Facebook i Instagram deplatformirali su u četvrtak nekoliko istaknutih “krajnje desnih” figura i jednog ljevičarskog antisemita, odluka koja je dočekana s protivljenjem nekoliko konzervativaca i zagovornika slobode govora na Twitteru.
Platforme su prognale Milo Yiannopoulosa, Lauru Loomer, Paula Nehlena, Alexa Jonesa, Paula Josepha Watsona i sve što je povezano s Jonesovom web stranicom Infowars.
“Uvijek smo banirali pojedince ili organizacije koje promiču ili sudjeluju u nasilju i mržnji, bez obzira na ideologiju”, izjavio je Facebook za CNN Business putem priopćenja. “Proces ocjenjivanja potencijalnih prekršitelja je opsežan i to je ono što nas je nagnalo na našu odluku o uklanjaju tih računa danas.” Facebook je također označio pojedince “opasnima”.
Nekoliko prominentnih konzervativaca i zagovornika za slobodu govora se, međutim, nije složilo s konceptom koji kompanijama društvenih medija dopušta reguliranje govora na svojim platformama.
Glavni urednik Human Events, Raheem Kassam, prizvao je povijest nazvavši čistku “danom dugih noževa”.
Day of the Long Knives: Facebook nixes @PrisonPlanet, Alex Jones, Milo, Laura Loomer, and @LouisFarrakhan (the latter being a sop to "prove" its not right/left bias) >> https://t.co/sAfPteDEvB
— Raheem Kassam (@RaheemKassam) May 2, 2019
Bivši kalifornijski kandidat za Kongres Omar Navarro zapitao se: “Što se dogodilo s tolerancijom?”
Can’t believe Laura Loomer is completely banned from all social media websites. What happened to tolerance?
— Omar Navarro (@RealOmarNavarro) May 2, 2019
Scott Presler primijetio je ironiju s obzirom na činjenicu da su razne skupine Antife još uvijek aktivne na platformama.
Facebook & Instagram banned
Alex Jones, Laura Loomer, Paul Nehlen, Paul Joseph Watson, Milo Yiannopoulos, & Louis Farrakhan from their platforms.
They've "violated policies against dangerous individuals and organizations,"
meanwhile, Antifa groups are still up.
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) May 2, 2019
Bilo je mnogo više onih koji su ponovili poruku da, iako se svi ne slažu uvijek, svi bi trebali imati pravi da budu saslušani.
Facebook has officially announced the permanent suspension of Laura Loomer, Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Paul Joseph Watson.
Our right to freedom of speech shouldn’t end where your feelings begin!
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) May 2, 2019
Facebook/Instagram just banned Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson, Laura Loomer, and far left anti-semite Louis Farrakhan.
Even if you think what someone is saying is hateful, it is unconstitutional to silence them.
Their ideas should be DEBATED, not SILENCED.
— Mike Tokes (@MikeTokes) May 2, 2019
None of the people banned by Facebook today needed to be silenced. That includes Farrakhan. Seeing some of the dumber members of the right celebrating his ban… but you’re either for free speech or against it. That includes people you hate.
— Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) May 2, 2019
Conservatives must take note that Facebook is now banning right of center journalists for no reason. Paul Joseph Watson is a brilliant commentator and his ban is an outrage against free speech. @PrisonPlanet @parscale @DonaldJTrumpJr @DanScavino @MattWolking
— Emerald Robinson ✝️ (@EmeraldRobinson) May 2, 2019
Make no mistake: Facebook just made a **partisan, ideological** effort to shape global discourse on its platform 18 months before the 2020 election. If there was good faith in this, we would see Facebook's logic and rules more evenly applied across the political spectrum.
— Jeff Giesea🌿 (@jeffgiesea) May 2, 2019
@facebook I disagree with these three almost as much as I do @LouisFarrakhan. And I strongly disagree with any of these voices being silenced including LF. This is unAmerican. #morevoicesnotless #FreedomOfSpeech #orwellatfacebook https://t.co/xds8MWEK7O
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) May 2, 2019
This image fantasizing about Trump’s death was posted by ‘Occupy Democrats’ Facebook page this week.
The page has +7 million followers.@facebook rewarded this Presidential death fantasy porn from @OccupyDemocrats with tens of millions of engagements.
Where is their ban, I wonder pic.twitter.com/WF5lyEznng
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) May 2, 2019
Facebook's conflation of "violence" and "hate" in its statement regarding the bans on Jones, Watson, Yiannopoulos and Farrakhan, among others, is a problem. pic.twitter.com/crY8nrwmKy
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 2, 2019
This is the key point. Facebook will ban you for sharing Infowars links now, unless you're condemning them.
It is openly punishing and rewarding users for their political opinions now.
This is a formula for censoring not just websites and personalities, but their supporters too https://t.co/pNjGlbYAt9
— Allum Bokhari (@LibertarianBlue) May 2, 2019
Facebook is begging for regulation and it is time that it comes. They are Big Brother. It is 1984. And if we stand by and allow it free speech is going to be a memory.
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) May 2, 2019