Facebook and their fellow social media behemoths are certainly enacting some strange policies in recent months, but this latest stance may just take the cake.
The left-leaning website has been on the wrong side of history ever since the 2016 U.S. presidential election in which they openly admitted to censoring trending topics within their algorithm to unfairly omitted conservative news stories, regardless of how many times they had been shared on their platform. This affront to free speech was openly and widely condemned by Constitutional scholars and Americans alike, likening the site’s policy to the book burning actions of the Nazi party.
Now, in an even more bizarre twist of history, Facebook is bucking international law in nearly a dozen nations by allowing Holocaust denying materials to be spread throughout their site. Furthermore, their insane reasoning for the illegal activity is that this form of censorship would go against their globalist creed.
“Facebook’s policies on Holocaust denial will come under fresh scrutiny following the leak of documents that show moderators are being told not to remove this content in most of the countries where it is illegal.
“The files explain that moderators should take down Holocaust denial material in only four of the 14 countries where it is outlawed, if reported.
“One document says the company ‘does not welcome local law that stands as an obstacle to an open and connected world’ and will only consider blocking or hiding Holocaust denial messages and photographs if ‘we face the risk of getting blocked in a country or a legal risk’.
“A picture of a concentration camp with the caption ‘Never again Believe the Lies’ was permissible if posted anywhere other than the four countries in which Facebook fears legal action, one document explains. Facebook contested the figures but declined to elaborate.
“The social media service has also decided that migrants, refugees and asylum seekers should be regarded as a ‘quasi-protected category’ – so they will not receive the protections given to other vulnerable groups.”
The double hypocrisy conundrum that Facebook has found themselves in can be a bit mind-boggling. On one hand, they are defending free speech with the allowance of this truly reprehensible material. On the other hand, their reasoning for allowing the dissemination of this inherently anti-semitic propaganda is being done not for free speech expressly, but instead, to create an “open and connected” world…liberal code speak for a globalist agenda.
Furthermore, is this Facebook’s way of admitting that they would rather allow Holocaust denial nonsense to spread throughout their platform than conservative news?