Facebook Is Banning Groups That Promote Violence; Who They Threw Under The Bus Will Make Liberals Furious
(Tea Party 247) – Apparently, Facebook has decided to take action against groups that use the platform that they believe support and/or promote violence. Now, you can already guarantee there’s probably going to be some abuse of this policy, especially toward conservative groups, but for the meantime, it seems the left is going to be hard hit by this as well.
The social media giant has started taking action against Antifa and other “offline anarchist groups that support violent acts amidst protests.”
You can almost hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Here’s more from The Post Millennial:
Admins released a press statement today updating the site’s policy towards violent networks in the United States, titled, “An Update to How We Address Movements and Organizations Tied to Violence.”
“Today we are taking action against Facebook Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts tied to offline anarchist groups that support violent acts amidst protests, US-based militia organizations and QAnon,” Facebook officials prefaced the statement.
Facebook admins already remove content calling for or advocating violence and ban organizations and individuals who proclaim a violent mission under the site’s Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy.
“However, we have seen growing movements that, while not directly organizing violence, have celebrated violent acts, shown that they have weapons and suggest they will use them, or have individual followers with patterns of violent behavior,” officials conceded.
Facebook then announced its decision to expand this policy to address organizations and movements that have “demonstrated significant risks to public safety” but do not meet the “rigorous criteria to be designated as a dangerous organization” and banned from the social media platform.
For militia organizations and those encouraging riots, “including some who may identify as Antifa,” Facebook reported that it initially removed over 980 groups, 520 Pages, and 160 ads from Facebook and restricted over 1,400 hashtags related to these groups and organizations on Instagram.
As far as individuals, they will still be allowed to post up content that supports these groups and movements, but the ability to organize on the platform will be restricted.
Again, you already know this is going to be abused by leftists who work for Facebook to include groups without any sort of track record for supporting violence, just based on their political leanings, but it is quite satisfying to see Antifa get hit so hard and one of their favorite tools taken away from them.
Under this policy expansion, Facebook will impose restrictions to limit the spread of content from Facebook Pages, Groups, and Instagram accounts and such where admins identify discussions of potential violence, including the use of “unveiled language and symbols particular to the movement.”
Facebook will reduce related content’s ranking in the site’s News Feed and search results. Hashtags and titles of restricted entities on the platform will be limited in search and will not be suggested through Facebook’s search typeahead function.
Facebook Pages related to these movements will be prohibited from running ads or selling products using Marketplace and Shop. In the near future, Facebook will prohibit anyone from running ads praising, supporting, or representing these movements. Additionally, the site will prohibit nonprofits and personal accounts—it identifies as representing or seeking to support these movements and organizations—from using its fundraising tools.
Officials added that they will remove content that violates any of their policies, regarding fake accounts, bullying and harassment, hate speech, and inciting violence.
“Misinformation that does not put people at risk of imminent violence or physical harm but is rated false by third-party fact-checkers” will also be reduced in News Feed so fewer users view it.
And any non-state actor or group that qualifies as “a dangerous individual” or organization will be banned.
“Our teams will also study trends in attempts to skirt our enforcement so we can adapt. These movements and groups evolve quickly, and our teams will follow them closely and consult with outside experts so we can continue to enforce our policies against them,” the press release concluded.
It’s still very concerning to see Facebook, one of the main ways people get their news today, suddenly taking steps to decide what kind of news we all get to see. Sooner or later, as a governmental entity, our country will have to make a decision about whether or not Facebook is a private company or a publisher.
That will determine whether or not something like an Internet Bill of Rights should be put in place to help protect folks’ rights to have access to information from all perspectives.