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Facebook shuts down 30,000 accounts in France to combat “fake news”


Who decides what’s fake news and what’s not? Mainstream leftist sources nowadays such as CNN and the New York Times regularly feature demonstrably false stories, but I assure you that none of them will be shut down. This is all about shutting down opposition to Muslim migration and criticism of the government for not opposing jihad terror. What will France do when truth is deemed hate?

“Facebook targets 30,000 fake accounts in France,” by Ivana Kottasova, CNN, April 14, 2017:

Facebook has cracked down on 30,000 fake accounts in France ahead of the country’s pivotal presidential election. Facebook said the accounts were spreading fake news stories, spam, misinformation or other deceptive content.

“Our priority, of course, is to remove the accounts with the largest footprint, with a high amount of activity and a broad reach,” Facebook security manager Shabnam Shaik said in a blog post.

The social media giant acknowledged, however, that the purge will not remove all accounts that are spreading fake news. “We know we have to keep getting better,” said Shaik.

“These accounts were targeted because they are fake. Full stop,” a Facebook spokesman told CNNTech. He said that taking down fake accounts helps prevent hoaxes, spam, political trolling and fake news.

“We routinely focus on these types of improvements. It’s an ongoing effort and challenge,” he said.

The spread of fake news has raised concerns in France ahead of the country’s national elections. The first round of the voting, scheduled for April 23, will feature candidates including far right National Front leader Marine Le Pen.

Le Pen is expected to perform well enough to earn a place in a runoff scheduled for May 7.

Facebook on Thursday also took out newspaper ads with tips for spotting fake news in major publications in France and Germany.

The crackdown by Facebook (FB, Tech30) represents a major shift in policy from only a few months ago, when the role of fake news in electoral politics came under scrutiny following Donald Trump’s surprise victory.

Immediately following the vote, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said his company was not responsible for influencing people’s votes.

“Personally, I think the idea that fake news on Facebook — of which it’s a small amount of content — influenced the election in any way is a pretty crazy idea,” he said.

But public pressure has forced Facebook and other social media companies to rethink their role in the public debate, and many have implemented measures in recent months designed to discourage the spread of fake news….

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  • Ari

    This is censorship. Facebook is a dubious company, which has censored New Year’s Eve sexual assaults in 2016. And many other similar cases, which are censored by the MS media too.

    YLE TV news presenter Jussi-Pekka Rantanen in the picture on April 15, 2017. This FinnishTV news presenter Rantanen claimed on May 6, 2016 that the Cologne mass sex attack was possibly untrue, it never took place. After this obvious lie on tv news YLE TV Station has been silent on this case, and ignored all similar cases.

    • Mahou Shoujo

      When nature allows a fool to exist, it is given the face of a fool.

      • Craig

        I thought it was Howdy Doodie at first. Mindless talking head.

        • whoselineisitanyway

          It is.

    • fits

      They are scared to death. They know they will be targeted if they don’t tell lies.

  • Ebayer

    In France huh, how telling. Probably 30,000 antijihad patriots whom little Markie decided were “hate speechers”.

  • Jackie

    I smell desperation. Trying to dampen grassroots for Le Pen!

    • You know, even BBC has recently admitted that leftist fake news has far surpassed that propagated by conservatives:

    • If they stop people from criticising Islam it will backfire as many people will become frightened for the future of free speech and it will encourage them to vote, I think. Marine Le Pen is the only sensible candidate!

  • Pray Hard

    Zukerberg is a leftist totalitarian freak of nature. He probably has wet dreams of ruling the Universe.

  • Tim

    Liberals sure hate censorship…

    ….except when they’re doing it.

  • Len Miskulin

    “…What will France do when truth is deemed hate?”
    Wake up, truth IS crime all over Europe already.
    “…Facebook security manager Shabnam Shaik.”

    Wander where he’s from?
    FB is s**te anyway and people should leave and let it fall.

    • Mahou Shoujo

      Truth is blaspheme in islam, face book is a tool of islam.

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  • No Fear

    I stopped using Facebook years ago.

    • Mahou Shoujo

      Many never started.

  • Mahou Shoujo

    This is the beginning of the end for face book, fewer accounts seeing advertising, others seeing censorship and oppression writing on the wall. There is no reason to patronize face book, as it is now the oppressor, it is beyond a mere tool of capitalism and free enterprise, it seeks to control everything about its minions. With any luck 30,000,000 will abandon it.

    • fits

      Facebook for many is a place to post your vacation photos, recipes and cute animal videos. Many don’t post their political persuasions or opinions….BUT they exercise their opinions at the polls which is what happened at the Presidential Election when Dems suffered a devastating loss. All this Liberal unrest has brought even more anger to Conservatives. I actually notice Facebook participation doesn’t seem to be what it once was. Censorship is not the American Way.

      • Mahou Shoujo

        Well said.

        • BrunoPBuhr

          Have a day filled with laughter and joy warrior Queen!

          • Mahou Shoujo

            Happy Easter.

          • BrunoPBuhr

            Happy Easter!

      • whoselineisitanyway

        Zuckerberg’s. new Hawaiian Luxury home is built on sacred ground.
        Maybe PELE will take him out

  • David Sinclair

    Off topic, Facebook has taken down a site called Boere Krisis Aksie that reported about white killings and brutality in South Africa. Zukerberg supports the genocide against whites in South Africa.

    • Lukas Lumbantobing

      I’m not a south african and to be honest, apartheid is a bad idea, still, do you have any link for proof about such killings taking place there? and is there any connection to jihadism/islamism?

  • Craig

    When do the socialist democrats start burning books? Freedom of speech is OK only when the fascists say it is OK.

  • gia

    We need a new version/replacement for Facebook . I have been thinking about this for 6months! I don’t have the smarts to do it but somebody out there does. Remember before Facebook there was my space.
    I haven’t used my f.b account since July 2016 .I probably should just delete altogether.

    • suqsid4

      Something organic that doesn’t require a centralized authority. It’ll happen.

      • gia

        I hope so.

    • Adam_E appears to be taking off quite well. So many people are joining that I had to wait a week for my registration to be processed.

      • gia

        Thanks for the link I will check it out soon.😀

  • Drew the Infidel

    How can the French identify “fake news” when they failed to realize the threat that Nazi Germany posed in 1940?

  • Alleged Comment

    Fake news to a demon progressive like Mark *ukerberg means right wing news and conservative post. Why do they stab the people that made them successful in the back??

  • fits

    AOL will shut you down if you write about Hillary and her Uranium deal that lined her pockets with $145M. Doesn’t matter if what is written is true. If you say anything against Muslims they will as well. You can openly curse Christians and they do nothing. They are a FAKE News outlet run by Liberals that have an agenda. Nothing they write is supportive of President Trump. It is an outlet probably run by Muslims.

  • IzlamIsTyranny

    Zuckerberg sure does put the suck in social media.

  • Black Opal

    Good for FB. About time. 😃

  • 1032peter

    It go down whit Europe !!!

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