Zero Hedge: Over the weekend, we were surprised to learn that some readers were prevented by Facebook when attempting to share Zero Hedge articles. Subsequently it emerged that virtually every attempt to share or merely mention an article, including in private messages, would be actively blocked by the world’s largest social network, with the explanation that “the link you tried to visit goes against our community standards.”
We were especially surprised by this action as neither prior to this seemingly arbitrary act of censorship, nor since, were we contacted by Facebook with an explanation of what “community standard” had been violated or what particular filter or article had triggered the blanket rejection of all Zero Hedge content.
To be sure, as a for-profit enterprise with its own unique set of corporate “ethics”, Facebook has every right to impose whatever filters it desires on the media shared on its platform. It is entirely possible that one or more posts was flagged by Facebook’s “triggered” readers who merely alerted a censorship algo which blocked all content.
Alternatively, it is just as possible that Facebook simply decided to no longer allow its users to share our content in retaliation for our extensive coverage of what some have dubbed the platform’s “many problems”. more …
Opinion: We use Zero Hedge in Today’s Headlines several times each day. When I first discovered it, Zero Hedge had extensive financial news coverage which we use often when discussing the impact of the first 4 seal judgments of Revelation 6:1-8.
Over the past few years Zero Hedge has expanded to cover almost every category of news but without commentary, which makes censorship very unusual. Our use of commentary on our daily blog posts is why we chose to stop Facebook coverage and advertising a few years ago.
The net result is that we have no revenue to help cover our rapidly escalating technology expenses, so we will necessarily allow Google to place adds on the site once again. Without FB adds get little response, so we will try it again until we get censored.
We have remained out of the line of fire from the progressive thought police but that will change in the coming weeks. We ask our core group of readers for prayers of protection.
We will keep going for as long as we can.