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14 August 2018

7:04 PM

14 August 2018

7:04 PM

Facebook’s drive towards absolute transparency – of its users’ information, of course, not of Facebook itself – continues apace:

Anyone who manages a Facebook page that has a “large audience,” which is the somewhat nonspecific language Facebook uses in a new blog post today, has some new rules coming down the pipe that they’ll have to follow if they want to keep running their page.

One of those new requirements? You’ve got to prove to Facebook where you live.

“In April, we announced plans to help ensure these connections are authentic and more transparent,” the post explains about the new rules, which are also coming to Instagram. “Today we’re introducing Page publishing authorization starting with people that manage a Page with a large audience in the US. We’re also adding primary country location and Page merge details to the Page Info tab we introduced in June.

People who manage these pages that have significant followings are going to be asked to complete an authorization process in order to keep posting on their page. A step that no one should be surprised about the origin of, with Facebook’s continued fight against fake news and the like.

That process will ask page admins to secure their account with two-factor authentication and to also confirm where they live by proving their primary country location. They’ll do that via turning on location services on their mobile device.

“If a Page manager requires authorization,” Facebook explains, “they’ll receive a notice at the top of their News Feed to begin the process. This should only take a few minutes to complete. People won’t be able to post on their Page if they don’t complete the process. Enforcement will follow shortly this month.”

Going forward, Facebook also plans to add a section called “People Who Manage This Page.” It will surface the primary country locations that Pages are managed from.

No doubt this exercise is designed to show that Alex Jones’s Infowars fan page was really run by Russian bots on Macedonian servers, but will in real life result in showing that local politics is pretty much local and that the extent of dastardly machination by wily foreigners is minuscule compared to homegrown efforts.

Meanwhile, Facebook and other social media platforms will continue to delete, censor and shadowban anti-left celebrities despite their confirmed domestic residency status, while their algorithms will continue to play havoc with right-wing content — completely accidentally and unintentionally of course.

Arthur Chrenkoff blogs at The Daily Chrenkwhere this piece also appears.

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