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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

Facebook is an anti-social media censoring machine — pretending to “stand for free expression” it abhors and increasing prohibits on its platform when touching nerves it wants suppressed.

The Wall Street Journal gave its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg a platform to lie to and deceive readers.

Claiming “a private company shouldn’t have the power to censor politicians or the news” is polar opposite how FB’s platform operates when views expressed differ sharply from establishment interests.

At its discretion, FB unjustifiably removes truth-telling pages with information it wants eliminated, operating as gatekeeper for powerful interests, wanting the official narrative drowning out alternative views.

Twitter and Google operate the same way, wanting untrustworthy establishment news sources featured over reliable/truth-telling alternative ones.

Earlier, Zukerberg claimed FB is  is in an “arms race” with Russia, sounding like he was reading from a CIA press release.

He held a closed-door meeting with the NYT, Wall Street Journal, CNN and other establishment media, the most untrustworthy names in news — colluding on how they can work together against the public interest.

FB uses thought-control “fact-checkers,” aiming to suppress content falsely called “fake news,” wanting rubbish establishment media feature instead.

FB earlier said it considers what it calls “false narratives (content diverging from establishment views) intentionally divisive headlines and language that exploit disagreements and sow conflict” – a vague standard only censors could love, giving themselves latitude to do what they please extrajudicially.

Ranking information sources isn’t what media and speech freedom are all about. Censoring content is how totalitarian regimes operate.

Zukerberg: “We can stand for free expression…(o)r we can decide the cost is too great. I believe we must stand for free expression.”

FB’s censoring/though-control activities belie his lofty rhetoric. First Amendment-affirmed free expression is eroding because conventional and social establishment media operate in cahoots with US dark forces, wanting it suppressed.

They’re notably waging war on digital democracy, wanting the last frontier of media freedom compromised by giving telecom and cable giants increasing control over what should be a free and open platform for everyone — unobstructed and uncorrupted by commercial interests.

If Trump regime FCC chairman Ajit Pai gets his way, Net Neutrality will be consigned to the dustbin of history, an online level playing field for everyone eliminated.

Without speech, media and academic freedoms, all other fundamental rights are threatened.

Conventional and social establishment media are enemies of free, open, and equitable societies.

They’re censoring machines in cahoots with growing tyranny in the US.

FB is a major part of the problem. Zukerberg misled readers, saying the platform “focus(es) on (eliminating) misinformation that could lead to imminent physical harm…”

Its gatekeepers oppose what just societies hold dear, notably the fundamental right to express views freely unobstructed, no matter how unacceptable or offensive to powerful interests wanting them suppressed.

FB is an establishment organization, serving privileged interests at the expense of truth, equity, justice, and fundamental freedoms too precious to lose.

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.