Facebook launches a ‘climate change information’ centre

Posted: September 16, 2020 by oldbrew in Accountability, climate, media, opinion
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Earth and climate – an ongoing controversy


Facebook, accountable only to its investors, now intends to pose as a proxy authority on the world’s present and future climate. But the author of the article below wants Facebook to go further and impose its own views on people, while hiding behind the usual catch-all accusation of ‘climate change denialism’ but offering no definition of it. Presumably suggesting that a carbon dioxide level of 0.04% in the atmosphere might not be a massive climate problem is beyond the pale, and should be suppressed? Without clarity about what is out of bounds in discussion, the risk of unfair censorship is obvious.
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Even as Facebook, the world’s largest social media platform, admits that climate change “is real” and that “the science is unambiguous and the need to act grows more urgent by the day” the platform appears unwilling to take steps to really stand up to the climate change denialism that circulates on its platform, says Techcrunch

The company is set to achieve net zero carbon emissions and be supported fully by renewable energy in its own operations this year.

But as the corporate world slaps a fresh coat of green paint on its business practices, Facebook is looking to get out in front with the launch of a Climate Science Information Center to “connect people with science-based information.”

The company is announcing a new information center, designed after its COVID-19 pandemic response. The center is designed to connect people to factual and up-to-date climate information, according to the company.

So far, Facebook says that more than 2 billion people have been directed to resources from health authorities with its COVID-19 response.

The company said that it will use The Climate Science Information Center to feature facts, figures and data from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and their global network of climate science partners, including the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and others.

This center is launching in France, Germany, the U.K. and the U.S. to start.

While Facebook has been relatively diligent in taking down COVID-19 misinformation that circulates on the platform, removing 7 million posts and labeling another 98 million more for distributing coronavirus misinformation, the company has been accused of being far more sanguine when it comes to climate change propaganda and pseudoscience.

Full article here
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Comments
  1. craigm350 says:

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    Facebook watermelons might get offended if you don’t kneel to the #ClimateCult. Thankfully their AlGorerithms haven’t quite mastered censoring memes so the message can still get out there.
    [video src="https://weatheraction.files.wordpress.com/2020/09/inshot_20200914_223333352.mp4" /]

  2. saighdear says:

    I am getting so fed up with all this climate & covid nonsense. ….. Is there a website dedicated to advising us how to take the Pss out of these lunatics to the EXTREME that they will then sitback and THINK ? … well I Know they are generally incapable of thinking – but at least stop babbling about it all. zzzzzz

  3. arfurbryant says:

    «The science is unambiguous…».
    Actually, the science is non-existent!
    There is no mechanism!

  4. oldbrew says:

    Indeed, Arfur.

    ‘Our claims are unambiguous’ might be nearer the mark, except they are ambiguous – and tediously so.
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    Google says its carbon footprint is now zero
    — 2 days ago

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-54141899

    Well, hooray 🤣

  5. cognog2 says:

    I wonder which facts are going to be suppressed. It is frightening to think that an algorithm will be used to decide what we are allowed to think. Seems like Big Brother is morphing into a collection of bytes in a cloud.

  6. saighdear says:

    Just came in for afternoon Tea – ot of the cold: Did BBCSturgeon, or any other local station report this morning, or whenever, that YESTERDAY had a High Power demand which was met to a much larger extent, by COAL and that Wind only provided around a QUARTER of the coal production ( around 1/2 GW only ) : AFTER ALL THAT EXPENSE of weenmulls n the wiring for them. …. All that Steel n Copper n non-recyclable products in its production ….

  7. Brian says:

    More likely a Climate Mis-Information Centre.
    Expect any divergence from the party line to be CENSORED.

