Facebook Denies Shadow Banning, Receives Patent for Shadow Banning

Facebook Denies Shadow Banning, Receives Patent for Shadow Banning, by Mitchell Shaw.

Facebook has continually denied that it participates in the practice of shadow banning — a method of blocking a users’ posts or comments from everyone except the user who made the post or comment. But a newly granted patent shows that Facebook not only does practice shadow banning, but wants to protect — by patent — the method it uses for doing so. …

With a newly patented automatic system for shadow banning anything “proscribed” by Facebook, the company would have no trouble pressing the digital mute button on [any] user whose posts run counter to accepted liberal norms. …

Tricky with words and word-smithing is a feature of the modern left:

This certainly makes it appear that Facebook’s representative lied to Congress when he denied that Facebook shadow bans conservatives. Of course, now that the patent has been issued and made public, Facebook will have considerable more difficulty denying it next time.