Internet giants Facebook and Google both said they are banning fake news websites, wrote The New York Times. The ball started to roll during the presidential election. The Internet giants were faced with tower high criticism about fake news publishers responsible for influencing the presidential election programs. “Over all, this makes it extremely unlikely hoaxes changed the outcome of this election in one direction or the other,” Mr. Zuckerberg wrote.
Google began banning websites on November 15, for circulating fake stories, from their ad network called AdSense. Several hours later, Facebook has tightened its advertising policy “Ads must not contain deceptive, false, or misleading content, including deceptive claims”. Fake sites such as cnn.com.de and abcnews.com.co, owned by Paul Horner have already been banned.
“The goal of search is to provide the most relevant and useful results for our users,” Andrea Faville, a Google spokeswoman, said in a statement. “In this case, we clearly didn’t get it right, but we are continually working to improve our algorithms.”
Who Decides? A Cause for Concern
Facebook has indicated keen to keep an eye on content, and also Google confirmed that the software algorithms determines the news article’s ranking.
The two Internet magnates determine what the world should read and that’s a cause for concern.
In plain English, this is abuse of power. The social network Facebook must comply solely with socializing and the search engine Google only with making information on the Internet discoverable, not hiding information.
Appropriate names would be Fakebook and hide engine.
These decisions obviously come from somewhere. On May 31, 2016 the European committee has announced to tackle hate speech together with the Internet magnates Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and Youtube.
In written it looks nice, but when you delve a little bit it becomes clear that the red line between free speech and hate speech are extreme vague, it could literally be anything according to the Council Framework Decision 2008/913 / JHA, what the “code of conduct” is referring to.
Lions Ground has announced several months ago about YouTube’s censorship. Until mid-sized Youtubers became victims themselves, this signal was finally taken seriously. The year 2016 is the year of cronyism, because Youtube practice selective censorship.
According to YouTube’s policy center people have to flag videos that contains nudity and sexual content.
“Videos containing fetish content will be removed or age-restricted depending on the severity of the act in question. In most cases, violent, graphic, or humiliating fetishes are not allowed to be shown on YouTube,” says Youtube. Is that true?
Quite clearly Youtube allows the music video “Needed Me” by Rihanna to be monetized. While the video contains large parts “bare breasts” of “female strippers” at a stripping bar, showing their ass, close enough to count every rimple inside the intergluteal cleft. On a Facebook note we show that Youtube is not taking its responsibility knowing that it contains sexual behavior, nudity and displaying strippers, which is a branch of prostitution.
This also applies to Info Warrior, Paul Joseph Watson, labeling the entire Islamic group black as violent terrorists with the video “Islam is not a religion of peace“, which is pure hate speech. “Hate speech is speech that offends, threatens, or insults groups, based on race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or other traits,” the definition of hate speech.
The reason for this selective censorship is fear of bad publicity or Google-Youtube has a price (just a possibility).
This is the reason why Google’s and Facebook’s plans left us speechless.