Sunday, August 12, 2018

First he wants a recession to put people into poverty, now Bill Maher wants to interfere with midterm elections by telling voters to stay home

With social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Youtube unable to distinguish between what is real news and what is fake, or what is free speech and what is offensive, should the Federal government now do the same when a liberal comedienne publicly interferes with the mid-term elections under the guise of a joke?

At the end of Friday’s episode of “Real Time,” Bill Maher dropped a shocker on the audience: He’s secretly a shady operative at the center of the conspiracy theory known as “QAnon.” 
But it was actually a ploy to trick Trump voters into staying at home during the upcoming mid-term election. – The Wrap
While a Special Council drags on in search of a Russian conspiracy that is alleged to have effected the 2016 Presidential election, individuals like Bill Maher and social media platforms like Facebook provide evidence through their own words that it is their job to influence the opinions and beliefs of Americans.

PHOTO BY PRESIDENCIA DO MEXICO, WIKIMEDIA COMMONS, SCREENSHOT VIA FACEBOOK
Facebook quietly tweaked the news feeds of 1.9 million users before the 2012 election so they would see more “hard news” shared by friends. 
That change may have boosted voter turnout by as much as 3 percent, according to a little-known study first disclosed Friday by Mother Jones
For the study, news articles that Facebook users’ friends had posted appeared higher in their feeds — the stream of status updates, photos and articles that show up when you first sign on to the site. The researchers wanted to see whether increasing your exposure to news stories shared by friends before an election would convince you to vote. 
Facebook said the news stories being shared were general in nature and not political. They came from a list of 100 top media outlets from the New York Times to Fox News, according to the Mother Jones story written by Micah Sifry, a democracy activist. 
A Facebook spokesman told HuffPost that the company in 2012 had tested users’ news feeds “to see how some users engaged when general news stories shared by their friends were given slightly higher rankings.” The company then conducted a voluntary online survey to see if their experience “made them more likely to engage in civic affairs,” he said. 
“Voting is a core value of democracy and we believe that encouraging civic participation is an important contribution we can make to the community,” a Facebook spokesman said. - Huffington Post
Ironically, social media companies did nothing in the wake of this experiment to implement any real changes to their platforms following the 2012 elections since it appears that the outcome of Barack Obama's re-election worked in their favor.  However this cannot be said for the 2016 Presidential elections when their attempts to influence members to vote for Hillary Clinton failed, and where all of a sudden new algorithms and review boards needed to be instituted to 'protect' members from the influences of alternative media.

In the end, anyone with even a modicum ability to critically think knows that the #resistance movement that sprung up overnight following Donald Trump's victory had nothing to do with Russian influences on the election, and are solely about the fact that the media no longer carries the same influences it once did even four years ago.  And thus there is now a concerted effort to try and eliminate the competition at all costs because liberals like Bill Maher and Mark Zuckerberg don't have anything to sell voters except propaganda meant to coerce them into helping them and their masters stay in power.

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