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Facebook’s Plan to Take Over the News Business Tags: Media And Politics Orwellian World Social Engineering NWO Globalisation

Facebook’s Plan to Take Over the News Business

And why no one will stop it.

By Will Oremus


Facebook is reportedly talking with media groups about hosting their content inside the social network itself, with the New York Times named as one of the likely partners at launch.

Photo illustration by Juliana Jiménez Jaramillo. Photos by Dado Ruvic/Reuters and Ramin Talaie/Getty Images.

Facebook’s plan to take over the media was first articulated in October, by the New York Times’ David Carr. The social network had become a dominant source of online news for its billion-plus users. But it found that those users were frustrated by the experience of reading news on Facebook, especially on their phones. It required clicking links to third-party media websites, whose pages were slow to load, riddled with ads, and often failed to match the promise of their clickbait headlines.

Facebook has tried to solve this problem from a number of angles, many of which I’ve written about in the past. But the ultimate solution was the one Carr laid out: Facebook would simply host news’ sites content on its own platform, then share a slice of the ad revenue that resulted.

I wrote in depth in January about Facebook’s plan to cut out the middle man, explaining how it might work and why publishers would feel compelled to participate. At the time, Facebook had just published a blog post encouraging publishers to post videos natively on its platform, so that they could play automatically in users’ feeds. (Facebook’s algorithms heavily prioritize native video posts over, say, YouTube videos.) But I predicted that we’d eventually see Facebook nudge media outlets to post full news stories directly to Facebook as well—perhaps by “late 2016.”

That prediction suddenly looks far too conservative. The Times reported on Monday that Facebook “has been quietly holding talks with at least half a dozen media companies about hosting their content inside Facebook rather than making users tap a link to go to an external site.” And it will start testing the new scheme “in the next several months,” with the New York Times, National Geographic, and BuzzFeed among the likely partners at launch. No doubt others will be lined up to follow their lead.

Skeptics are howling that this is a Faustian bargain—that the media are mortgaging their long-term futures for short-term gain.

At Fusion, (Slate contributor) Felix Salmon warns that news sites risk sacrificing their brands—and, in the process, their incentives for accuracy and editorial judgment—by handing Facebook control of their distribution. John Battelle holds up the rise and fall of Zynga as a warning to publishers who would build their business around Facebook. The Times’ own Mat Yurow has compared the news industry’s position today to that of the record industry in 2003. That’s when Steve Jobs approached the major labels about selling their music through Apple’s own platform. “This is the publishing industry’s iTunes moment,” Yurow wrote. “And we’re blowing it.” (Yurow’s views, he noted, do not reflect those of his employer.)

It’s easy to see why BuzzFeed would go along with this. Unlike most news sites, BuzzFeed doesn’t make money by running ads alongside its stories but by creating custom ads that are essentially stories in their own right. Its strategy has always been to distribute these ads on platforms other than its own website.  

Less widely understood is why publishers like the New York Times and National Geographic would jump at a Facebook deal. In short, Facebook has presented the news media with a collective-action problem. 

News sites aren’t blind. They know it would be bad for them to cede control of their content—and, by extension, their relationships with readers and advertisers—to Facebook. And so if they could all get together and decide, as a group, what to do about Facebook, no doubt they’d think long and hard about the long-term sacrifices elucidated by Salmon, Battelle, and Yurow. 

But news sites don’t function as a collective. On the contrary, they operate as rivals for the same audiences and advertisers. And Facebook has made it clear that those who sign on early will see huge growth in their Facebook reach. If that proves true, others will scramble to follow, even as it becomes clear they’re seeing diminishing returns. Meanwhile, the holdouts would see their Facebook audiences wither and die, as Facebook’s algorithms gradually downgrade posts that link out to third-party websites. Ultimately, links may become all but obsolete in the Facebook news feed—much as YouTube videos already are. 


There’s a hint in the Times article that at least some news organizations are pushing for cooperation in the face of Facebook’s divide-and-conquer strategy. (The Guardian is the one mentioned.) But even if that were realistic, it might already be too late. Just Monday, Facebook and Vox published a case study showing how Vox’s willingness to shape its content around Facebook—including posting native videos there—has brought it huge audience gains. So now imagine you run a struggling news organization faced with layoffs unless you can turn things around quickly. Do you hold out for some kind of nebulous, potential cooperative agreement with the rivals that are threatening to put you out of business? Or do you take what Facebook is offering and say “thank you,” and worry about the long-term future later?

