Biggest Social Media Sites Censor Alternative News

“Unreliable News Source”

The mainstream media skews the news to defend the status quo, and serves the interests of the rich and powerful.

But at least web news sources are free of censorship … one would hope.

Unfortunately, that’s not true.

Facebook pays low-wage foreign workers to delete certain content based upon a censorship list. For example, Facebook deletes accounts created by any Palestinian resistance groups.

Digg was caught censoring stories which were controversial or too critical of the government. See this and this.

Many accuse Youtube of blatant censorship.

Reddit – the 133rd most popular website worldwide on the Internet – is also censoring.

I’m not talking about censoring specific websites (For example, I was informed today that Reddit’s News category censors all stories from this website.  But that’s just an example).  I’m talking about censoring entire categories of news media.

Specifically, Reddit’s WorldNews category has 2.5 million subscribers.  Most tv news shows have less than 2.5 million daily viewers. So that means that Reddit’s WorldNews is itself a mainstream media source in terms of numbers.  And many more people see WorldNews stories on the front page of Reddit, even if they are not subscribers to the WorldNews subreddit.

(Reddit is owned by the 46th largest company in the United States – Advance Publications – which owns a number of mainstream newspapers and magazines.)

Yet WorldNews censors blogs, and doesn’t consider them real news sources.  Here’s a discussion I had recently with WorldNews moderators:

In fact, the top independent experts in every field – economics, business, foreign affairs, military, science, energy, etc. – have their own blogs, making blogs one of the best sources of information, a good way to fact-check the mainstream news, and the best way to read the experts’ insights direct and unfiltered.  See this, this and this.

Indeed, the whole reason that news blogs have become popular is that they get around the censorship which is ubiquitous in the mainstream television news. And social media is popular as a news source – especially among youth – because it pretends that it provides uncensored news, where a free market of popularity governs.

That’s obviously not the case, where specific websites – and entire classes of media, such as blogs – are barred.

Reddit holds itself out as a young, hip, progressive news source.  But if it is censoring blogs, it fails to live up to any of these claims.

The government already censors and manipulates social media. More proof here and here.

It is sad that the moderators of the social media sites themselves are doing the same thing.

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  • http://twitter.com/Essential_Intel Essential Intel

    The fact that the author’s first concern is to whine about the “censorship of Palestinian resistance groups” (= terrorist war criminals, who are often blatantly cannibalistic and genocidal) exposes him as part of the problem . Social networks are no places for such hate based filth, and the author’s support of this as a prime concern can and will be used by the establishment as a perfect pretext to justify real censorship on real news as well, since according to their paradigm only ‘extremists and terror sympathizers oppose the regulation of web content’ . In other words, this website is controlled opposition on the road to nowhere. Besides, whoever chooses to count on CIA operations like facebook and twiter as news sources is digging his own virtual grave. The problem can be bypassed altogether by relocating that whole ‘scene’ to an open source community which won’t depend on mainstream operations.

    • mainstream

      eat a dick

    • LordOrlock

      Sorry buddy. But censorship is censorship. We cant choose to censor people we dont agree with.

      To use an example, I loathe neonazi’s. Them scum should go kill themselves. But this isnt Nazi germany, this is a free society. And unfortunately that means allowing them to share their opinions with one another. Unfortunately, a free society cannot be free for some and unfree for others. If it is not free for everyone, then it is UNFREE.

      And that includes Neonazis and Palestinians (Not trying to equate them mind you…)

      • http://twitter.com/Essential_Intel Essential Intel

        Those who want to end free speech (Like Nazis) should not be allowed to use free speech mediums to advance their vile cause. Actually its illegal to promote Nazism in most civilized countries (at least in Europe). It remains legal in the USA only because the Feds need an active patsy pool to use as controlled opposition. Read all about it in our latest report:
        http://essential-intelligence-network.blogspot.com/2012/12/anatomy-of-controlled-opposition.html

        • LordOrlock

          Illegal on paper perhaps. But it stands that there are more self identifying fascists in Europe than in America. For gods sake, look at how popular the Front Nationale has gotten in France… Not even counting the Golden Dawn in Greece, by god… Scares the shit out of me man…

          If anything, censoring their opinions has only made them fester more strongly. Censorship has a long history of backfiring. One of the reasons free societies have such less civil strife than more authoritarian societies is we allow those with extreme opinions to talk openly, thus showing their extremism to the rest of the population, and they are conveniently ostracized.

          We dont have genuine fascists much here in America, though most of those with authoritarian tendencies use alternative anti-democratic outlets like extreme neoconservatism or the like. Still. At least neoconservatives dont advocate going around bashing immigrants businesses like Golden Dawn does, by god.

    • M

      “Terrorist war criminals,who are often blatantly cannibalistic and genocidal”.Holy fuck.how fucking stupid are you? Go fucking die and help make this world a better place.

  • gozounlimited

    We live in an out of balance world …. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mQMGL7EE_g

  • goingnowherefast

    I’ve definitely had links to stories critical of government censored from FB. It demonstrate an inherent weakness in the system. Any government that can’t tolerate scrutiny is covering up illegal behavior. And any media outlet that enables the government to cover up crimes is illegitimate as well.

  • john

    just go and try to seek on GOOGLE (not facebook, not wikipedia – google is supposed to be the good guy) recent news on Greece.. and then try to argue that google only censors content in China..

  • Oscar Wilde-Cat

    RAW STORY censors like crazy. So does the HUFFINGTON POST.

 

 

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