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The secular Left and the proponents of Islamic blasphemy laws have a new issue on which they are making common cause: the quest to destroy the freedom of speech, the cornerstone of our democracy. After Charlottesville, the Left sees its chance to crush all dissent, and given its alliance with Islamic supremacists, this means the implementation in the West of prohibitions on criticism of Islam, including counterterror analysis of the motivating ideology of jihad terrorists. This anti-free speech initiative, if it succeeds, will destroy free society, which cannot exist if one is unable to speak out against the tyrant.
Facebook has finished their own internal investigation into censoring conservatives in their trending section, and surprise, they’ve found no evidence of overt bias. Still, in the wake of a very rough week and tough questions from a U.S. senator, Facebook has now agreed to revamp that section in order to prevent any “unintentional bias.”
But what about intentional bias?
Whatever’s going on in that boiler room where miserable editors toil over the trending topics, we do know that Facebook routinely shuts down pages and blocks users simply for stating right-of-center opinions.
Here are 10 of our favorite examples:
- Lauren Southern suspended over criticizing censorship
Conservative activist and Trump supporter Lauren Southern received a 30-day ban from Facebook just because she complained about a friend’s account being censored. Censorship inception, if you will.
Facebook later removed the block, calling it an error, but only after the conservatives on Twitter and in the media made a stink about it.
- Admin of pro-Trump group banned for saying Trump is not anti-Muslim, but anti-ISIS
Whether or not you agree with the opinion is not the point. The admin of an alt-right, Trump-supporting group was banned from Facebook and the post below was removed.
- Facebook locked this kid’s account for posting a video supporting Rudy Giuliani’s criticisms of Obama.
They called his post “suspicious activity.”
4. Facebook approved Christian hate groups while shutting down Christian groups.
In 2013, somehow a group called “Jesus Fkg Christ. Slt Mary’s Bst*rd” was able to get past Facebook’s censors for a time, as well as groups called “Christianity is a Plague Begging for a Cure” and “Virgin Mary should have Aborted”.
But at the same time, the group for Kirk Cameron’s movie, Unstoppable, did not fare as well and was shut down without explanation by Facebook. Only after rallying 500,000 fans to complain to Facebook was Cameron able to reinstate the page.
Facebook has also since banned the Christian hate groups.
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5. Christopher Cantwell was blocked for 30 days for expressing his opinion about the attacks in Cologne, Germany, and the right to bear arms.
6. Facebook shut down a large biker group for one conspiracy post.
The group “2 Million Bikers to DC” had about 450,000 followers organized in protest of the 2013 “Million Muslim March” in Washington, D.C.
Whether or not the group was anti-Muslim, the post that got them kicked off Facebook was inane and borderline nonsensical.
7. Facebook removed a Photoshopped picture of the Obamas wearing Che Guevara T-shirts.
The conservative page “Wake Up America!” posted a Photoshopped picture of the Obamas only to have it removed by Facebook. The site also temporarily took down the page for posting “offensive” content.
8. Canadians censored for criticizing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s response to refugee shooting.
Conservative censorship on Facebook isn’t just an American thing. The page “Justin Trudeau Not” posted a meme criticizing the prime minister for being outraged that a refugee was pepper-sprayed and not when a refugee was responsible for a shooting.
Facebook removed the post and threatened the page’s admins that they would be removed from the site if they posted similar content.
9. “Chicks on the Right” was blocked and threatened with a shutdown by Facebook.
The popular community page of the site “Chicks on the Right” had a post censored that simply said: “Jay Carney can kiss my assular area,” followed by a link.
10. Facebook removed a patriotic picture honoring fallen Marines.
Facebook removed a page called “Locked and Loaded,” and blocked the admins, citing a post entitled “Remembrance” as violating their community standards. Only problem is the post is clearly just a memorial for Marines who died in war. Absolutely not controversial.
"Since it has the power to censor the internet, Google should be regulated like the public utility it is to make sure it doesn't further distort the free flow of information. To the rest of us, that needs to happen immediately. Too bad it's come to this. A lot of us trusted Google not to be evil. Silly us." -Tucker Carlson
(Silicon Valley)— [LifeSiteNews.com] A few large businesses control the vast majority of the flow of online commerce. Among those are Google, YouTube (owned by Google), Facebook, and PayPal, each dominating a different facet of the internet. (Photo: Creative Commons/via Pixabay)
Perhaps more significantly, together they hold a near-monopoly on the flow of information and news, and as such are able to manipulate public discourse and limit free, unimpeded inquiry.
Because of this, questions are being raised by public figures who suspect that the time is ripe for these tech giants to be regulated as public utilities in order to provide greater safeguards against heavy-handed favoring of progressive values and messaging over balanced or conservative ones.
The Silicon Valley tech giants' very liberal corporate cultures have recently shown themselves to be illiberal. Far from welcoming free discussion in-house among their employees, those with differing or dissenting political and/or cultural views have been swiftly cast out.
Need for regulation to protect freedom
Former White House adviser Steve Bannon, now returned to Breitbart News, says Facebook and Google "have become essential elements of 21st century life," that "should be regulated as utilities," according to The Intercept. The report continues, "Bannon's basic argument, as he has outlined it to people who've spoken with him, is that Facebook and Google have become effectively a necessity in contemporary life. Indeed, there may be something about an online social network or a search engine that lends itself to becoming a natural monopoly, much like a cable company, a water and sewer system, or a railroad."
David Chavern, the president and CEO of the News Media Alliance, said in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece, "[A] threat to America's news industry looms mostly unnoticed: Google and Facebook's duopolistic dominance of online advertising, which could do far more damage to the free press than anything the president posts on Twitter."
Jonathan Taplin, author of Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy, warns that the tech giants "now determine the future of the music, film, television, publishing and news industries."
"If you think this is a problem only for musicians, or journalists, you are wrong," Taplin said. "With the reallocation of money to monopoly platforms comes a shift in power. Google, Facebook and Amazon now enjoy political power on par with Big Oil and Big Pharma, which makes finding solutions to this problem even more difficult."
Google 'controls reality'
Fox News host and pundit Tucker Carlson recently made the case for regulating tech giants like Google. Carlson said, "Google is the most powerful company in the history of the world. It's the portal through which the bulk of our information flows. That means that if Google isn't on the level, neither is our understanding of the world. To an unprecedented extend, Google controls reality. Google has already shown a disturbing willingness to distort reality for ideological ends."
Carlson continued, "Until they were sued for it in 2008, Google refused to allow anti-abortion advertisements on its platforms even though they freely allowed pro-abortion ones. On the flip side, Google often blacklist certain sites from hosting ads which denies them revenue. Recently, Google-owned YouTube has introduced procedures to cut off revenue to, quote, 'offensive content.' What's offensive? Who decides?..."
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