After a former Facebook employee revealed that the social network giant manipulates its influential news feed to leave out “conservative” stories and sources, the mainstream media trampled over each other to cover the scandal.
That’s because the media’s favorite topic is… the media.
For millions of ordinary social media users, however, the expose simply confirmed that Facebook, along with Twitter and Google, are more devoted to pushing their “social justice warrior” agenda than to fostering genuine free speech.
In one of this story’s many ironies, these “shocking” revelations about the inner workings at progressive Facebook’s headquarters weren’t really “news” at all to anyone on the Right.
At MRCTV, Jeff Dunetz explains:
Potentially a bigger scandal (because it affects more people) is the accusation that Facebook censors individual member pages, blogs, smaller media outlets, and discussion groups reflecting a conservative point of view. Sometimes, the sites are shut down, sometimes they are simply threatened into silence.
In 2013, a Facebook page for the conservative website “Chicks on The Right” was threatened with a shut-down after posting a message criticizing White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. According to the site, the “offending” message of “Jay Carney can kiss my assular area” violated the site’s standards, so it blocked the “Chicks” site. Only because Fox News’ Todd Starnes learned of and publicized the incident was “Chicks on The Right” was saved from a permanent place in the Facebook penalty box.
Starnes’ interest in Facebook censorship may stem from the time he was placed in the Facebook penitentiary. You may want to make sure there are no kids in the room before you go on because the Fox News host’s “horrible” violation was a post mentioning four offensive subjects in the same paragraph. The proper nouns were: Paula Deen, Chick-fil-A, the NRA and Jesus Christ.
Dunetz goes on to recount other examples of Facebook’s arbitrary, draconian censorship mania.
One 12-year-old boy’s account was locked “due to suspicious activity,” which turned out to be a post in which he praised former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s critical remarks about President Obama.
In another instance, Facebook removed a photo of the Obamas wearing Che Guevara t-shirts because it “violated community standards.”
Like so many of these incidents, the details are comical, like something out of a satirical novel. But for conservatives who are already largely shut out of the mainstream media, being continuously silenced on social networks as well is no laughing matter.