A lot of people I know have been on the balls of the ass for almost 2 years now, ever since Facebook decided to purge over 810 profiles and accounts back on 10.11.18, in what has come to be known as the purge.
Many of my friends, including my best friend, who has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on Facebook ads to build their pages, lost, not only their pages, but they, and their families, were deplatformed. They lost their businesses and worse yet, they lost their voices.
Of course I still support President Trump and his war against the neo-feudalistic globalists, but I do think his team made a very big mistake in not calling the social media ‘platfrom’ out for this move, which happened a mere 3 weeks before the mid-terms, and in my view amounted to egregious election interference and a violation of the contracts FB had with many of the purged users.
Now, this event has come and gone and there have been purges since, none of which have garnered much attention from the Trump administration … until recently.
When Twitter started messing with Trump’s account and placing more speech, speech suggesting that his tweet was misinformation, Trump signed an Executive Order, and to be honest, things have gotten a lot better for publishers like us. We are still no where near where we once were, and all of those purged are still gone, but better late then never, right?
Well, it seems that the social media companies have decided not to play it safe, but rather to further challenge Trump and target his re-election campaign directly by removing some of his ads. This time for violating their ‘hate speech’ policy.
Fox News reported:
Facebook on Thursday removed an ad run by President Trump’s re-election campaign for violating the social media platform’s policy on hate speech, but the Trump campaign pushed back hard by arguing they were showing a “symbol used by Antifa” to push back against far-left groups.
The ad in question featured the Trump campaign denouncing what it called “Dangerous MOBS of far-left groups” and features a red upside-down triangle with a black border. A red upside-down triangle was used by the Nazis in their concentration camps to signify political prisoners such as socialists, communists and anarchists.
“We removed these posts and ads for violating our policy against organized hate,” a Facebook company spokesperson said in a statement sent to Fox News. “Our policy prohibits using a banned hate group’s symbol to identify political prisoners without the context that condemns or discusses the symbol.”
The Trump campaign, though, responded that the upside-down red triangle is a symbol used by Antifa and called out Facebook for including one as an emoji in its messenger.
“The inverted red triangle is a symbol used by Antifa, so it was included in an ad about Antifa,” Tim Murtaugh, the campaign’s communications director, told Fox News. “We would note that Facebook still has an inverted red triangle emoji in use, which looks exactly the same, so it’s curious that they would target only this ad.”
The campaign also took to Twitter to argue it’s “symbol widely used by Antifa.”
He added: “The image is also not included in the Anti-Defamation League’s database of symbols of hate. But it is ironic that it took a Trump ad to force the media to implicitly concede that Antifa is a hate group.”
Facebook opened Pandora’s box when they began to insert themselves, via 3rd party ‘independent’ ‘fact-checkers’ as the arbiters of what is true and false on the ‘platfrom.’ First, it was @lex Jones and no one made a peep, then it was a bunch of citizen journalists and opinion bloggers and no one made much of a peep. Then it moved on to others, and now finally to the President of the United States.
If the social media companies want the immunity, they must not take into account the identity, viewpoint or source of a post in it’s filtering process, in my view. This will solve the problem … for now, I hope.