December 27, 2015

Decision time for Facebook: Censor or no?

Denyse O'LearyRebel Blogger

Recently, German chancellor Angela Merkel told Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s whizkid CEO, that she wanted something done about anti-migrant posts, and he agreed.

Well, we all want to fight “hate,” right? But all is not as it seems.

As Mark Steyn has reported, during a recent visit to New York:

Angela Merkel was overheard rebuking Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for permitting people to post "anti-immigrant" sentiments on social media … The very small cartel that run "social media" worldwide are increasingly hostile to free speech outside of a limited and largely trivial number of subjects. Ours will be the first civilization to slide off the cliff while watching cat videos.

But what are “anti-immigrant” sentiments? Concerns about irresolvable cultural conflict?

For example, from a woman’s perspective, there are significant differences between cultures about the acceptability of forced sex. Authorities in Germany have been accused of downplaying the problem to avoid political repercussions.

Will it remain possible to discuss that accusation honestly on Facebook?

Consider another recent development, reported by management consultant William A. Levinson at American Thinker:

The instant the moderators exercise systematic editorial control, the organization accepts responsibility for all content it allows to remain. Facebook just crossed this line when it deleted Michael Savage's post of a picture of Islamists threatening to behead anybody who insults Islam.

Here are the specifics: Facebook deleted the following image, which Savage posted in an obviously condemnatory context, because it vioated Facebook's community standards.

This means that Facebook sanctioned content such as a "Death to Israel" community that was proven to have been reported to Facebook.

So why do groups advocating “Death to Israel” get a free pass? Currently, thousands of Israelis are suing Facebook over that kind of thing. But is it okay with Zuckerberg? Or is he prepared, or even able, to be even-handed?

Consultant Levinson has some advice for the boy wonder:

If Facebook's deletion of Michael Savage's posting is evidence of Mark Zuckerberg's compliance with Angela Merkel's request that he censor criticism of militant "Islam," then Zuckerberg needs some serious counseling. Zuckerberg is a young man whose technical skills made him a billionaire when he was barely out of college, and perhaps an impressionable young man who feels even more important when the Chancellor of Germany speaks to him personally.

Now for the wakeup call. "Mark, if your compliance with Merkel's request loses advertisers, viewers, and revenue, don't expect Merkel to so much as take your phone call let alone ask German taxpayers to compensate you for the damage. You and your business' reputation are expendable.

But, as the video below shows, Zuckerberg thinks his users are also expendable (what he says is profane).

In “a chilling development for Internet free speech,” Facebook has already make it possible to “silence” posts without actually removing them. Governments and large corporations may routinely hire the service to suppress alternative views.

We don’t even know why some causes, like attacks on Christmas, seem to be getting so much attention on social media, and the concerns we and our neighbours routinely discuss do not proportionately gain much attention at all...

(This article originally appeared in slightly altered form at


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commented 2015-12-30 16:36:27 -0500
Bravo, I’d almost say she is the anti-Christ, except she lacks the charm. She has a serious lack of charm with everything she does, and her evil is so obvious.
commented 2015-12-30 16:34:30 -0500
What an evil meddling bitch. Merkel is the problem not facebook. How far does her villainous reach go?
commented 2015-12-30 01:59:19 -0500
People threaten mass-exodus every time Facebook changes something. It never happens. Get over it, this is a non-issue to 99.9% of the world.
commented 2015-12-29 02:46:00 -0500
Maybe the time has come to mass migrate over to Facebooks competitor Myspace; delete all of your personal info and pics, and then close down the Facebook account, as this too is a form of expression that can never be censored; Google Plus also has a similar platform, although it might take getting a little use to.
commented 2015-12-28 23:36:00 -0500
@ Cathy Rochford commented 4 hours ago
Maybe Merkel’s the illegitimate off spring of Hitler and the devil, same thing actually.
Every time I see merkel’s face in a picture all I can think of is the devil – she has such a look of personal hate in her eyes I am certain she is evil incarnate
commented 2015-12-28 19:14:25 -0500
It won’t be long until FB is overtaken by a competitor(s).
commented 2015-12-28 19:14:00 -0500
Zuckerburg is part of the elite and answers to the Nazi boss Merkel or else. He must have been affiliated with these people for quite some time and perhaps owes his fame and fortune to their influence in some way. Who wants to be part of this islamic communist organization anyway? Facebook needs to be shut down for it’s promotion of Islamic terrorism and hatred of all non muslims. Is what heir gestapo Merkel doing even legal? The thick stench of curry is in the air. Maybe Merkel’s the illegitimate off spring of Hitler and the devil, same thing actually.
commented 2015-12-28 18:39:19 -0500
@ atokenconservative commented 19 hours ago
I’m with J, in his criticism of Steve. The reputation of this site goes down with every posting that’s full of profanity. If you can’t make your point without psuedo – Tourettes, maybe back away from the keyboard until you can, okay?
Oh shut up – this place grows in popularity because it is not censored – admittedly it can get rough – but nothing you have not heard before – if you do not like it you do not have to troll here.

