This social media site has a new “algorithmic censorship practice” which blocks certain kinds of posts from appearing to people. We no longer have the freedom to choose what we want to see, even off pages we have chosen to follow. If you haven’t guessed it yet, we’re talking about Facebook.
Not everyone is wearing a virtual reality device at Facebook. A few employees have their eyes wide open, according to Antimedia.com. They’re not happy with Facebook’s “new algorithmic censorship practices” that Mr. Zuckerberg and his team have developed, which can “restrict certain kinds of posts from appearing in users’ news feeds in certain geographic areas.” Three former employees, who chose to remain anonymous, say this type of censorship has already been employed in Russia, Pakistan and Turkey, where, in deference to those governments, Facebook removed 55,000 pages of content.
In China, however, which is a market that Facebook has craved, but not yet cracked, the censorship has a different twist, as reported by The New York Times. In this instance, Facebook would not be doing the picking and choosing of information. Instead, they would create software and give to a third party, most likely a Chinese company, who would then monitor posts and make determinations on whether or not they passed muster. There is no absolute deal – yet – on what compromises Facebook would make for a Chinese entry, and many options may exist.