🚨 WSJ confirms what we've suspected: Mark Zuckerberg directly intervened to prevent progressive news orgs like @CourierNewsroom from being included in Facebook's News Tab, while sharing meals with Ben Shapiro + exchanging texts with Jared Kushner 🚨
"When @Facebook tweaked its newsfeed algorithm to minimize the presence of political news policy execs were concerned about the outsize impact of changes on the right. Engineers redesigned changes so left-leaning sites like @MotherJones were affected more than previously planned"
"After the launch last year of @CourierNewsroom, a network of 8 progressive local-news sites that is part-owned by a left-leaning nonprofit with close ties to Democratic donors, Mr. Zuckerberg argued that Courier wasn’t a real news outlet, given its political connections..."
"The discussion sparked a new Facebook policy in August that limits the reach of partisan-backed sites by blocking their pages from inclusion in Facebook News, restricting their access to the Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp platforms and curtailing their advertising."
To be very clear, this "policy" does not impact right-wing media outlets including The Daily Caller, The Daily Wire, Breitbart, Washington Free Beacon + dozens of others known for spreading disinformation. According to Facebook, these are all still "verified" news publishers 🤬

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It happened in 16 +could happen again unless we find a way to unify against Trump ASAP. Our org +others helping to fill in for a nominee by taking the fight to Trump, we’re not spending time or resources on this challenge +I honestly don’t know what that would look like if we did
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