In The Rush To Blame Facebook, Come The Calls To Suppress Ideas People Disagree With

from the this-won't-end-well dept

Yesterday I wrote that people rushing to blame Facebook for the election results were being ridiculous, and it generated a fair bit of discussion (much of it on Twitter). And this was before NYMag's Max Read went out and wrote an article literally titled Donald Trump Won Because of Facebook. Here's the crux of Max's argument, which is similar to the argument many others have been making:

The most obvious way in which Facebook enabled a Trump victory has been its inability (or refusal) to address the problem of hoax or fake news. Fake news is not a problem unique to Facebook, but Facebook’s enormous audience, and the mechanisms of distribution on which the site relies — i.e., the emotionally charged activity of sharing, and the show-me-more-like-this feedback loop of the news feed algorithm — makes it the only site to support a genuinely lucrative market in which shady publishers arbitrage traffic by enticing people off of Facebook and onto ad-festooned websites, using stories that are alternately made up, incorrect, exaggerated beyond all relationship to truth, or all three. (To really hammer home the cyberdystopia aspect of this: A significant number of the sites are run by Macedonian teenagers looking to make some scratch.)

All throughout the election, these fake stories, sometimes papered over with flimsy “parody site” disclosures somewhere in small type, circulated throughout Facebook: The Pope endorses Trump. Hillary Clinton bought $137 million in illegal arms. The Clintons bought a $200 million house in the Maldives. The valiant efforts of Snopes and other debunking organizations were insufficient; Facebook’s labyrinthine sharing and privacy settings mean that fact-checks get lost in the shuffle. Often, no one would even need to click on the story for the headline to become a widely distributed talking point, repeated elsewhere online, or, sometimes, in real life.

Meanwhile Bloomberg had a big piece, saying that Facebook (and Twitter) employees are "grappling with their role" in helping to elect Trump.
Online (on Facebook, of course), current and former employees debated the company's role as an influencer. Bobby Goodlatte, a Facebook product designer from 2008 to 2012, according to his LinkedIn, today said the company's news feed was responsible for fueling “highly partisan, fact-light media outlets” that propelled Donald Trump's ascension to the presidency. “News feed optimizes for engagement,” Goodlatte wrote. “As we’ve learned in this election, bullshit is highly engaging.”
These stories sound convenient. And my Twitter feed is chock full of people -- often people in the media who are already "angry" about Facebook "stealing" their ad revenue -- making similar noises about how Facebook needs to "fix" this.
And these stories tell a neat and convenient tale, a pre-packaged "thing" to blame. And they're all bullshit. Yes, Facebook had lots of people passing around fake news stories, or misleading news stories. And, yes, lots of people live in bubbles where they only see/read/hear stuff that they are prone to agree with. But this narrative that it was Facebook's "primed for engagement, not truth" algorithm that got people to go out and vote for Trump is both simplistic and dangerous. Let's take each problem separately.

Too Simplistic:

Blaming the Facebook algorithm for sharing fake news is too simplistic in that it gives the algorithm too much power and takes the responsibility away from human beings as living, thinking creatures. We love to blame the tools. It's practically a national pasttime, searching for the moral panic du jour to blame for people doing things that some other people don't like or find problematic. It's much easier to blame the tools.

Even worse is that it assumes millions of people are pure idiots. And, I know, among many people this may be a popular opinion right now. That if they supported "the other side" they must be complete idiots. But that's wrong. There are idiot supporters of every candidate in this election -- and we can all highlight our favorite that somehow got onto the news. But lots and lots and lots of people who voted for Trump weren't doing so because some Facebook algorithm "tricked" them, but because they legitimately believed that the status quo wasn't working and was problematic, and an awful lot of "the establishment" wanted them to shut up about what wasn't working. You can argue that they were misled about what was and what wasn't working, but again, that goes back to the idea that tens of millions of people are so stupid that they change their minds based on fake stories on Facebook.

Too Dangerous:

I write an awful lot about Section 230 of the CDA and the idea of "intermediary liability" protections and I know that some people's eyes glaze over at those terms. But there's a fundamental underlying principle behind those things and it's this: if you blame a platform for the actions of its users, you end up with massive censorship and dangerous limits on free speech and innovation.

The people calling for Facebook to "fix" this problem don't see where this leads, but it's not good. In various conversations I've had in response to yesterday's article, I keep drilling down and trying to see what people think the "solution" to this "problem" is, and it inevitably comes back to something along the lines of "well, Facebook needs to stop the fake news from spreading." If only it could. Fake news, rumors, conspiracy theories, echo chambers and "bubbles" predate Facebook by a long shot. While the musical Hamilton is reminding people that some of our founding fathers were known to fight hard against each other, not everyone is aware of the spreading of rumors and lies between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams as they campaigned for the presidency in 1800:
Jefferson secretly hired the famed pamphleteer James Callendar, who had previously seriously damaged the reputation of Adams' fellow Federalist Alexander Hamilton, to paint Adams and the Federalist party as a friend to British royalty and Adams as being bent on starting a war with France in order to further an alliance with King George. More to the point, Callender described Adams as a "hideous hermaphroditical character which has neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman."

Adams' Federalist surrogates also brought out the proverbial long knives. A Federalist publication described Jefferson as "a mean-spirited, low-lived fellow, the son of a half-breed Indian squaw, sired by a Virginia mulatto father." Allegations were made that he cheated his British creditors, was a supporter of French radicalism and assassinations of the aristocracy, and that he made a habit out of sleeping with his female slaves.
Or read about the history of the 1828 election between Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams, and you might notice more than a few parallels to today -- including the spreading of fake stories about each candidate by surrogates. Here's just a snippet:
One Adams newspaper even wrote, "General Jackson's mother was a common prostitute, brought to this country by the British soldiers! She afterward married a mulatto man, with whom she had several children, of which number General Jackson is one!"
In 1876, opponents of Rutherford B. Hayes spread the rumor that he had shot his own mother. In 1928, supporters of Herbert Hoover started spreading rumors that (the Catholic) Al Smith was connecting the newly built Holland Tunnel in NY all the way to the Vatican so that the Pope would weigh in on all Presidential matters. In 1952, Dwight Eisenhower supporters distributed pamphlets claiming that his opponent, Adlai Stephenson had once killed a young girl "in a jealous rage."

Point being: fake news is spread in basically every election for the US President in history. It didn't take Facebook's algorithms, and it won't go away if Facebook's algorithms change.

In fact, it's likely to make things even worse. Remember the mostly made up "controversy" about Facebook suppressing conservative news? Remember the outrage it provoked (or have you already forgotten?). Just imagine what would happen if Facebook now decided that it was only going to let people share "true" news. Whoever gets to decide that kind of thing has tremendous power -- and there will be immediately claims of bias and hiding "important" stories -- even if they're bullshit. It will lead many of the people who are already angry about things to argue that their views are being suppressed and hidden and that they are being "censored." That's not a good recipe. And it's an especially terrible recipe if people really want to understand why so many people are so angry at the status quo.

Telling them that the news needs to be censored to "protect" them isn't going to magically turn Trump supporters into Hillary supporters. It will just convince them that they're even more persecuted.

Other than "censoring" certain content, the only other suggestion I seriously heard was someone suggesting that Facebook should force-feed its users opposing views. Like that's actually going to change anyone's mind, rather than get them pissed off again. And, once again, this seems like people failing to take responsibility for their own actions. If you don't have any friends who supported Trump, don't lump that on Facebook.

There are legitimate questions about whether you can better inform a populace. But censorship and force-feeding information is general paternalistic nonsense that totally misunderstands the issue and misdiagnoses the problem. As Clay Shirky noted earlier this year, too many Hillary supporters thought that "bringing fact checkers to a culture war" would win out, when that's never going to happen. Fighting Facebook's algorithim is more of the same nonsense. It's based in the faulty belief that those who voted for "the other" are simply too dumb to understand the truth, and if they just got more truth, they'd buy it. It's not understanding why they voted the way they did. It's looking for easy scapegoats.

Facebook's algorithm is an easy target, but it's even less likely to solve a culture war than fact checkers.

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    Anonymous Anonymous Coward (profile), 10 Nov 2016 @ 8:11am

    Goodbye First Amendment, or what's left of it

    Given Trumps proclivity to control speech via bogus defamation law suits, he might just be aligned with the idea of controlling speech via eliminating section 230, and holding websites liable for any speech HE does not like. And/or other actions.

