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#23The Hold Over Information

Who decides what is acceptable and what should be censored?

Facebook’s moderation policies have raised many questions. The company has shown it has the power to censor heads of state, serious newspapers, or activists, sometimes even following the request of certain governments.

And the human cost associated with content moderation is considerable.

The censorship of worldwide information is between the hands of a single private American company, which first serves its own interests and those of its investors. It is this company that determines what billions of users will see at the top of their news feed (and maybe more importantly what they will not see), through a decision-making process that has no transparency whatsoever.

Facebook has become nothing less than a new global authority.