A February 18, 2016 report from Reuters has revealed that Facebook is now actively closing all accounts in Europe that criticize the influx of Muslim “immigrants.” From the report:
Facebook Inc (FB.O) began a Europe-wide campaign on Monday to thwart extremist posts on social media, after German politicians raised concerns about a rise in xenophobic comments linked to an influx of refugees.
The U.S.-based group launched its "Initiative for Civil Courage Online" in Berlin, pledging over 1 million euros (1 million pounds) to support non-governmental organizations in their efforts to counter racist and xenophobic posts.
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said hate speech "has no place in our society", including in the Internet.
Facebook's ground rules forbid bullying, harassment and threatening language, but critics say it does not enforce them properly.
On Friday, the firm said it had hired a unit of the publisher Bertelsmann to monitor and delete racists posts on its platform in German.
In November, prosecutes in Hamburg launched an investigation into Facebook on suspicion of not doing enough to prevent the dissemination of hate speech.
Top German politicians and celebrities have voiced concern about the rise of anti-foreigner comments on Facebook and other social media as the country struggles to cope with a tide of new migrants that amounted to 1.1 million last year alone.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Facebook to do more, and the Justice ministry set up a tast force with Facebook and other social networks and Internet service providers with the aim of identifying criminal posts more quickly and taking them down.
However, this report is incomplete as Facebook has been doing this with American accounts as well. A user by the name of Jon Deaux has had his access to his personal Facebook account shut down due to his many posts concerning Islam and racism in America. Having had numerous temporary bans, the final straw for Facebook seems to have been a picture post concerning a black woman's tweet about spitting in white people's food at the fast food restaurant she worked at. The site administrators seem to believe that someone pointing out a hateful and disgusting act made by a black person or some other minority is “hate” itself. How dare anyone show a minority in a bad light, even if it's the truth?!
I myself have faced temporary bans for daring to speak out against Islam. A recent news article concerning a Muslim in Great Britain who got away scott free from rape charges hit the scene. I commented on how its now a fact, that “Muslims are raping Britain and getting away with it.” For Facebook administrators, that was considered hate speech and warranted a temporary ban.
Facebook's Community Standards states:
Facebook removes hate speech, which includes content that directly attacks people based on their:
Sex, gender, or gender identity, or
Serious disabilities or diseases.
However, they do not enforce all equally. Indeed, there was a recent test performed by the NGO Shurat Hadin - Israel Law Center where they set up two pages – “Stop Israel” and “Stop Palestinians.” On each page was posted a nearly identical hate comment. Then both pages were reported to Facebook. The results?
The page inciting against Palestinians was closed by Facebook (on the same day that it was reported) for “containing credible threat of violence” which “violated our [Facebook’s] community standards,” said Shurat Hadin. The page inciting against Israelis, however, was not shut down, despite its identical hateful content. Shurat Hadin said that Facebook claimed that this page was “not in violation of Facebook’s rules.”
It is not an exaggeration to state that Facebook administrators selectively decide which is “hate” and what isn't based only upon their warped world views. Facebook users have experienced hate against them for their politically and socially Conservative beliefs in addition pro life views among many others. Yet Facebook refuses to do anything about that.
It has become clear that Facebook is run by people whose ideology resides on the Far Left. They are now actively enforcing a pro-Muslim sentiment, and anyone who speaks out against Muslims or Islam will quickly be disciplined. Facebook users should be warned that they could risk temporary or permanent bans for standing up for their beliefs. In addition, anything they post from comments to status updates are dully recorded by Facebook. Even if they delete content from public view or their page, they remain in Facebook's database.
Facebook's actions reek of a Far Leftist ideology which seeks to limit any speech that is in opposition to their beliefs. This is why the Democrats are trying to neuter Bloggers and news aggregators such as The Drudge Report. This is why they are attempting to force Conservative radio broadcasters to include “equal opposing views.” It all goes back to the guidelines laid out by Saul Alinsky.
We are in the fight of our lives, and the Far Left is doing everything it can to squelch “rebellion.”