    Fortunately, the President cannot act autonomously and force this on his own, though he can direct the DOJ to take certain actions that might make a mess.

    Unfortunately the Republican party will have formal control over Congress, and they might be just deluded enough to go along with the new Presidents machinations.

    Oh for integrity in government and democratic (not to be taken as Democratic, or for that matter Republican) principles in our Republic.

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    Michael, 10 Nov 2016 @ 8:46am

    "Often, no one would even need to click on the story for the headline to become a widely distributed talking point, repeated elsewhere online, or, sometimes, in real life"


    Yup.Just like "Facebook is the reason Trump won the election" you asshat.

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      Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 8:54am

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      The BURN!

      But seriously, that is not the fault of the publishers, that is the fault of the readers, so not so much burn as we might think!

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    Michael, 10 Nov 2016 @ 8:54am

    "It's based in the faulty belief that those who voted for "the other" are simply too dumb to understand the truth, and if they just got more truth, they'd buy it"


    It is some crazy hubris to look at 50% of the people in the country and believe that they are the ones that are idiots and easily swayed by false news stories and bad politics without at least considering that it might be YOUR 50% that is actually wrong.

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    Hephaestus (profile), 10 Nov 2016 @ 8:57am

    These people should blame themselves. They associate with like minded individuals, do not go outside of their comfort zone of ideas, and harp on the same things over and over. They have isolated themselves from anything that goes against their world view, and react with verbal violence, against anyone with a non politically correct view (in their opinion).

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      orbitalinsertion (profile), 10 Nov 2016 @ 9:02am

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      The non-politically correct are exactly the same with a different set of beliefs. I love the way people think stupidity and insularity falls along ideological lines. What a hoot.

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        Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 9:06am

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        Could not agree more!

        The problem is not that the 'other side' has a load of ignorant sheeple.

        The problem is that both sides have an excessive abundance of them!

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        Hephaestus (profile), 10 Nov 2016 @ 9:16am

        Re: Re:

        What I was saying was, on both sides, people have isolated themselves in groups of like minded individuals. They have sand boxed themselves into groups that believe, because everyone in their group is for a certain thing, that everyone is for that same thing.

        On both sides of the isle, they have a distorted version of reality because all their friends think the same way, and they chase off anyone that doesn't think that way.

        And to quote you "I love the way people think stupidity and insularity falls along ideological lines. What a hoot."

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          Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 9:31am

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          It is difficult for people to overcome the fear of what they do not know.

          Just as people lash out at those they do not understand, those very same are less likely to extend the olive branches necessary to help them understand or come to a compromise.

          In some cases a compromise is not possible. This is the root of all human conflict and as history has proven, there is no way around it. No manor or amount of hand wringing, good will, decency, or understanding will change it. This is usually a problem with the War is never the answer types. If War is never the answer then you have no intellectual argument for using force of any kind to bring people into line and that just leaves you to be a slave!

          Some people have a line somewhere in the sand and you shall not cross it without the consequences!

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            Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 10:34am

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            It is often important to delineate an idea by proclaiming its virtues and how it is different from absurdity. That is a reasonable starting point for a discussion. Usually the reason for a lacking compromise or agreement is the lack of a real interest in reaching it - like if you need to look ideologically pure as snow or the status quo is acceptable for you. Fanatism or zealotism is what I would call the people who slavishly defer to a single side without rationally being able to argue for it. Those positions are not possible to reach with reason and that is where the crux of the problem is, not in how to resolve it (which can be as trivial as war).

            US elections are a beauty pageant for ugly people.
            There is no need to try dialogue with the other side in an election since there are enough members of your political party to rile up for "war" not to bother with having a policy or try to attract the dreg called "independents". "Get out and vote"-campaigns are so much easier to use instead of bothering with shit like having a policy. That stuff is just another flank for super PACs to tear you a new one on, ya know?

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              Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 10:49am

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

              You just described the very reason why people created political parties.

              Divide the people and usurp their will, and in no particular order! A political party serves no other purpose!

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                Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 11:25am

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                Having few parties and making it easy for the winner to act without taking any minority into account is a surefire way towards a very non-responsive "political elite"

                As a european looking at the european parliament and the complete chaos it is, I would have to disagree with a completely non-party approach. But the primary process in as bipartisan a country as USA, is a surefire way to create partisan zealotism and screw over independents, moderates and people with more complex views.

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      Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 10:54am

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      I would buy you a beer if I could. This 1,000 times. The left complains about Fox news and various bogs and YouTube channels and refuse to watch/read them. I think many honestly have no idea how crooked Hillary (and Bill) are.

      The right on the other hand, have no choice but to get a large dose of liberalism from nearly every news channel, news paper and college in the country. There is a reason the left are called low information voters.

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        Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 11:51am

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        Ok, so .. you claim:

        That "the right" are subjected to endless liberalism from everywhere they turn and do not need to be introspective in any way shape of form. And one is to assume that you think they are high information people?

        While "the left" is comprised of low information people who continually complain about how biased some media is while refusing to be subjected to the propaganda from same.

        This is an oversimplification of some bullshit opinion unsupported by facts/data. Everyone is biased to some extent, some way more than others. And then there is the equivalence bullshit, these are not equivalent even though neither "side" is correct - they are not the same by any means.

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          Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 11:55am

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          They are introspective, they see what the left is selling. The left on the other hand, has no idea what conservatism is. So in fear, they label it and name call. You would do well to actually go out and meet some conservatives and learn about them. You will find they are human too. Oh, and that they don't fit any of the labels you have been taught.

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            Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 12:47pm

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            Media are thirsty for headlines and the sharp angling on the stories you can get from politics is good at selling controversy as the attention they want. Who the hell cares if your angling is biased, if it sells big? However, blaming eachother for not understanding is a surefire way of never starting a relevant discussion...

            Oh, the partisan/political framing. Oh, the stereotypical blaming of opponents as savages. Read some history, and I mean both of you! You sound like millenials.

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            Wendy Cockcroft, 11 Nov 2016 @ 5:46am

            Re: Re: Re: Re: Let/right

            America doesn't have a left as such; the best it can manage in that regard is Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein.

            What it does have is right and further right.

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        Anonymous Coward, 11 Nov 2016 @ 8:40am

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        You used the words "the left" and "the right", and so for me, nothing else you say has any value or merit.

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    crade (profile), 10 Nov 2016 @ 8:58am

    Helping people know and understand the truth so that they can make an informed decision during an election is our democratic responsibility as citizens as much as voting ourselves is. Democracy does not function if people can't make informed decisions at election time. If people are being manipulated by being flooded with disinformation that isn't something we should accept. You need to make the truth as easy to find as possible and the lies as easy to determine as possible so that democracy has a chance to function. It isn't facebook's responsibility though, it's ours as citizens in a democracy.

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      Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 9:45am

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      You are so dead wrong!

      #1. The citizens is responsible for being informed. Not the Citizens. You can lead a horse to water but you cannot make it drink.

      #2. Democracy? What Democracy? When was the last time you had a chance to vote in or on a law either directly or indirectly? Yes, some states so some of these democratic things at their local levels, but on a national level, we are not a democracy of any kind. The moment we do become one we will soon destroy ourselves!

      #3. You are 100% right that the responsibility is with the Citizens for a democracy to function. But since those same citizens refuse to inform themselves... well when you 'understand' that, then you will KNOW why a true democracy will only commit suicide!

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        Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 9:46am

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        Brillant!!! "The Citizens is responsible" Not the plural form.

        I just biff'd!

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        crade (profile), 10 Nov 2016 @ 11:23am

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        It's not our responsibility to ensure that Citizens inform themselves, just to make sure they have the option.

        Representative democracy works the same way. Remove the information, remove the choice.

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          Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 3:21pm

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          Remove the choice, remove the actual representation. Remove the representation and politics becomes a theater of deplorables.

          But I don't see how there is an informed choice for a non-member of one of the big parties? The primaries are amazing at weeding out people that could be concieved as moderate or appeals to independents.

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 8:58am

    Well, but you know...they ARE idiots.

    "Even worse is that it assumes millions of people are pure idiots."

    Not because they supported X and not Y: they were idiots a long time before X and Y were running for office.

