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 No.12028

Hi, I'll be doing a group project in uni for a "business ethics of new technology" filler course soon. We picked the topic of "propaganda and censorship in social networks" and I basically want to dunk on Western social media for being hypocritical about muh freedom of speech and muh Chinese/Russian state media and demonstrate how these companies are "socially irresponsible" with their behavior.
Basically, what I need is some literature to cite on how privatized censorship and propaganda work in modern liberal societies, specifically on Facebook, Google services or Twitter. Manufacturing Consent would be an obvious position if not for the fact it predates the current era.
Context: the teacher is a priest very outspokenly into "personalist" morality and Christian Democracy/milquetoast socdemmery/whatever ideology Rerum Novarum actually advocates for, and has explicitly asserted the liberal assumption that having private property is a fundamental human right, so no open praising of communism or anything like that.

 No.12030

this isn't all related but i'm sure the mintpress articles will be helpful - the others mainly are about the fact that the US does in fact have state funded media, and it seems like all western govs engage in state censorship and takeover of news outlets. Just with "freedom" and "justice" of course :^)

Ex-CIA, FBI, DoD and NATO officials are hired to decide content moderation policies for all major American-owned social media
https://www.mintpressnews.com/meet-ex-cia-agents-deciding-facebook-content-policy/281307/
https://www.mintpressnews.com/nato-tiktok-pipeline-why-tiktok-employing-national-security-agents/280336/
https://www.mintpressnews.com/twitter-hiring-alarming-number-spooks-secret-agents/281114/
https://www.mintpressnews.com/jessica-ashooh-reddit-national-security-state-plant/277639/
Facebook and Twitter coordinate attempts to manipulate Nicaraguan elections
https://www.mintpressnews.com/nicaraguans-ignore-facebook-spooks-trick-treating-election/278870/
How CIA controlled news, recent state defense affiliated journalists and propaganda, British censorship of Russian media against its citizens, hostile takeover of the Guardian by the Ministry of Defense, the Guardian’s subsequent hit pieces against Jeremy Corbyn, US manipulation of OPCW findings
https://www.mintpressnews.com/spooks-establishment-journalists-circling-wagons/281217/
https://declassifieduk.org/how-the-uk-security-services-neutralised-the-countrys-leading-liberal-newspaper/
60,000 undercover pentagon employees, on foreign and domestic assignments, influences social media among other tasks
https://www.newsweek.com/exclusive-inside-militarys-secret-undercover-army-1591881
In 2012 an act prohibiting the government from propagandizing to US citizens was repealed
“ Until this month, a vast ocean of U.S. programming produced by the Broadcasting Board of Governors such as Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks could only be viewed or listened to at broadcast quality in foreign countries. The programming varies in tone and quality, but its breadth is vast: It’s viewed in more than 100 countries in 61 languages. The topics covered include human rights abuses in Iran, self-immolation in Tibet, human trafficking across Asia, and on-the-ground reporting in Egypt and Iraq.”
https://foreignpolicy.com/2013/07/14/u-s-repeals-propaganda-ban-spreads-government-made-news-to-americans/

 No.12031

these too

 No.12033

https://medium.com/@zaborona.media/neo-nazi-links-of-a-facebook-fact-checker-exposed-d1215dae6c66

Just re-discovered this too, National Endowment for Democracy (aka US Gov by proxy) funds a Facebook fact checking organization (that also has ties to neonazis lol)

 No.12034

I suggest you go through articles on FAIR which is a media watchdog with a high rating on Media Bias Fact Check. It basically writes articles shitting on mainstream news pointing out when they are being deceptive or irresponsible
https://fair.org/

 No.12036

File: 1668866211700.png (256.81 KB, 499x573, Misato ur epic.png)

Many thanks, anon. I'll try to make good use of these sources!
Damn, you made me realize I have basically no reaction images that show approval or gratitude


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