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That Facebook Will Turn to Censoring the Left Isn’t a Worry—It’s a Reality

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  • Progressives should not necessarily shed tears for (Alex) Jones, but they should be aware that their media is next in line, and that Jones’ deplatforming sets a dangerous precedent that is already being used against them.
  • Related: How Facebook Screwed Us All

Alan MacLeod, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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August 22, 2018 | On August 6, a number of giant online media companies, including Facebook, YouTube, Apple, Spotify and Pinterest, took the seemingly coordinated decision to remove all content from Alex Jones and his media outlet Infowars from their platforms.

Jones, perhaps the internet’s most notorious far-right conspiracy theorist, has claimed that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax, the Democratic Party is running a child sex ring inside a DC pizzeria and that the Las Vegas shooting was perpetrated by Antifa. Despite or perhaps because of such claims, his website Infowars has built up an enormous following: 3 million Americans, almost 1 percent of the population, visited the site in July 2018, according to Alexa.

https://fair.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Alan-MacLeod.jpg Alan MacLeod is a member of the Glasgow University Media Group. His latest book, Bad News From Venezuela: 20 Years of Fake News and Misreporting, was published by RoutledgeinApril, 2018.

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Related:

How Facebook Screwed Us All, Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery, Mother Jones

Right-wing sites and clickbait dominate the platform that dominates American news consumption. And that same platform, despite its stated commitment to supporting “quality news,” keeps making it harder for people to find genuine journalism.
 

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