Thursday, April 05, 2018 by Jayson Veley
Someone needs to remind Mark Zuckerberg that he created a social media website for people to connect and chat with friends, not a website that determines the credibility of various news sources.
Just days ago, the Facebook founder and CEO did an interview with the far-left publication Vox, during which he explained that Facebook has implemented a new system that strongly favors “broadly trusted” news sources as opposed to independent media. The catch, of course, is that Zuckerberg and his team don’t exactly define “broadly trusted news sources” in the same way that most conservatives would.
The system, which was actually first introduced back in January of this year, has already started to show results. Over the past few weeks, Facebook traffic to mainstream media outlets such as CNN and NBC skyrocketed, while at the same time, traffic to more conservative and independent news outlets fell. Additionally, and not surprisingly, Facebook engagement on posts made by President Trump fell by 45 percent.
“This year, we’ve rolled out a number of changes to News Feed that try to boost in the ranking broadly trusted news sources,” Zuckerberg said in the Vox interview. “We’ve surveyed people across the whole community and asked them whether they trust different news sources. Take the Wall Street Journal or New York Times. Even if not everyone reads them, the people who don’t read them typically still think they’re good, trustworthy journalism.”
No, Mark, that’s simply not the case. There are millions of Americans, many of whom are on Facebook, who do not read the New York Times and do not think it is an example of “good, trustworthy journalism.” The New York Times has been caught in many different lies and scandals throughout the last few years, and conveniently, most of those lies were either meant to defend liberalism or target conservatism in one way or another. (Related: If Facebook and Google are not regulated, their politically-motivated censorship will lead to open warfare in the streets.)
Zuckerberg went on to contrast these “trustworthy” news outlets with “blogs that may be on more of the fringe,” which “have their strong supporters, but people who don’t necessarily read them often don’t trust them as much.”
Throughout his entire explanation of Facebook’s new system, Zuckerberg was, predictably, trying to spin it so that it came across as in the peoples’ best interests. He claimed that it was all about trying to provide users with a more “meaningful experience” by providing them with news from sources that he may believe are trustworthy, but aren’t.
This is exactly why so many people (though particularly conservatives) become so weary and skeptical whenever social media sites like Facebook announce plans to limit the amount of fake news that appears on their platform – behind every campaign to combat fake news is a team of opinionated, often politicized individuals determining what news is acceptable and what isn’t. If Facebook really were targeting information that truly was fake, then that would be something entirely different; sadly, by “fake” news and “untrustworthy” information, they really mean “conservative” news and “right-of-center” information.
Facebook’s targeting of news sources that don’t align with the narrative set forth by the establishment media is nothing new. Back in 2016, Fox News published an entire list of times when conservatives were censored by Facebook in one way or another. (Related: Facebook censors Natural News from users that want it, but won’t allow you to block Mark Zuckerberg’s feed.)
Mark Zuckerberg and his team should know that while they may think they are being sneaky and operating under the radar, more Americans realize what they are up to than they might think.
Read FacebookCollapse.com for more coverage of the collapse of Facebook.