FB Deboosting: How Conservatives Are Censored

 In Politics, Social Media

“Newsfeed reduction strategy.” “Deboosting.” “Troll” lists. Project Veritas released a report that states a Facebook whistleblower gave them documents that reveal how the social media platform censors Conservatives. The whistleblower was fired for “violating” numerous company policies.

Three conservative pages were given as examples of Facebook deboosting: Louder with Crowder, Mike Cernovich, and the Daily Caller.

“Louder With Crowder is investigating the allegations of concealed stream throttling by Facebook. The accusations are deeply troubling given the previously settled dispute with Facebook uncovered by Gizmodo.com, which found the show was targeted by Facebook workers with secret audience restrictions on political grounds alongside other prominent conservative voices.” Stephen Crowder’s attorney, Bill Richmond

“ActionDeboostLiveDistribution” was the term discovered by the FB employee.

I would see [this term] appear on several different conservative pages. I first noticed it with an account that I can’t remember, but I remember once I started looking at it, I also saw it on Mike Cernovich’s page, saw it on Steven Crowder’s page, as well as the Daily Caller’s page.

The SI or Sigma reportedly stands for an artificial intelligence system supposedly used as an anti-suicide or self harm checker. None of the Conservative pages produced any such videos.

James O’Keefe contacted Danny Ben David the man who created the deboosting program but he would not comment. (No surprise there).

Veritas also contacted another engineer, Seiji Yamamoto, who created a program to control “hate speech” and a “newsfeed reduction strategy” that was based on verbiage in the post. Yamamoto also worked with another employee to clamp down on their definition of “trolls.” He did not comment either, and immediately fled the scene on his bike.

Focusing on hate speech and the “perimeter” of hate speech

Project Veritas reported,

Also in the in the documents was a presentation, authored by Facebook engineers Seiji Yamamoto and Eduardo Arino de la Rubia, titled “Coordinating Trolling on FB.” Yamamoto is a Data Science Manager, and de la Rubia is a Chief Data Scientist at Facebook. The presentation appears to describe the current actions, as well as potential future actions, Facebook can take to combat alleged abusive behavior on the platform.

Yamamoto, who is responsible for “News Feed Reduction Strategy,” also authored a post where he said Facebook should address “…quite a bit of content near the perimeter of hate speech.” Said the Facebook insider, the “perimeter of hate speech” means “things that aren’t actually hate speech but that might offend somebody. Anything that is perceived as hateful but no court would define it as hate speech.”

The insider believes Yamamoto’s plans appears to be political in nature, rather than in response to abusive behaviors, “[i]t was clearly kind of designed… aimed to be the right wing meme culture that’s become extremely prevalent in the past few years. And some of the words that appeared on there were, using words like SJW… MSM… the New York Times doesn’t talk about the MSM. The independent conservative outlets are using that language.”

The FB insider was terminated after Project Veritas published a piece on Twitter shadow banning. The documents she produced reveal a consistent effort to suppress conservative views. She didn’t know whether Mark Zuckerberg knew about the problem. Bet me.

Here is the full Veritas video:

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