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This is @facebook’s former head of News Feed saying that Breitbart represents an “ideology.”— Sleeping Giants (@slpng_giants) October 26, 2019
If you consider that working with white supremacists, harassing Roy Moore’s accusers and being the “platform for the alt-right” an ideology, you’ve lost the script. https://t.co/I9mSWW0mtn
Breitbart’s ideology, as racist & retrograde as it is, isn’t the issue. It’s that it uses the trappings of journalism to lie, warp, inflame, and demonize.— Peter A. Shulman 📚 (@pashulman) October 26, 2019
The problem with Facebook is it doesn’t care which news organizations observe the norms of journalistic truth gathering. https://t.co/LmqGWZz8UK
“What else should we really expect from a company that refuses to meaningfully distinguish those who share hyperpartisan vitriol from those joyfully sharing baby pictures? When scale is the prism through which you view the world, that world becomes flat.“ https://t.co/qoqgRiESem— Kainaz Amaria (@kainazamaria) October 26, 2019
Two things to consider: (1) do you really want platform as big as Facebook embracing a political ideology? And (2) not as important, and this is an honest question, why such a different reaction to Breitbart being Apple News partner?— Adam Mosseri (@mosseri) October 26, 2019
This is what happens when a platform is run by people who are truth-agnostic. I don't think anyone should want Facebook to promote/exclude outlets based on ideology. Rather, the argument is FB decisions should be made based on whether the publications are truthful and accurate. https://t.co/8Zk7pZnfxN— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) October 26, 2019
I'm not defending Breitbart, I'm asking if you really want a platform of our scale to make decisions to exclude news organizations based on their ideology? Put another way, do you care more about advancing your views than preserving freedom for diverse views to be on platforms?— Adam Mosseri (@mosseri) October 26, 2019
I have always thought that whatever the issue, Facebook is the most compromised company I have ever covered, always willing to try to pretend all things were equal: Opinion | Why Will Breitbart Be Included in ‘Facebook News’? - The New York Times https://t.co/Mw6a25tO1b— Kara Swisher (@karaswisher) October 26, 2019
It's alarming that Facebook execs think the only issue is Breitbart's "ideology." Another issue would be the quality of stories it publishes. Using a website known for peddling misinformation as a source for a news tab aimed at curating "high quality" info makes little sense. https://t.co/VCllutIqsv— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) October 26, 2019
Two things can be true:— Alex Stamos (@alexstamos) October 26, 2019
1) Facebook should not include Breitbart as a trusted news partner.
2) The complete silence on Apple making the same mistake says something interesting about what is considered a scandal in the tech media.
Some examples from the fêted Apple News: pic.twitter.com/1bKHtCL7T6
All of us journalists need to consider what’s going on with Facebook’s approach to news and authority - because they currently get to legitimise, and we need to express our views about what actually grants status to a news outlet. Now. https://t.co/Kdcs16bDWg— Bill Thompson (@billt) October 26, 2019
"When scale is the prism through which you view the world, that world becomes flat."— Roger the Dutch 🇳🇱 Resister 🇺🇸 (@Roger_J_Postma) October 26, 2019
Exactly. For Zuckerberg, it's about Facebook growth without morality.
It's private profit from the public good - just like the GOP.
"The real threat to Facebook isn’t bad P.R., it’s alienating its user base. Through this lens, it makes perfect sense that Facebook should want to publicly court conservative audiences that seethe at what they perceive as Facebook’s liberal bias." https://t.co/aFyYjvqbo6— Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) October 26, 2019
Facebook’s “trusted” sources include Breitbart, a far-right site whose co-founder Steve Bannon once described it as a platform for the white nationalist “alt-right.” Breitbart has been criticized for repeated inaccurate and incendiary reporting. https://t.co/PZx1AnC96X— Linda Hill (@bulldoghill) October 27, 2019
When the right puts out a wrong story that may affect certain people - it's incendiary & must never be seen. When the left puts out news stories that are wrong & affect certain people, no one questions it, retractions rarely made, advertisers still pay inhttps://t.co/j3TAhjG76J— Wayne (@diyordievaping) October 27, 2019
Breitbart will be a publisher in Facebook News.— Stacey🇺🇸Grab Them By The Ballots🗳 (@StaceyBeeBlue) October 25, 2019
A conspiracy theory spinning, lie spitting, trash rag will now be featured among legitimate news sources.
Let that sit for a minute. Breitbart, a news source? #DeleteFacebook #OneVoice1
Facebook policy since March is to ban white nationalist content.— The Loyal Opposition 🇺🇸 (@TheLoyalO) October 25, 2019
Until today, when they launched Facebook News and included Breitbart as a trusted source.
Here's a past Breitbart headline: “Bill Kristol: Republican Spoiler, Renegade Jew." #Untrustworthyhttps://t.co/o2kbQnOtsx
Facebook’s attempt to elevate reliable information will include Breitbart. https://t.co/4MwX9S7IAQ— caroline cherry 🔶#ShortCummings#FBPE🕷 (@stroppypanda) October 25, 2019
This is utterly terrible news & will mean that the far right will increase the terrible fake stories that they rely on to get the results they want 😬#FridayFeeling
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There is a simple explanation for this: Facebook genuflects to governments in power, regardless of how much false information they put out or endorse. India, Turkey, Cambodia, China, U.S. are case studies. Trump likes Breitbart so Zuckerberg promotes it. https://t.co/0JZArKNDWj— Vindu Goel (@vindugoel) October 28, 2019
Dear @facebook: please see International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights, Arts. 19-20. As a business, these define your #humanrights responsibility, not your own warped ideology / but instinct. (See also: UN Guiding Principles on #bizhumanrights) https://t.co/jsGLUqThch— Dr Tara Van Ho (@TaraVanHo) October 28, 2019
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