No first amendment on Facebook.
The new dark age of silencing: It isn’t really news to post an article describing the effort at Facebook to silence and squelch conservative thought. I along with many others have already done so repeatedly, with the worst and most blatant banning beginning with the wave of censorship that these big social media sites initiated just after January 6th. Nor has Facebook eased up in subsequent months. For example, in April Facebook blackballed a mother for daring to criticize the radical Marxist and racist policies of her school board.
Since then, Facebook has shut down a pro-Israel Christian site with 77 million followers and blocked the viewing of reviews of a climate book by former Obama science advisor Steve Koonin that raised doubts about the theory of human-caused climate change.
In the former case, it appears that Facebook allowed itself to be influenced by a orchestrated attack by radical Islamic organizations, which posted more than a million comments of complaint to the site in an effort to get it canceled. Facebook of course complied.
In the latter case Facebook took on faith the complaints made by pro-global warming websites, which claimed that the book was false simply because it disagreed with those pro-global warming sites. None of them actually cited any incorrect facts put forth by the reviewed book. And even if they had found errors and falsehoods, the right answer to bad speech is never censorship, but an educated response.
Facebook claims that this censorship campaign is not really aimed at any particular political point of view, but is instead designed to reduce the overall political content on Facebook. And yet, their own description of their effort illustrates its partisan nature:
Over the next few months, we’ll work to better understand peoples’ varied preferences for political content and test a number of approaches based on those insights. As a first step, we’ll temporarily reduce the distribution of political content in News Feed for a small percentage of people in Canada, Brazil and Indonesia this week, and the US in the coming weeks. During these initial tests we’ll explore a variety of ways to rank political content in people’s feeds using different signals, and then decide on the approaches we’ll use going forward. COVID-19 information from authoritative health organizations like the CDC and WHO, as well as national and regional health agencies and services from affected countries, will be exempt from these tests. Content from official government agencies and services will also be exempt. [emphasis mine]
Note who Facebook gives a pass? The policies of government agencies cannot be questioned or challenged. Their statements are carved in stone, and must be believed, no matter what. Anyone who dares to challenge their claims however is fair game, and will find themselves quite likely banned by Facebook.
Moreover, in this Facebook campaign the site has clearly taken an approach that clearly favors the left and the control freak mobs that use social media to silence all debate. In fact, it appears they are working together, like a tag team.
First, as illustrated above, Facebook uses its “fact checkers” to block conservative sites that others claim are false, though the legitimacy of such claims are usually very questionable.
Next, should a conservative site or individual still remain on Facebook and dare say anything even remotely conservative, Facebook then allows the leftist mob to harass and attack them, wildly, viciously, and without mercy.
Now, instead of political fights, everywhere you look on Facebook conversations about everything from cooking to kayaking are blowing up into major battles as the scolds and Karens, who once went head-to-head on political posts, are now visiting their hostilities on the most benign groups and conversations.
The result is that only leftists and Democratic partisans can write and speak without fear of attack or retribution. I also suspect that if any conservatives tried to this mode of attack Facebook would immediately come down on them like a ton of bricks. This isn’t to say that such mob attacks are proper or that conservatives should do them, it is to point out Facebook’s biased manner of enforcing politeness and political debate.
So, this is Facebook, a site that eagerly shuts down conservatives and their writings. And when it doesn’t, it then lets leftist mobs arrive with pitchforks and torches to make life miserable for the conservatives who remain.
I therefore ask again: Why is anyone still giving Facebook their business? If you believe in free speech and polite and open-minded debate, Facebook is not a social media site worth supporting or using. Get off, now! Find alternatives that welcome debate. There are plenty of options out there.