@ParkerMolloy: a thread [on Facebook pandering to conservative outcry in 2016, up to the election]
Alice Clearwater
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  • 5/9/16 9:10am - Gizmodo: "Former Facebook Workers: We Routinely Suppressed Conservative News"

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- 5/9/16 5:19pm - Business Insider: "Facebook: We don't allow blocking conservative news from the trending section"
FB says the report (which was based on a single anonymous former employee) is false.

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- 5/9/16 - GOP jumps on this story, urges supporters to demand Facebook admit its nonexistent bias, writing... “With 167 million US Facebook users reading stories highlighted in the trending section, Facebook has the power to greatly influence the presidential election.”
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dlt-Yk7X4AE8YYq.jpg:large

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- 5/19/16 - CNN: "Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg meets with conservative leaders"

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- 8/26/16 - Quartz: "Facebook is trying to get rid of bias in Trending news by getting rid of humans"

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- 8/29/16 - Arstechnica: "Facebook fires human editors, algorithm immediately posts fake news"

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- Post Election: https://twitter.com/ParkerMolloy/status/1034560189670809606

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AND TO PROVE THAT NOBODY HAS LEARNED ANYTHING FROM ALL OF THIS:

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- 5/3/18 - USA Today: "IS Facebook too liberal? It pledges to investigate charges it's biased against conservatives"

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- 6/26/18 - CNN: "Facebook caves in to pressure from conservatives"

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That Gizmodo article with the sensational headline really helped get the ball rolling on our new hell-reality

Anyway, the point is: This worked for Republicans in 2016. It’s easy to brush off the importance of social media companies in politics. That’s why the right is waging a PR campaign aimed at making people think tech companies are anti-conservative. It helped them win once...

So when you see Trump tweeting about Google or Kevin McCarthy not understanding his own Twitter settings or Diamond and Silk claiming Facebook blocked them or a bunch of people claiming they were “shadow banned,” it should worry all of us.

Because the people behind these companies — Zuckerberg, Dorsey, etc. — cave into bad faith demands from the right all the time. They don’t have principles.

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