  8. oldbrew says:

    the company has been accused of being far more sanguine when it comes to climate change propaganda and pseudoscience

    Whose ‘climate change propaganda and pseudoscience’ are they referring to? Obviously not the Al Gore alarmist variety that the UK courts rubbished…

    Gore climate film’s nine ‘errors’
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/7037671.stm

    The nine errors were only the tip of the iceberg 😆

  9. Gamecock says:

    “while hiding behind the usual catch-all accusation of ‘climate change denialism’ but offering no definition of it”

    Definition of “climate change,” or “denialism?”

    You really can’t deny that which hasn’t be stated. “Climate change” is undefined.

    UNLESS you use definition of “climate” and “change,” but then you have the problem that no climate has changed. NONE. Double-ought zero. No place on earth in over 100 years.

  10. stpaulchuck says:

    you mean Climate Scam Propaganda Center

  11. Phoenix44 says:

    The absurd claims of the “science says” crowd never ceases to infuriate. Facebook is not qualified to decide whether the science is right or not. It has not run the experiments, models, whatever, for itself, nor does Facebook enjoy a team of scientists, statisticians and others to rigorously analyse the science. So it relies simply on Authority. But that then is not science. It is Authority.

    Why does it accept Authority in this area but not others? Why does it refuse to accept Authority in Economics say? Why does it refuse to accept Authority in areas of technology and push for new discoveries and challenges to orthodoxy?

    We all know why – it is a political choice. Fine, Facebook can be political. But it is being dishonest.

  12. dennisambler says:

    Facebook…admits that climate change “is real” Wow, have they been trying to hide what the Zuckerman thinks?

    This stuff is all the latest push from John Podesta at Center for American Progress: This new initiative started with a letter from another Podesta clone organisation called Climate Power. https://www.climatedepot.com/2020/07/03/co2-coalition-responds-to-calls-for-facebook-censorship/?

    “Climate Power 2020 recently published a letter signed by former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, former presidential candidate Tom Steyer, and 13 leaders of groups working to ban the fossil fuels that are the source of over 80 percent of U.S. and world energy. The letter calls on Facebook to shut down the page of the CO2 Coalition of 55 climate scientists and energy economists, and to censor posts of its members studies and articles on other users’ pages.”

    Who are Climate Power 2020? “Climate Power 2020 is an independently run project created by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, the League of Conservation Voters, and the Sierra Club.”
    https://www.climatepower2020.org/advisory-board/

    This “independent” group Includes Obama team members John Kerry, Gina McCarthy, Ernest Moniz, Carol Browner, John Holdren and more, also Podesta himself, Senator Harry Reid and billionaire Tom Steyer.

    The Climate Power 2020 letter to Facebook:
    FACEBOOK MUST STOP THE SPREAD OF CLIMATE MISINFORMATION
    “Facebook is allowing the spread of climate misinformation to flourish, unchecked, across the globe. Instead of heeding the advice of independent scientists and approved fact-checkers from Climate Feedback, Facebook sided with fossil fuel lobbyists by allowing the CO2 Coalition to take advantage of a giant loophole for “opinion” content.

    The Center for American Progress Money-Go-Round
    https://www.americanprogress.org/about/c3-our-supporters/
    CAP lists their donors; included in the list for $1 million plus is the Foundation to Promote Open Society, an offshoot of Open Society Foundations. The chairman is George Soros:

    Also in the $1 million club are the Hewlett Foundation and the Sandler Foundation. The late Herb and Marion Sandler funded Podesta to start the Center for American Progress in 2003. CAP has actively interfered in the internal affairs of other countries, in particular Australia. India was also targeted because of the Adani coal project.

    “”Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign chairman (John Podesta) was being paid $US7000 a month by the US foundation (Sandler), funding efforts to stop the $16 billion Adani coal project in Queensland at the same time as he was being briefed on the anti-coal campaign in Australia.”

    In Donor category, $500,000 to $999,999, we find the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, SVCF. Board member Larry Kramer is President of William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, CAP donor in the $1 million plus club.

