Free speech in America used to be as common as fried chicken in the south. Now it’s rarer than a fluffy bunny with antlers (see Bill Maher Gets It: Worried About the Rising War Against Free Speech… and BOOM! Ted Cruz Slams Wimpy College Students Trying to Shut Down Free Speech). Though the suppression of free speech is mostly found on campus training grounds for liberal propaganda, it has reached the book of faces.
Facebook is deleting about 66,000 posts a week as the social media giant cracks down on what it considers to be hate speech.
The company says in a blog post Tuesday that deleting posts can “feel like censorship,” but that it is working on explaining its process better.
Same goes for terrorist victims. It only feels like you have shrapnel in your body. But that’s just a mental construct. Also Islamophobia. Release thyself with a good yoga session. Namaste, you racist bigot.
Facebook says it defines hate speech as attacks on people based on their race, sexual orientation and other “protected characteristics.” The Menlo Park, California, company says it mostly relies on its nearly two billion users to report any hateful posts they see. Workers then review the posts and decide whether to delete it.
Facebook Inc. says it has 4,500 workers reviewing posts and plans to hire 3,000 more in the next year.
What are “other protected characteristics?” Is fatness included? Gothic attire? How about belly button piercings? And what is considered an attack? A joke about Obama’s ears? Or for feminists, a compliment on their appearance?
The problem with removing “hateful” posts is the moving target of “hateful.” What’s to stop me from marking something as “hateful” if someone criticizes my favorite sunglasses or Henry Cavill’s turtleneck sweater? Okay sure, those are extreme examples. No one should wear turtleneck sweaters. But what is hateful to one person is just an opinion to another. Liberals simply use “HATE SPEECH” or “THAT’S SO HATEFUL!” to describe truths they cannot argue.
Meanwhile, what’s being done with actual physical threats of violence against conservative personalities? How is Facebook handling calls to rape conservative women for the crime of being conservative? Or ISIS Facebook groups calling for jihad against the infidels? Hmmm?
Either everything is allowed, or anything can be removed. That’s the slippery slope of “what feels like censorship.”