Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Robert Parry — NYT Cheers the Rise of Censorship Algorithms

Propaganda + psyops + censorship = totalitarian control.
Just days after sporting First Amendment pins at the White House Correspondents Dinner – to celebrate freedom of the press – the mainstream U.S. media is back to celebrating a very different idea: how to use algorithms to purge the Internet of what is deemed “fake news,” i.e. what the mainstream judges to be “misinformation.”
The New York Times, one of the top promoters of this new Orwellian model for censorship, devoted two-thirds of a page in its Tuesday editions to a laudatory pieceabout high-tech entrepreneurs refining artificial intelligence that can hunt down and eradicate supposedly “fake news.”
But a paradox of liberalism arises here.
To justify this draconian strategy, the Times cited only a “fake news” report claiming that the French establishment’s preferred presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron had received funding from Saudi Arabia, a bogus story published by a Web site that mimicked the appearance of the newspaper Le Soir and was traced back to a Delaware phone number.
Yet, while such intentionally fabricated articles as well as baseless conspiracy theories are a bane of the Internet – and do deserve hearty condemnation – the Times gives no thought to the potential downside of having a select group of mainstream journalistic entities feeding their judgment about what is true and what is not into some algorithms that would then scrub the Internet of contrary items.

There is an increasing proliferation of not only genuinely fake news aimed to distort and influence, but also phishing scams to trick people out of money, into providing information for identity theft, and the like.

Obviously, not everything goes, but where and how to draw lines is not simple.

Consortium News
NYT Cheers the Rise of Censorship Algorithms
Robert Parry

See also

A so-called free press is a privatized press. But is a corporate owned media actually a free press other than in name?

Fort Russ
Free Press? A luxury few states can afford
Op-ed by Denis Churilov


Noah Way said...

If fake news was censored the NYT would be empty of everything except ads.

Ugh said...

No no no. These so-called algorithms will be used and abused by the controlling authority depending on who is in charge and what their political leanings are - we all know this up front. Leave the Internet alone. People will believe what they want to believe.

Besides the mainstream media is 100% guilty of generating fake news just by the stories the choose and whose side of the story their telling. Sins of omission is SOP.

Today NPR had a Trump trade official on for an interview and every question asked had a hostile tone. That's fine - hold the officials feet to the fire, but then do it for both sides instead of 8 years of kissing Obama's officials asses on air for 20 minutes.

Ryan Harris said...

Big Brother, The man behind the curtain, a black box, AI, pick your favorite abstraction for Silicon Valley elite that run the world and decide what is and is not.