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Former Facebook Workers: “We Routinely Suppressed Conservative News.”

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The way people receive, interact with, and share news has changed dramatically over the last couple of decades. The days when staying informed and current meant reading the heavy weekend edition of the paper have largely disappeared, as people have become not only accustomed but entitled to receiving their news digitally and in real-time.

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We want to know what is happening when it is happening; we want live footage, photos, and eyewitness testimony at the click of a button. And perhaps because we have such seemingly broad and instantaneous access to news, we assume we are getting the full story. Social media websites like Facebook show us what the world is reading and watching at any given moment and we believe this to be an accurate depiction of our consumption habits. But according to former employees of the social media giant, that simply isn’t the case.

A former journalist who worked on Facebook’s relatively recent “trending” news section has revealed that Facebook workers routinely suppressed stories about conservative politicians and events, preventing stories about conservative topics from appearing in the trending section, despite being heavily read and shared among the site’s users.

Workers were also instructed to artificially create trending topics, Gizmodo reports. Known as Facebook “news curators,” these contract workers were tasked with “injecting” handpicked stories into the module, regardless of whether they were popular enough to warrant inclusion, or even trending at all.

Perhaps more disturbingly, they were also explicitly told not to include news about Facebook itself in the trending module.

Additionally, according to one former curator, who has asked to remain anonymous for fear of retribution from the company, “things would be blacklisted or trending” depending on who happened to be working that evening. They also remarked that they were one of the (very) few politically conservative curators working on the trending team: “I’d come on shift and I’d discover that CPAC or Mitt Romney or Glenn Beck or popular conservative topics wouldn’t be trending because either the curator didn’t recognize the news topic or it was like they had a bias against Ted Cruz.”

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Disturbed by this blatant manipulation, they kept a running list of every omission and have since provided these notes to Gizmodo. Suppressed topics included: “former IRS official Lois Lerner, who was accused by Republicans of inappropriately scrutinizing conservative groups; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; popular conservative news aggregator the Drudge Report; Chris Kyle, the former Navy SEAL who was murdered in 2013; and former Fox News contributor Steven Crowder.”

This left-leaning bias has been corroborated by another former curator. “It was absolutely bias. We were doing it subjectively. It just depends on who the curator is and what time of day it is,” they said. “Every once in awhile a Red State or conservative news source would have a story. But we would have to go and find the same story from a more neutral outlet that wasn’t as biased.” Unless mainstream websites like the New York Times, the BBC, and CNN covered trending conservative stories — featured on such outlets as Breitbart, Washington Examiner, and Newsmax — they would be excluded from Facebook’s algorithm.

Gizmodo reports that other former curators “denied consciously suppressing conservative news” and that they were “unable to determine if left-wing news topics or sources were similarly suppressed,” noting as well that “there is no evidence that Facebook management mandated or was even aware of any political bias at work.” These decisions are entirely attributed to the judgement of individual curators.
Considering the difficulty which alternative media outlets such as CE have had with Facebook in recent months — the website has placed increasingly imposing obstacles in the way of alternative content reaching mass audiences — it would not be surprising if they turned out to be specifically blocking left-wing, and certainly alternative, news as well.
While reports of these omissions of conservative stories have been denied, as mentioned above, managers on the trending team did influence the trending module in another way, bumping up stories which, while users were not currently reading, they themselves deemed important. According to Gizmodo:
Several former curators described using something called an “injection tool” to push topics into the trending module that weren’t organically being shared or discussed enough to warrant inclusion—putting the headlines in front of thousands of readers rather than allowing stories to surface on their own. In some cases, after a topic was injected, it actually became the number one trending news topic on Facebook.

“We were told that if we saw something, a news story that was on the front page of these ten sites, like CNN, the New York Times, and BBC, then we could inject the topic,” revealed one former curator. “If it looked like it had enough news sites covering the story, we could inject it—even if it wasn’t naturally trending.”

The same thing would happen if a breaking story wasn’t trending quickly enough on Facebook to be featured in the module. The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, for example, weren’t trending organically on the site, so curators injected it themselves, citing a need to compete with Twitter as one major incentive for doing so. “We would get yelled at if it was all over Twitter and not on Facebook,” revealed one former curator.

