Anyone who inhabits the conservative blogosphere knows that the big name social media platforms suppress messaging from all of us. The reasons are pretty clear given the preference for liberal claptrap, but until now we did not know how it was done.
A Facebook Insider, who was fired and ended up on food stamps before being hired by the group that is exposing the whistleblowing information provided by her, provided documents to Project Veritas that describe a code system embedded in pages that the powers that be at Facebook do not want spreading their message.
“I saw things that were going on that I personally found to be troubling.”
According to the insider, the documents revealed a routine suppression of the distribution of conservative Facebook pages. The technical action she repeatedly saw, and for which Project Veritas was provided documentation, was labeled ActionDeboostLiveDistribution. Said the insider, “I would see [this term] appear on several different conservative pages. I first noticed it with an account that I can’t remember, but I remember once I started looking at it, I also saw it on Mike Cernovich’s page, saw it on Steven Crowder’s page, as well as the Daily Caller’s page.”
A screenshot of an action log on Mike Cernovich’s Facebook page provided by the insider, shows the tag. The insider believes that the “deboost” code suppresses the distribution of livestream videos on Facebook. Project Veritas spoke to a current Facebook employee off the record who said that the code could limit a video’s visibility in news feeds, remove sharing features, and disable interactive notifications.
When approached for comment, author and filmmaker Mike Cernovich said the troubling issue is that Facebook could just “make stuff up” about people through these systems. “Facebook, or an individual at Facebook, has the unilateral power to create false allegations against someone he or she doesn’t like. The person accused not only can’t do anything about the allegation, they don’t even have an idea the allegation was made,” said Cernovich.
The insider says that unlike many actions that Facebook content moderators can take against pages, the “deboost” action, which appears to occur algorithmically, does not notify the page’s owner. “[W]ith these ‘deboost live stream’ things, there was no warning sent to the user… These were actions that were being taken without the users knowing.”
Watch the full segment released by Project Veritas:
As for the creator of the code, Project Veritas caught up with him, too.
Yes, that is James O’Keefe.
So, now we know how it is done. The question is is the publicity from this release of documents going to be enough to effect change in how Facebook does business.