The Pardu

The Pardu
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Friday, February 7, 2014

Facebook Used As A Weapon?

During the run-up to an "almost" attack against Syria via the US and what appears as a forming coalition, the amount false and misleading memes and posting from Syrian loyalist operatives was stifling.  I personally recall working to calm the angst of a few Facebook friends who bought into false meme messages, edited video tape and posts that were so ridiculous they appeared insane. Fear is fear and a war weary America was fertile ground and ripe for manipulation.

Apparently, Assad loyalist are very adept at manipulating social media. It appears Facebook is a targeted weapon as indispensable as Assad's past use of chemical weapons.  The following piece from Tech Dirt is based on a The Atlantic article speaks volumes Facebook's Terms of Service. The social networking company policies not only offends millions of progressives in the United States, the policies may also serve one of the world's most undesirable despots. 

Thu, Feb 6th 2014 

When Facebook's Terms Of Service Decide What Kind Of 'Speech' Is Okay, Activists Get Silenced (via Techdirt)
The Atlantic is covering the fact that Syrian loyalists have been able to abuse Facebook's "abuse" policy to make various Syrian opposition Facebook pages disappear based on very questionable means. A number of activist pages have simply been wiped…

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