My recent bout of censorship at the hands of Facebook and Twitter has taught me (at least) one thing. Social media began, at least in the utopian mind of its early enthusiasts, as a way to democratize and decentralize power. It offered everyone, rich or poor, a voice. Everyone could rise if their content was interesting and useful enough to the audience. It was the ultimate meritocracy. You didn’t need to be a multinationals corporation. You didn’t need a massive infrastructure investment. All you needed was an account and a computer.
Binkowski, who previously reported on immigration and refugees, said Facebook largely ignored her: “I strongly believe that they are spreading fake news on behalf of hostile foreign powers and authoritarian governments as part of their business model.”
Why do social media companies need to take directives from the Israeli government and its Lobby? Why do they choose to accede to their demands while dishonoring their users, who bring in the massive amounts of revenue that fuel their extraordinary growth?
…We are committed to protecting the rights of the people who use Facebook, and to enabling people to express themselves freely and safely. Our Community Standards, which outline what is and isn’t allowed on Facebook, seek to encourage expression and create a safe community on the platform. We will remove content that violates these standards when we are made aware of it, including content that violates our policies for identifying law enforcement personnel who are undercover.
Facebook cares about the voices, opinion and rights of all the different communities on Facebook and we will protect and work with them all, whatever their race or religion. We are committed to protecting the rights of the people who use Facebook, and to enabling people to express themselves freely and safely.
Thank you again,
It is sheer nonsense in light of the way I was treated. It hasn’t “protected” my rights. It’s violated them (if users can be said to have any “rights” on that platform). It hasn’t enabled me to express myself freely. It’s squelched my ability to do so. I suppose that this sort of boilerplate is to be expected. But it still outrages.