Facebook Fake News Flagging System Gives Orwell a Lesson in Censorship

Brendan D. Murphy, Guest
Waking Times

“Hold on a second, citizen. Before you have that thought, you should consider this otherthought we prepared earlier for you.”

It would be hard to conceive of a more partisan or rigged social media platform than Facebook, but that clearly isn’t enough for Facebook, because it has just outdone itself, introducing a tool that allows users to flag any story they may dislike or disagree with as “fake news.” Welcome to the Facebook fake news flagging system.

One can just picture the armies of Establishment trolls and shills salivating at the prospect of being able to dispute any and every item that shows upon Facebook which they don’t like as “fake news,” making it even harder than it already is for independent news outlets to be seen and heard by the people who need to be reached the most (the people who need waking up so they can become part of the solution).

But wait, can’t intelligent, well-researched individuals in turn report outlets they would consider to be sources of bogus information, like the Washington Post, New York Times, and other Establishment-approved sources? Why, no, of course not, this is a one way street. As NBC (an Establishment outlet) notes, “legitimate news outlets won’t be able to be flagged.

Er, so who occupies the mighty throne of Arbiter of Truth to determine what is a “legitimate” outlet and what is not?

Why, a legion of Establishment outlets of course!

Here’s what will happen: flagged stories – any viewpoint a Facebooker happens to dislike – will be reviewed by Facebook “researchers” and sent on to third-party “fact-checking” organizations for further “verification” — or simply marked as fake. The post, after being “assessed” by the third-party “checkers” will show up as “disputed” should they deign to make it so.

Rest easy, citizen, it will be “respectable” entities like Snopes (hard not to laugh out loud here), Politifact, and Factcheck.org who will be doing your thinking for you from now on. You can definitely trust them to sort the wheat from the chaff. Go back to sleeeeeep…

There, doesn’t that feel better without all that naughty brain-hurty “thinky” stuff going on?

A group of Facebook researchers will initially have the responsibility of sifting through flagged stories and determining which ones to send to the fact-checking organizations. If it’s determined to be fake, the story will be flagged as disputed and include a link explaining why.

These stories can still be shared, but you’ll be warned before you do and they’ll be more likely to appear lower in News Feed. These stories also won’t be able to be promoted or turned into advertisements.1 [emphasis added]

Facebook’s algorithm that decides what gets the most prominence in News Feed, is also to be tweaked. It doesn’t take a genius to realise that any such “tweaks” made will be to the benefit of the Establishment outlets, and to the detriment (reduced visibility) of the truly independent news media outlets (like us, for instance) that aren’t massively funded by Big Pharma and/or totally on board with enabling/protecting the global Satanic pedophile network (have you been following the Podesta situation and PizzaGate?).

The hypocrisy on the point of funding is staggering. Facebook’s VP claims that they want to hit “fake news” sites in the pocket1 because, after all, they have ads on them and stuff, mmkay? Mainstream media receives its funding HOW, exactly? Donations from unicorns?

To continue putting this in perspective…

That’s right, not only will the pedophile protectors be given prominence in Facebook’s news feed, but only the “legitimate news outlets” bearing the Establishment’s seal of approval will be immune to flagging.

Everyone else is fair game.

That means that any site trying to protect or assist the victims by exposing the global pedophile/Satanic ritual abuse network is particularly vulnerable to Facebook’s Orwellian “fake news” flagging system, while those who actively shield those abhorrent networks of imbalanced and psychopathic people by pretending it’s not happening, or publishing F-grade “debunking” articles will be rewarded with immunity and increased visibility.

But then, what else would we expect from an organization whose founder is openly aligned with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which so aggressively pursues the global depopulation agenda under the guise of bringing “medicine” to countries in the developing world, while Gates himself devotedly funds a multitude of the most reprehensible companies on earth, while pretending to be environmentally concerned.

