Facebook Deleted 1.5 Billion Accounts Over 6 Months

by Trey Elmore  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  November 16, 2018   

The latest of the tech giant's actions against 'hate speech'

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DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - On Thursday, Facebook reported that they had removed 1.5 billion "fake accounts" between April and September as part of their Community Standards Enforcement Report.

Facebook's Thursday statement titled "How Are We Doing at Enforcing Our Community Standards?" said they had detected 52 percent of so-called "hate speech" before any users reported it, up from a previous censorship rate of 24 percent.

The enforcement report came the day after The New York Times published a critique of the social media giant's failure to properly respond to alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Facebook released their own statement in direct response to the article.

Church Militant has reported on more than half a dozen instances of Facebook censorship against conservatives, Catholics and pro-lifers. In May, Facebook blocked ads on Ireland's abortion referendum in cooperation with an organization suspected of pro-abortion bias.

Facebook also banned a clinical psychologist who published a study linking homosexuality with modern diet and stress as "hate speech."

In April, Facebook blocked ads of Republican candidate for Michigan Senate Aric Nesbitt, whose ads Facebook said featured "shocking, disrespectful or sensational content, including ads that depict violence or threats of violence." Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg would later say of this incident, "It's quite possible we made a mistake."

On Good Friday 2018, Facebook blocked an image of a San Damiano cross featured in an ad for Franciscan University of Steubenville. Facebook said the image promoted "shocking, sensational or excessively violent content."

Facebook banned the Protestant page Warriors for Christ for its stand against homosexuality while reportedly not removing or banning any accounts posting on the Warriors page that the admin or supporters of the page should kill themselves.

In July 2017, Facebook blocked over a dozen Catholic pages, including some with millions of followers, a string of censorship brought up by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to Zuckerberg during his congressional testimony. Facebook claimed the incident was caused by a glitch.

Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch has reported shadow banning of his organization by both Facebook and Twitter.

Facebook banned ads from Michigan Right to Life in May 2017 after having been blocked for a month.

"They initially said our ad account was suspended because our ads were misleading, and that they were receiving high negative feedback," said Chris Gast, director of communication with Right to Life Michigan.

Gast told Church Militant, "That really brings up the concern, if pro-life people or anyone gets banned from Facebook through an automated process, are they going to be able to rely on the Detroit News to bail them out of their situation?" Gast remarked. "I don't think so. What if this happens to us again?"

In February of 2017, Facebook removed the page of a popular evangelical vlogger, "The Activist Mommy." Facebook later said they had committed an "error."


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