May 23, 2019

Facebook Election Tampering in Europe

Timothy Birdnow

Facebook colludes to tamper with the E.U. election.

From the article:

Facebook has taken down nearly 80 pages spreading fake news or using tactics that appeared aimed at unfairly influencing the European Parliament vote this weekend, an NGO reported Wednesday (22 May).

The US-based Avaaz online activist group said it had alerted Facebook to more than 500 pages and accounts suspected of fuelling disinformation campaigns.

"Together, they were followed by 32 million people and generated 67 million ‘interactions’ (comments, likes, shares) in the last three months alone,” Avaaz said.

As a result, Facebook shut 77 pages and 230 accounts, mainly spreading inflammatory far-right fake news, in Germany, Britain, France, Italy, Spain and Poland, it said.

The pages alone had a total of six million followers, which Avaaz said was nearly three times the number of followers for all the main far-right and euroskeptic parties in Europe combined, including Italy’s League, Germany’s AfD and France’s National Rally.

So Facebook, at the behest of a left wing American organization, is simply erasing opposing viewpoints in Europe.

And in case there is any doubt about who the target is in this little electronic putsch:

Facebook and other social media have been under intense pressure to crack down on fake news ahead of the European Parliament vote, which opinion polls suggest could see far-right parties make significant gains.

The social networking giant has set up a multilingual team in Dublin to monitor for illicit or fake content and block any suspicious activities, such as fake accounts or spamming.

"Every day we block millions of fake accounts, and continue to deploy smarter technologies and better defences. But we are in an arms race against sophisticated and dedicated adversaries that want to attempt to manipulate public debate,” Facebook said in a statement to AFP.

So, the Establishment in the E.U. is out to suppress the "right wing" aka those who want to retain their nations. And Facebook is happy to oblige.

If Facebook can materially influence European elections, how is that different than the Russians trying to influence American elections? And isn't it clear that if they can do it there they will do it here as well?

Facebook seriously needs to be broken up as a trust.

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