For seasoned facebook Activists this is nothing new, but I felt it was high time that it was Published and what better subject to use than the Press Release that has started to reach International Media on 28th December, 2017 by UNICEF on how children are being targeted in huge numbers in International Conflicts:
For Victims and their families in Libya, Syria and older Conflicts such as Ruwanda, this is years too late, as children have been the deliberate targets in USA and allied Conflicts around the World for years. An official Press Release by UNICEF today is the beginning of an acknowledgement that children are the Targets, but falls short of naming certain conflicts that should have been named. None the less it will be a welcome statement by many countries and many Politicians.
Usually, when republishing any article on facebook, if it is one that is in line with US Policy, the “Post” appears with the details of the content of the Article. Censorship on facebook is common. With facebook going as far as giving facebook users a ban ranging from days to a month for users that are circulating Articles and Posts that are not to the NSA’s liking. And Posts regarding any facts in any Country that is the Victim of a US Conflict not appearing in full as a standard Post with all of the information missing, other than the link to the Media itself, is extremely common. With my focus on Libya, I have witnessed it on a shocking scale and been the Victim of the most psychopathic amount of facebook manipulation when getting the truth out and so have Libyans. It is Psychological Warfare as well as straight Censorship as it renders the user of the platform feeling useless and silenced when dealing with atrocities.
But regarding UNICEF, the facebook censorship with regard to Child Killing and using them as Human Shields highlights the problem with facebook and it is a good example to use – as the practice by facebook is untenable. And clearly, there is an algorithm applied manually by some type of tagging that marks certain media as ‘prepared for censorship” on facebook. Any individual using facebook reacts in two ways when this happens and both ways undermine and Censor the way news travels on facebook:
- Most users of facebook will not bother to post the Media. As they see that the Post does not contain any content, as they repost it, and is just a meanlingless link, the normal reaction of most facebook users is to cancel the Post. Some will feel that it will be UNICEF themselves that have not presented the Media in the correct format and lose confidence in UNICEF. Others will just have a subliminal reaction and not complete the repost.
- Seasoned Activists will copy and paste the Content as a “Headline” in the Post. Explaining the content either as a quote or as their own interpretation in their own words. However, the well-presented sound bite or ‘Slug’ that is usually presented in the “Card” of a piece of media which is normally shown when reposting on facebook is completely lost. So what has been proved as a tool to “Engage” readers of content using images and headlines is still not available on the repost.
It does not come as any surprise to those that follow the USA that UNICEF or indeed any United Nations Media is being censored in this way on facebook. Trump’s public comments on UNESCO and the United Nations, in general, are as well known as his comments on Climate Change. Policies that have been adopted and pushed by the USA as a “Policy”.
It is the time that the social media platforms, especially facebook come under United Nations Security Council control. Governments Internationally have started to take on facebook regarding Social Manipulation but fall short of coming up with any workable conclusions or solutions. facebook has a Monopoly on information and Media which is growing globally by the day, and by the year is turning into nothing more than a modern, and very dangerous version of INGSOC. And when it comes to the subject of Child Killing and using Children as Human Shields in Conflicts abroad, I do not think that any decent human being would disagree that something has to be done.