    There are people who thing global warming is a hoax. People who think vaccines cause autism. People who think Ayyadurai invented email. ;) People who think creation myths are real. People who think aliens are all over the planet, never mind that damn near everyone carries a camera with them 24x7 and nobody has a photo of one. People who think trickle-down economics works. People who think seat belts don't work and are fascist. People who think foreign terrorists are a viable threat to US citizens (you're more likely to be killed by your own furniture). People who reply to spam. People who think horoscopes are real. People who think denying their children medical care and praying for them instead is a good idea.

    And so on. Keep in mind that whatever metric you use to assess intelligence (and yes, I know that IQ measurements are flawed, so pick one you like) that half the population is below the middle of the curve...and the middle of the curve isn't very bright.

    This isn't their fault -- unlike ignorance, which largely IS their fault, because most of us have access to enormous libraries of information and could remedy ignorance merely by reading, listening, and watching. So I don't blame people for being idiots, they can't help it. But it does us no good to pretend they don't exist. They do. In vast numbers.

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      Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 10:06am

      Re: Well, but you know...they ARE idiots.

      It is the willing ignorance that does the damage.

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      Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 10:58am

      Re: Well, but you know...they ARE idiots.

      You would do well to heed your own advice and listen to those on the other side. Instead, you are part of the problem. So convinced of your rightness as to be an arrogant prick. Until you listen more than you talk, you will remain part of the problem.

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        Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 11:33am

        Re: Re: Well, but you know...they ARE idiots.

        Instead, you are part of the problem. So convinced of your rightness as to be an arrogant prick.

        Arrogance doesn't necessarily imply that he's wrong.

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        Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 12:01pm

        Re: Re: Well, but you know...they ARE idiots.

        And you are making it extra easy for him to take your advise. Convincing people by making yourself look like the derogatory namecalling you push is rarely effective at anything constructive.

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          Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 12:07pm

          Re: Re: Re: Well, but you know...they ARE idiots.

          Awesome, now you see the problem. Name calling doesn't work. It used to, but the crying wolf has lost its luster and you only have to look at this election to see that. People are wising up and starting to look at the issues.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhUXSX3ZnpE

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            Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 1:07pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re: Well, but you know...they ARE idiots.

            Exactly what is needed! That source is the media we want in Trumpistan...

            You see how amazing his inflamatory language and ridiculing "out of context" clippinng makes democrats ignore it? You wonder why people are tired of partisans like you?

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      Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 4:45pm

      Re: Well, but you know...they ARE idiots.

      Hey, trickle down economy works exactly how it is supposed to. It is trickling down to the political party and supports those willing to encourage more trickle down. I can't see a problem in that.

      If you are a stupid coal-mine worker or, god forbid outside the workforce/public employee, you had it coming to you either way. Trickle down is no fucking socialist give-away. It is trickling down on people with high wages as it should so whining poor bitches can just lift their lazy asses and start to make the money needed to get a share. Trickle down is motivating people who earns big bucks to earn more. That is how it is supposed to work!

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      trollificus (profile), 8 Dec 2016 @ 7:55pm

      Re: Well, but you know...they ARE idiots.

      Yes, this is true.

      The error that frequently follows after the inarguable conclusion that half the people are of below average intelligence, is that all the ones above that line share your every political position.

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    Learn the Difference, 10 Nov 2016 @ 9:02am

    It's all about the definition

    The solution isn't censorship but accountability.

    Accountability isn't about lawsuits to stop opinions.

    Accountability is about individual's ability to do their own research on topics.

    It's about educating the masses on what to look for, to differentiate a news bot from a human being behind a keyboard, about checking sources and verifying content comes from a legitimate journalistic source vs a marketing team pushing lobbying efforts.

    It's not just about Presidential politics, it's not just about opinion pieces or facebooks news aggregation, it's about individuals taking responsibility that what they think they heard as being factual.

    This is especially important now, today with state actors pushing their narratives into mainstream discussions. With corporate lobbyists redefining terms that mean the opposite of what they were (think Florida solar amendment 1, where a yes meant no).

    It's the responsibility of journalism to educate, not berate individuals.

    Want to crowd source something meaningful, get something together that puts educational advertising on every screen and audio output that teaches everyone in every demographic how to tell the difference between news and marketing. Then repeat it every day, every year until it lands in text books in classrooms being taught to first grade students through their college years.

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 9:02am

    > too many Hillary supporters thought that "bringing fact checkers to a culture war" would win out,
    > ...
    > It's not understanding why they voted the way they did.

    If you think more facts is bad, then I'm afraid you are going to really hate the only option left. It involves telling more lies, just better and more manipulative lies for "our" side. That idea makes me sick. Its a capitulation to those who believe that all opinions are equally valid, regardless of how well researched or informed.

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      Mike Masnick (profile), 10 Nov 2016 @ 9:13am

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      If you think more facts is bad, then I'm afraid you are going to really hate the only option left. It involves telling more lies, just better and more manipulative lies for "our" side.

      You misunderstand. It's not that facts are bad. They're incredibly important. But simply dumping a bunch of facts on people who have cultural reasons for feeling upset and angry and disenfranchised doesn't help. It's "let them eat facts." The point is that you need to actually go beyond just the facts to understand why so many people are angry -- why our government is so dysfunctional for them and people they know.

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        Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 9:40am

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        No one understands why people are angry, that is the problem.

        If they did, the problem would be solved. People KNOW why but they do not understand WHY! Trust me, there might be a subtle difference, but that different can be like night and day with the result!

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          Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 10:08am

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          The problem is not a misunderstanding of why people are mad, it is the give-a-shit attitude of those in positions to do something about the problems which cause the anger.

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            Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 10:18am

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            It is always a misunderstanding. Yes the give-a-shit attitude is part of it, but that too is spawned from a misunderstanding.

            Remember, understanding is Wisdom. You can KNOW that 1+1=2, but do you understand WHY? Likewise, that give-a-shit attitude is made from their understanding that the Citizens understand little and will let them get away from it. So the point here is that there is STILL a misunderstanding, just not where we think it might be!

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              Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 12:02pm

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              I have no idea why uber-riche silver spoon in mouth folk are mad. Is it because some uppity loud mouths are attempting to hold them responsible for their transgressions? ... omg - the horror! How can they control themselves in light of these extreme conditions?

              On the other hand, it is painfully clear why the less fortunate are expressing themselves in less than civil fashion.

              I find it difficult listening to the pretzel logic, twisting and turning of opinions, blah, blah, blah all in an attempt to rationalize their bad behavior. It is the fuck you, I don't give a shit that makes these people mad.

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                Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 12:33pm

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                "On the other hand, it is painfully clear why the less fortunate are expressing themselves in less than civil fashion."

                I agree here. When the poor rise up against the Elite a lot of news outlets start screaming "Class Warfare".

                The problem is that this is very one sided. The Elite have been waging class warfare on the poor for a very long time without much challenge and as soon as someone say's "let's fight back' one of two things happen.

                "Class Warfare name calling is batted around like a ping-pong ball"
                -or-
                "The Elite Globalist's (both dems and repubs) use it as a spring board to introduce Regulation through a Congress constructed agency that is then purchased by the Plutocracy and stonewalls 'The People' it claims to serve"

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          Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 10:22am

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          "No one understands why people are angry, that is the problem."

          They're not angry. They're racist. Let's look at the CNN exit poll:

          White men (34% of sample): 31% Clinton, 63% Trump, 6% other/no answer
          White women (36% of sample): 43% Clinton, 52% Trump, 5% other/no answer
          Black men (5% of sample): 80% Clinton, 13% Trump, 7% other/no answer
          Black women (7% of sample): 93% Clinton, 4% Trump, 3% other/no answer
          Latino men (5% of sample): 62% Clinton, 33% Trump, 5% other/no answer
          Latino women (6% of sample): 68% Clinton, 26% Trump, 6% other/no answer
          Other (6% of sample): 61% Clinton, 32% Trump, 7% other/no answer

          This happened in an economy that's great for white people (really low unemployed among whites, less than half the rate of blacks), at a time when crime is down and headed down further, where home buying has stabilized, etc., where pretty much everything that affects the character and quality of life of white people is in pretty good shape.

          So they're not angry. They have no real reason to be, because they're doing pretty well -- much better than other demographic groups. Eight years of the Obama presidency have been terrific for white people, across economic classes, urban/rural areas, etc.

