Skip to comments.Facebook upgrade spurs fears of political bias
Posted on 05/24/2011 8:50:51 AM PDT by opentalk
Facebooks managers are deploying a new software upgrade that will dismantle myriad groups of like-minded political activists unless they get a special software-key from the company.
But Facebook manager are providing very limited information about which groups are being favored with the new key, prompting some activists to complain about possible political favoritism among Facebook managers, and many other activists to experiment with techniques and tricks to get the needed upgrade-key.
Who is being given the upgrade? asked Pamela Geller, the New York organizer of a 15,000-member group opposed to Islamist political groups. Without the special key, groups lose access to their members.
...The Coalition to Save Marriage in New York is a group of 1,163 social-conservatives seeking to preserve traditional marriages role as an institution for parents and child-rearing. The group has been very active this year trying to derail a gay-marriage push in the state assembly, but the group doesnt have the upgrade, said the groups administrator, Jason McGuire in Rochester, N.Y. Nobody else that I know got one, he said. You do have to wonder if Facebook is leaning towards liberal positions, instead of being on open format,.
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence got the upgrade for its 1,000-member group. We changed over very smoothly, said David Churchill, the network-manager at the D.C.-based gun-control group.
...The activists worries about Facebooks possible political tilt are fortified by the political activities of its founders and employees. The companys employees donated heavily to the Obama campaign in 2008, just as did the employees of Google and Microsoft. Facebook-founder Chris Hughes workers as head of the online-organizing campaign for the Obama campaign, while company chief Mark Zuckerberg has declared himself to be an Obama supporter.
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Bottom line is, it’s their site, they can do as they wish with it.
Given that the Facebook board and Obama’s cabinet/DNC is a a revolving door, it’s not really a mystery who will be favored.
Facebook is not hard to repeat. Someone else should just re-do it, without the liberal crap.
The FR group has an alert on the top of the page it will be archived instead of upgraded.
President Barack Obama holds up a Facebook hoodie sweater that was given to him by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, right, during a town hall meeting
Gibbs was recently hired by Facebook.
Goldman Sachs recently invested $450 million in Facebook.
baraq rewarding his friends.
If the Facebook / MSM / Obama complex is smart, you’d think they would gladly give the needed keys to any conservative group so they can monitor them. I mean, Facebook is like the CIA’s best invention. They get people to basically tell everything about themselves. No warrants, no searches, no eavesdropping. Why would they want to mess with such a good resource. But, one never knows when liberal orthodoxy trumps logic. They just might be that stupid and not give the groups the keys.
Does Palin’s group have a key?
That will be the ultimate litmus test.
Don’t have to re-do it, just move back to MySpace. It’s owned by the same parent company as Fox News...
“The FR group has an alert on the top of the page it will be archived instead of upgraded.”
I belong to a few FB groups that are Air Force related and they are all being archived. They are 554th RED HORSE groups.
Hmmm, this is interesting.
This seems to be all about gearing up for the election. Maybe after they get Obama re-elected it will change.
shocked I tell ya.....are there any Jewish tech gazillionaires that are not libs?
Cuban..absolute nuts, the Google guys.., Ellison, Ballmer....
Michael Dell is an exception I think...maybe
not really..if it’s public access then questions come up
try doing whatever you want if you own a business
like excluding blacks or making them eat in back
or not making handicapped ramps and johns etc
or hiring dicrimination
and so forth
“it’s their site they can do what they want” is not a reality at the size and public access facebook is
just watch...if they are discriminating on users they will be challenged
like Google, it’s so obvious they stack reference to suit themselves when they can...and folks bitch about it
Facebook could easily become the next MySpace by 2013
Zudkerberg has just given all his competitors a huge competitive advantage and they will take it. Watch for a big advertising blitz by My Space and others.
This is not good business if you are looking to dominate the social space. Basically they are giving it up to their competitors.
That 50 billion implied valuation will be laughable in one year. Try 3.5 to 5 billion.
Goldman Sachs received bailouts, some back door through AIG, have maintained many key positions in this administration, They recently invested $450 million in facebook, which now is aggressively changing policy before the election.
And here’s a question that you have never seen asked:
Have you every bought anything through Facebook ads?
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