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Re: The scourge of Facebook

Post by oakdale160 » Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:04 am

I am not sure that their reluctance to be war-ready is to be critisised.
On the other handI cant help wondering how much resistance the army would offer if there was a serious confrontation with a well disciplined army. A Thai/China war, perhaps 5, tops 10 minutes.

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Re: The scourge of Facebook

Post by Big Boy » Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:50 am

An interesting one today...........................

I've got a friend touring the Philippines at the moment. He's been posting the usual touristy photos, and has been receiving the usual likes. 12 hours ago, he posted something about terrorist being seen in the area where he is staying - he received no reaction. Not surprising as nobody saw it.

He made a comment about how amazing people are - liking photos of sunsets, but no reaction to his news about active terrorists in his location. It became apparent that nobody had seen his terrorist post.

He posted it again, but it was invisible to anybody but my friend. Remember, his other posts are getting through no problem. There must be some sort of immediate censorship filter that Facebook posts are passing through before being released to the world.

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Re: The scourge of Facebook

Post by Felipesed1 » Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:24 am

That is because they are Islamic terrorists.

If they were "right-wing" terrorists it Facebook would not have censored the post!

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Re: The scourge of Facebook

Post by HHTel » Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:16 am

What???!!!

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Re: The scourge of Facebook

Post by Felipesed1 » Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:04 am

Fairly obvious!

Facebook & Twitter actively censor and ban people whose comments do not fit in with their ideological viewpoint.

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Re: The scourge of Facebook

Post by Big Boy » Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:12 am

Whether it's men in the Moon, Islamic terrorists or whatever; what happened was really quick. It appears on my friend's timeline for his personal viewing, but is stopped from going anywhere else. He also tried to PM the article to me. The message was received instantly, but the item was removed:
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Re: The scourge of Facebook

Post by RCer » Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:45 am

Its important to remember Facebook, Twitter, etc, are not governmental agencies. Therefore have all the rights to censor whatever is put on their sites.

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Post by STEVE G » Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:39 pm

I don't use Facebook but are they blocking the link or the actual content? Do they ever censor the text of what you post on there?

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Re: The scourge of Facebook

Post by Big Boy » Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:38 pm

This is my first encounter of instant censorship. The fact is, the item still shows on my friend's page, which made him believe his post was fine. Likewise with the subsequent message, the content still shows on his version of the message. So in all cases, the poster is unaware.

It was a link, which is readily available on the Internet.

RCer, I have no problem with censorship, but I found this very interesting that things are being caught/dealt with immediately. If we take this forum as an example, we have to edit posts sometimes, but there is no way it could be picked up that quickly.
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Re: The scourge of Facebook

Post by RCer » Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:14 pm

BB,

Wasn't specifically addressing your post, sorry. It was just a general comment.

As for FB and others, they pay people big money to write algorithyms that scan every word written and can instantly block things.

Once the post or send button is clicked, its out of the author's hands.

I've had the same frustrations with them regardinf attachments. Looks fine on my end, but nobody can see it.

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Re: The scourge of Facebook

Post by handdrummer » Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:56 am

Big Boy, could you expand on that comment, "I have no problem with censorship."? that's the stock in trade of all totalitarian governments used to control the population and stop any unfavorable information from being published.

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Re: The scourge of Facebook

Post by Big Boy » Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:05 am

There are times when things have to be withheld from the public eye. In this case the article was about the presence of terrorists active in the area. If the authorities were in active pursuit of the criminals, I can understand not wanting to give them the upper hand by knowing that they are being watched/tracked.

Likewise, keeping military operations secret can save many lives, and go a long way towards success. If this kind of thing is leaked, it needs to be stamped upon immediately.

However, in this case, it was an article in a local rag that was being tracked. I was impressed at the speed it was intercepted (several times), but the action in this case seemed pretty futile while the article was still in a local rag. An explanation of what has been censored should also be given. My friend tried various way to get his message across until he was successful. If they could intercept his messages so quickly, why couldn't they drop him a note at the same time saying we have intercepted your message because....................
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Re: The scourge of Facebook

Post by Nereus » Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:47 am

I have nothing to do with Farcebook, or any intention to do so. But as posted by RCer they are using some of the most sophisticated algorithms on the Internet. The subject has recently been on cable TV and also reported that it is probably the highest capitalised company in the world, employing the brightest brains in IT.

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