          So no, they're not angry. They're just racist, so they voted for the candidate endorsed by the Klan and the Nazis. Go read @shaunking's timeline for the past 24 hours and look at what happened in this country in the day after the election. GO READ.

          Prediction -- and my god I hope I'm wrong: we will see lynchings soon. I don't know whether the victims will be black or Muslim, gay or Latino, but we'll see them.

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            Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 10:26am

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            "They're not angry. They're racist."

            And the lynching have already started.
            http://www.infowars.com/shock-video-black-mob-viciously-beats-white-trump-voter/

            O wait... the "non-racists" are doing the lynching? For a bunch of fucking racists there sure is a lot of NON violence from them.

            You are the racist, you are just so busy calling everyone that does not agree with you to notice!

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            Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 10:33am

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            I just checked out Shaun King's timeline...jesus christ...

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            Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 10:51am

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            You are the Racist, TD blocked my first response do you because I linked proof of the attacks by minorities.

            Go and look at twitter and see who is trying to cause trouble. Hint, Hint, is the sore worthless losers you are NOT calling racist.

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              Mike Masnick (profile), 10 Nov 2016 @ 11:49am

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              • You are the Racist, TD blocked my first response do you because I linked proof of the attacks by minorities.*

              Uh, no. Our spam filter temporarily caught a comment because certain link URLs are commonly found in spam.

              Not everything is a conspiracy.

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                Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 12:02pm

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                He linked to infowars. I think that last line will be lost to him.

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                  Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 12:53pm

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                  I was blocked again, this time no link!

                  I wonder what else is going on?

                  And no I am not screaming conspiracy and I do understand the linking situation, some of you choose to take it out of context.

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                    Mike Masnick (profile), 10 Nov 2016 @ 1:32pm

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                    I wonder what else is going on?

                    The spam filter relies on a number of different factors to determine what is and what is not spam. Links are one. IP address is another. Whether or not you've been determined in the past to be a spammer. Plus a lot more.

                    For whatever reason, the filter caught your new comment.

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                Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 12:39pm

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                I did not call it a conspiracy did I? I said...

                "TD blocked my first response do you because I linked proof of the attacks by minorities."

                Which meant because I put a link it, TD blocked it. YOU chose to assume that I was blaming TD in a conspiratorial sense and that was not the intention.

                True I could have said "TD Blocked me because I have A link in my post" but sometimes we do not think our posts through all of the way sometimes. I admit to being human and making mistakes, but no, I do not think TD is in some stupid fucking conspiracy and I would appreciate that you not treat all forms of dissent as such!

                And no, the reason for linking infowars.com is not lost on me. I am fully aware that the site is biased, but that does not bother me. I could have linked any other site I could have easily found the same video on it if I found it first.

                But either way, regardless of the nature of the blocking, I will still call it out. I will say thanks for letting the post make it through and next time I will try to word it a little better so I do not get your undies in a wad, but no promises. When the excitement starts happening mistakes are made, which is why it is always a good idea for people to count to 10 when you are getting excited for good or for bad!

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            Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 11:02am

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            This makes the umpteenth time I have seen a liberal claim there will be lynchings or murders. Considering nobody ever took a shot at the Pres. I don't know how you arrive at this conclusion? I don't know a single violent conservative. I can't say that about liberals though. They appear to be quite an emotional, irrational, violent lot.

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            Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 6:07pm

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            Clearly these black / Latino / "other" voters didn't want a white President. Cause that's what the statistics show. So they must be racist too.

            Lessons learnt:
            1. Racism works both ways, idiot.
            2. The statistics show absolutely nothing
            3. Latino and "other" voters came quite close to an even split. Therefore disproving your own point and showing point 2.

            There is absolutely nothing racist shown in the statistics and the media / polls should stop trying to segregate people. So long as people creating a mentality of "us and them", there will be continue to be problems.

            The sooner everyone stops trying to drag bullshit like race and gender into everything, the better we'll all be. (Especially those SJWs.)

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              Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 7:57pm

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              The groupings by race and gender can more often than not be a misnomer.

              As for race:

              Blacks in Bronx aren't the same kind as Obamas Hawaii or Beyonces Houston. If you want to talk about a problem that fuels the race-thinking it is the social inequality, the parts of cities police aren't entering and the increasing ghettoisation of the country where social equals find together in an area and confirm eachothers biases to a point where everyone else gets demonized.

              The issues run deep, but who cares? Every politician can accept status quo on that issue and demonization is essentially a politicians dream since it is easy to create distance to the demons.

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              Anonymous Coward, 11 Nov 2016 @ 6:59am

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              "Clearly these black / Latino / "other" voters didn't want a white President. "

              Clearly, the above is bullshit.

              Could it be that the minorities to which you refer do not want a bigot in politics? Did they respond to the idiotic bigoted ramblings of the candidate? Hmmmm, difficult questions you are probably not prepared to answer.

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            Anonymous Coward, 13 Nov 2016 @ 3:31pm

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            "So no, they're not angry. They're just racist, so they voted for the candidate endorsed by the Klan and the Nazis. Go read @shaunking's timeline for the past 24 hours and look at what happened in this country in the day after the election. GO READ."

            You know nothing Jon Snow, that is such a small percentage of the deal as to be negligible. Missing the disfranchisement aspect of the whole deal i think.

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    I.T. Guy, 10 Nov 2016 @ 9:11am

    People always look for blame rather than just accept the fact PPL are lazy. Sure, there is a small percentage of us when confronted with something that seek out validation. But the sad fact is most don't. Especially when what's said seems plausible.

    Trump kicks puppies and kittens for fun.

    See.

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    Ferdi Z., 10 Nov 2016 @ 9:26am

    ...people are so stupid that they change their minds based on fake storis on Facebook

    People don't change their mind because of fake stories; but made-up minds strengthen their resolve with support from fake stories. The fake stories strengthened their conformation biases.

    (And yes, as is usual with conformation bias, the strengthened resolves doesn't care whether or not the original premise was logically coherent or not.)

    No, Facebook's algorithm is not solely to blame for disinformation or "post-factual democracy". But I would think it naive to say the algorithm had no effect on disinformation.

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    TomZ (profile), 10 Nov 2016 @ 9:34am

    Your liberal bias is showing

    Yes, Facebook and Twitter and YouTube helped Trump, but not in the way that you laughably propose.

    No, the 50 million Trump voters are not all dumb rubes falling for scam articles as you condescendingly suggest. Instead, the tech savvy among those voters saw things happen with their own eyes as the censorship and shadowbanning of conservative ideas happened on a daily basis. They saw truly educational videos by Prager U being put into restricted mode by YouTube, they saw Google manipulating search results in favor of the dems.

    They also saw behind the scenes collusion as the big media companies jockeyed for favors in Clinton's administration.

    Techdirt should get out of their blinders off and realize that censorship doesn't suppress the truth. It emboldens those censored to struggle harder.

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      Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 11:05am

      Re: Your liberal bias is showing

      It is truly amazing to see them stumble around in the dark looking for answers that allude them. Unfortunately the propagate the name calling lies that caused them to lose in the first place. The same lies that liberal media and social media espoused to create the revolt.

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        Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 11:24am

        Re: Re: Your liberal bias is showing

        You conservatives are all a bunch of bigots, racists, and xeno-homophobes. You need to be more accepting and tolerate those with different views and cultures!

        What's that? We liberals should be more accepting and tolerate those with different views and cultures? What are you a FUCKING RACIST?!

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          Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 11:30am

          Re: Re: Re: Your liberal bias is showing

          Way to make the point. Two internets for you!

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          Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 11:40am

          Re: Re: Re: Your liberal bias is showing

          We liberals should be more accepting and tolerate those with different views and cultures? What are you a FUCKING RACIST?!

          So then liberals need to accept misogyny, xenophobia, discrimination against the LBGT community, and blacks because we need to be more tolerant to those views?

          Yeah, great point to make dumbass. At least we know where one of the uneducated white votes came from.

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            Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 11:52am

            Re: Re: Re: Re: Your liberal bias is showing

            Ah, the name calling and labelling. Way to prove the point. Step back from the labels and lies and look into what conservatism really is. Quit falling for the liberal lies.

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              Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 12:03pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Your liberal bias is showing

              Ah, the name calling and labelling. Way to prove the point.

