Social media platform giant Facebook has decided it's going to protect the "civil rights" of its users by guarding against "harmful content" – including what it deems "misinformation" related to the 2020 census and presidential election.
In a public statement released on Sunday, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg explains that after speaking with more than 90 civil rights organizations and "experts across the political spectrum and academics in race relations," the company chose to ban content related to "white supremacy."
"We now ban praise, support and representation of white nationalism and white separatism," she says. "Today's report recommends we go further to include content that supports white nationalist ideology, even if the terms 'white nationalism' and 'white separatism' aren't explicitly used."
In addition to policy changes, Sandberg says Facebook needs to get better at enforcing those policies – "both in taking down and leaving up the right content." Her statement offers no description of what constitutes "right content."
In a more detailed report titled "Facebook's Civil Rights Audit – Progress Report," Facebook explains how it plans to use its resources to prohibit what it considers to be "voter suppression and intimidation efforts," particularly as the 2020 election approaches.
Impartial? Unbiased? Obviously not …
Brent Bozell, president of Media Research Center, offers his take on the Facebook announcement.
"So Facebook has met with radical left-wing so-called 'civil rights' organizations and is bending over backward to make changes they want …. This is amazing," he states.
"Mainstream conservative organizations, supported by ten times as many people as these radicals – which is to say, tens of millions of existing or potential Facebook customers – have been demanding the same seat at the table and have been given lip service and nothing more. In fact, in response conservatives are being systematically censored."
He argues that both Congress and the Federal Election Commission should be interested to know that Facebook was "catering" to those liberal organizations during the 2018 election while at the same time virtually ignoring the concerns of the conservative movement.
"For Facebook to continue this nonsense about being impartial and unbiased, and just a 'marketplace of information' is offensive," Bozell adds.
American Family Radio host Sandy Rios said on her show Tuesday morning that it's apparent Facebook "is now full-fledged in support of pretty much the same thing, in their own way, as Google is doing …. I think we kind of knew that already from what they're doing to conservative groups on Facebook – and now they're making it official."
OneNewsNow reported last week that according to an undercover video, the tech giant Google is doing all it can to prevent the re-election of President Donald Trump to a second term.
"… Any opposition to what's going on at the border and [to] what you heard the Democrats say in those two nights of debates … anyone that opposes them, somehow it's twisted into racism or white nationalism," Rios said later on AFR.
"… Whether it's healthcare, Obamacare – anyone that opposed it was [labeled] a 'racist.' Even if the terms 'white nationalism' and 'white separatism' aren't explicitly used, they are going to censor content that they deem to embrace that ideology."
Rios went on to predict that, at some point, anyone who does not have the right thoughts or attitudes towards something will not be welcome on Facebook.