Stories were also injected in order to make Facebook appear more serious, a place to find and discuss real, hard-hitting news. “People stopped caring about Syria,” said one former curator, nothing that if “it wasn’t trending on Facebook, it would make Facebook look bad.”

Gizmodo contacted Facebook in order to discuss and verify these claims, but were met only with silence.

In the grand scheme of things, these tactics are neither surprising nor innovative. Every newsroom, every publication, operates in this way to some degree, “reflecting the biases of its workers and the institutional imperatives of the corporation,” as Gizmodo writer Michael Nunez so eloquently puts it, but we have been told time and time again that Facebook does not do this. The trending module operates, according to Facebook, by listing “topics that have recently become popular on Facebook,” factoring a number of conditions into its algorithms, such as “engagement, timeliness, Pages you’ve liked and your location.”

We are being lied to.

What’s worse, we are being manipulated without our realizing it. Many people are exposed to and consume news solely through social media outlets, and they are doing so under the assumption that what they are reading represents the current conversation in its entirety. Shame on us, perhaps, for buying into the notion of unbiased journalism which, rather like unbiased history, is purely fiction. But the problem remains: Facebook dictates what its users — 167 million in the US alone — are reading at any given moment, all while offering up the false assumption that their reading has been comprehensive. And while this kind of editorial bias may be standard practice in the industry — a fact in itself which I think we should be questioning — it has previously, at least, been more transparent.

If there is any message to take away from these revelations, I think it must be caveat emptor, or ‘let the buyer beware.’ Trusting blindly in any institution, any business, or even any one person’s opinion — this author’s included — is both irresponsible and lazy. No matter how enlightened we may be, or think we may be, every one of us operates based on our own personal biases and perceives the world based on our own unique experiences. While there are absolutely degrees of editorial bias, or personal bias, rarely is a story shared without some reason, some agenda, behind that sharing. It is up to each and every one of us to think critically, to seek out multiple perspectives, and to form our own opinions, to the best of our ability, based on the information we have gathered.

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  1. http://gizmodo.com/former-facebook-workers-we-routinely-suppressed-conser-1775461006

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“The Consistency Is Mind Boggling” – University Professor On Alien Abductions

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  • The Facts:

    Dr. David M Jacobs, a recently retired Professor and historian, shares the fact that those who claim to have been abducted, and there are millions, share extreme consistency with their stories, and come back with proof.

  • Reflect On:

    Why is this not addressed? As Jacob's points out, if it's not true, then we have the greatest discovery of all time with regards to neurology.

We know that the phenomenon is very, very widespread around the world. People think that this is an American phenomenon, it is not. I’ve worked with people from Africa, and Asia, and Latin-America, and Europe and so forth… All say the same thing all around the world, it does not matter where they’re from. People often ask me whether there’s any consistency in abduction accounts, the consistency is mind-boggling.

The quote above comes from Dr. David M. Jacobs, a recently retired professor of History at Temple University, from the video below. He’s one of many academics who’ve been studying the ‘alien abduction’ phenomenon for a long time. We’re talking about full-out investigations and actual case work. Himself and practically every other researcher in this field would tell you that yes, the consistency is indeed jaw-dropping. People who claim to have been abducted by intelligent extraterrestrials, or come in contact with beings, and there are millions of them all over the world, all share remarkably consistent stories.

I work with people who have MD’s, or psychiatrists, psychologists… people who are university professors, and people who have never been able to hold a job…and everybody in-between. The vast material that they talk about has never been in the public domain, without consistency there is no phenomenon, and it is the consistency that keeps coming back…People are physically missing from their normal environments when they are abducted, people come back with unusual scars on their body, fully formed scars that weren’t there before.

It’s important to make a distinction here. There are all sorts of contacts happening. There are forced abductions, we call these people abductees, then there are simply contactees. Contactees don’t experience any type of forced abduction or strange procedures that are performed on them like abductees, there is also a wealth of data showing that a lot of people have friendly, informative, and mysterious type of contact experiences as well, and there are a range of beings (which also show up with consistency in multiple experiencer accounts) that have also been reported with consistency, including human looking ones. Along with these experiences come telepathic messages, in many cases appear to warn of future destruction unless human rapidly evolves and, grows up, so to speak.