              If you don't like the label, then don't live up to it.

              If you feel that calling someone who implies we need to be open minded to misogynists, xenophobes, and religious-"right" discriminatory policies a dumbass is somehow missing the point, then congratulations on living up to my opinion of you and your kind.

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                Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 12:09pm

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Your liberal bias is showing

                You prove that you can lead a man to college but you can't make him think. You plow right back into the name calling and labeling and can't point to a single thing that justifies it. Fortunately many are waking up from the lies and hopefully someday you will too.

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhUXSX3ZnpE

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                  Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 12:17pm

                  Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Your liberal bias is showing

                  I can certainly justify my name calling.

                  If you come off defending racism, misogyny, and discriminatory policies, then I feel it's not only appropriate, but required to call you a misguided dipshit.

                  I feel no need to sugar coat it because your feelings might be hurt.

                  If you think calling a racist an asshole is somehow a lie, I really don't know what to tell you other than I have empathy for your stupidity, as I know that can't be fixed.

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                    Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 1:14pm

                    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Your liberal bias is showing

                    You are the misguided dipshit.

                    You are every bit the racist, misogynist & misandrist, and discriminatory in your policies as you accuse the other side of being... actually more so!

                    And even though I am happy to name call, I am not dumb enough to claim it is justified. Justice is a term too clean for most everyone's dirty mouth, especially yours, because you seek only revenge in your pursuits, you do not seek justice!

                    While I understand that I have the same vice, I assure you, that what comes out of your mouth is what defiles you!

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                      Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 1:19pm

                      Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Your liberal bias is showing

                      You are the misguided dipshit.

                      You are every bit the racist, misogynist & misandrist, and discriminatory in your policies as you accuse the other side of being... actually more so!

                      The old "I know you are but what am I defense." You're just done, aren't you?

                      I assure you, that what comes out of your mouth is what defiles you!

                      Defiles? What are you writing this while reading your bible?

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              Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 12:09pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Your liberal bias is showing

              Can you explain why everyone should be accepting of others discriminatory behavior?

              Can you explain why others should not point out said discriminatory behavior?

              Can you explain discriminatory behavior should be allowed and not be subject to criticism?

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                Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 12:17pm

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Your liberal bias is showing

                I did, by pointing out those are lies. Believe them if you must but you would be wise to actually check into them and look past the liberal media. There is no race war, gender war, etc. It is a smoke screen to keep the ignorant down and voting for the left. Do you really believe half the nation is all of those things? Or any of those things?

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                  Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 12:18pm

                  Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Your liberal bias is showing

                  I did, by pointing out those are lies.

                  Oh, well that certainly settles it then.

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                  Anonymous Coward, 11 Nov 2016 @ 7:02am

                  Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Your liberal bias is showing

                  "There is no race war, gender war, etc"

                  You are either ignorant or a liar because the evidence against your claim is everywhere you look. Do you live under a rock?

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      Mike Masnick (profile), 10 Nov 2016 @ 11:52am

      Re: Your liberal bias is showing

      Did you even read the post here at all? Almost everything you claim I said is the opposite of what I said.

      Yes, Facebook and Twitter and YouTube helped Trump, but not in the way that you laughably propose.

      I didn't say they helped Trump. I mocked people who insisted that they did.

      No, the 50 million Trump voters are not all dumb rubes falling for scam articles as you condescendingly suggest.

      Actually, I made the exact same point you are. That the people who claim fake stories on Facebook helped Trump are condescendingly calling 50 million Trump supporters dumb.

      I said the exact same thing that you're claiming proves your point. WTF?

      Techdirt should get out of their blinders off and realize that censorship doesn't suppress the truth. It emboldens those censored to struggle harder.

      Seriously. Did you read the article? THAT'S THE EXACT POINT I WAS MAKING. That anyone calling for Facebook/Google to censor people will do exactly what you said.

      Look, maybe instead of (falsely) assuming some bias here, you should READ THE FUCKING ARTICLE before making a jackass out of yourself.

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        kallethen, 10 Nov 2016 @ 12:39pm

        Re: Re: Your liberal bias is showing

        This makes me really believe that the problem certainly isn't news/fake news/etc.

        The problem is confirmation bias. Everybody is only paying attention to what they want to be told. And I mean everybody, regardless of political affiliation. We've all got blinders.

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          Wendy Cockcroft, 11 Nov 2016 @ 5:55am

          Re: Re: Re: Your liberal bias is showing

          ^This. The country is divided because t'other side won't do as they're damn well told. What about creating a mad lib of your issues but leaving a __________ where the scapegoat goes, i.e. "I'm sick of seeing ___________ getting all the money while I get nothing."

          Won't it be fun comparing notes with the people on the other side of the aisle? You may find that you've got a lot more in common than you realise, you're just too busy blaming people to look for solutions.

          That tribal thing you do has got to stop. Bin ideology and start thinking practically, and trust me, things will get better.

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    Suzy Williamson, 10 Nov 2016 @ 9:44am

    Untruthful and Hate filled Facebook World

    I don't care what you write. Facebook never did anything about all the racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, sexist, inappropriate photographs, harassment of individuals, during the month before the election. I was personally attacked and threatened on many levels and so were many others. Each time I reported something that clearly violated Facebook community standards, the response was that it did not. I along with many others found this to be the case. So, hatred ran rampant, and I for one do not want to be a part of anything that condones that type of behavior. In addition, there is so much "fake" news reporting, I left Facebook yesterday, and I will gladly find my news on my own, will communicate via text and email going forward, and live in peace once again. For those of you who wish to stay, have fun in an UNTRUTHFUL and HATE FILLED FACEBOOK WORLD. GOOD BYE and GOOD RIDDENS

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      Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 10:13am

      Re: Untruthful and Hate filled Facebook World

      "So, hatred ran rampant, and I for one do not want to be a part of anything that condones that type of behavior."

      When do you plan on checking out of humanity then? Humanity loves this stuff. Or... are you an Alien?

      Humanity reasons with itself to condone anything.
      The colonialists reasoned with themselves that blacks were not human and could be made as slaves.
      The Muslims reasoned with themselves that people are to be converted by the sword.
      The Catholic Church reasoned with itself that heretics deserve death.
      Many Puritans escaping that problem in turn visited it on others, but just to a lesser degree.
      Many Christian persecuted the Gays, and now the Gays in turn persecute the Christians.

      If you are not seeing the trend yet, the World is one big Eye for an Eye "Hatfield's vs the McCoy's".

      We have long since stopped caring why we fight, we just come up with some likely excuses we things justifies our iniquity and go to town with it!

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        Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 11:06am

        Re: Re: Untruthful and Hate filled Facebook World

        You left out that liberals reason with themselves that unborn children are nothing more than tumors to be removed.

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          Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 11:29am

          Re: Re: Re: Untruthful and Hate filled Facebook World

          By your logic the liberals will all be gone in one generation. problem solved.

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          Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 11:47am

          Re: Re: Re: Untruthful and Hate filled Facebook World

          While conservatives reason with themselves that they should be concerned about the health of said tumor up to the point it falls out of the mother.

          Then fuck it - good luck!

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            Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 11:59am

            Re: Re: Re: Re: Untruthful and Hate filled Facebook World

            Please step back from the liberal lies. You will find that conservatives have strong families and desire for everyone to have the same. You can check all the predictors for a happy life and the biggest predictor by far is a good family life.

            Conservatism is about helping people up, not just out. Liberalism is the opposite. It has been the worst thing to ever happen to the poor as it keeps them poor. We have decades of proof of that.

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              Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 12:11pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Untruthful and Hate filled Facebook World

              You missed the point.

              And you seem to have a few .. ummm incorrect opinions

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              Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 12:12pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Untruthful and Hate filled Facebook World

              You will find that conservatives have strong families and desire for everyone to have the same.

              Conservatism is about helping people up, not just out.

              Yeah sure...when I see all you happy conservatives advocating for health care for single parents unable to afford it and record high adoption rates, you can tell me all about it.

              Funny how when it comes to abortion, you feel that we need to avoid it at all cost. But those same conservative mouthpieces are also against contraception, which would prevent the situation in the first place.

              Care to comment how that somehow "helps people out" as opposed to putting them in a more dire situation?

