Motherboard: Wikipedia Bans Right Wing Site Breitbart as a Source for Facts. “Wikipedia editors voted to ban Breitbart as a source of fact in it articles. The consensus, reached late last month, agreed that the outlet ‘should not be used, ever, as a reference for facts, due to its unreliability.’ Wikipedia editors also decided that InfoWars is a ‘conspiracy theorist and fake news website,’ and that the ‘use of InfoWars as a reference should be generally prohibited.'”
The Atlantic: Why Google Doesn’t Rank Right-Wing Outlets Highly. “As a thought experiment, pick some markers of relevance (timeliness, impact, keyword density) and quality (originality, sourcing, depth). Now apply a ranking algorithm to the work of the mainstream media, which is to say the big networks, papers, and digital sites that abide by traditional journalistic values. Then apply the same standard to the conservative publications that PJ Media bemoaned the lack of.”
The Daily Beast: The Far-Right Is Conning IMDb: They’re Exploiting ‘a Weakness in the System’. “In a recent blog post, Mike Cernovich, the far-right social media personality and Pizzagate pusher, tacked another profession on to his resume: character actor. After The New York Times ran an article in which he was briefly mentioned and described as someone not worth taking seriously, Cernovich offered a retort in his usual triumphalist style. In the blog, he rattled off a laundry list of his recent accomplishments, including the trailer for the next film he’s producing, which Cernovich asserted is in pre-production and he has promised will arrive shortly.”
TechCrunch: Facebook is the recruiting tool of choice for far-right group the Proud Boys . “The Proud Boys, a self described ‘Western chauvinist’ organization that often flirts with more hard-line groups of the far right, runs an elaborate network of recruiting pages on Facebook to attract and initiate members. While McInnes maintained a presence on many platforms, Facebook is the heart of the group’s operations. It’s there that the Proud Boys boast more than 35 regional and city-specific groups that act as landing pages for vetting thousands of new members and feeding them into local chapters.”
Ars Technica: Alex Jones slammed with 30-day ban from Facebook for hateful videos . “Facebook took action against conspiracy theorist Alex Jones late Thursday when it banned the InfoWars host from using his account for the next 30 days. According to a report from CNET, Facebook banned Jones after it determined four videos on his pages violated its community standards.” Apparently the Facebook Pages run by Jones are still up, but he can’t update them personally. His staff can however.
The Guardian: Facebook protects far-right activists even after rule breaches. “Leading far-right activists have received special protection from Facebook, preventing their pages from being deleted even after a pattern of behaviour that would typically result in moderator action being taken. The process, called ‘shielded review’, was uncovered by Channel 4 Dispatches, after the documentary series sent an undercover reporter to work as a content moderator in a Dublin-based Facebook contractor, Cpl.”
Vice: White nationalist Richard Spencer’s pages just got kicked off Facebook. “Two Facebook pages associated with white nationalist Richard Spencer have been kicked off the platform. The outspoken white nationalist who coined the term “alt-right” and runs the National Policy Institute, had been operating in the open on Facebook. The National Policy Institute, which advocates for a white ‘ethnostate,’ had a page with 4,000 followers. Spencer’s online magazine ‘Altright.com’ also had a Facebook page with more than 10,000 followers. Both were removed Friday after an inquiry from VICE News about those pages and those of several other prominent hate groups.”