Two-Facedbook: Social Media Platform’s Double Standard on Policing Hate

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by Bruce Walker  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  July 10, 2019   

Zuckerberg bans pro-life advertising, provides passive consent for death threats against 'dangerous individuals'

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MENLO PARK, Calif. (ChurchMilitant.com) - Although the social media platform Facebook boasts approximately 1.56 billion daily users and 2.7 billion users per month, not all its users are granted equal consideration under the recently posted "Community Standards."

Commentators with alternative viewpoints have expressed concerns the standards leave them open to threats of violence while protecting the individuals making the threats. For example, commentator Paul Joseph Watson frequently receives intimidating threats — physical violence, including death — on social media platforms.

Self-described as a member of the "New Right" conspiracy theorists associated with Alex Jones and InfoWars, Watson frequently raises the ire of his opponents to the extent he sometimes fears for his life.

However, because Facebook and Instagram have labeled him a "dangerous individual," Watson wrote, "They are painting a target on my back."


Watson quotes directly from the standards, which prohibit "[t]hreats that could lead to death (and other forms of high-severity violence) of any target(s)."

One exception is expressly stipulated: "[U]nless the target is an organization or individual covered in the Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy."

Watson continues:

Back in May, Facebook and Instagram banned me under the justification that I was a "dangerous individual." They provided no evidence whatsoever that I had behaved in a "dangerous" manner or violated any of their policies.

Facebook has designated me a "dangerous individual" and now says it's acceptable for its users to issue death threats against me.

The social media giant increasingly has prompted concern from its right-of-center users suspicious their views are being censored by Silicon Valley progressives.

Commentators with alternative viewpoints have expressed concerns the standards leave them open to threats of violence while protecting the individuals making the threats.

Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has even admitted Facebook the company censored pro-life ads prior to Ireland's national referendum on legalized abortion.

In May, it was reported Facebook refused to run Irish pro-life ads, determining that photos of a baby in utero were "too graphic." 

Breitbart reported in May that Facebook pulled 23 pages promoting a politically populist message with an estimated 2.3 million followers in Italy. 

In addition, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has made two separate donations of $1 million each to Planned Parenthood thus far in 2019.

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