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The Fake News Meme Wont Die: Pro-Le Pen Accounts Shut Down In France

From Zerohedge we have disturbing reports of more censorship by Facebook:

The first round of French elections will be held on April 23rd, prompting Facebook to shut down pro Le Pen accounts, which they deem to be ‘fake.’

In an effort to fight ‘fake news’ or misinformation, Facebook has targeted 30,000 ‘fake accounts’ in order to control the information that its users consume.

In a statement to AFP, the company said they were trying to “reduce the spread of material generated through inauthentic activity, including spam, misinformation, or other deceptive content that is often shared by creators of fake accounts.”

They are targeting accounts with the highest amount of traffic — since they pose a grave threat to the croissant eating frog lovers in France.

In addition to outright bans, the company, in conjunction with French media, are running ‘fact checking’ programs — designed to fight ‘fake news’, heightening their efforts around the elections — which spans from 4/23-5/7.

All of this hysteria happened after Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump’s twitter account this past November — prompting officials to pressure Facebook and Twitter to do something about the brazen belittling and subversion of the main stream media. Last week, the company launched a tool to help its users identify ‘fake news’ in 14 countries — including the U.S., France and Germany.

The talk about Internet ghettoization is one that the Alt-Right is intimately familiar with. Our accounts are routinely banned, suspended and occasionally shadow-banned as well.

When you have social media platforms as massive and influential as Facebook or Twitter, they can monopolize the social media commons. They can begin to tailor the information and opinions that most people are exposed to day in and day out. By banning Pro-Le Pen or Alt-Right accounts, they effectively cut out our opinions from the online public square. It is no different than King George banning lawful public demonstrations in the colonies. We become pushed into internet ghettos, containment sections of the web that only the most curious and independent thinkers can find.

Matt Drudge has commented on this phenomenon while being interviewed for the Alex Jones show:

Zuckerberg has been making big moves recently. Some have speculated that he is setting up a potential presidential run. He also released a manifesto about his vision for Facebook and the world.

It’s written in that bland, liberal college cookie-cutter language and style. But there are some interesting points here and there, especially about encouraging and fostering a “shared reality”:

Giving everyone a voice has historically been a very positive force for public discourse because it increases the diversity of ideas shared. But the past year has also shown it may fragment our shared sense of reality. It is our responsibility to amplify the good effects and mitigate the bad — to continue increasing diversity while strengthening our common understanding so our community can create the greatest positive impact on the world.

The two most discussed concerns this past year were about diversity of viewpoints we see (filter bubbles) and accuracy of information (fake news). I worry about these and we have studied them extensively, but I also worry there are even more powerful effects we must mitigate around sensationalism and polarization leading to a loss of common understanding.

Social media already provides more diverse viewpoints than traditional media ever has. Even if most of our friends are like us, we all know people with different interests, beliefs and backgrounds who expose us to different perspectives. Compared with getting our news from the same two or three TV networks or reading the same newspapers with their consistent editorial views, our networks on Facebook show us more diverse content.

But our goal must be to help people see a more complete picture, not just alternate perspectives. We must be careful how we do this. Research shows that some of the most obvious ideas, like showing people an article from the opposite perspective, actually deepen polarization by framing other perspectives as foreign. A more effective approach is to show a range of perspectives, let people see where their views are on a spectrum and come to a conclusion on what they think is right. Over time, our community will identify which sources provide a complete range of perspectives so that content will naturally surface more.

Accuracy of information is very important. We know there is misinformation and even outright hoax content on Facebook, and we take this very seriously. We’ve made progress fighting hoaxes the way we fight spam, but we have more work to do. We are proceeding carefully because there is not always a clear line between hoaxes, satire and opinion. In a free society, it’s important that people have the power to share their opinion, even if others think they’re wrong. Our approach will focus less on banning misinformation, and more on surfacing additional perspectives and information, including that fact checkers dispute an item’s accuracy.

While we have more work to do on information diversity and misinformation, I am even more focused on the impact of sensationalism and polarization, and the idea of building common understanding.

What Zuckerberg is interested in is manufacturing consensus. And Facebook will do it by artfully nudging out any red pilled content that shatters the reality they are trying to pitch. This is bigger than Le Pen or the Alt-Right. It’s a struggle against a future that looks like this:

  • Cobbett

    Facebook is for women and children…why bother with it?

    • women vote…

      • Cobbett

        I’m talking about men…and women vote on trivial things – like/dislike of personalities which are largely derived from the MSM.

    • Abcdedcba

      So edgy

      • Cobbett

        I don’t happen to have one do you…tell me what it is and I can see for myself how superior you are.

        • Johnny Fash

          Yeah, I haven’t used Faceberg in years. Don’t even miss it. Everyone who I care about knows how to reach me without it. Unless you’re using Facebook or Twitter to spread propaganda delete it.

          • Cobbett

            The amount of girls I’ve seen taking selfies..in SE Asia…and flicking through their fb page upvoting pics…also it gets a lot of people into shit who don’t take care with what they post…and it’s owned by that tosser Zuckerberg.

        • Abcdedcba

          Wow funny haha

          • Cobbett

            I was being serious…let’s see.

