On Wednesday, the White House launched a new tool for people to use if they feel they’ve been wrongly censored, banned, or suspended on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
Come December of this year, Now The End Begins will have been in operation online and on social media for 10 years. Wow, that’s something. During that time I have been routinely blocked on Facebook from posting new articles. Usually the block lasts a week, sometimes it has lasted for a month. Mostly these blocks have had to do with posting to too many groups with a particular story, and triggering an algorithm meant to stop spam posting. So I deal with it and maintain two Facebook profiles so I can always post.
But today, Facebook blocked me for a whole new reason – hate speech.
Islamic terrorists seize control of the Paris airport, screaming that ‘France is no longer for the French”, but I am guilty of hate speech for telling people about it? Hmm…
The ban, which Facebook says will last for 3 days and you can see illustrated in the images below, was over an article I published this morning on yesterday’s assault by Islamic migrants in France. You can read that story here and decide for yourself if it’s ‘hate speech’ or not. I called the illegal migrants ‘criminals’ which they certainly are, and called for them to be removed from the Charles de Gaulle airport as soon as possible. I do not see anything ‘hateful’ in my statements.
Well, not only did Facebook ban me for ‘hate speech’ for 3 days, on my NTEB Facebook page, which you can see here, there is a veiled threat that my page with nearly 150,000 followers is in danger of being unpublished. Do you see what’s happening here? This is how the Liberal Left is planning on shutting down Christian and Conservative publishers. I don’t know of any Liberal publishers who have complained about being blocked or banned, seems that everything they have to say is just fine with Mark Zuckerberg and the Facebook police.
President Trump launched a new tool last week so people like myself can report incidences of bias and censorship that we encounter as we share the truth of what’s really going on in this county. Will it do any good? I honestly don’t know, I hope it does. It would be great if it was more than just a way to collect email addresses ahead of his upcoming 2020 campaign. If I do hear back from the White House, I will post an article and let you know what happened. Pray for the ministry of NTEB, the light is growing dimmer and the door of freedom is closing ever more rapidly now. Be generous with your prayers for me and this ministry, and be generous with your donations which keep NTEB online. Thank you all so very much.
White House launches new tool to report censorship on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter
FROM THE VERGE: “Too many Americans have seen their accounts suspended, banned, or fraudulently reported for unclear ‘violations’ of user policies,” the site reads. “No matter your views, if you suspect political bias caused such an action to be taken against you, share your story with President Trump.”
A Twitter spokesperson responded to the new tool saying, “We enforce the Twitter Rules impartially for all users, regardless of their background or political affiliation. We are constantly working to improve our systems and will continue to be transparent in our efforts.”
Facebook, Google, and YouTube did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Over the past few months, Republicans have taken aim at social media networks, citing claims that conservatives have been wrongly censored on these platforms. Some committees, like House Energy and Commerce and Senate Judiciary, have even held hearings on the issue where lawmakers questioned officials from companies like Facebook and Twitter over the alleged bias.
The outrage started last April when the House Judiciary Committee invited pro-Trump online personalities Diamond and Silk to discuss being “censored” on social media. This spun off into the Senate where Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) later made it a key policy issue by holding a hearing with Facebook and Twitter executives to discuss the alleged bias. Only two Democrats attended the hearing where other Republicans like Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) questioned the representatives on why specific posts from their offices or from conservative films were taken down.
Just last month, President Trump met with Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey. Twitter representatives said that the meeting was supposed to focus on what the platform was doing to aid the opioid epidemic and discuss the health of the platform, but it was later reported that Trump spent a significant portion of their 30-minute discussion complaining that he was losing followers.
Other members of the Trump family, like Don Jr., have also voiced concern of the deplatforming of right-wing activists. In a tweet last month, President Trump’s eldest son wrote “The purposeful & calculated silencing of conservatives on Facebook & the rest of the Big Tech monopoly men should terrify everyone,” after Facebook announced that it would banning conspiracy theorist Alex Jones along with other far-right pundits and activists. READ MORE
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