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Secret Facebook Docs Published by British Parliament

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At this point in our history, we know a few undeniable facts about Facebook’s treatment of their political enemies…and they are quite disturbing.

For instance, the company has openly admitted to censoring and throttling the political viewpoints of journalists not associated with the mainstream corporate media, preferring to allow only the “official narrative” to be disseminated on their platform.  This flies directly in the face of the First Amendment within the United States, and is bordering on the ideas of fascism and thought-policing.

It’s not just a concern in the Untied States either, with European nations finding themselves increasingly at odds with the internet megalith.

Such is the case in Great Britain today as parliament has decided to “out” the platform for their disingenuous behavior.

Damian Collins, a Conservative politician who is chair of the committee, prefaced the papers with a summary of what he sees as some of the most explosive revelations. These included:

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  • Facebook entering “whitelisting agreements” that gave companies including Netflix and Airbnb access to friends data after Facebook introduced new privacy policies in 2014-2015.

  • Collins said a recurring theme of the papers was the “idea of linking access to friends data to the financial value of the [app] developers’ relationship with Facebook.”

  • They show Facebook “taking aggressive positions against apps,” Collins said. This included email evidence showing that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally approved a decision to deny access to data for the now-defunct Twitter video-looping app, Vine.

  • Facebook made it difficult for users to know about changes it made to its Android app because they were controversial. The changes enabled Facebook to collect a record of calls and texts sent by users.

This news comes at a particularly troubling time for Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg, who recently drew the ire of US Congress by refusing to appear before a Senate committee looking into the network’s behavior.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.