THE TRUST PROJECT: BIG MEDIA AND SILICON VALLEY'S WEAPONIZED ALGORITHMS SILENCE DISSENT | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

THE TRUST PROJECT: BIG MEDIA AND SILICON VALLEY'S WEAPONIZED ALGORITHMS SILENCE DISSENT

SOURCE: WHITNEY WEBB VIA MINT PRESS NEWS

Given the Trust Project’s rich-get-richer impact on the online news landscape, it is not surprising to find that it is funded by a confluence of tech oligarchs and powerful forces with a clear stake in controlling the flow of news.

After the failure of Newsguard - the news rating system backed by a cadre of prominent neoconservative personalities - to gain traction among American tech and social media companies, another organization has quietly stepped in to direct the news algorithms of tech giants such as Google, Facebook, and Microsoft.

Though different from Newsguard, this group, known as “The Trust Project,” has a similar goal of restoring “trust” in corporate, mainstream media outlets, relative to independent alternatives, by applying “trust indicators” to social-media news algorithms in a decidedly untransparent way. The funding of “The Trust Project” — coming largely from big tech companies like Google; government-connected tech oligarchs like Pierre Omidyar; and the Knight Foundation, a key Newsguard investor — suggests that an ulterior motive in its tireless promotion of “traditional” mainstream media outlets is to limit the success of dissenting alternatives.

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After the lies faithfully regurgitated by the Presstitutes and the Warrespondents regarding the necessity of invading Afghanistan and Iraq, intelligent people can NEVER, NEVER, trust these outlets again.

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