February 09, 2018

Trudeau tells Facebook to censor “fake news”: Meet the ex-Liberal Party boss “embedded” at Facebook, who sounds eager to help

Rebel Staff

Big story in the Toronto Star today:

Trudeau to Facebook: Fix your fake news problem or face stricter regulations

They’re not even hiding it anymore, are they?

The Liberals just plain old want to censor news they don’t like. That’s all "fake news" means. What’s fake news to me is real news to you, and vice versa.

For example, the CBC thinks our coverage of Trudeau’s "peoplekind" gaffe is fake news, that only right wingers in the U.S. care about. So that’s their excuse not to cover it.

It’s a matter of opinion. And Trudeau thinks his opinion should rule the day, and rule the Internet:

As Canadian political parties prepare for the 2019 federal election, the source said Trudeau suggested Ottawa could intervene if Facebook doesn’t adequately address the issues. (...) Trudeau’s comments came during a meeting with Sandberg at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum in Vietnam last November. 

So this was a secret communication that was kept from the public, until the Star broke it today. But of course. Why bother have a debate in Parliament, when you can just have a private chat with a Silicon Valley executive? Have Facebook put their thumb on the scale, to stop the news that Trudeau doesn’t like — in the run-up to the 2019 election.

“We stand with the lawmakers around the world, including in Canada, in their efforts to protect the democractic process,” Kevin Chan, Facebook’s policy chief in Canada, wrote in a statement to the Star.

Kevin Chan. Who is he?

His online resume goes back to 2005. Except he forgot to mention that he used to work for the Liberal Party of Canada. In the leader’s office.

So the senior executive at Facebook in charge of censorship used to work for the Liberal Party.

In fact, it was a bit of a scandal, as I'll tell you tonight.

Does anybody care about this...?

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