There were recent reports about China using a ratings system to grade citizens. Now we're seeing the evolution of something like it online.
And the keys are being held by the media.
According to the Washington Post, Facebook is implementing a new ranking system that will rank users’ trustworthiness on a scale from zero to one. The company claimed that this ranking system is an effort to fight misinformation spread by fake accounts.
What's the criteria?
Apparently part of it is the media fact checker system that Facebook had previously rolled out that allows the media to silence political dissent under the guise of "fact checking".
“One of the signals we use is how people interact with articles,” Lyons told the post. “For example, if someone previously gave us feedback that an article was false and the article was confirmed false by a fact checker, then we might weight that person’s future false news feedback more than someone who indiscriminately provides false news feedback on lots of articles, including ones that end up being rated as true.”
Which effectively means that lefties get rated as trustworthy.
Do conservatives who rate an article as true that the media denounces as false get rated as untrustworthy? If yes, then Facebook just rolled out a system for downgrading conservatives while treating lefties as trustworthy.
Facebook has pushed net neutrality. This shows why we need content neutrality. And now user neutrality.