Revealed: Facebook’s Secret Blacklist of “Dangerous Individuals and Organizations”

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      eridani
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      https://theintercept.com/2021/10/12/facebook-secret-blacklist-dangerous/

      But as with other attempts to limit personal freedoms in the name of counterterrorism, Facebook’s DIO policy has become an unaccountable system that disproportionately punishes certain communities, critics say. It is built atop a blacklist of over 4,000 people and groups, including politicians, writers, charities, hospitals, hundreds of music acts, and long-dead historical figures.

      A range of legal scholars and civil libertarians have called on the company to publish the list so that users know when they are in danger of having a post deleted or their account suspended for praising someone on it. The company has repeatedly refused to do so, claiming it would endanger employees and permit banned entities to circumvent the policy. Facebook did not provide The Intercept with information about any specific threat to its staff.

      Despite Facebook’s claims that disclosing the list would endanger its employees, the company’s hand-picked Oversight Board has formally recommended publishing all of it on multiple occasions, as recently as August, because the information is in the public interest.

      The list and associated rules appear to be a clear embodiment of American anxieties, political concerns, and foreign policy values since 9/11, experts said, even though the DIO policy is meant to protect all Facebook users and applies to those who reside outside of the United States (the vast majority). Nearly everyone and everything on the list is considered a foe or threat by America or its allies: Over half of it consists of alleged foreign terrorists, free discussion of which is subject to Facebook’s harshest censorship.

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      eridani
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      https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/10/13/new-stop-facebook-campaign-demands-ban-data-harvesting-and-corporate-surveillance

      The campaign argues that the fuel driving Facebook’s business model is the trove of user data the company amasses to power algorithms that generate ad revenue and corporate profits.

      “The problem with companies like Facebook and YouTube is not that they host user-generated content, it’s that they use surveillance-driven algorithms to pick and choose what content goes viral and what content no one sees, in order to keep us all on the platform clicking and scrolling to maximize advertising revenue,” said Fight for the Future director Evan Greer.

      Along with Fight for the Future, other groups behind the campaign include Win Without War, Media Justice, Public Knowledge, and United We Dream.

      The campaign points to the recent revelations from Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, who told senators earlier this month that the company’s algorithms are dangerous and that “Facebook became a $1 trillion company by paying for its profits with our safety, including the safety of our children.”

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      KenTankerous
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      I won’t touch Facebook either way.

      "If we define an American fascist as one who in case of conflict puts money and power ahead of human beings, then there are undoubtedly several million fascists in the United States."
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      (FDR's Vice President until he was forced out by the corrupt forces of obscene wealth.)

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      Satan
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      Ronnie is NOT happy about that name!!

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      closeupready
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      what is the point of that exactly? I’m not sure I understand how this works.

      Is the list their source code for an algorithm which is written to raise red flags on accounts which praise these individuals? And if so, why these individuals and not other infamous characters like Timothy McVeigh, Meir Kahane, or Charles Manson, none of whom appear on that list (upon my brief review)?

      The opinions and personal views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and should never be taken seriously.

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