Facebook is moving to eliminate the proliferation of all content related to politics and government in its feed algorithm, hoping to distract users from matters the platform identifies as reserved for ruling class elites.
It’s expected that the platform will emphasize ‘lifestyle’ content in its stead, with users redirected to images of dogs, softcore pornography, snacks, and rap music.
“It’s important to note that we’re not removing political content from Facebook altogether,” said Aastha Gupta, Facebook’s product management director, in a statement. “Our goal is to preserve the ability for people to find and interact with political content on Facebook, while respecting each person’s appetite for it at the top of their News Feed.”
While those who use Facebook for purposes of political news now stand to lose their voice and source of information, the trend is merely the latest predictable move to turn Facebook into a propaganda institution for the ruling oligarchy. Facebook is no longer a place for citizens of so-called western democracies to criticize their leaders, point out the systemic corruption within western governments, and hold the oligarchs who lead global corporations to account.
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In Facebook’s last earnings call, CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted the platform was seeking to disincentivize political expression broadly, citing the need to bow in obedience before President Joe Biden and stifle domestic criticism of his governance.
“This is a continuation of work we’ve been doing for a while to turn down the temperature and discourage divisive conversations and communities,” said Zuckerberg of algorithim rigging.
Facebook is beginning by limiting the reach of political content in Canada, Brazil, Indonesia, and the United States.
The future of political expression on the internet now lies on free speech platforms. Platforms such as Gab, Parler(currently deactivated), and Rumble openly encourage their users to express their political views, even if the elite finds what they have to say embarrassing.