Facebook is a private company and as such can do what it wants. However, there is no reason attention can’t be brought to content throttling. (Content throttling can consist of many things, including shadow banning. It, and we have to say this because someone out there will misunderstand, is not the same as throttling bandwidth. Yes we know.) There is no reason the public can’t bring pressure to change corporate behavior. This is done all the time.
The North Carolina sisters known as “Diamond and Silk” have revealed in a series of tweets (see below) that Facebook has determined their content and brand are “unsafe for the community” without a fuller explanation, and in a decision that the social media network says is final.
This development occurs as CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to testify before Congress about the rampant harvesting of personal data and privacy violations that has prompted calls across the ideological spectrum for Facebook to be regulated like a public utility…
…Trump supporters and others have accused the progressive tech giants of engaging in censorship of right-wing websites and individuals (or those perceived as harboring conservative leanings) through methods such as algorithm changes, shadow banning, throttling, de-platforming, and de-monetization. A number of personalities and entities on the right have found themselves suspended for alleged hate speech or violations of terms of service under broad-brush or vague standards that they claim aren’t applied to their left-wing counterparts. These allegations have been denied by the Silicon Valley corporations.
Along those lines, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel has implied that Silicon Valley has imposed a one-party dictatorship when it comes to politics. Trump backers are also wondering if Facebook would have reached the same conclusion about Diamond and Silk’s satire if the duo were Obama or Clinton fans.
I don’t really follow Diamond and Silk but I will say that from what I’ve seen they are funny. That probably gets to some folks.