Over the past two months, Ivy League Facebook Employees have waged war on Donald Trump supporters by Facebook jailing numerous hardline supporters of GOP front-runner Donald Trump without explanation.
Facebook jail is basically a coined term for a Facebook account users access to certain Facebook site features being limited and or terminated by Facebook.
Many of the jailed Trump supporters have opened new accounts attempting to regain access to Facebook’s full site features, however many of these new accounts have been shutdown shortly after their creation, by Facebook security who tracks the IP addresses of its users.
In fear of losing their access to their Facebook accounts, many Trump supporters have left groups that support Trump and removed all pro-Trump content from their timelines (a Facebook users page).
“I am still voting for Trump. My family and friends understand what is going on with Facebook. My no longer promoting Trump on my page and posting things in my groups, is not going to make any difference in Trump being elected President this November” said Cynthia H., a current Facebook user who has fearfully removed pro-Trump material from her timeline and left pro-Trump groups she belonged to.
When asked if she feels that her removing pro-Trump content from her timeline and leaving Trump groups is in fact an act of her deserting fellow Trump supporters, Cynthia stated,
“I don’t owe Trump or these people any loyalty. I have to look out for my own family and friends….I mean, why should I lose my right to use Facebook over a stupid election?”
One of the publishers of Getoffthebs, Tyg Lucas was recently jailed by Facebook. To this date, despite propounding numerous correspondences by Mr. Lucas to Facebook legal council, requesting a written statement for jailing him, Facebook has remained quiet over their discriminative decision to place Mr. Lucas in Facebook jail.
Mr. Lucas, a former attorney states that,
“There is really nothing a Facebook user can legally do when Facebook determines for any reason to limit, suspend and or refuse access to their website to any person who uses their website.”
Mr. Lucas further stated that,
“Facebook’s executive leadership team and Mark Zuckerberg, should take a second look at jailing conservative users, especially those users who support Trump.
There are over 10 million people who support Donald Trump, arguably most of them are Facebook users. The reality of this situation, Facebook needs us more than we need Facebook.
If Trump supporters band together, ban Facebook and start their own Internet Social Network, the owner of Facebook will definitely feel a significant loss in revenue and market share.”
CNN recently aired a story by Gizmodo alleging that Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network’s influential “trending” news section, according to a former journalist who worked on the project.
This individual says that workers prevented stories about the right-wing CPAC gathering, Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, and other conservative topics from appearing in the highly-influential section, even though they were organically trending among the site’s users.
Former Facebook Workers claim that:
We Routinely Suppressed Conservative News. Several former Facebook “news curators,” as they were known internally, also told Gizmodo that they were instructed to artificially “inject” selected stories into the trending news module, even if they weren’t popular enough to warrant inclusion—or in some cases weren’t trending at all.
The former curators, all of whom worked as contractors, also said they were directed not to include news about Facebook itself in the trending module.
In other words, Facebook’s news section operates like a traditional newsroom, reflecting the biases of its workers and the institutional imperatives of the corporation. Imposing human editorial values onto the lists of topics an algorithm spits out is by no means a bad thing—but it is in stark contrast to the company’s false claims that the trending module simply lists “topics that have recently become popular on Facebook.”
These new allegations emerged after Gizmodo last week revealed details about the inner workings of Facebook’s trending news team—a small group of young journalists, primarily educated at Ivy League or private East Coast universities, who curate the “trending” module on the upper-right-hand corner of the site.
As we reported last week, curators have access to a ranked list of trending topics surfaced by Facebook’s algorithm, which prioritizes the stories that should be shown to Facebook users in the trending section.
The curators write headlines and summaries of each topic, and include links to news sites. The section, which launched in 2014, constitutes some of the most powerful real estate on the internet and helps dictate what news Facebook’s users—167 million in the US alone—are reading at any given moment.
.When questioned by CNN, Facebook denied all allegations of their discriminating against Trump supporters by jailing Facebook users supporting Donald Trump. Additionally Facebook denied all allegations alleged by the Gizmodo article.
Story largely contributed to by Michael Nunez for Gizmodo.