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Facebook To Demonetize ‘Objectionable Content’ While Mueller Turns ‘Red Hot’ Focus On Social Media

In an effort to censor the free flow of information – which cost Hillary Clinton the election, Facebook is following in Google’s footsteps with a new initiative to flag and demonetize videos deemed ‘objectionable’ or ‘fake news,’ as the social media giant begins to place ads inside of videos and articles vs. directly into news feeds.

Carolyn Everson, VP of Marketing Solutions, says the new policies are in reaction to advertiser concerns over being paired with content they disagree with.

“Facebook’s 5 million advertisers are increasingly sensitive to their product pitches showing up next to offensive content after a controversy at Google’s YouTube earlier this year. Facebook wants to avoid that so-called brand safety problem.” Bloomberg

Facebook plans to ensure ‘offensive’ material is enforced via a combination of human and automated review. Via Bloomberg: 

The new guidelines apply to publishers that want to run ads with their content and require an “authentic, established presence on Facebook,” proof that “they are who they represent themselves to be, and have had a profile or page on Facebook for at least one month,” the company said.

In order to put ad breaks in their videos, those publishers may need to have a follower base Facebook finds “sufficient,” and the company said that requirement could be applied to other ad features.
Meanwhile, Mueller’s going in hot and heavy on social media
Bloomberg also reports that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller is “red-hot” focused on “Russia’s effort to influence U.S. voters through Facebook and other social media.”
Mueller’s team of prosecutors and FBI agents is zeroing in on how Russia spread fake and damaging information through social media and is seeking additional evidence from companies like Facebook and Twitter about what happened on their networks, said one of the officials, who asked not to be identified discussing the ongoing investigation.
Last week, Facebook said it had identified around $100,000 in ad spending by a Russian ‘troll farm’ using fake accounts. Nevermind the fact that most of the ads did not favor a specific candidate, and were mostly run in 2015.
Not one to let the Russia story die, of course – Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, says Russia is ramping up hacking operations ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.
“Russia has clearly assumed an even more aggressive cyber posture by increasing cyber espionage operations and leaking data stolen from those operations,” Coats said Wednesday at the Billington Cybersecurity Summit in Washington.
Intel Committee Chairman Richard Burr, (R-NC) thinks Facebook’s ‘revelation’ regarding the $100K spent in 2015 is “the tip of the iceberg. I think there’s going to be much more,” adding “This is the wild, wild west.”
Remember: 
Hillary lost because James Comey undermined her credibility with the email investigation.
Hillary lost because Bernie talked too much shit during the primaries
Hillary lost because of sexism
Hillary lost because Russia
Hillary did not lose because she’s a deep-state war mongering neocon shill whose charity was exposed as a massive pay-for-play scheme, taking tens of millions of dollars from enemies of the United States.
And as long as Mueller’s witch hunt hangs over Trump’s head, nothing he says or does will be considered legitimate. This is an active campaign to discredit a sitting president, aided by the very social media platforms which facilitated his election.
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8 comments

  1. mx2101

    Translation: Facebook has no interest in coordinating placement of ads with the desired target demographics of their advertising customers. They are selling quantity and not qualitative.

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  2. mx2101

    Translation: Facebook has no interest in coordinating placement of ads with the target demographics of their advertising customers. Facebook and Google know exactly what their users do, but they do not know who their users are.

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  3. mx2101

    Apologies for the inadvertent double post. Was using a cranky smartphone on poor WiFi.

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  4. oilerua

    it was a nice monologue

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  5. sarcrilege

    Mueller is a desperate hack who will be satisfied with fake evidence, i.e. Zuckerfucks bogus claim that $50K was enough to derail Klinton’s ~$1B prez campaign.

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  6. dingus

    Hillary lost because of :

    Sexism, racism, misogyny, xenophobia, the FBI, Comey, Russians, Putin, Wikileaks, DNC, Obama, Biden, Sanders, Weiner, Electoral college, polling data, cable news, fake news, bots, anti-american forces, low-information voters, people who assumed she would win, republicans, suburban women, tv executives and content farms in Macedonia.

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  7. John Sawyer

    A dislike of Hillary Clinton and a preference for Donald Trump doesn’t somehow mean the Russians didn’t use any of the same cyber methods for targeting the 2016 election, in an attempt to hoodwink some voters to favor Trump, as they’ve used in several countries in Europe, Ukraine, etc. Mueller is trying to get to the bottom of this and other involvement between Trump’s people and Russia, and he’s not engaged in a witch hunt. The propaganda that Russia distributed online in the US during the 2016 campaign was not an example of “the free flow of information”.

    As for delegitimizing Trump, he does a lot of that all on his own, by his statements and actions. Reporting on it isn’t some kind of conspiracy to get him. This article’s author implies that he thinks such investigating and reporting about Trump should come to an end. Of course, that’s the real call to censor the free flow of information.

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