Facebook Extremism

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by Joseph Enders  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  July 2, 2021   

Warns of the so-called 'far-Right'

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DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - Facebook is cracking down on so-called far-right extremism — and the Biden administration is suspected of being behind it.

Cryptic alerts began showing up on social media accounts Thursday warning users they've come in contact with what it labels "extremist content." Moreover, additional warnings were generated urging users to report suspected extremists.

The first warning read as follows:

You may have been exposed to harmful extremist content recently. Violent groups try to manipulate your anger and disappointment. You can take action now to protect yourself and others. Get support from experts. Spot the signs, understand the dangers of extremism and hear from people who escaped violent groups.

A follow-up notice read: "Are you concerned that someone you know is becoming an extremist? We care about preventing extremism on Facebook. Others in your situation have received confidential support."

Under a "How You Can Help" heading, Facebook advised users to "hear stories and get advice from people who escaped violent extremist groups."

The timing of these alerts correlates with the Biden administration's National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism, which was released June 15. The statement conceded the administration has been working with Big Tech:

The United States also recently joined the Christchurch Call to Action to Eliminate Terrorist and Violent Extremist Content Online, an international partnership between governments and technology companies that works to develop new multilateral solutions to eliminating terrorist content online while safeguarding the freedom of online expression.

The Christchurch Call to Action's mission contains a provision that "no one has the right to create and share terrorist and violent extremist content online."

Users who click on Facebook's "Get Support" link (found within the alerts) are sent to a group called Life After Hate. Its mission similarly targets so-called online extremism by "helping people leave the violent far-Right to connect with humanity and lead compassionate lives."

But this group openly admits to practicing a double standard. In May 2020, they brushed off left-wing extremism, opining, "It's been more than two decades since far-Right extremism overtook far-Left extremism as the most dangerous domestic terror threat to the U.S."

Not only do they ignore left-wing violence; they outright promote violent Marxist movements like Black Lives Matter.

Life After Hate also condemned, in June, Florida's Catholic governor, Ron DeSantis, for protecting female athletes — claiming his law banning biological men from competing in women's sports is discriminatory and that it will ultimately lead to the murder of so-called transgenders.

This group's program "ExitUSA" specifically targets conservatives who oppose increases in immigration, in addition to those with other "warning signs" that suggest the influence of "extremism." Folks may be flagged for extremism under ExitUSA guidelines if they: 

  • Say allegedly "discriminatory things"
  • Show what is deemed "unusual amounts of anger or aggression"
  • Discuss or obsess over violence or so-called "conspiracy theories"
  • Spend unhealthy amounts of time online
  • Get tattoos of suspected "extremist symbols" 
  • Share memes of what they refer to as "extremist symbols"

Amid this targeting, conservatives are creating their own platforms. Trump advisor Jason Miller unveiled his new social media platform GETTR on Thursday — inviting former president Donald Trump to join the site.

Critics, however, are skeptical of the site — noting that online streamer and conservative commentator Baked Alaska, a Catholic convert, was banned from GETTR immediately after making his account.

Many young conservative users have already made their choice of alternative social media, Gab.com — founded by Andrew Torba, a devout Christian and free-speech absolutist. 

Conservatives on social media may have no choice but to abandon Silicon Valley platforms before they're silenced permanently.

In January, Church Militant interviewed Torba, where he repeated his pledge to support right-wing opinions on his platform — explaining how his Faith influences him in running it. 

And with the Biden administration teaming up with Big Tech and globalist organizations to push online reeducation campaigns that ignore left-wing terror, conservatives on social media may have no choice but to abandon Silicon Valley platforms before they're silenced permanently.

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