Try crying to the cbc, ctv, or Sun about it – if they will let you. Not likely.
commented 2015-12-28 15:29:08 -0500
Anyone heard of a documentary called Blue (Blue beats Green) by J.D. King, a doc on the scam of global warming that U-Tube has censored for telling the truth., anyone interested in watching it can find it at
commented 2015-12-28 14:21:05 -0500
Bob Egli – they are bringing permanent welfare cases to Canada, to destroy our democracy. They are being given a free ride, so that they can vote for our dummy PM in the future.
commented 2015-12-28 14:02:31 -0500
I only wish we could find out the truth in what is going on in Germany, by sending Ezra there by Crowd Sourcing. I have seen credable stories where a German University Professer points out that 80% of Syrian Refugees will never work as they are completely unqualified. I also read from another source that 90% of Muslims in the ULS are on Food Stamps and larger forms of Gov. assistance, no matter how long they have been there.
commented 2015-12-28 10:09:33 -0500
Why would the NSA/CIA censor the greatest voluntary personal information gathering tool in their arsenal of public surveillance tools?
commented 2015-12-28 03:05:34 -0500
I gotta love how Chancellor Angela got the person of the year award from Time Mag. I think she should have been this year’s chicken cannon target. I think in the long run, she will do more damage than both Rachel and Justin combined.
commented 2015-12-28 00:23:16 -0500
Stopped using FB a while back, don’t need it and got tired of being abused by them when they make money off of me. Hope Zuckerberg is rewarded by the Islamics he loves.
commented 2015-12-27 23:25:02 -0500
I’m with J, in his criticism of Steve. The reputation of this site goes down with every posting that’s full of profanity. If you can’t make your point without psuedo – Tourettes, maybe back away from the keyboard until you can, okay? Really, this is supposed to be a serious political website, and the de-facto voice of conservatives in Canada until something better comes along. We don’t need to see postings that sound like someone never got past the reform school type of vocabulary stage of communicating. This isn’t facebook, and it’s not just your friends and family who are viewing your comments. It’s got a lot less to do with whether we can “handle” the swearing and more to do with having at least a little respect for the audience. Not everyone was a fan of Lenny Bruce, you know. When I was a teenager so many of my friends thought Eddie Murphy was so cool, but I wondered what’s so funny about saying the word “fuck” again and again and again. The point I’m struggling to make: despite your belief that Eddie Murphy was so cool, it really isn’t cool to swear for the sake of swearing. You want to sound like Pat Martin? Post on the CBC.
commented 2015-12-27 23:10:44 -0500
Aside from not mentioning the crusades, Islam was killing and raping until the pope in that time appealed to the Christians to help defend those being attacked. Christians did help. It was a bloody mess started by Islam.
commented 2015-12-27 22:45:03 -0500
Father Lawrence Winslow;
" Nazism returning?"
No Marxism is, just look at Merkel’s friends at the UN.
commented 2015-12-27 21:33:16 -0500
Scary – It seems THE END is getting closer and closer…
My primary purpose in getting a FB page was to have a record of all the ‘important’ news stories I found, and my comments – FB ‘friends’ – I don’t really care one way or another. Since then I also like to put things on it that are politically incorrect or just contrary to the status quo – like rubbing their noses in it – I’ve been shut down before, I think it was for a SNN post or comment. I’d like to tell Zuckerberg and the CIA to go fuck themselves…as in correction and reward.
Q 1- How do I save ALL the stuff I have on my FB page, it’s considerable?
Q 2 – What is a ‘good’ alternative to FB?
commented 2015-12-27 20:02:52 -0500
J Kay…are we to take from your comment, that you are on side with zuck and the psychotic bitch from germany?
commented 2015-12-27 18:41:05 -0500
hhmmmmm! A German Chancellor willing to allow nti-Israeli posts but wanting to suppress negative posts about the excesses and violence of Islam! Is this a surprise? Is Nazism returning?
commented 2015-12-27 18:12:19 -0500
Are we at all surprised? Remember when that bomb clock boy got invited to facebook HQ?
commented 2015-12-27 16:39:48 -0500
Just as “The Rebel” began to counter the leftist media, someone will start another version of “Facebook” that doesn’t censor—another version of “YouTube” that doesn’t censor and so on………People will flock to these sites just as they have to “The Rebel.”
commented 2015-12-27 15:22:07 -0500
@ J Kay commented 13 mins ago
Steve McQueen, with men like you around, with your coarse and boorish comments, no wonder Canadians love someone Trudeau! He’s such a refreshing change from people like you.

Too funny – I guess you were brought up in a delicate home?

Thanks for the chuckle
commented 2015-12-27 15:06:56 -0500
Steve McQueen, with men like you around, with your coarse and boorish comments, no wonder Canadians love someone Trudeau! He’s such a refreshing change from people like you.
commented 2015-12-27 15:01:03 -0500
Don Craig said: “the left needs censorship to protect the simple minded..” And let’s not forget to impose their tyranny on us all!
commented 2015-12-27 14:42:42 -0500
Considering that FB is stolen technology, was there any doubt that Zuckerberg has a tendency to trim the narrative to fit his worldview? Or, the views of the powerful he wants to appease? This will not only render FB completely unusable as an ad hoc news service; it will turn it into an arm of disinformation, designed to spread whatever propaganda Zuckerberg’s benefactors want to suit their agenda.
commented 2015-12-27 14:21:32 -0500
the left needs censorship to protect the simple minded.. to me a privately owned business can institute any policy that they wish.we dont need to patronize them.. .the real disgrace in this country is the publicly financed censorship and opinion shaping used by cbc to mollify a a small and simple minded flock….and to push their agenda which is to spend our money…of course the arrogant adolescent elitist has said that we need the cbc for “canadian culture”..which in itself is a sad indictment of all concerned.
commented 2015-12-27 14:13:05 -0500
The zuck sucks

He will censor because he is stupid

You do not have to be educated to be smart ans in his case it makes him unrealistic about life.

That is why I do not do fb