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On May 2, Facebook announced it was banning a handful of people for literally being “too dangerous” for us proles to read or watch:
Facebook has stepped up the enforcement of its own rules, announcing the Facebook and Instagram bans of a host of controversial public figures including Alex Jones, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, Milo Yiannopoulos, and others.
It has taken action against these figures and others because Facebook considers them “dangerous,” per a definition in Facebook’s Community Guidelines. It is banning the individuals and affiliated pages from both Facebook and Instagram.
“We’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology,” a Facebook spokesperson said. “The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today.”
Following the actions of other tech platforms, Facebook banned Alex Jones and InfoWars pages from Facebook in August 2018. Today’s ban affects Jones’ and InfoWars’ Instagram pages.
The ban is also affecting:
- Louis Farrakhan, a leader of the group Nation of Islam, who has routinely espousedanti-semitic views.
- Milo Yiannopoulos, who has engaged in targeted harassment campaigns.
- Paul Nehlen, a white supremacist and former GOP congressional candidate.
- Paul Joseph Watson, a British conspiracy theorist.
- Laura Loomer, a far-right provocateur who engages in targeted harassment (including of Rep. Ilhan Omar).
This action should be taken for the social justice warrior-inspired bullsh**. If these people have one thing in common, it isn’t that they are dangerous…far from it. If they wanted to ban dangerous people there are any number antifa people and Al Sharpton, a man who actually has innocent blood on his hands, who could have been targeted. These people were shut down simply because the mewling minions at Facebook didn’t like what they were saying. Facebook has demonstrated time and again that their objection to speech is not actually based on it being dangerous, or even unpleasant, but rather that it is dangerous and unpleasant to the anti-Christian, anti-Western Civilization goons to seem to run the place.
Case in point:
Facebook likes to give the impression it’s staying ahead of extremists by taking down their posts, often before users even see them. But a confidential whistleblower’s complaint to the Securities and Exchange Commission obtained by The Associated Press alleges the social media company has exaggerated its success. Even worse, it shows that the company is inadvertently making use of propaganda by militant groups to auto-generate videos and pages that could be used for networking by extremists.
The story goes on to give examples which document Facebook deliberately turning a blind eye to terrorist propaganda
At a minimum, the research behind the SEC complaint illustrates the company’s limited approach to combatting online extremism. The U.S. State Department lists dozens of groups as “designated foreign terrorist organizations” but Facebook in its public statements says it focuses its efforts on two, the Islamic State group and al-Qaida. But even with those two targets, Facebook’s algorithms often miss the names of affiliated groups. Al Azm says Facebook’s method seems to be less effective with Arabic script.
For instance, a search in Arabic for “Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula” turns up not only posts, but an auto-generated business page. One user listed his occupation as “Former Sniper” at “Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula” written in Arabic. Another user evaded Facebook’s cull by reversing the order of the countries in the Arabic for ISIS or “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.”
What this makes abundantly clear is what anyone with a brain has known from the beginning. Facebook’s concern about “community standards” is restricted to people who, in the vernacular of the intersectional left, have “privilege” (this, I’ve determined, means you have a full-time job, pay taxes, support your family, and, when your nation calls you step up). If you have the right politics or are “disadvantaged” or have other victim status…like being a terrorist…they don’t care. Louis Farrakhan had the misfortune of being the token black guy in this banning because he says nothing at all from his pulpit that Ilhan Omar doesn’t say from the floor of the House of Representatives.
The idea that Alex Jones or Milo or Laura Loomer are so uniquely dangerous that they must be banned while Facebook generates promo videos for ISIS just underscores the dishonesty that is bone-deep in Facebook that demands federal action to break it up or run it out of business.