The skeptics are right: Collectively, news media would be foolish to put their fate in Facebook’s hands. Individually, however, they might be foolish not to. 


George Carlin On Language of Politics
Category: HUMOR & SATIRE
Tags: Brainwash globalist agenda humor Satire Orwellian world

Video @ YouTube

Classic George Carlin here shredding the Washington bullshit machine in the faces of the national press club some years ago. Absolutely brilliant!


Climate Engineering to Control Populations Tags: Conspiracy Geoengineering New World Order

By Dane Wigington

Climate engineering is the most powerful and most utilized weapon of the western power structure to destabilize and topple the countries and governments around the globe which it wishes to control. Geoengineering is a primary tool that has been used to help force nations to allow US or NATO occupation. The military industrial complex has always sought to “control the weather” and historical documents prove that the US has been heavily invested in climate modification for a very long time.


US/NATO occupation of the Middle East

How many countries have US military boots on the ground? There are at least 156 US occupied countries around the globe with some 900 bases. Does anyone really believe that all these countries just wanted the US to occupy them? Is it a coincidence that many if not most of these countries endured some sort of climate cataclysm prior to the occupation being allowed? How many countries in Africa were subjected to record drought before being destabilized and occupied? Occupations that often began under “humanitarian” pretexts due to climate catastrophes?

What about the Middle Eastern countries that have recently been destabilized? Many of these countries were not cooperating with the US agenda before they experienced record drought, is there a connection? Record drought in Syria preceded the recent destabilization, was weather warfare used to help trigger the ongoing civil war?



 Syrian Civil War
How about Iraq, were they also a target of weather warfare to help trigger destabilization? Was the record drought in Iraq during the years prior to the invasion in 2003 a natural occurence? Or was it also engineered? Were there plans to invade Iraq years ahead of time? If available data is examined, the answer is inarguably yes. The invasion of Iraq was planned well before the events of 911.
How many know there has been a crop destroying drought in Russia and Ukraine? Just another coincidence? Certainly the whole world understands that Iran is also a current primary target for the western power structure, is it just bad luck for Iran that there is record drought there, too? Does anyone in the US even know that the leaders from Iran have been on the floor of the UN openly stating that the western powers are causing the record drought with climate modification? Pakistan showed resistance to US policy in 2010, were the record floods that occurred there later the same year just an act of nature? Or were other forces in play? Record deluge is also a weapon used by the weathermakers.
How are things in South America? Certainly we all know how the US power structure is constantly complaining about the BRIC countries. Brazil and Venezuela have been a source of aggravation for our government for a very long time. Brazil is experiencing devastating record drought, and yes, so is Venezuela.
Catastrophic drought in South America
I could go on and on about the countries that have been victims of the US/NATO weather warfare juggernaut of biosphere destruction, but let’s now consider the catastrophic and unprecedented drought being engineered in the US West, should we ask ourselves what agendas are now being carried out on the US population? The laws of physics make clear that a warming world should bring more rain overall, the atmosphere can carry 7% more moisture for every degree of additional warming. Why is there so much drought in so many countries around the world when the laws of physics state there should be more overall rainfall on a warming planet, not less? 
Global water shortages
Now it seems that the power structure is sending us the message that they know the drought in the US West is only going to get worse. In fact NASA has recently stated on the record that the western US states can expect “megadroughts” in the coming decades, how do they know this? NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has recently stated that even with a potential record el nino event, there will be no relief for the completely parched state of California. Since when does El Niño not bring more rain to the West? How does NOAA know this? The heat and drought in California has destroyed all previous records.
It is important to remember that defense contractor Raytheon (which is involved in geoengineering programs) does the weather modeling for NOAA and the National Weather Service. Lockheed Martin (another defense contractor involved in weather modification) supplies the weather modeling for the FAA. The weather “predictions” are nothing more than the scheduled weather. 5 Western states are close to running out of water, Lake Mead is is at record low levels. The states most affected by the engineered record drought are also the stated location of the upcoming “Jade Helm” military exercises, another coincidence perhaps? The global power structure is playing every card they have, they are moving their chess pieces into place rapidly as they prepare for total societal collapse. Climate engineering/weather warfare is making an already bad climate situation far worse. These programs are being used as a primary method to control populations around the globe with no regard to the damage being done to the biosphere. The highly toxic fallout from geoengineering is also rapidly sickening global populations thus making them easier to control. US citizens must wake up. Our brothers and sisters in the US military must also wake up, the stakes could not be higher. DW
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