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2019-09-08 -Land of the Free
Facebook Censors Feminist Satire Site as ‘Clickbait’
Thank you @Facebook for being on the cutting edge of regulating public discourse. pic.twitter.com/mtcSqGqLnk

— Sarah Pappalardo (@yourpappalardo) September 5, 2019

Her comments echo those made by conservatives, including President Donald Trump, Breitbart News, and many Republican lawmakers, who have for years been raising the alarm about the ability of Silicon Valley tech giants to manipulate public debate on the Internet.

Talking to Gizmodo, Pappalardo blamed mistakes by Facebook’s AI for the censorship of her website.

“Bad algorithms have resulted in Reductress and actual people to be throttled or even suspended with almost no outlet to challenge the decision,” Pappalardo told Gizmodo.

“Given the nature of what we do, especially in relation to sites like Clickhole and the Onion, it’s hard to believe that there isn’t something inherently problematic in deciding that our content is ‘clickbait’ but theirs somehow isn’t.”

According to Pappalardo, Facebook cited two clickbaity headlines as a justification for their decision: “Wow! This Ethical Brand Only Sells One T-Shirt But They Worked Really Hard on it,” and “Wow! Megan Markle Just Broke Royal Protocol.”

“Clickbait” is a word that describes a form of headline on an Internet article that is designed to generate clicks, and typically direct readers to articles that do not reflect what the headline suggests. “Clickbait” has evolved into a term of disparagement for articles that over-promise in headlines and under-deliver in content.
Posted by Fred 2019-09-08 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [333 views ]  Top

#1 SJWs can't stand to be ridiculed. It displays how utterly insane they are. Censorship is required for them to not be revealed as assholes.
Posted by Herb McCoy  2019-09-08 02:00||   2019-09-08 02:00|| Front Page Top

#2 Why should censorship be left in the hands of running dog capitalists and not in the hands of the representatives of the people? (do I need to put a /sarc on that?)
Posted by Procopius2k 2019-09-08 06:03||   2019-09-08 06:03|| Front Page Top

#3 “Bad algorithms

Do these people understand where "algorithms" come from?

A bad algorithm is one that does not perform as its author(s) intended. I'm not sure that applies here any more.

A bad gun is not one that shoots and kills people, it is one that doesn't do that when that is the desired result. It's the person that is good or bad not the tool.
Posted by AlanC 2019-09-08 07:59||   2019-09-08 07:59|| Front Page Top

#4 There are no bad algorithms. Only bad (or in this case, evil) programmers.
Posted by Lumpy Gletle1053 2019-09-08 15:29||   2019-09-08 15:29|| Front Page Top

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