Facebook Sets Ugly Precedent by Censoring Alex Jones
Alex Jones might be a conspiracy theorist, but Facebook’s decision to censor him sets an alarming precedent. | Source: REUTERS / Jim Bourg
By CCN: Facebook announced today that it’s banning some of its most bombastic pundits for violating its policies against dangerous or violent individuals and organizations. Those banned included InfoWars founder Alex Jones and InfoWars lieutenant Paul Joseph Watson. Also booted were Milo Yiannopoulos, Laura Loomer, and Louis Farrakhan.
In a statement, the company explained:
“We’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology. The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today.”
Of course, it’s probably very easy for Facebook to remove accounts that violate its policies – since Facebook leaves hundreds of millions of its accounts’ passwords lying around in unencrypted plaintext files for any random employee to access.
The Complete Incoherence of Facebook Policy Enforcement Against ‘Dangerous’ Radicals
When Facebook suspended InfoWars’ page last year, the social media platform offered a similar explanation:
“…we have taken it down for glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies.”
Facebook says it’s always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate. That’s hardly been the case in practice.
Why does Facebook make exceptions for sovereign states that cause real-world harm to human bodies, launch explicitly violent missions involving the use of guns and bombs to injure and kill others (often with reckless and callous disregard for non-combatant civilians),