By Dave Andrusko
I’m guessing there are very few reader of NRL News Today who are not aware of the growing controversy over the censoring of pro-life and conservative content by social media giants such as Twitter and Amazon and Google and Facebook.
Typically the “explanation” is a lame variation of “the dog ate my homework”: it’s the “algorithm’s ” fault. “It” decided a post needn’t be included or actively removed often on the grounds that the content is “violating community standards” or “fake news.”
Which brings us around to a piece written for the New York Post by Salena Zito. For those who are unfamiliar with her name, Zito was far ahead of the curve in understanding the rumblings out in the hinterland that would result in the very unexpected election of Donald Trump as our 45th President.
She wrote a typically brilliant post which went online late Wednesday night about President Trump’s supporters and why they have, and will, stick with him through thick and thin.
Guess what? After she shared it on her own Facebook page, Facebook decided to take it down. To jump ahead it was not restored until The Daily Caller contacted a company spokeswoman.
Here’s Zito’s tweet in response to having her post taken down:
“So this is interesting … @facebook took down my post of my reporting for the @nypost — I’ve received nine separate messages from readers telling me the same thing has happened to them. ‘sup @facebook?”
I went to The Daily Caller’s own story to get the inside scoop. Peter Hasson’s account was headlined, “Facebook Flags New York Post Article About Trump Voters As ‘Spam.’”
The opening paragraph reads, “Facebook appears to have flagged a New York Post article about supporters of President Donald Trump as “’spam.’”
The Daily Caller News Foundation contacted a spokeswoman who “promptly responded to say that Facebook would look into the matter,” Hasson reported. Hasson did not give a specific timeframe, but Zito’s post was restored.
As of 12:16 PM today, Hasson reported,
Facebook has yet to provide Zito an explanation for why it removed her post, but some of her readers reported receiving messages from the social media company claiming the article looks “like spam and doesn’t follow our Community Standards.”