More on the motive for the fake news flagging system

Zuckerburg’s comments are revealing:

Days after Donald Trump was elected president, Zuckerberg said it was “pretty crazy” to think fake news could have influenced the election… (nbcnews.com)

So, we wonder who has been in Mr Z’s ear whispering not-so-sweet nothings about the problem of alternative media, especially given that the Establishment/pedophile network’s selected puppet Hillary Clinton didn’t get in over Trump. That must have stung a bit. In case you’re wondering, Podesta is firmly connected in to the Clinton network, so it is no coincidence that the news outlets most loudly promoting her were also the same ones downplaying, debunking, or ignoring the Podesta/PizzaGate scandal.

Facebook’s reputation is deservedly going to the dogs with increasing alacrity.1 Censoring news media outlets such as Wikileaks and Anonymous (to name but two) who are trying to dismantle a global criminal enterprise says a lot about where Facebook’s allegiance lies.

Get ready for the next level of censorship, folks – that is, unless you solve it once and for all by doing the one thing Facebook doesn’t want you to do:

Leave.

If legions of conscientious people were to abandon the social media behemoth, it would lose massive revenue, and if the situation were serious enough, it may even need to reconsider such openly biased and repugnant censorship strategies and opt for something more subtle, and perhaps bearable for those of us who may yet still find some use or value in this platform which so many view as a “necessary evil” (for now). (But before you deactivate, you’ll want to see what we’re cooking up for January. Or just subscribe at the very top of the page. 😉 )

Facebook’s arrogance and contempt for its users may yet be its undoing.

#FacebookFakeNewsFlaggingSystem

About the Author

Brendan D. Murphy – Co-founder of Global Freedom Movement and host of GFM RadioBrendan DMurphy is a leading Australian author, researcher, activist, and musician. His acclaimed non-fiction epic The Grand Illusion: A Synthesis of Science & Spirituality – Book 1 is out now! Come and get your mind blown at www.brendandmurphy.net

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Sources: http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/facebook-putting-fake-news-fight-your-hands-n696241?cid=sm_tw

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10 Ways To Identify A Fake User Account On Facebook

10 Ways To Identify A Fake User Account On Facebook

by Gregg Prescott, M.S.
Editor, In5D.com

Have you noticed an increase in friend requests? Have you ever wondered if any of those are REAL people?

I have a suspicion that many people, especially those of high profile, are being bombarded with a plethora of fake Facebook friend requests.

Why?

If you are disseminating important information that goes against the Cabal’s agenda, then flooding your 5,000 Facebook friend limit with fake accounts would prevent your information reaching REAL people who would benefit from it.

I check each and every friend request I receive. Numerous times, I have seen at least one Facebook friend listed as a “mutual friend” by such requests. In many of these profiles, the first and most recent post is porn related. When this happens, I notify the mutual friend and will remind them to take the time to see who they are friending.

But there are other reasons why fake accounts are being created.

According to a report on Tech.Mic, police departments around the nation have taken predictive crime prevention to a new level by building fake user accounts, as well as posing as genuine people to gather information about local events. (1)

10 Ways To Identify A Fake User Account On Facebook

  1. Account was made recently 2015, 2016.
  2. Account has no history published for earlier years, but Facebook says they have been a member since 2009, etc.
  3. Most fake accounts have 1 image or no real profile photo of the person. Some may only have a select few photos over a long span of time. A well seasoned user would have more photos posted over a long period of time. A fake account may have 7-10 photos posted on the same day.
  4. User has very few friends in common and or friends in general.
  5. There is little to no interaction on their page with friends, no comments, likes or responses over their long time line.
  6. Profile picture seems to good to be true, that hot model added you today! They even messaged you and are interested in you!
  7. When in doubt use reverse image search. Take their image and see if it is a real person or not.
  8. When in doubt deny, deny, deny.
  9. The user doesn’t “like” any bands, books, or movies.
  10. The user doesn’t belong to any groups.

A few Facebook tips:

I am probably more judicial than most Facebook users. I won’t add anyone who I can’t see their page, nor will I add anyone who floods their wall with political posts. If they haven’t posted in at least a month, then chances are, they’re not active on Facebook, so I won’t add them either.

Of course, there are always exceptions to every rule but in general, these trends seem to weed out inactive profiles and political clutter on my Facebook feed.

If you go through your friends list, you will see some profiles without a picture. Many of these users are no longer on Facebook but are still counted against your 5,000 friend limit.

