the case of pipeline controls can be difficult or impossible in an emergency.

        There are other means to mitigate password compromises, making it far more difficult to break stuf even if you do get soneone’s password.

        On the other hand, just getting these people to not respond to phishing emails and not using ‘pa55w0rd’ as their password would be a really nice start 🙂

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      • MDavis says:

        Maybe just be serious about security clearances, like only give real access to people who can actually follow security rules. Bet that works until the bosses niece has to have a job to get her out of the house before her mom has another breakdown. Or until someone gets in charge politically who needs a position to give his fourteenth best donor. Or similar.

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  4. retiredeng says:

    You’d think that these idiots would be able to figure out they themselves would become eventual targets if the US falls to a dictatorship.

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  5. MDavis says:

    “We can’t remove all of it because it will disproportionately affect conservatives.”
    Logic fail.
    They can remove all of it because it proportionately would affect liars and propagandists. That non-right-wingers can’t keep up with the volume of lies is not a valid reason to not call out those lies. If you call out all of them and 98% are from right wingers that is not my fault, it’s the right wing zeitgeist’s fault.
    Geez Louise, this is like schools saying they cannot pass out failing grades because that will disproportionately affect [those who don’t do their homework] stereotypical high-school football players.
    Somewhere, Cokie Roberts is smiling and eating bon bons as she watches the show.

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  6. jado says:

    In a newly released interview, AT&T President and COO John Stankey says he’s “really concerned about the concentration of economic power” in big tech companies and how they approach their “platforms’ influence on society.”

    Because it’s not HIS big tech company. How do any of these wankers expect us to believe them when they have spent the last 40 years promoting and defending the very thing they are now whining about? Hypocrite. Let them eat cake….

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