One word describes the upcoming Facebook meeting with conservatives to discuss their potentially fake news – FAKE!
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will meet with “leading conservatives” Glenn Beck, a Trump hater, and former George W. Bush Administration official and co-host of Fox News Channel’s The Five Dana Perino, who is more of a liberal Republican.
Beck’s Trump hate goes so far as to have brought him to the point of saying he prefers Bernie Sanders to Trump who is about an inch away from being a communist. That makes no sense, zero, zilch, nada, but then again, Beck thinks Trump is Hitler.
Eric Bolling told Dana Perino Monday it was an honor for her to be invited to the meeting. It’s hard to agree with that but he might be in a little awe of Mr. Zuckerberg and his team. Bolling did add that The Five hasn’t trended despite their high ratings.
Also invited to Wednesday’s meeting are Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute, CNN’s S.E. Cupp, and Mitt Romney’s former digital director, Zac Moffatt, CNN noted. At least two of them don’t fit my definition of conservative but to Mr. Zuckerberg, they’re probably right wing zealots.
Facebook is under fire for what appears to be attempts to censor conservatives right out of his “Trending” topics, aka news trends. Unfortunately, people go to Facebook for their news.
Last week,“anonymous sources at Facebook’s news team have confirmed to Gizmodo that, in addition to suppressing conservative news sources, the company suppresses stories about itself while artificially promoting stories about the Black Lives Matter movement.”
It is interesting that Drudge wasn’t invited. Breitbart was invited but declined to respond to Zuckerberg’s “condescension”.
It is very arrogant for Zuckerberg to summon these so-called conservatives and he’s not even going to meet with them. He’s sending his second.
There is now a kerfuffle between Beck and Drudge, actually it’s a continuation of one and Breitbart and The Gateway Pundit think there’s a conspiracy with anti-Trump people.
It’s ironic that Zuckerberg is trying to prove a point by proving Gizmodo’s point and not inviting outlets like Drudge and Crowder.
On his radio show in early March, Glenn Beck blasted Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report and Breitbart News as “nothing but shills” for GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, but Beck stated that he and his staff have “proven” themselves “not to be shills” for Ted Cruz.
“Matt Drudge and Breitbart – they’ll never say it, but they are nothing but shills for Trump. I will tell you this: we have proven ourselves not to be shills for Cruz,” Beck said.
Hmmm, they all seem a little shillish.
Beck posted this on Facebook:
Drudge accused Beck of groveling and Beck did not respond well.
Facebook said in a statement last week that it “does not allow or advise our reviewers to discriminate against sources of any political origin, period.”
According to a Facebook manual, “trending” stories do not rely solely on algorithms. Members of the company’s Trending topics team can decide to “inject” or “blacklist” topics for specific reasons, including to prevent duplicate terns from trending. The manual does not list political content as an acceptable reason to reject a story. The person in charge of “Trending” topics is Tom Stocky. Both he and his wife are Hillary donors.
This meeting will be a photo-op, no doubt about that.
I love the following photo-op meeting from the summer of 2014 with Mark Zuckerberg and his COO, Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy to discuss passing comprehensive immigration reform. They were all supportive of reform that clearly included amnesty though we were told it didn’t which is why no one trusts any of them and Cantor lost his job though we hear he’s making a bundle on Wall Street.
By its very nature, Facebook is fairly fake. The people are often fake, you make fake friends, people take fake names with fake profiles, the people who run Facebook are liberals and leftists who want to influence you. The upcoming meeting between Facebook’s CEO and some “top” conservatives will also be fake. When you make friends on Facebook, you make friends with Internet marketing.
Facebook isn’t a place to get news.
That being said the Wall Street Journal reported that fears of Facebook bias might be overblown.
After an exhaustive search of the literature around filter bubbles, five co-authors and Frederik J. Zuiderveen Borgesius, a researcher at the Personalised Communication project at the University of Amsterdam, concluded concerns might be overblown. “In spite of the serious concerns voiced, at present there is no empirical evidence that warrants any strong worries about filter bubbles,” Mr. Zuiderveen Borgesius wrote in an email.
One thing that does seem certain is this meeting is likely more photo-op than real.
Branco cartoon via Comically Incorrect, a GREAT place for cartoons.