Facebook’s Syrian media problem

Facebook wants billions of people to flock to its website every day to find out about the things they care about, but really only if those things fit in a fairly narrow set of parameters of acceptability to white western type people. Last week it deleted an Arabic language news site’s page that had over 2 million Syrian followers because it posted a news item that was allegedly beyond the site’s tolerance. In essence: independent Syrian news media can’t do its job. I’ve already brought this up with a few people inside the company and reported it vial the Online Censorship watchdog site. But instead of just complaining about it, I think I’ve come up with a very Facebook-type solution. And so, I posted it on Facebook…

NSA Surveillance Restricts Press Freedom

Large-scale US surveillance is seriously hampering US-based journalists and lawyers in their work. Surveillance is undermining media freedom and the right to counsel, and ultimately obstructing the American people’s ability to hold their government to account, say Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union.

It’s one of the reason this site bangs on about adopting strong encryption and better security measures for working with sources. Yes, you can beat them. Exchange public PGP keys (you  show me yours and I’ll show you mine) with me and we can discuss your sitch. — Yours Truly