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Social Media Sites Censor News
Posted By Washingtons Blog On December 20, 2012 @ 1:30 am In Technology,Think Tank | Comments Disabled
But at least web news sources are free of censorship … one would hope.
Unfortunately, that’s not true.
Facebook pays low-wage foreign workers to delete certain content based upon a censorship list . For example, Facebook deletes accounts created by any Palestinian resistance groups.
Many accuse Youtube of blatant censorship .
Reddit – the 133rd most popular  website worldwide on the Internet – is also censoring.
I’m not talking about censoring specific websites (For example, I was informed today that Reddit’s News category censors all stories from this website. But that’s just an example). I’m talking about censoring entire categories of news media.
Specifically, Reddit’s WorldNews category has 2.5 million  subscribers. Most tv news shows have less than 2.5 million daily viewers. So that means that Reddit’s WorldNews is itself a mainstream media source in terms of numbers. And many more people see WorldNews stories on the front page of Reddit, even if they are not subscribers to the WorldNews subreddit.
Yet WorldNews censors blogs, and doesn’t consider them real news sources. Here’s a discussion I had recently with WorldNews moderators:
In fact, the top independent experts in every field – economics, business, foreign affairs, military, science, energy, etc. – have their own blogs, making blogs one of the best sources of information, a good way to fact-check the mainstream news, and the best way to read the experts’ insights direct and unfiltered. See this , this  and this .
Indeed, the whole reason that news blogs have become popular is that they get around the censorship which is ubiquitous in the mainstream television news. And social media is popular as a news source – especially among youth – because it pretends that it provides uncensored news, where a free market of popularity governs.
That’s obviously not the case, where specific websites – and entire classes of media, such as blogs – are barred.
Reddit holds itself out as a young, hip, progressive news source. But if it is censoring blogs, it fails to live up to any of these claims.
It is sad that the moderators of the social media sites themselves are doing the same thing.
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 skews the news to defend the status quo: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/12/its-not-the-mainstream-media-its-the-old-media.html
 serves the interests: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/09/3-time-emmy-award-winning-cnn-journalist-mainstream-media-takes-money-from-foreign-dictators-to-run-flattering-propaganda.html
 rich and powerful: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/07/mainstream-media-presstitutes-for-the-rich-and-powerful.html
 pays low-wage foreign workers to delete certain content based upon a censorship list: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/02/22/low-wage-facebook-contractor-leaks-secret-censorship-list/
 this: http://www.wired.com/techbiz/people/news/2007/03/72835
 this: http://web.archive.org/web/20070311084954/http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=20587
 blatant censorship: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Censorship_by_Google#YouTube
 133rd most popular: http://www.alexa.com/search?q=reddit.com&r=site_siteinfo&p=bigtop
 2.5 million: http://www.reddit.com/r/worldnews/
 less than : http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/fox-news-2011-tops-in-cable-news-top-13-programs-in-cable-news-but-down-from-2010_b104224
 46th largest: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advance_Publications
 mainstream newspapers and magazines: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advance_Publications#Publications
 Image: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Clipboard02.jpg
 this: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2009/07/%E2%80%9Cblogs-are-best-at-debunking-myths-that-can-slip-through-a-lot-of-the-traditional-media-outlets.html
 this: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2009/09/are-financial-blogs-trustworthy.html
 this: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2010/03/blogs-crucial-or-a-waste-of-time.html
 censors and manipulates social media: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/03/government-power-being-used-to-stifle-dissent-not-to-keep-us-safe.html
 here: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/07/pentagon-seeks-to-manipulate-social-media-for-propaganda-purposes.html
 here: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/02/you-know-those-obnoxious-posters-who-almost-seem-like-alter-egos-of-the-same-person-they-actually-might-be.html
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