If this Facebook whistleblower had not emerged, we would never have known that the self-appointed master censor of the universe employs Chinese nationals with potential ties to the CNP. This story itself will likely be censored into oblivion.
This borders on treasonous activity because China’s involvement in U.S. politics has been proven to be hostile to our entire system of society. There are many unknowns that should be investigated. Is Facebook using any censorship technology that originated in China? Is China using Facebook technology to censor its own people?
Zuckerberg’s fascination with China is far from casual. He has made several trips to China and prides himself of being fluent in Mandarin Chinese. ⁃ TN Editor
China is one of the most censorious societies on Earth. So what better place for Facebook to recruit social media censors?
There are at least half a dozen “Chinese nationals who are working on censorship,” a former Facebook insider told me last week. “So at some point, they [Facebook bosses] thought, ‘Hey, we’re going to get them H-1B visas so they can do this work.’ ”
The insider shared an internal directory of the team that does much of this work. It’s called Hate-Speech Engineering (George Orwell, call your office), and most of its members are based at Facebook’s offices in Seattle. Many have Ph.D.s, and their work is extremely complex, involving machine learning — teaching “computers how to learn and act without being explicitly programmed,” as the techy website DeepAI.org puts it.
When it comes to censorship on social media, that means “teaching” the Facebook code so certain content ends up at the top of your newsfeed, a feat that earns the firm’s software wizards discretionary bonuses, per the ex-insider. It also means making sure other content “shows up dead-last.”