Many abductees also report a sense of remorse and empathy within some of these forced abductions, others do not.

Here’s a great example, a case that involves more than 60 school children in Zimbabwe.

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Dr. Jacobs goes on to state, regarding abductions, a very interesting point

Now, let us suppose it is not happening, all those things still remain, and yet it’s not happening, there is no such thing as the abduction phenomenon. If that is the case, we have found the most important thing ever in the history of neurology, brain function, cognition… All these people are saying the same thing at their risk, this is not going to bring applause to them, that they say they’ve been abducted by aliens from outer space. High functioning people say thisnknowing full well it could destroy their careers, and they say this around the world…And it’s not happening, then what?

The mainstream world has and is currently addressing the UFO topic, but the talk of extraterrestrial visitation as one possible explanation for some of these UFO visitations has still been left out of the equation. For the latest updates on that, you can refer to this article:

The US Government Just Admitted to Recovering Materials From UFOs – Here Are The Latest Updates

All of these people, again, are not crazy. They are normal human beings, many of them who have or had no interest in the phenomenon prior. So, again, either something very important in the history of mental health is going on, or the exact opposite, and if we actually take time to examine the evidence, the answer becomes quite clear.

Some of what people report as UFOs are extraterrestrial (ET) vehicles. Some of those extraterrestrial vehicles actually have ET crews, and some of those ET crews catch and release humans.” — Dr. Don Donderi, a retired McGill University Professor of 40 years in the Department of Psychology (source)

Below is a brief account of one example that pertains to abductions, again, something different from regular contactee experience as mentioned earlier in the article. There is footage of Dr. Jacobs here as well.

Are We Being Prepared For Contact?

Behind the scenes, high-ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned about the UFOs. But through official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens are led to believe the unknown flying objects are nonsense. To hide the facts, the Air Force has silenced its personnel – Roscoe Hiellenkoetter (source)

Now, with the emergence of mainstream UFO disclosure, although not really addressing the extraterrestrial question, these topics are slowly creeping into the mainstream. It appears that the process of ridicule which existed for so long, via mainstream media, movies, popular television shows and more, seems to have turned into a process of disclosure.

The topic touches all areas of humanity, including metaphysics, spirituality, not just science, technology and questions in those areas. It represents an evolution in all areas, most importantly an evolution in consciousness. It really forces us to question ourselves, and help us understand who we really are as well.

Humanity is at a crossroads, and our hesitance to accept certain realities these days is drifting, and acceptance is coming in. Our perception of reality is shifting, and that alone is creating action around the world to bring about something that can’t really be put into words.

Perhaps this is becoming more relevant at this because there is a message here for humanity, and the experiences of contactees and abductees could perhaps help us decipher that message if they haven’t already. The common theme is something we all internally know in our hearts, the golden rule, and the caretaking of our planet and life upon it.

We as humanity have an enormous amount of potential to create an experience where this type of existence can happen, where we can be free from the chains of economic slavery and allowed to grow and advance as a species. Our destiny is no doubt in the stars.

Recently we interviewed Susan Manewich about her research into this space as well. One of the many profound truths she shared was that of all the contactees they have studied, there is a strikingly similar message shared by all. Check it out below

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Banned TED Talk: The Giant Ceremonial Astrological Mound Builders of Ancient North America

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  • The Facts:

    Strong evidence points to the reality that giants existed on earth. Many ancient cultures recognized this. Many of these beings had great knowledge of the stars and astrology.

  • Reflect On:

    How much of our history is actually true? How much has been held back? When you begin to stretch your consciousness outside of simple everyday life as we know it, we begin to explore actual reality.

It’s truly mind-altering to contemplate history, I usually start with the fact that most of our recorded history remains in secrecy. The US Government alone, according to some historians, classifies approximately 500 million pages of documents every single year.

How can a researcher, historian, or anybody who is interested in diving into the archives of US history, for example, expect to find anything of any real substance that actually pertains to the truth?  History is written by the victors, and most major historical events are full of information and facts that don’t really show up in our secondary and post-secondary ‘educational’ textbooks. These days, no matter how much evidence and fact support a topic, if that topic and information simply defies beliefs, or offends current upheld belief systems (many of which are based on lies), then it is rejected.

