I will be coming back to this old tweet repeatedly. A plan to reassert narrative control before 2020 was evident immediately after Trump’s win shocked our institutional elite. “Fake news” was it’s placeholder buying time to figure out how to end rivals to “authoritative sources.”
“Demonetization” on YouTube, the “fake news” narrative on MSM, & recent “suggested content” threads all hint at ‘trustworthy’ algos coming.Nov 28th, 2016
Since then we have learned about “The Good Censor” and “ML Fairness” at google, “Deboosting” at Facebook, “down ranking” at Twitter, “authoritative sources” at YouTube, the “Alternative Influencer Network” theory at @datasociety, & the IDW as a gateway to white supremacists. Ha.
I’d say that old tweet wasn’t too far off after all. We just had it dribbled in increment by increment with changes in “Terms of Service” & the slow crushing push to numb our outrage from our institutional class, article by article, until we welcomed our own censorship w/ thanks.