              Or you could just come clean and say what you really mean - it's about controlling women's bodies. I'd appreciate a little honesty for a change, rather than they typical misguided religiously-motivated bullshit.

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                Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 12:22pm

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Untruthful and Hate filled Facebook World

                Yes, the war on women. You dems claim you are against wars but you invent plenty. So do you have a war on children?

                You should look into the history behind Planned Parenthood and Margaret Sangor. Who Hillary praised. She also praised Robert Byrd who supported the KKK. Not to mention the long, bloody, racist history of the Dem party. All the way back to slave owning and raping Thomas Jefferson.

                So tell me again who are these people that fit your labels?

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                  Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 12:46pm

                  Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Untruthful and Hate filled Facebook World

                  The same logic used to justify blacks as not being human so they can be made slaves is the same logic used to justify fetus as not being humans to claim that it is okay to murder them.

                  From a purely scientific view... what is the DNA? Homo Sapiens? Then it is human. Fetus is still human, just a classification of one of the stages of gestation.

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                    Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 12:49pm

                    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Untruthful and Hate filled Facebook World

                    Exactly. The dehumanization is still present on the left though they deny it. They dehumanize the right with their name calling and labeling. I will not be surprised that one day if there are enough of them they will justify eradicating us.

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                      Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 12:50pm

                      Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Untruthful and Hate filled Facebook World

                      There has already been calls to put climate deniers in Jail! The calls have already begun, especially if you look at twitter the past couple of days.

                      They want revolution and some have already drawn blood for it!

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                        Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 12:57pm

                        Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Untruthful and Hate filled Facebook World

                        They want revolution and some have already drawn blood for it!

                        What exactly are you people so worried about?

                        Don't you have all your guns to cuddle with?

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                          Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 1:17pm

                          Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Untruthful and Hate filled Facebook World

                          Yes we do, but even though I have the means to provide for my defense does not mean that I wish to be in a situation in where they require deployment.

                          You see, only a fool seeks blood, because they will always find it. The question is will they find their enemies blood before they find their own?

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                            Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 1:21pm

                            Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Untruthful and Hate filled Facebook World

                            You see, only a fool seeks blood, because they will always find it.

                            Take solace in that if you ever need a transfusion.

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                              Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 1:28pm

                              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Untruthful and Hate filled Facebook World

                              I am fairly certain that I will be good.

                              How about yourself? It looks like you need a big ole hug based on how this thread is going?

                              Here is a free internet hug fellow internetian!

                              ***HUG***

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                      Wendy Cockcroft, 11 Nov 2016 @ 6:00am

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                      Who had "Dems have always been left/liberal" on their Partisan Bingo card?

                      It's nonsense. The Dems switched from right-leaning to their current neoliberal + progressive (both factions fight with each other) position after Nixon's Southern Strategy pushed the Progressives out of the Republican party.

                      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockefeller_Republican

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                    Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 12:53pm

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                    Well, I love the fact that both you and your other partner in religious stupidity both glossed over why conservatives don't support contraception.

                    Something that would avoid the abortion situation.

                    And protect your precious DNA from being treated like slaves.

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                      Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 12:55pm

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                      Um, its Catholics that don't support birth control, not conservatives as a whole. But nice of you to lump everyone together.

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                        Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 12:59pm

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                        But nice of you to lump everyone together.

                        I see. So then are you saying that most of the conservatives in Congress are Catholic?

                        Oh please...tell me more!

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                          Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 1:24pm

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                          You did catch the part where he said "not conservatives as a whole"

                          Plus you are being dishonest as well. Even though I have no trouble with birth control, I do not agree with forcing someone that does not agree with them to have to fund it.

                          How would you like to have a business you operated forced to purchase slaves so that they can be given to your employees for free after work?

                          The point here is that for whatever reason, crazy or not, there is a 1st Amendment protected right to not have to be forced to do anything your religion is against, so long as that does not infringe on someone elses rights. And getting birth control is not a right guaranteed in the Constitution.

                          So if the flying sketti monster wants to stop me from buying a cake for a wedding because they hate me, that is fine. But I have no right to force them to attend to my cultural or religious desires through force of law!

                          That is the crux here and you are willingly ignoring it.

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                            Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 1:43pm

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                            Even though I have no trouble with birth control, I do not agree with forcing someone that does not agree with them to have to fund it.

                            Well, I do not agree with forcing someone who supports responsible family planning (i.e. contraception) to have to support neo-natal care, welfare, etc. which come at a MUCH HIGHER PREMIUM than contraception.

                            How would you like to have a business you operated forced to purchase slaves so that they can be given to your employees for free after work?

                            Contraception vs. purchasing slaves...great comparison.

                            Religion in the workplace...somehow I seem to recall something about a law preventing discrimination based on religion when it comes to workplaces.

                            But then again, given the decline in christianity in the country, it's only going to be one or two more generations before you folks find yourselves on the receiving end of what you're sowing now.

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                              Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 2:23pm

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                              The decline in Christianity is happening, but not for the reasons you believe. Revelations predicted it. My prayer is that people will repent and be saved.

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                            Anonymous Coward, 13 Nov 2016 @ 3:58pm

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                            "But then again, given the decline in christianity in the country, it's only going to be one or two more generations before you folks find yourselves on the receiving end of what you're sowing now."

                            What comes around goes around. Be careful what you wish for sketti monster guys.

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                    Wanklefunt, 12 Nov 2016 @ 4:31am

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                    From a purely scientific view... what is the DNA? Homo Sapiens? Then it is human. Fetus is still human, just a classification of one of the stages of gestation.

                    "From a purely scientific view..."... really?? So you're going to also ban haircuts and eczema?? That's the same human dna you're throwing away there.

                    From a scientific pov, you really need to have, at the bare minimum, brain activity in response to stimuli.

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                  Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 12:47pm

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                  She also praised Robert Byrd who supported the KKK.

                  Well, that's not quite the same as getting the endorsement of the KKK, but OK, sure. You might want to really consider if bringing up the KKK makes you look smarter, or like you can't help stepping in your own shit.

                  And insulting one of our founding fathers? How classy! Perhaps we can bring up some stuff from the 1600's to help further along your point.

                  As far as Planned Parenthood, that's a long stretch from defending support for contraception. Some might call it "deflection."

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                    Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 12:53pm

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                    You cannot help who endorses you; you can help who you praise. Quite telling in fact. Also, go to Wikileaks and see how the DNC referred to minorities. Also quite telling.

                    I think the founding fathers did great things. But it is quite interesting that the founder of the Dem party had and raped slaves while the founder of the Repub party freed them.

                    Planned Parenthood has its roots in racism and eugenics. There is a reason most of them are in minority neighborhoods and it isn't to help minorities. You would do well to look into it before you pass if off as a deflection.

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                      Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 1:03pm

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                      Also, go to Wikileaks and see how the DNC referred to minorities.

                      I was so waiting for one of you lovelies to bring up Wikileaks...now I'm sure that Hillary's emails and the potential for leaking classified information was a deal breaker for you folks. We can't have classified information out there! Think of the soldiers!

                      You also must realize that the Wikileaks you refer to is the same Wikileaks that published UNREDACTED classified information back when Chelsea Manning leaked the info to them?

                      Yes, you can certainly help who you praise, that's for sure. You really should quit, as you make yourself look like a bigger retard with every comment.

                      There is a reason most of them are in minority neighborhoods and it isn't to help minorities. You would do well to look into it before you pass if off as a deflection.

                      Yes - because that's where they're needed the most. And given conservative fear of blacks in general, you should be on your knees thanking them for potentially helping to keep their population down.

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                        Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 2:20pm

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                        Wow, you completely missed every point, maybe willfully.

                        I did not defend Wikileaks. What I did was point out the treasure trove of DNC email shows what Dems really think of minorities.

                        As for quitting while I am ahead, you did not refute the point which was Hillary praises KKK members and Trump does not. Also, the "retard" statement exposes what you think of the mentally handicapped. Give a liberal enough talking time and they will expose themselves.

                        Finally, if you were to research the connection between Margaret and PP you would see they are near minority neighborhoods because she was a racists and wanted minorities to kill their own.

                        Please do the research before making emotional, factless statements.

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                          Anonymous Coward, 11 Nov 2016 @ 6:42am

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                          I did not defend Wikileaks. What I did was point out the treasure trove of DNC email shows what Dems really think of minorities.

