Facebook suppressing conservative content by falsely labeling it ‘spam’; Daily Caller, Dan Bongino hit

On Sunday, The Blaze reported that conservative sites have been hit with a new and creative method of censorship by Facebook, the social media giant recently dubbed “Iron FistBook” by political cartoonist A.F. Branco.  According to the report, posts that seem to be shared by a lot of users now get marked as spam.  The Daily Caller, Dan Bongino and others have been hit, the report said.

According to Chris Enloe:

In an exclusive story, the Daily Caller News Foundation obtained and reported on several hundred new text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and bureau lawyer Lisa Page. The text messages were turned over to Congress late Thursday and the DCNF reported on them Friday morning.

However, much of the DCNF’s readership was unable to access the story after the news organization shared it on the Daily Caller’s Facebook page. That’s because Facebook labeled the story “spam” and severely limited its circulation.

Facebook went so far as to prevent users, and the outlet, from sharing the story, urging them to post something else.

“Our security systems have detected that a lot of people are posting the same content, which could mean that it’s spam,” a Facebook message reportedly said. “Please try a different post.”

A Facebook spokesperson told the Daily Caller that the post “triggered one of our automated spam signals – likely because of the high activity that is mentioned in that alert.”

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Facebook said it would correct the error.

The Facebook spokesperson said it would correct the error and admitted that several news outlets have been affected by its algorithm triggering a “false positive,” preventing the stories from being posted.

Enloe went on to say that “it appears the ‘false positives’ are only affecting conservative news outlets and non-liberals.”

Conservative commentator Dan Bongino said he’s also been hit by the algorithm.

We were also hit by the algorithm when Facebook falsely flagged this post as spam.  The flag was reversed in fairly short order, but it should not have been removed at all.

Facebook spamWhile some are simply writing this off as an “algorithm” issue, readers should know that algorithms are designed and implemented by — you guessed it — human beings.

Last week, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the New York Democrat who has taken thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Google and Facebook, claimed during a hearing featuring Diamond and Silk that this type of censorship is a “hoax.”

Apparently, Facebook didn’t get the memo.


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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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