Tim Scott Torches Facebook for Censoring Diamond and Silk
What is it about two black women espousing their support of the president of the United States that makes them ‘unsafe’ for the community?
They aren’t bullies. They aren’t violent. They aren’t inciting riots. I don’t always agree with their methodology or even some of their statements. But I don’t have to agree with them. That’s the beauty of the First Amendment, isn’t it?
He's not done.
Tell me, if they were two African American liberals espousing their views about a liberal political figure, would they too be considered ‘unsafe’? I don’t think they would.
If you’re Russians trying to influence the elections, kick them off. But they didn’t. If you’re inciting violence and hate, kick them off, absolutely. But if you’re two African American conservative women sharing your somewhat colorful but ultimately harmless opinions, I’d like to think that’s okay for the community.
Bad week to be Facebook (see Ben Sasse Asks Mark Zuckerberg to Define "Hate Speech." It Doesn't Go Well. and Ted Cruz HAMMERS Mark Zuckerberg for Facebook's Anti-Conservative Bias). Which looks like it's going to get worse. The company claims it's all a big misunderstanding, and they reached out to Diamond and Silk. However...
Here's the rub. A lot of times, "unsafe for the community" means "a bunch of leftist douchenozzles reported your page because they have a different opinion than you." And the "computer" who controls the "algorithm" blocks them. The computer, of course, meaning Facebook employees who agree with the leftist douchenozzles. Because they are leftist douchenozzles themselves.
What Facebook needs to do is be clearer about what they're doing. As Ted Cruz tried getting the answer to in his questioning of Zuckerberg: is Facebook a politically neutral forum, or are the a bias publisher? It's within Facebook's right to be a bias publisher. But they can't claim to be a "neutral forum" while acting like a bias publisher.
We'll see how all this shakes out.