Decision time for Facebook: Censor or no?

In “a chilling development for Internet free speech,” Facebook has already make it possible to “silence” posts without actually removing them. Governments and large corporations may routinely hire the service to suppress alternative views.

We don’t even know why some causes, like attacks on Christmas, seem to be getting so much attention on social media, and the concerns we and our neighbours routinely discuss do not proportionately gain much attention at all… More.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    I already made my decision on facebook.

  • Maggat

    I closed my facebook account a couple of months ago. I just didn’t want to have any information on a site that I didn’t trust. Zuckerburg has shown himself as a astute designer of a huge money making business, but a very easy target of those such as Merkel to misuse his product.

  • Xavier

    It’s not censorship! They’re just silencing the ‘wrong sort’ of comments!

  • kkruger71

    A few months ago I decided I was sick of a lot of the extremes on both sides on my Facebook feed, so I selected the “hide all posts from” option on a lot of the sources (not the people who posted them). What I found was that all the more right wing sources stayed hidden from my newsfeed, but most of the left stuff (Sumofus, Upworthy, etc) started reappearing within a couple weeks if not days no matter how many times I selected the hide option.
    Now other than Facebook doing this, it is possible that these sources have figured out ways to circumvent the blocks by changing something technical, but even if they are it doesn’t look like Facebook is doing anything to combat this.

  • Hard Little Machine

    If you call for another Holocaust it’s free speech. If you roll your eyes at anyone else it’s a war crime.