When German chancellor Angela Merkel was overheard asking Facebook CEO and social justice aficionado Mark Zuckerberg to actively censor “racist post," we were assured that such vaguely defined terms wouldn’t be extended to censor conservatives.
These ranged from “Don't worry, it will only be limited to within Germany” to “It won't be used to censor conservatives and other disagreeing opinions, just to filter hateful racism."
That of course was all hogwash.
Facebook has in-fact named itself the chief combatant in the authoritarian Left’s crusade against free speech and truth.
A week ago, the Facebook page "Justin Trudeau Not" made a post highlighting the Canadian Prime Minister’s reluctance to address radical Islam, while lecturing Canadians on what it means to be “Canadian”.
It contrasted Trudeau’s immediate condemnation of a pepper spray attack against Muslims in Vancouver with his complete refusal to address a firearm attack by Muslims in Calgary.
The post was deemed to be a "violation of community standards” and was hastily deleted by Facebook.
If you thought that was just a one-off, a complete random act of censorship by Facebook, think again.
Last Friday, January 22nd, the very same Facebook page published a meme criticizing the western world’s Syrian Muslim refugee policy.
Citing a study by the Institute for National Security Studies, the meme stated that 450 out of 452 of suicide bombings in 2015 had been carried out by Muslims – yes, that's 99.6%.
Drawing from this statistic, the meme suggested that the growing mass Muslim refugee intake is probably not a great idea:
In essence, the post was arguing a position – one that goes against the grain of political correctness – and supporting it with facts.
Some would call this engaging in political discourse. Others, including our white knight, Mark Zuckerberg, would call this a dangerous and destructive act of “hate speech”, encumbered with microaggressions.
Moreover, a subsequent message warned the group that future posts of the same theme would lead to a permanent page ban.
Facebook has made it clear that contradictory views and positions are not welcome on their pages, even though their Community Standards state:
“Our mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected."
Their actions against "Justin Trudeau Not" suggest otherwise -- especially while posts and pages like the following remain live and active on Facebook:
“People can use Facebook to challenge ideas, institutions, and practices. Such discussion can promote debate and greater understanding.”
Okay, so diverting back to the censored post, the question is – does this “directly attack people based on race or religion?” Or is it a rather an act of political discourse, an opposition to the mainstream position on the issue of the Syrian Muslim refugee crisis.
I would strongly argue that it’s the latter.
First, the post states a statistic: That 99.6% of suicide bombers in 2015 turned out to be followers of the "religion of peace." If stating uncomfortable or narrative-shattering truths is now deemed censorable "hate speech," than we can forget about having political debates all together.
Second, the post sarcastically states “but bringing in Muslim refugees is none of my business”. Well, yes. Based on the statistic provided, the simple fact is that engaging in mass refugee intakes – like Germany has -- will undoubtedly expose us to risks that otherwise would not be there.
That meme wasn't an attack on anybody.
It was a plea for our national security.
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