Demanding Facebook support free speech? What a novel concept (see Steven Crowder Officially Files Legal Motion Against Facebook Requesting Information and Former Facebook Employees SPECIFICALLY NAME ‘Steven Crowder’ As Blacklisted News Site).
But I guess now that leftist organizations like MoveOn.org and Black Lives Matter are DEMANDING it, now “free speech” is an important issue…
A consortium of activist groups has sent an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg asking him to implement an “anti-censorship policy” at Facebook in its dealings with law enforcement officials in the wake of the death of Baltimore woman Korryn Gaines.
Gaines, killed just after her Facebook Live video stream of her confrontation with police officers was turned off, was being served an arrest warrant after failing to appear in court for a traffic violation. She was shot dead by police, and her five-year-old son, whom she was holding at the time, was wounded.
The archived video from the stream was briefly unavailable as well, in what Facebook called “a technical glitch”. Police officers said they had asked Facebook to turn off Gaines’s video stream.
Mind you, I’m willing to bet all the money in my pockets these same organizations take no issue with Facebook censoring conservatives. Or entire continents like Europe. But censoring their violent videos which may (or may not) show cops doing cop things? Like shooting a woman with a shotgun pointed at them? That’s a problem for Black Lives Matter.
But is it a real problem? Complaining Facebook stopped a live stream of an active police situation? That’s a bridge too far. Remember the madman who shot his coworkers as they reported the news? On air? Oh you don’t? Read WDBJ Shooter’s Official Manifesto. Liberal, Racist Motives Surface… I know it was a while ago, but the news station opted not to show two people meeting their deaths. #Decency
Walking a fine line.
Look, deciding what to post and what not to post is a fine line. I get it. I wish people would watch an abortion, to know what occurs in an abortion. People cannot see it if media refuses to show it. For the sake of “decency.” I do understand the line here.
But the line is clearer when a woman makes her pending death a spectacle. In this case the stream endangered the safety and lives of officers involved. Sometimes we don’t need to see it just to see it. You know? At least not until the investigation ends. Cops release videos of incidents after they’ve happened, once the investigation concludes (read Paging #BlackLivesMatter: Fresno Cops Shoot Unarmed White Man for Resisting Arrest). But Korryn Gaines live streaming her own death? Um.
It’s just not the same as keeping certain news sites off the trending stream because you find them triggering. Let’s not draw parallels. There are differences.
If you want to talk censorship, let’s talk censorship…