1/ I am enraged. Excellent reporting from WSJ's @dseetharaman and @EmilyGlazer finds that Facebook engineers—with sign-off from Zuckerberg himself—retooled their algorithm to throttle traffic to high-value progressive news orgs, @MotherJones IN PARTICULAR https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-mark-zuckerberg-learned-politics-11602853200
2/ Last year, @MonikaBauerlein and I wrote about how Facebook's changes to its algorithm hurt legit news orgs as it pumped right-wing disinfo machines. We used the impact on our traffic as an example: https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/02/how-facebook-screwed-us-all/

3/ We did NOT know that they were targeting us in particular.

We suspected, and has since been shown in this WSJ piece and elsewhere, that they made these changes b/c conservatives had worked the refs. ITS SO MUCH WORSE.
4/ It's not an unintentional by product of ref-working. It's an INTENTIONAL change to hurt shops that do serious investigative journalism, so as to boost traffic to things like: https://twitter.com/FacebooksTop10/status/1317117597033267205
5/ Zuckerberg had Ben Shapiro over to dinner to court him? WTF, seriously? Guess who's not invited to dinner? Hey Mark, I only live a few blocks from you. https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-mark-zuckerberg-learned-politics-11602853200
6/ What did these changes in algorithm mean to @MotherJones? Someting like $400,000 to $600,000 a year. That's big for a news org our size.

This year, we've done everything we can to not lay people off. But it's meant pay cuts for our higher paid employees, loss of 401K match.
7/ Over the years, Facebook has bribed, essentially, big news orgs to pivot to video, only to be caught inflating the revenue estimates, and costing huge layoffs at some places.

Facebook is a garbage company.
8/ Facebook a) pumps disinfo over real news b) works in concert with some of the absolute worst actors on the Right c) didn't see the horrific results of livestreaming massacres coming.

It is a toxic cesspool and directly implicated in everything tearing our country apart.
9/ They're doing all this INTENTIONALLY. It's not a mistake. It's not blinders. It's purposeful.
10/ Now as it happens, this is our annual fundraising drive time. We rely on readers to give to support our journalism. Because of Facebook, that support is even more crucial. @MonikaBauerlein wrote a lovely piece about our priorities at this key time: https://www.motherjones.com/media/2020/10/the-chaos-is-the-point/?keycode=7AHST03%7CPAHST03
11/ So if you'd like to contribute a little bit toward the hole that Facebook intentionally created just for us, I'd be super appreciative. And VOTE: https://secure.motherjones.com/flex/mj/key/7MNTHLY/src/7AHST03/
12/ AND they directly lied to our social media team. Facebook is a garbage company. You work there, you're complicit in the Pandora's Box of shit they've let loose on the world. https://twitter.com/bendreyfuss/status/1317199012559163392
13/ Just heard from some folks inside/formerly of Facebook. It's even worse than what I just laid out. If you want to talk, hmu at cjeffery on Signal or DM me here.
14/ @bendreyfuss, head of MoJo's social media team, wrote about what it means to be lied to (perhaps b/c they're unwittingly passing along lies of their bosses) by FB counterparts. But per what I'm learning, FB just lied to him, again, here: https://www.motherjones.com/media/2020/10/now-we-know-facebook-made-changes-to-show-you-less-news-from-mother-jones/
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