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New Piece | Quartz | 23.11.2016

New Piece | Quartz | 23.11.2016

Facebook’s openness to censorship in China proves it puts profits before democracy

Vincent F. Hendricks
Quartz / 23.11.2016

In the wake of the US election, Facebook has been getting a lot of flack for serving up misinformation and bogus news stories. This problem should not surprise us: Facebook is a social media outlet designed to make money on user traffic and attention. Stimulating democracy has never been part of the business model. But given new reports of Facebook’s moves in China to censor freedom of speech, undermining democracy may very well be acceptable under Mark Zuckerberg’s vision.

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