CyprusAvenue Posted August 6, 2020 Share Posted August 6, 2020 23 hours ago, Mitochondrial Eve said: It appears that UK Column are now being targeted with censorship. According to their report today, they have received emails from an organisation called 'NewsGuard' including the following: NewsGuard claim to be "transparent" and "accountable" with reviews written by journalists rather than secret algorithms. NewsGuard claims it can be trusted because its team consists of "trained journalists who have spent [our] careers dedicated to the profession" (https://www.newsguardtech.com/about/why-should-you-trust-us/). It is interesting then that Bron Maher only graduated from Duke University in 2016 - hardly time to establish a career in journalism (https://www.newsguardtech.com/about/team/bron-maher/). And another member of the team, on the Advisory Board, is former CIA Director General Michael Hayden (https://www.newsguardtech.com/our-advisory-board/). Another point of interest is that of Newsguard's investors - there are 18 of them who have contributed $6 million - which includes Publicis Groupe which has Big Pharma clients including GlaxoSmithKline. When NewsGuard raised its $6 million in order to fight "fake news" in May 2018, a press release was published which included the following: "Our goal is to help solve this problem now by using human beings-trained, experienced journalists-who will operate under a transparent, accountable process to apply basic common sense to a growing scourge that clearly cannot be solved by algorithms" https://www.publicisgroupe.com/en/news/press-releases/brill-and-crovitz-announce-launch-of-newsguard-to-fight-fake-news-en-1 So it seems that much of the funding for NewsGuard has come from Big Pharma and that there is a particular concern that algorithms are not sufficiently censoring alternative media news sites. Just bumping this @Mitochondrial Eve as it's a really important issue. I watched UKColumn live yesterday and don't mind admitting that a shiver went down my spine upon hearing of this organisation Newsguard. This is essential viewing and here's the link to catchup: https://www.ukcolumn.org/ukcolumn-news/uk-column-news-5th-august-2020 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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