We see this in all disciplines today, a great example would be the connection between consciousness and our physical material world, as demonstrated numerous times repeatedly by quantum physics. Despite the fact that we are told these rules only apply at the quantum level, there are several examples which show that, no, they can be applied at the classical level as well.  Cases of mind influencing matter have been reported throughout history and across many cultures, more specifically in regard to ‘supernormal’ abilities which include telepathy, psychokinesis, and other phenomena that lie within the realms of parapsychology. This is evident in ancient literature, from the Vedic texts and the yoga sutras to Jesus, Moses, Milarepa,  Mohammed and more. It’s also evident via declassified CIA documents, some of which you can access here.

What is going on here? Just as there is a scientific blackout in many cases, we also have historical blackouts and a modern-day blackout of information and discoveries that are made by the black budget world. A 1997 US Senate report described them as “so sensitive that they are exempt from standard reporting requirements to the Congress.”

Yet we still reject these blackouts and historical facts are no different. What about the Giants of North America? Have discoveries been ‘covered-up’ simply because they don’t fit the framework of accepted knowledge? It sure seems that way, especially because you won’t see any mention of giants in our textbooks. Perhaps that’s because they don’t fit in with the supposed theory of evolution? Is this information just too paradigm shifting? Where what we once thought we knew, is not true anymore? Kind of like another, ‘the Earth is not flat’ type of moment…

Giants are found within the lore of multiple cultures, from the indigenous to the ancient past, but bones have also been discovered on numerous occasions.

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“It calls up the indefinite past. When Columbus first sought this continent—when Christ suffered on the cross—when Moses led Israel through the Red-Sea—nay, even, when Adam first came from the hand of his Maker—then as now, Niagara was roaring here. The eyes of that species of extinct giants, whose bones fill the mounds of America, have gazed on Niagara, as ours do now.” – Lincoln

A discovery was made in 1883 when the Smithsonian (the United States government/military-led organization) dispatched a team of archaeologists to the South Charleston Mound. The report indicates that the team uncovered numerous giant skeletons ranging from 7 to 9 feet tall. They were decorated with heavy copper bracelets and other religious/cultural items. The report also mentioned that some of them had a skull that was of  “the compressed or flat-head type.” This would resemble similar skeletal characteristics to those found in South America and Egypt. (source)

Going back further still, in 1774 settlers found what they called “The Giant Town,” which housed several gigantic skeletons, one being an eight-foot-tall male. (source)

You can read more about that in the articles we’ve written previously about the subject, and see some examples. From New York Times articles and more, the evidence of giants is great.

The Hidden Origins Of Human History: These Giant Skeletons Challenge Human History

Why Are We Not Talking About The Reality of Giant Humanoid Skeletons? Here Are A Few Examples

Giant “Skeletons of Enormous Sie” Discovered In New Mexico.” – New York Times Article From 1902

The Ceremonial Astrological Mound Builders of Ancient North America

Another interesting topic I recently came across, was, just like Pyramids, and many other ‘wonders’ of the world built with remarkable mathematical precision and synchronicities, are the ancient structures in North America that’s been completely ignored by mainstream history.

Jim Vieira is a stonemason, writer, and star of History Channel’s Search for the Lost Giants had his TED talk banned. The banned TED talks are always the most fascinating, my favorite from Russel Targ, who was a physicist contracted by the CIA to create the STARGATE project, a program investigating parapsychological phenomena, where he shared everything he knows about ESP. It was banned simply because it was too controversial, similar to Vieira’s talk as well.

In one of Jim’s talks, he describes a structure, one of many which have apparently been found all over America, that goes to show just how interesting and mysterious, and advanced these beings are. It’s one of many pieces of the puzzle showing that extremely advanced, highly intelligent ancient civilizations once roamed the Earth, and many of them have been completely blacked out from history. Perhaps the ‘history makers’ wrote their own version and decided to cut out information that wouldn’t fit in with their plan to control the narrative of what is and what was.

