With 62% of Americans receiving news from social media sites this year, the media has taken to attacking social media sites in attempt to curb peoples usage. This week a document has surfaced “False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and/or Satirical ‘News’ Sources” uploaded by a user named Melissa Zimdars, in which Zimdars lists right-wing outlets, and includes perfectly legitimate sites for no apparent reason. In what can only be described as irony the the Los Angeles Times published the false, misleading, clickbait-y document, lending it an air of legitimacy.
These new policy’s could be used to target completely legitimate sites and news sources which are attempting to break into a market that has been in a stranglehold by major corporations and companies. In fact 6 Corporations control 90% of the media in America which has led many to search out alternative media as the narratives are tightly controled by a small minority.
“I don’t think many people need to have this explained to them, that when you type something into the Google search box, it’s Google that decides what you get back. When you go to your Facebook page, it’s Facebook that decides what news it is that you see on your page. When you go to a platform like Twitter, or any of these, really, the voices that are heard are the ones that are selected and permitted by the corporation.”
Snowden goes on to identify the source of what he consider to the problem as a lack of competition. “There seems to be no alternative to the larger services. Because of this network effect, because [of] the first mover advantage. When you get a Google or a Facebook or Twitter in place, they never seem to leave.”
Snowdens solution, Don’t rely on Facebook for your news. By banning websites from their platform, they are essentially telling users they aren’t intelligent enough to decide for themselves what is and is not news. As Snowden put it, “they’re creating more silence than they are creating more speech.”