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Facebook Accused Of Threatening Media ‘Work With Us Or End Up in a Hospice’


Facebook Accused Of Threatening Media ‘Work With Us Or End Up in a Hospice’

Facebook is being accused of threatening media outlets that question the social media giant’s methods, saying, “work with us or end up in hospice.”

Australian media executives claim that Facebook’s global head of news partnerships, Campbell Brown, made the stunning statements during a closed-door meeting with the executives.

Specifically, Brown is accused of telling the media executives, “We will help you revitalize journalism … in a few years the reverse looks like I’ll be holding your hands with your dying ­business like in a hospice.”

Additionally and even more concerning, the executives claim Campbell said that “Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t care about publishers but is giving me a lot of leeway and concessions to make these changes”

“We are not interested in talking to you about your traffic and referrals anymore. That is the old world and there is no going back – Mark wouldn’t agree to this.”

Facebook claims the revelations are  “not accurate” and “out of context.”

The claims have been published in The Sun, but are derived originally from The Australian.

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Facebook has endured political and social criticisms for both breaches in privacy as well as targeted censorship against conservative media outlets. If the reports above are to be believed, this would show a gross negligence for any semblance of the free exchange of ideas and communications. It would also show a social media and technology company that’s decidedly anointed itself as the gateway to speech.

What liberals don’t tend to grasp is that censorship is a slippery slope. The reports above, if authentic, put such a concept on full display.

Media outlets, including PrepForThat.com, have become heavily reliant on Facebook’s ever-changing and enigmatic algorithm. Our reach to our audience has dropped substantially over the course of the last two years.

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Author: Jim Satney

PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.