    SVCF corporate partners include Adobe, Ebay, Microsoft, PayPal and many more cyber corporates. In 2018, Mark Zuckerberg donated $214 million worth of Facebook stock to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Also in 2018, Zuckerberg and his wife donated to Podesta’s CAP in the $500,000 to $999,999 category, as the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

    So we see that SVCF above, is a major donor to Podesta’s CAP, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg gives SVCF £200 million of Facebook stock and Podesta’s CAP up to a million dollars. Podesta now wants to use Facebook to cancel climate skeptics.

    Not limited to the funding provided to Podesta above, there is further funding from Facebook in the next donor category, $100,000 to $499,999, as Facebook Inc.

    Also funding Podesta, are, amongst others,

    Amazon.com
    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    Google (Al Gore has been a senior adviser to Google since 2001)
    The Joyce Foundation (President Obama was a director of the Joyce Foundation as Senator Obama)
    John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
    Microsoft Corporation
    Rockefeller Brothers Fund
    Rockefeller Family Fund
    Schwab Charitable Fund (Klaus Schwab of the World Economic Forum with which Facebook Oversight Board co-chair Helle Thorning-Schmidt, wife of Stephen Kinnock, is involved).

    A massive Democrat operation led by Podesta, as part of the the push for the New Green Deal which they have signed Biden up to with his “climate” advisers, John Kerry and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

  13. dennisambler says:

    Here is more detail on the Facebook Oversight board:

    Facebook Oversight Board: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/may/06/facebook-oversight-board-freedom-expression-helle-thorning-schmidt-alan-rusbridger

    “Facebook has announced the members of its new oversight board, an international committee of judges, journalists and academics who will help steer the company’s policy on freedom of expression. Its Director is Thomas Hughes, billed as an expert in Human Rights by the BBC.”

    Co-chair is Helle Thorning-Schmidt, former Danish PM from 2011 to 2015. She was CEO of Save The Children International from 2016 until 2019 on a salary of £264,000 per year. Since 2019 she has been a Director of the major Danish wind turbine manufacturer, Vestas.

    She is also a member of the board of the International Crisis Group, along with George Soros and his son Alexander. In addition she is a member of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, sister organization of the World Economic Forum, headed by Klaus Schwab. Her husband Stephen Kinnock, a UK Labour Party MP, is a former Director of the World Economic Forum, which is currently pushing for a “Green” reset of the World economy.

  14. oldbrew says:

    the New Green Deal which they have signed Biden up to with his “climate” advisers, John Kerry and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

    In terms of climate knowledge this is a clown show. But of course in politics the climate is just a buzz word, a label, a vote catcher – or so they must think.

  15. oldbrew says:

    FB will no doubt (?) want to explain to its customers that climate models can’t cope well, if at all, with cloud variation — which of course causes variations in sunlight reaching the surface.

    SEPTEMBER 16, 2020
    Turbulence affects aerosols and cloud formation

    Cantrell said turbulence has not been a part of the cloud physics curriculum until very recently.

    “Our measurements in the chamber show that turbulence can mimic the behaviors that have been attributed to particle variation, primarily size and composition. This experiment changes our understanding of the properties of the clouds and we become better able to represent those processes in climate models,” he said.

    The researchers said their model will help forecasters predict the fluctuations Planet Ocean-Cloud will experience as the climate changes.

    https://phys.org/news/2020-09-turbulence-affects-aerosols-cloud-formation.html
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    ‘Fluctuations’…hmm 😎

  16. Gamecock says:

    ‘leaders of groups working to ban the fossil fuels’

    Brothers and sisters of the groups working to ban police.

    Surrealality.

  17. oldbrew says:

    Director of major wind turbine producer advising FB on climate? Not hard to see what the climate *information* will be from that source.

  18. oldbrew says:

    FB won’t be employing this person as a ‘climate adviser’ 😆

    Saturday, September 19, 2020
    Carbon warming is a failed hypothesis

    Everything is after the fact, and is useless to predict anything. Every day they extrapolate, and the day after, they change it.

    https://ontario-geofish.blogspot.com/2020/09/carbon-warming-is-failed-hypothesis.html

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