10 Ways To Identify A Fake User Account On Facebook

If you click on their name and they are no longer on Facebook, then you will be redirected back to your personal Facebook page. At that point, you can officially “unfriend” them and free up more room to add more people.

Take the time to see who is friending you. Facebook is a numbers game to a lot of people, but I’d rather have a small number of quality friends than a maxed out 5,000 limit of fake profiles or a plethora of people posting crap I don’t want to see on my newsfeed.

Reference: (1) http://thefreethoughtproject.com/police-creating-fake-facebook-accounts-monitor-id-fake-account/

Facebook Accused of Listening to Everything You Say — Here’s How to Stop It

Source: Activist Post

By Jay Syrmopoulos

Recently, an expert has come out to claim that Facebook may be listening in on your conversations. Kelli Burns, a mass communication professor at the University of South Florida, believes the app might be using people’s microphones to gather data on the content of people’s conversations.

Facebook admits that the app is capable of listening to what’s happening around it — but claims the feature simply identifies what people are listening to or watching as means of conveniently posting about it.

Currently, the feature is only available in the U.S. and has been available for a couple of years according to Facebook, although recent warnings from Burns have drawn renewed interest.

According to a report in The Independent:

Professor Burns has said that the tool appears to be using the audio it gathers not simply to help out users, but might be doing so to listen in to discussions and serve them with relevant advertising. She says that to test the feature, she discussed certain topics around the phone and then found that the site appeared to show relevant ads.

Though Professor Burns said she was not convinced that Facebook is listening in on conversations – it may have been that she was searching for the same things that she chose to discuss around the phone – but she said that it wouldn’t be a surprising move from the site.

The claim chimes with anecdotal reports online that the site appears to show ads for things that people have mentioned in passing.

Facebook admits that their app can listen to audio and collects audio information from users – but that the two aren’t combined, and that no audio data is stored or correlated with advertising.

“Facebook does not use microphone audio to inform advertising or News Feed stories in any way. Businesses are able to serve relevant ads based on people’s interests and other demographic information, but not through audio collection,” said Facebook in a recent blog post. “We only access your microphone if you have given our app permission and if you are actively using a specific feature that requires audio. This might include recording a video or using an optional feature we introduced two years ago to include music or other audio in your status updates.”

Although Facebook claims they do not listen in on conversations, the catch here is that Facebook does have access to your phone’s microphone — as giving permission to access your microphone is a requirement to be able to download the site’s mobile app – thus giving the company the ability to access your phone’s mic at any time.

According to a report in Forbes:

This is not the first time Facebook was accused of listening to conversations using smartphone microphones. Reddit user NewHoustonian started a discussion last year about whether the Facebook app was listening to conversations for advertising purposes. NewHoustonian started off the discussion with a post — which has since been removed — about how he suspects the Facebook app was listening to him because he started seeing pest control ads after talking to his girlfriend about killing a cockroach. That Reddit thread now has over 1,700 comments in regards to Facebook listening to conversations and several of those comments refer to similar experiences.

Additionally, police in Belgium have warned citizens to not use Facebook’s recently added Reactions feature if they are concerned about safeguarding their personal privacy.

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Whether or not Facebook is actually listening is debatable, but the ability to listen certainly exists given the fact that each person with the mobile app has already given the company permission to access their phone’s microphone. Thankfully, there is an easy solution for those that don’t trust the social media giant with access to their microphone.

One simple way is to uninstall the app altogether and simply access Facebook from the mobile site itself, thus never having to give any permissions to access your data or microphone.

Another fix is to turn off the microphone in a phone’s settings, which is relatively easy to do. Since this is done at the operating system level, doing so will mean that Facebook loses the ability to access your microphone completely.

On an iPhone this can be done by entering the app’s settings, going to privacy and then switching the slider for the microphone to the off position; on an Android phone, go to settings and then privacy, App permissions, Microphone, and from there you can change the permissions that the Facebook app is given.

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While Facebook claims that they may not be actively listening to your conversations, the idea that you have given permission for the company to access your microphone and text message data simply by downloading and installing the app is certainly disconcerting for those completely unaware that they have given such privacy-shattering permissions to Facebook.

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