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Wed Mar 14, 2012, 08:57 AM

Facebook is censoring links to liberal stories.

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At first I thought it was one of those bugs a site will have. Every once in a while I would post a story on a liberal subject or from Mother Jones, etc. And after a minute or two the link would disappear, leaving only a cryptic status message.

I thought I was being paranoid when I began to notice that the non-issue links or posts of cute kittens, memes, YouTube were never the ones that disappeared.

Yesterday I posted this link: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/03/13/1074013/-Hilarious-VA-Right-Wingnut-Sen-Ryan-McDougle-Gets-a-Taste-of-His-Own-Transvaginal-Medicine- from Daily Kos. It stayed and a couple of people commented on it.

This morning, one of my fb friends said the link was not working. So, I tried it. Sure enough, it started the process, then simply stopped.

I looked the story up on a search engine and clicked the link, no problem. I then pasted that link (the same link btw) into Facebook. The story and thumbnail showed up. I clicked the link. Not Working.

Now, to be fair, I don't post links to, say, Freeperville, so I don't know if those have a habit of disappearing too.

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Reply Facebook is censoring links to liberal stories. (Original post)
TalkingDog Mar 2012 OP
knitter4democracy Mar 2012 #1
TheWraith Mar 2012 #2
TalkingDog Mar 2012 #3
TheWraith Mar 2012 #7
MerryBlooms Mar 2012 #4
onenote Mar 2012 #5
MerryBlooms Mar 2012 #20
truebrit71 Mar 2012 #6
MerryBlooms Mar 2012 #21
snooper2 Mar 2012 #8
belcffub Mar 2012 #9
snooper2 Mar 2012 #12
ladywnch Mar 2012 #13
hootinholler Mar 2012 #15
ladywnch Mar 2012 #16
hootinholler Mar 2012 #17
negativenihil Mar 2012 #10
Bluenorthwest Mar 2012 #11
dgibby Mar 2012 #14
Xithras Mar 2012 #18
starroute Mar 2012 #19

Response to TalkingDog (Original post)

Wed Mar 14, 2012, 09:03 AM

1. I've had that happen, too.

Odd.

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Response to TalkingDog (Original post)

Wed Mar 14, 2012, 09:08 AM

2. Did said links all include words like "vaginal"? nt

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Response to TheWraith (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 14, 2012, 09:21 AM

3. Ha! No. Some included subversive things about rights, labor, the prison industrial complex, the 1%

and a very wide variety of liberal and progressive issues.

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Response to TalkingDog (Reply #3)

Wed Mar 14, 2012, 10:50 AM

7. I still doubt it has anything to do with censorship. nt

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Response to TalkingDog (Original post)

Wed Mar 14, 2012, 09:46 AM

4. My FB page is full of liberal links and so are most of my friends'.

I haven't had any deletions, nor have I noticed my friends' pages having issues. We also post and link to quite a few provocative pics and so far, none have been deleted.

Wonder what the deal is. Is there a personal setting on your FB acct. or profile that is checked that shouldn't be?

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Response to MerryBlooms (Reply #4)

Wed Mar 14, 2012, 10:05 AM

5. I was wondering the same thing

I've never experienced a content-based deletion of anything I've posted on FB. Occasionally, when I include a link (such as to a youtube video) in a comment (rather than in a post on my wall), it disappears. But its not based on the content -- I think its a setting issue.

In any event, the OP's title is a bit hyperbolic. If there was a pattern of FB "censoring links to liberal stories" postings about it would be all over FB and the web. And I'm having trouble believing that out of 1/2 billion users, FB has singled out the OP.

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Response to onenote (Reply #5)

Wed Mar 14, 2012, 02:06 PM

20. I think everytime FB makes a change, you need to check your settings.

I've had to reset mine a couple of times- maybe that's it?

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Response to MerryBlooms (Reply #4)

Wed Mar 14, 2012, 10:06 AM

6. Same for me...I've never had a problem??

 

..Maybe they don't think I'm liberal enough???

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Response to truebrit71 (Reply #6)

Wed Mar 14, 2012, 02:06 PM

21. :P Maybe!

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Response to TalkingDog (Original post)

Wed Mar 14, 2012, 10:54 AM

8. When somebody uses verbiage like "it started the process, then simply stopped." in this context

My first inclination is to think user error FYI

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Response to snooper2 (Reply #8)

Wed Mar 14, 2012, 10:57 AM

9. years working in IT has shown that usually the PEBKAC

maybe not here... but if I were a betting person...

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Response to belcffub (Reply #9)

Wed Mar 14, 2012, 11:08 AM

12. Thats a nicer term than the ID ten T error I learned about in the early 90's


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Response to snooper2 (Reply #12)

Wed Mar 14, 2012, 11:12 AM

13. this one I don't know. PEBKAC I remember too.

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Response to ladywnch (Reply #13)

Wed Mar 14, 2012, 11:46 AM

15. Spell it out


ID ten T - ID 10 T - ID10T

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Response to hootinholler (Reply #15)

Wed Mar 14, 2012, 12:16 PM

16. ah. thanx. now I feel like one.

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Response to ladywnch (Reply #16)

Wed Mar 14, 2012, 12:45 PM

17. It was a 'form' one place I worked

Call summaries sometimes included "user filed ID-10-T form after call"

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Response to TalkingDog (Original post)

Wed Mar 14, 2012, 11:02 AM

10. i'm sorry but...

this sounds like a user error.

I post liberal links every day, and never have posts disappear like you're describing. It's not good buisness to make an effort to censor content your users submit - esp when your entire business model is built around data mining FROM your users content.

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Response to TalkingDog (Original post)

Wed Mar 14, 2012, 11:07 AM

11. I don't do politics on that site although many 'friends' do and I get liberal links from

 

around the world daily. In many languages.

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Response to TalkingDog (Original post)

Wed Mar 14, 2012, 11:15 AM

14. The site you linked to

has been scrubbed of all comments related to that subject matter. Looks like the Senator has left the kitchen 'cause he can't take the heat!

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Response to TalkingDog (Original post)

Wed Mar 14, 2012, 01:14 PM

18. It may be their spam filter

Any Facebook post that contains a link also has a "Report As Spam" link included. If enough people report it as spam, the post is removed. That part is pretty straightforward, and a lot of people understand it, but there's a second component to their spam system. Once a link is flagged as spam, ANY other attempts by other people to post that link are ALSO flagged as spam and automatically removed.

So, Person A in California posts a link to a liberal news story. Among their 550 "friends", or the roughly 10,000 friends of friends who can see that story, several dozen conservatives are upset by it and flag it as spam. Eventually the percentage of reports is high enough that Facebook automatically removes the post.

An hour later, Person B in Minnesota, who has never met Person A and has no connection to them, also stumbles across the same story and posts it to THEIR wall. Facebook recognizes the link as having been flagged as spam earlier, and automatically shuts it down...even if none of Person B's friends complain about it. Once their system decides that a particular link is spam, all 845 million Facebook users are blocked from posting it on their system.

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Response to TalkingDog (Original post)

Wed Mar 14, 2012, 02:04 PM

19. I once had Facebook refuse to accept a link to the Pirate Bay

It wasn't anything that might have infringed copyright -- I think it was to a statement from Anonymous that had been posted there. But when I hit Enter, I got some error message about the link being impermissible. Even when I tried using a link shortener and posting it that way, the same message showed up.

It doesn't sound like this could be the case with what you describe. But Facebook definitely does have a blacklist of stuff that will not go through.

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