        • West coast and burnt toast

          There’re some good meme pages on there

    • Because a significant percentage of Americans get much or all of their news from their Facebook feed.

      • Cobbett

        No wonder they’re retards.

  • DaveMD ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗᴰʳ

    I do get a bit of a thrill when I think about the use I make of Facebook for supporting and advancing (for my part) far-Right politics.

    Hehe

    • ))) Depeche Europa (((

      Thank you for that Memetic Warfare…..

  • Southernshitlord

    I’m glad that there are men in our movement that are on Facebook fighting the good fight. For me though Facebook/social media is just too gay.

    • ))) Depeche Europa (((

      TRUE

  • ))) Depeche Europa (((

    I would rather die……

    ……than back down or CUCK in the face of people like Zuckerberg……

    F him……

    That POS is my Arch Enemy……..

    Just watched LET SPENCER SPEAK!

    Much Respect and More Power to Richard Spencer and Mike Enoch…..

    …….for their Courage, Integrity, Strength, and Fearlessness…….

    True Warriors for the Alt-Right…….

    The Alt-Right is my Political and Ideological Home…….

    And I will NEVER abandon it regardless of what happens with Trump…..

    Our Enemies might want to push us into Internet/Intellectual Ghettos……

    But, we will continue to Fight, Resist, and RISE……

    ALT-RIGHT FOREVER!!

  • Krafty Wurker

    C’mon. You have censorship right here on AltRight.Com. Censorship that has nothing to do with Disqus or any community standards.

    Someone connected with AltRight.Com needs to get another hobby besides political commentary.

    • ))) Depeche Europa (((

      Stay in the Fight, Brother!

      • Krafty Wurker

        Spencer censored by Auburn.

    • Ike35

      Yeah I’ve just noticed this. I just had a comment go to moderation. If i knew what the problem was then I wouldn’t say it. Although it certainly didn’t seem like a comment that many here would have found fault with.

      • Krafty Wurker

        When dry factual, historical or biographical information gets censored, you know there is something wrong.

        • Crud Bonemeal

          i think the use of certain words triggers the comment being sent to moderation

          it might eventually get approved, but too late for it to matter

          • Ike35

            Yeah that’s the conclusion I came too as well. By the time it’s approved it won’t be as fresh.

  • Rutger3

    In the long run it will be impossible to do battle on platforms that are controlled by the enemy. However, we should still harass them in order to make the plattforms attack normies by accident. Which will be very redpilling for normies subjected to it.

  • SLCain

    Does the man in that picture look like a man who is interested in promoting “a shared sense of reality”?

  • Ed Edgerton

    The elites are planning an Orwellian future for us. Anyone who doesn’t believe in the “official” version of events is to be harassed and made an outcast. They want us to think “2 + 2 = 5.” Sure, a skyscraper can collapse into its footprint at free-fall speed without controlled demolition (building 7). The elites tell us this is what happened, so it must be true. 2+2=5.

    Look up the “Alfred S” channel on YouTube. Remember him? He is a German national who questions the “official” version of the “holocaust,” and he is under investigation by the German police as a result.

  • West coast and burnt toast

    Y’all know she’s not gonna win, right? This isn’t me trying to blackpill anyone, this is just a reminder that the whole point of their 2-round voting system is to prevent nationalists taking power.

    • Ike35

      And apparently they had a major voting machine “glitch” that over counted votes but the Interior Minister said it won’t invalidate the election. Just read it on Richard’s twitter and ZeroHedge has something on it too. War is coming.

  • 99problems

    Everyone plug into the matrix so you can share Cuckerbergs view of “reality”

  • “Zuckerberg is actively fighting news that “fragments our shared sense of reality.””

    That has to be one of the most Orwellian phrases I have ever read.

    • Smash Islamophobia

      But very revealing at the same time. He’s openly stating that the problem for them is how to maintain the official narrative in an age where diverse sources of information are available.

    • SLCain

      Steve Sailer has started a new meme for Facebook, apropos of this passage from Orwell’s 1984:

      “If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.”

      Faceboot

  • Smash Islamophobia

    “Compared with getting our news from the same two or three TV networks or reading the same newspapers with their consistent editorial views”

    The pretense that the “news” is “objective,” and that the only difference is in the editorial stances. Nice implicit assumption there.

    “But our goal must be to help people see a more complete picture, not just alternate perspectives. We must be careful how we do this. Research shows that some of the most obvious ideas, like showing people an article from the opposite perspective, actually deepen polarization by framing other perspectives as foreign.
    A more effective approach is to show a range of perspectives, let people see where their views are on a spectrum and come to a conclusion on what they think is right.”

    “I am even more focused on the impact of sensationalism and polarization, and the idea of building common understanding.”

    Essentially, what he’s saying is “How can we police the narrative more subtly, yet more effectively?” As Mr. Law hints in his use of the phrase “manufacturing consensus,” this is an explicit demonstration of (((Noam Chomsky)))’s point:

    “The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum – even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.”

    Of course, Chomsky was mostly concerned that (((Communists))) weren’t getting enough of a voice in the legacy media, but the point still stands.