Facebook’s new policy is not about 'standing up to hate'

www.christianpost.com | 4/22/2019 | Staff
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Facebook’s new policy is not about 'standing up to hate'

Facebook’s campaign of anti-conservative censorship took another step forward with the announcement that the social media giant will silence speech based on the guidance of left-wing activists and will help social justice warriors lecture users who search for content designated as “hate.”

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Democrats and the media are openly celebrating Facebook’s decision to ban “white nationalist” and “white separatist” content from its main platform and its subsidiary, Instagram. The company’s own announcement, titled “Standing Against Hate,” is similarly triumphant and self-congratulatory.

But I’m not convinced that this is really about “standing against hate,” as Facebook claims. Anyone genuinely concerned about free speech ought to be skeptical of the new policy, if not outright alarmed, because the people cheering it most loudly are the same ones who routinely use the term “white nationalism” as a blanket condemnation of mainstream conservative viewpoints.

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During a recent congressional hearing on “Hate Crimes and the Rise of White Nationalism,” Democrat lawmakers even tried to twist the words of Candace Owens, a black conservative activist, in order to falsely portray her as a supporter of white nationalism.

By Facebook’s own account, threats, calls for violence, posts that violate the law, and any posts expressing racial hatred or “supremacy” were already banned long ago. This new policy, on the other hand, is something quite different.

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This is the first time Facebook has admitted that merely holding or expressing a belief in an ideology will get your content removed. Even searching for information on “white nationalism” or “white separatism” — or any other banned phrase — will get you redirected to a page run by a self-proclaimed “former neo-Nazi leader” about how you should change your political beliefs.

Facebook is probably hoping that the social media-using public will react to the new policy with a collective...
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