In it, he describes “ceremonial” stone-works that have been found in New-England, these structures have been carbon dated, according to the talk, to thousands of years old, every single one of them, “but there’s a historical blackout,” according to Vieira, especially in New England.

He goes on to show a picture of the Goshen Stone chamber, one of the hundreds in New England. What’s remarkable about these structures is that the majority of them are oriented to the equinox sunrise or winter solstice sunrise.

Below is a picture he took on March 12th from the chamber:

He then goes on to say, “we are told that these are colonial root sellers.”  This one has a 10-tonne sailing, and as a stone mason, he explains how the structure itself is quite a feet, which is why he has a suspicion that they might have been built by the giants which exist in ancient lore.

Another interesting shot from the talk, this particular structure (Goshen Stone) has a stone line shaft created in the chamber which allows the Equinox sunset to come through twice a year, only on those days.

Again, he also cites lab work done which sites carbon date reading of thousands of years old. So that would completely shatter the current mainstream accepted explanation, that these are simply colonial root sellers… How crazy is that?

You can check out the full TED talk below:

The Ancients Obsession With Astrology

The evidence for intelligent ancient civilizations that have been left out of the historical record is grand, but even the ones that have not been left out show a tremendous knowledge of astrology, planets, and facts about the cosmos that we didn’t discover ourselves till only a few decades ago, like the existence of Pluto, for example.

From the indigenous all the way to ancient Sumeria, astrology has obviously played a huge key role among these societies and was extremely relevant, yet today, this topic and its importance are brushed off as pseudoscience. I personally have no doubt the movement of the cosmos and the way it affects human consciousness is something real, yet perhaps not well understood, but it’s making a comeback.

There is a lot of validity behind such concepts and beliefs, but they are brushed off today simply because we’ve been trained to believe that this type of thing is bogus, when really, it’s far from it and once understood it could be of tremendous use to humanity, especially for goodwill.

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Highest Court In South Africa Legalizes Cannabis Use

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  • The Facts:

    South Africa has now legalized the use of cannabis for adults, but only in private places. The law also allows citizens to grow their own for personal consumption as well.

  • Reflect On:

    Times are changing, this may be a small victory in natural freedom, but it just goes to show that the people do have power.

Just a few short years ago the pursuit to legalize cannabis seemed futile at best, now it feels like just a matter of time before the majority of the world jumps on board! Most recently, South Africa’s highest court has legalized the use of cannabis by adults in private places only.

After a unanimous ruling, pro marijuana activists cheered in the public gallery chanting, “Weed are free now!” Judges also legalized the growing of marijuana for private consumption.

The government of South Africa had opposed the legalization arguing that the drug was harmful to people’s health. The Constitutional Court, however declared the law that criminalized the use of cannabis in the first place, unconstitutional and invalid and gave the government 24 months to come up with a new set of laws that respected South African’s right to privacy “in their private spheres.” It will no longer be a “criminal offence for an adult person to be in possession of cannabis in private for his or her personal consumption.” It will however, still be illegal to use the drug in public places, sell it or supply it.

Prior to this ruling the laws regarding cannabis use were strict and could result in 15 years in prison and up to 25 years for selling it.

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said, “It will not be a criminal offence for an adult person to use or be in possession of cannabis in private for his or her personal consumption.”

Rastafarians rejoiced outside the court hall celebrating the huge success.

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Things Are Changing, And Fast

As more awareness continues to grow, we are seeing just how powerful the people really are by coming together and doing what they can to make a difference in the world. When compared to a substance like alcohol that is addictive, harmful, can cause rage and depression and often comes at a great cost to the user and their family, it really makes little sense as to why there would still be any prohibition on the use of cannabis. It seems as though the courts are starting to agree, and seeing why really, it makes little sense to ban the use of cannabis and send people to jail for it — now really, that’s just absurd.

As mentioned above, what once may have seemed impossible is now proving to be very possible in fact. This is just another reminder that we the people do have a say, and if there are aspects of our society that don’t align with our values, or don’t make any sense, we can do our part by speaking up and working towards changing them. Things aren’t always as concrete as they may appear, this is a great example of why we should never give up hope.

“Never doubt that a small group of committed individuals can change the world, indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead

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