Facebook Helped Spread Fake News B/c GOP & Wingnuts Pitched a Fit
Just fucking great.
Gizmodo - a site dedicated to helping nerdly gadgetheads pick the best USB-powered nerf cannon to freak out your kitty - did some real, hard-core investigative reporting, and came up with a scoop:
Facebook could have TOTALLY shut down all the fake news that convinced the 44% of dumbshit, lazy-ass Americans that Hillary was the anti-Christ and Donald Trump was the Second Coming of Jesus made flesh …
According to two sources with direct knowledge of the company’s decision-making, Facebook executives conducted a wide-ranging review of products and policies earlier this year, with the goal of eliminating any appearance of political bias. One source said high-ranking officials were briefed on a planned News Feed update that would have identified fake or hoax news stories, but disproportionately impacted right-wing news sites by downgrading or removing that content from people’s feeds. According to the source, the update was shelved and never released to the public. It’s unclear if the update had other deficiencies that caused it to be scrubbed.
“They absolutely have the tools to shut down fake news,” said the source, who asked to remain anonymous citing fear of retribution from the company. The source added, “there was a lot of fear about upsetting conservatives after Trending Topics,” and that “a lot of product decisions got caught up in that.”
Are you seriously shitting me? We just installed this brainless baboon into the Oval Office because Facebook was afraid that the shitsmear fucktards were going to yell because they were no longer getting their warm&fuzzy lies and conspiracy theories?
You know what? Maybe America does deserve this. Well, at least half the country does.
Problem is: the rest of us have to live on the same approximate landmass as the Marching Morons.