                          Hmmm, back when Sarah Palin's emails were posted there:

                          "John McCain's campaign condemned the incident, saying it was a "shocking invasion of the governor's privacy and a violation of law". Barack Obama's spokesman Bill Burton called the hacking "outrageous"."

                          Now you're using it the information, without much consideration for their privacy.

                          Give a conservative enough rope and he'll show you what a hypocritical self-righteous idiot he really is.

                          And yes, I think retard is appropriate. It'd be funny to see all the conservatives quoting Wikileaks getting their precious little panties in a wad when something that doesn't help them out turns up there.

                          Keep hypocriting!

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                      Anonymous Coward, 13 Nov 2016 @ 4:03pm

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                      "Yes, you can certainly help who you praise, that's for sure. You really should quit, as you make yourself look like a bigger retard with every comment."

                      Retarded pot, I'd like to introduce you to retarded kettle. I think you have more in common than you might realize at first glance...

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      Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 10:24am

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      *RIDDANCE.

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      Anonymous Coward, 13 Nov 2016 @ 3:41pm

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      "I left Facebook yesterday, and I will gladly find my news on my own, will communicate via text and email going forward, and live in peace once again."

      Look it's snowing "special snowflakes"

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    Suzy Williamson, 10 Nov 2016 @ 9:44am

    Untruthful and Hate filled Facebook World

    I don't care what you write. Facebook never did anything about all the racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, sexist, inappropriate photographs, harassment of individuals, during the month before the election. I was personally attacked and threatened on many levels and so were many others. Each time I reported something that clearly violated Facebook community standards, the response was that it did not. I along with many others found this to be the case. So, hatred ran rampant, and I for one do not want to be a part of anything that condones that type of behavior. In addition, there is so much "fake" news reporting, I left Facebook yesterday, and I will gladly find my news on my own, will communicate via text and email going forward, and live in peace once again. For those of you who wish to stay, have fun in an UNTRUTHFUL and HATE FILLED FACEBOOK WORLD. GOOD BYE and GOOD RIDDENS

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    Angel (profile), 10 Nov 2016 @ 10:04am

    I agree that blaming an algorithm is not a good idea, however there are plenty of idiots out there and I'm not just talking about their political views. I had to remove the majority of my own ass backwards family from my facebook because not only do they believe whatever they read, they also want to spread it around. The problem I think is that in the past these people didn't have a platform to stand on and yell from but, with the advent of social networks and the internet they can stand up and scream about what ever they want. From How the earth is flat to how much of a hoax vaccines and global warming are, so in the process they just rev up every other gullible person they know who also begins yelling the same things.

    Most people are in the habit of truth checking instead of fact checking. I think a good portion of people are even confused about the difference between the truth and the facts. I actually had someone ask me one time "what makes your facts better than anyone else's facts" I mean really?

    Honestly I think the best solution is to start teaching critical thinking in schools and start teaching it young.

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      trollificus (profile), 8 Dec 2016 @ 9:03pm

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      "Honestly I think the best solution is to start teaching critical thinking in schools and start teaching it young."

      Amen to that. And why is this not done??

      I strongly suspect (supported by personal experience) that the folks doing the teaching have found that turning young people into critical thinkers too early doesn't result in the kind of students/people/citizens they want to produce.

      Not a conspiracy, just the way things work out. An observation that has explanatory and predictive power, which usually suggests a strong element of truth.

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 10:48am

    Snopes?

    First off, Snopes is a liberal mouthpiece so I never check them. Just Google "Snopes is wrong" and you will find many cases of them being wrong. If you are going to sell yourself as a fact checker, you should do just that.

    Another bothersome point is that Twitter & Facebook employees are looking at their role in electing Trump. Sorry, but I don't want them to have a role for either side. The mainstream media has already chosen sides, I don't need platforms choosing sides.

    Lastly, it is a culture war, a fabricated one. I am a conservative and many of my friends and co-workers are as well and not one of them are any of the things liberals like to label us as. In fact, liberals in an odd twist of irony, are labeling all whites and/or conservatives as these things which is exactly the thing they claim to detest. In their rush to not be a bigot they have become one.

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      Anonymous Coward, 13 Nov 2016 @ 4:15pm

      Re: Snopes?

      "First off, Snopes is a liberal mouthpiece so I never check them"

      confirmation bias much? Read a little bit and try real hard to comprehend the words as the fall into your head.

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        trollificus (profile), 8 Dec 2016 @ 9:16pm

        Re: Re: Snopes?

        Yeah, I never thought they were too bad and usually seemed to have a sense of humor about stuff.

        They *did* wrongly debunk the story about the "Emory U Chalk Trump Crisis". Though in that case, the article writer's excuse that it sounded so ridiculous he assumed the story had to be a mean-spirited invention actually kinda rings true. I thought much the same.

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 10:51am

    Democrat ideals are losing

    Since the 2010 mid-term elections, Democrats have lost about 1,600 seats across the country from mayor, governor, state and federal congressman and now the President. Their policies are failures and are being rejected. In this latest election, Hillary along with the policies was soundly rejected. Think about that for a minute.

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      Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 12:12pm

      Re: Democrat ideals are losing

      Oh - that proves it - lol

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        Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 12:18pm

        Re: Re: Democrat ideals are losing

        Yes it does, no doubt about it. But I would love to see a rebuttal but I am guessing you don't have one because there isn't one.

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          Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 12:20pm

          Re: Re: Re: Democrat ideals are losing

          Since the 2010 mid-term elections, Democrats have lost about 1,600 seats across the country from mayor, governor, state and federal congressman and now the President.

          Citation?

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            Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 12:27pm

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            Much of the proof is the fact the Repubs took congress in 2010 and still hold it today and just picked up the White House. I will leave the rest of the research for you. Or not. Remain ignorant if you wish.

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              Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 12:36pm

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              Much of the proof is the fact the Repubs took congress in 2010 and still hold it today and just picked up the White House.

              I see...so this has a trickle down effect, all the way to mayor?

              I will leave the rest of the research for you. Or not. Remain ignorant if you wish.

              Well, given it's your fucking point, I would have assumed you already would have a link/source to cite.

              PROTIP: When a commenter says something to the effect of "I'll leave the research for you" or "You go find the source" it's because there is no reliable source to cite.

              But sure, I'll continue to remain ignorant of unjustifiable "facts' cited by anonymous commenters on the Internet. You feel free to continue to do the opposite.

              Jackass.

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                Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 12:43pm

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                Such anger. I will never understand how the left claim to be so enlightened and yet get so angry so easily. This is the reason there can be no discussion. As soon as a conservative starts a conversation, liberals start the name calling and labelling. I have also noted quite the laziness on peoples part when it comes to learning something that they disagree with. It is also quite odd that people don't know how to use Google on a tech blog.

                I will teach you:
                Step 1. Open your web browser
                Step 2. Go to google.com
                Step 3. Type offices lost by democrats in last 8 years
                Step 4. Hit the Enter key
                Step 5. Be enlightened

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                  Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 1:06pm

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                  Done:

                  1st result: A Reminder to Republicans of Just How Bad Things Were Under George W. Bush

                  Read more at: http://www.forwardprogressives.com/reminder-republicans-just-bad-things-george-w-bush/

                  2nd result: U.S. Job Creation by President / Political Party – truthful politics (HINT: it doesn't create a picture that you'll be happy to see)

                  http:/truthfulpolitics.com/comments/u-s-job-creation-by-president-political-party/

                  Very enlightening. You should really do the same.

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                  Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 1:11pm

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                  Done deal - just as you requested.

                  1st item: A Reminder to Republicans of Just How Bad Things Were Under George W. Bush

                  2nd item: U.S. Job Creation by President / Political Party (HINT: It doesn't make you look very good)

                  So yes, I'm very enlightened.

                  What I can't understand is how you did the same thing and came up with your little statistic.

                  But thanks, there Skippy! That gave me the biggest fucking laugh I've had all day!

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                    Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 4:59pm

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                    Hmm, my first item was this:

                    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2015/11/the-obama-legacy-over-1000-democratic-seats-lost-to-rep ublicans/

                    Guess good ole Google is controlling results for people.

                    But on a positive note, you guys have learned how to do an internet search. Now learn to search harder if you don't find things on the first search.

