(Natural News) When freedom-loving Americans need social media platforms the most, it seems, those platforms — which were built and marketed on the concept of promoting free speech — become the first things to limit speech.
Facebook has a history of conservative censorship, of course. But the platform is developing a nasty taste for authoritarianism as well, banning content that it claims is ‘dangerous’ and ‘harmful’ but which only amounts to people trying to exercise their constitutional rights.
In this case, that would be their First Amendment rights to speak freely, organize, and redress grievances.
As reported by Breitbart News, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told “Good Morning America” on Monday his company would not allow people to use the platform to plan protests and demonstrations against coronavirus-related ‘stay-at-home’ orders because they are allegedly vehicles to spread “misinformation.”
Zuckerberg was set up by host and former Bill Clinton ‘war room’ hack George Stephanopoulos:
Stephanopoulos asked Zuckerberg how the company deals “with the fact that Facebook is now being used to organize a lot of these protests to defy social distancing guidelines in states. If somebody trying to organize something like that, does that qualify as harmful misinformation?”
“We do classify that as harmful misinformation and we take that down,” Zuckerberg said. “At the same time, it’s important that people can debate policies so there’s a line on this, you know, more than normal political discourse. I think a lot of the stuff that people are saying that is false around a health emergency like this can be classified as harmful misinformation.”
He then added that it’s important “that people can debate policies.”
Sure; ‘people’ just can’t do anything about those policies because obviously, it’s already been made.
But you see what Zuckerberg did there? He made his tyranny sound reasonable, and made it sound as though he was really just saying, ‘Hey, you know, I’m willing to listen here…let’s talk about this,’ even though he’s already made his decision.
Facebook censorship has been going on for years now
Isn’t it odd how Americans on the Left are so quick to claim they are all about free speech and ‘the exchanges of ideas,’ but are equally quick to ban and censor ideas they don’t like or don’t agree with?
Not odd, of course, but by design: The Left is intolerant, period, and they aren’t going to change because they are also authoritarians.
Meanwhile, Breitbart reported further that a “Facebook spokesman confirmed to CNN that planned protests in California, New Jersey and Nebraska were having their pages removed from Facebook at the request of state authorities.”
How’s that ‘discussion’ going, Zuck? Still willing to talk it out?
The timing of Zuckerberg’s decision isn’t suspect, however. It just happens to have come right after President Trump took to Twitter to voice his support for Americans who have come to believe that the stay-at-home orders issued for their states and communities are overly strict and in need of adjustment, especially in light of the fact that some orders simply make no sense whatsoever.
“On Twitter, the President called on protesters to ‘liberate’ the states of Michigan, Minnesota, and Virginia, also calling on Virginian citizens to ‘save your great 2nd amendment. It is under siege!,” Breitbart reported.
The next thing we know, Zuckerberg is banning people who essentially agree with the president. Coincidence?
Facebook censorship has been happening since it was obvious Donald Trump the outsider was going to be the GOP presidential nominee. In July 2016, Natural News reported it had gotten so bad conservative activist Pamela Geller sued over it.
“Every day I received emails from readers and members of my various Facebook groups, asking for help after having been blocked for posting a story or comment that might offend Muslims,” she wrote. “This is America, not Saudi Arabia. Enough. I am suing.”