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Postby KeithE » Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:11 am

Facebook bans ads from The Epoch Times after huge pro-Trump buy

By hiding its multimillion-dollar dark money ad spend, the organization bypassed Facebook's political advertising transparency rules.


The Epoch Times' new method of pushing the pro-Trump conspiracy ads on Facebook, which appeared under page names such as "Honest Paper" and "Pure American Journalism," allowed the organization to hide its multimillion-dollar spending on dark-money ads, in effect bypassing Facebook's political advertising transparency rules.


A recent NBC News investigation revealed how The Epoch Times had evolved from a nonprofit newspaper that carried a Chinese-American religious movement's anti-communism message into a conservative online news behemoth that embraced President Donald Trump and conspiracy content.


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Behind the scenes, the media outlet’s ownership and operation is closely tied to Falun Gong, a Chinese spiritual community with the stated goal of taking down China’s government.

It’s that motivation that helped drive the organization toward Trump, according to interviews with former Epoch Times staffers, a move that has been both lucrative and beneficial for its message.

Former practitioners of Falun Gong told NBC News that believers think the world is headed toward a judgment day, where those labeled “communists” will be sent to a kind of hell, and those sympathetic to the spiritual community will be spared. Trump is viewed as a key ally in the anti-communist fight, former Epoch Times employees said.
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Re: Facebook Bans Epoch Times

Postby Dave Roberts » Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:22 am

With the best intelligence-gathering apparatus in the world, I am amazed at how Trump embraces conspiracy theories from any and all sources. Guess it proves this old dog won't learn new tricks.
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Re: Facebook Bans Epoch Times

Postby Haruo » Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:15 pm

That's a fascinating NBC report.
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Postby Tim Bonney » Fri Aug 23, 2019 6:12 pm

Yesterday I started a 30+ day Facebook hiatus. I'm trying to decide if I just want to dump Facebook completely. There are lots of reasons. But I honestly don't think the platform promotes my mental health.
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Re: Facebook Bans Epoch Times

Postby Haruo » Fri Aug 23, 2019 6:31 pm

Did you give up Messenger and Instagram, too?
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Re: Facebook Bans Epoch Times

Postby Haruo » Fri Aug 23, 2019 6:33 pm

Tim Bonney wrote:Yesterday I started a 30+ day Facebook hiatus. I'm trying to decide if I just want to dump Facebook completely. There are lots of reasons. But I honestly don't think the platform promotes my mental health.

Did you tell your Progressive Friends? We're liable to think you've gone over to the dark (red) side...
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Re: Facebook Bans Epoch Times

Postby Tim Bonney » Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:24 am

Haruo wrote:Did you tell your Progressive Friends? We're liable to think you've gone over to the dark (red) side...


My daughter made an announcement for me. As she was the backup group moderator, the group is now hers to run until I return (if I do.) My friends know I'm far too liberal to go red (other than when rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals or the Iowa State Cyclones.)

I'll make a decision about using Facebook again after the 1st of October. This is an experiment to see if I really miss it or need it. Or if it is just useless distraction.
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Re: Facebook Bans Epoch Times

Postby Haruo » Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:10 am

Tim Bonney wrote:
Haruo wrote:Did you tell your Progressive Friends? We're liable to think you've gone over to the dark (red) side...


My daughter made an announcement for me. As she was the backup group moderator, the group is now hers to run until I return (if I do.) My friends know I'm far too liberal to go red (other than when rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals or the Iowa State Cyclones.)

I'll make a decision about using Facebook again after the 1st of October. This is an experiment to see if I really miss it or need it. Or if it is just useless distraction.

I saw her announcement and am waiting with morbid dread for the shoe of her dictatorial rule to fall. I was kidding about being afraid you had gone red.

Whichever way you end up going, bon voyage, and hope you'll still be around here on occasion.
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Postby Tim Bonney » Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:24 pm

Haruo wrote:I saw her announcement and am waiting with morbid dread for the shoe of her dictatorial rule to fall. I was kidding about being afraid you had gone red.

Whichever way you end up going, bon voyage, and hope you'll still be around here on occasion.


LOL. Yes, I knew you were jesting. I will continue to pop in here, as long as you don't start running Methodists out of town.
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