Before and after the 2016 presidential election, Russia’s Internet Research Agency bought up tens of thousands of Facebook ads in an effort to stoke division among Americans.
Their ability to reach tens of millions with a push of a button changed the political landscape forever, and all social media norms were officially scorched along with what we had come to know as normal political discourse.
In the years since Donald Trump flung his loaded Depends all over our political system, Mark Zuckerberg seems to be fine with all kinds of promoted hate speech while suppressing liberal-leaning ads and articles from liberal sources–including the one you’re currently reading.
I mean, if you’re sitting down with Joe Rogan, I don’t need to hear anything else.
It’s bad enough we all have to worry about disinformation and deep fakes in the age of AI, but for the OG social media powerhouse to deliberately look the other way when it comes to right-wing conspiracies or targeted harassment thinly disguised as a political ad.
Occupy Democrats is just one of many liberal sites which has seen its Facebook clicks take a severe hit as the app heads towards removing “certain” ad targeting.
The top spending political advertisers are some of the worst bad MAGA actors, such as The Daily Wire (aka The Daily Liar), Newsmax, and PragerU.
Call them “MAGA Mills” as they churn out nothing but rage-fueled Russian propaganda.
Interestingly, YouTube is more liberal-heavy when it comes to who’s spending their ad dollars there (I guess because MAGA is mostly over on Telegram these days).
But the META-owned Facebook is still where your uncle and your pals from high school soak up the MAGA lies and reshare them as facts everywhere with absolutely zero accountability.
Facebook has never once done anything to protect its users before protecting itself, and I know this because it took them FOREVER to create special filters for messaging so that your Inbox wasn’t completely full of death threats.
So…tell me more about how you’re going to do better when Facebook is running ads like these but Occupy Democrats can’t post a meme about Trump being awful, Zuck.
Social media has ruined all human communication forever, but that still doesn’t mean the billionaire overlords get to decide what is and isn’t protected by the First Amendment because of their own personal
bank accounts bias.
Post more content they say. It will boost the algorithm they say. Nah. They NEED YOU to post so they can put ads in between all that extra content. Make more money and suppress YOU.
That’s the truth and I dare anyone and Facebook to say otherwise.
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— Isaac Hayes III (@IsaacHayes3) March 10, 2023