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                      Wendy Cockcroft, 11 Nov 2016 @ 6:04am

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                      Google doesn't control results, it sorts them according to your personal preferences, i.e. you influence what comes up on your browser yourself by what you search for, click on, and click through. Clear history, cookies and cache, then try again, see what comes up.

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                      Anonymous Coward, 11 Nov 2016 @ 6:34am

                      Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Democrat ideals are losing

                      On the link you provided:

                      Since Obama took office Democrats have lost: 14 Senate seats 69 House seats 12 governorships 910 state legislature seats

                      That adds up to 1005...you said over 1600...Which is approximately a 30% deviation from what the site said.

                      Thanks for congratulating me on my ability to do a google search. Along with my ability to read what you linked to.

                      Now, if you could tell me...how in the fucking fuck does 1005 equate to 1600 in your "enlightened" little head?

                      I'm so glad you can search on google, but I'd be more impressed if you had the capability to do 2nd grade math.

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                Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 12:49pm

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Democrat ideals are losing

                If you cannot bother to discover and learn for yourself, no one else cares and might just start ignoring you.

                No wonder you are so angry, people ignore you a lot don't they? So you came to TD to get a little attention.

                Don't feel bad, you can blame me for the same thing if you like! It's all good!

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                  Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 1:08pm

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                  If you cannot bother to cite sources for your information, then I find it ironic that you'd have the nerve to suggest I'm lazy.

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                    Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 1:34pm

                    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Democrat ideals are losing

                    Oh hey, I know I am lazy. That is not what I was saying.

                    Lazy or not, you get to git off ur own damn duff and get some education. I am not doing to do the heavy lifting for ya.... remembers? ME

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                      Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 1:36pm

                      Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Democrat ideals are losing

                      ha ha ha... new formatting stuff wiped out the rest of my post.

                      In short, go and find out for yourself, we are not going to do it for ya!

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                        Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 1:46pm

                        Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Democrat ideals are losing

                        OK - I'm going to say that the average IQ of the typical conservative voter is on average, just over the line where someone would be considered retarded.

                        Now you - GO!
                        Find out, and educate yourself!

                        I'm not going to do the heavy lifting for you. Just scroll up, read the other idiot's google instructions, and go.

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    Hobart Mendivenies, 10 Nov 2016 @ 11:19am

    No Problem

    What's the issue? There has to be an issue if there is blame. But there is no problem or issue here. The people voted. We have a President. Case closed. Nothing to do. Nothing to see here.

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    REM(RND) (profile), 10 Nov 2016 @ 2:12pm

    Maybe if PEOPLE weren't so gullible as to believe everything they see on the internet, did a modicum of research before sharing memes, maybe that sort of shit wouldn't happen. But that would mean people would have to actually be responsible for their content. Instead all they do is pass around memetic herpes and wonder why they and their friends itch. I swear I spend too much damn time trying to fact check and vaccinate people against this but others are right, you can't fix stupid.

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 2:32pm

    *Walks into comment section*
    *Looks around*
    *Walks out of comment section

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    Stosh, 10 Nov 2016 @ 3:16pm

    Facebook is simply a way for someone to experience "Thanksgiving Dinner" arguments with the family everyday of the year...

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2016 @ 4:01pm

    You guys are old fashioned freedom fighters!

    What I have gathered here is that the left sees them as good old fashioned freedom fighters. Fight the power!

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    Bye Felicia! (profile), 10 Nov 2016 @ 9:29pm

    Pardon My Swahili, but BULL5HIT!

    Facebook Twitter, and Google's Eric Schmidt need to be brought up on charges of election fraud.


    What they did was suppress what should have been a bigger landslide for Trump.

    These people should be in chains.

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    Lawrence D’Oliveiro, 11 Nov 2016 @ 12:39am

    Welcome To Dumbfuckistan

    “You ass, eh! You ass, eh!”

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    Dingledore the Mildly Uncomfortable When Seated, 11 Nov 2016 @ 3:36am

    The assertion that they are all idiots is clearly wrong and unhelpful. However, you don't have to be an idiot to be swayed by repetitive propoganda pieces.

    The interesting thing about Facebook is that it's generating propoganda for both sides by fine tuning the stories shown in each individuals time line. And it's not doing it for political reasons, but it's own monetary gain.

    I suggest that the connection to Trump's win has come about because they both do the same thing - they say what they believe the listener wants to hear, and they're given a large platform to do so.

    If someone famous said some of the things Facebook were propogating, they'd be sued. That it's some foreign, teenage nobody coming up with the stories and not Facebook itself, gives Facebook an out. But without Facebook, these stories would get no where. I believe that there is a reasonable expectation that Facebook should fact check the larger stories they're pushing before they get pushed. That's not censorship. It's the same reason that MSM typical identify opinion pieces separately from news stories.

    Market forces will likely fix Facebook in the end - it's undeniably spoiling the UX.

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    The Merck Index, 11 Nov 2016 @ 3:51am

    "algorithm that got people to go out and vote for Trump is both simplistic and dangerous" - lol! Oh my gosh this the first I've heard of it. I saw more anti-Trump news on my feed than the opposite, but probably because my "blue" friends were the ones passing it along. My "red" friends were very silent and said nothing about who they were endorsing. I did recognize that many of the mainstream news outlets were endorsing Hillary. I think overall media has been unbalanced. I do feel sad for my "lefties" out in Cali having meltdowns. The day after they were all seriously shocked, but I've lived out there in the Silicon Valley area. I know what's its like. I've also been across the country and grew up in a rural area. I guess what I'm trying to get at is that its a big country. And yes there are different spheres of bubbles. You got to step outside of it to see what's going.

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      Wendy Cockcroft, 11 Nov 2016 @ 6:10am

      Re:

      As Mike has often correctly pointed out, it's because the media has generally become either stenographers who don't call politicians to account or angry talking heads talking crap to stoke partisan tensions to boost their ratings.

      Most of the mainstream outlets who endorsed Hillary did so because "Never Trump," not because they particularly like her.

      You need proportional representation, state funding for political parties' campaigns, and a cap on how many ads a party can broadcast during the election season so the bigger ones don't drown the smaller ones out.

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    John85851 (profile), 14 Nov 2016 @ 2:57pm

    If it's "in print", it must be true

    I think the issue boils down to one idea: that too many people believe what they see online because it's "in print". For hundreds of years, people would read the newspaper and magazines and assume that every story had been editted and fact-checked to tell the truth. Now comes the Internet with tons of opinion pieces, propaganda, and just plain wrong stories. Yet because people have the idea that "if it's in print, it must be true", they'll believe anything they read.

    Just look through your own Facebook newsfeed to see how many people recently shared the old "post this message to stop Facebook from taking your content"... which was never true and which was debunked in 2012! Why do people still believe it? Why can't they spend 10 seconds on Snopes to see that it's completely false?

    Then combine this with the media outlets who make money from clicks and advertising, and who don't really care about fact-checking: if it's wrong, they can later add a link to a corrected version of the article. This creates people like Trump who get ahead by shouting the craziest, most offensive things just to get attention.

    Then there's the idea that media outlets have to report on every story out of "fairness", though it's usually just to ride the coat-tails of another network to get clicks and ratings:
    Fox News: Does this video show Hillary eating puppies? We think it does. (An obvious lie, but it gets attention.)
    CNN: Fox News reports that Hillary was caught eating puppies. We talk with experts about what this means for her campaign. (By "analyzing" the obvious false story, they legitimize it while also getting attention.)
    Your local news channel: How will Hillary's puppygate scandal affect the nation? Our report at 11:00.

    After all this, can anyone *not* believe that Hillary was eating puppies?

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  • "I'm divided but I agree with him, it's better to enable some speech than none" Um, no. Propagating government propaganda isn't doing anything to enable "some" speech. FB is in it for the money, not to help the people. Anything that helps a government c

    "I'm divided but I agree with him, it's better to enable some speech than none"

    Um, no. Propagating government propaganda isn't doing anything to enable "some" speech. FB is in it for the money, not to help the people. Anything that helps a government continue to oppress their people should be avoided.
    http://www.programvb.com/2017/01/facebook-delete.html
    http://www.programvb.com/2017/01/2017-a pk-facebook-2.html
    http://www.programvb.com/2016/12/2017-download-facebook-lite.html
    http://www.progra mvb.com/2016/12/2017-download-facebook-messenger.html

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