And so it continues. As I wrote on Saturday in Why Are They So Afraid of Us?, Friday night had the weird feel of a surrealistic, conservative-thought-purging Kristallnacht.
From Donald Trump’s Twitter account being permanently suspended, along with Twitter and Facebook accounts of multiple conservative influencers, and on Sunday night, Parler going dark when Amazon kicked the conservative-leaning site off its servers, the left-wing zealots of Big Tech are eager for more and they are all but daring the Right to “just try us.”
Case in point:
Breaking: Facebook is removing all content mentioning “stop the steal,” a phrase popular among supporters of Trump’s claims about the election https://t.co/UltRBM8FFh
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) January 11, 2021
In a statement titled Our Preparations Ahead of Inauguration Day, Facebook’s Guy Rosen, VP Integrity, and Monika Bickert, VP Global Policy Management, announced the removal of content containing the phrase “stop the steal” from Facebook and Instagram.
“We began preparing for Inauguration Day last year. But our planning took on new urgency after last week’s violence in Washington, D.C., and we are treating the next two weeks as a major civic event. We’re taking additional steps and using the same teams and technologies we used during the general election to stop misinformation and content that could incite further violence during these next few weeks.
“We are now removing content containing the phrase “stop the steal” under our Coordinating Harm policy from Facebook and Instagram. We removed the original Stop the Steal group in November and have continued to remove Pages, groups and events that violate any of our policies, including calls for violence.
“We’ve been allowing robust conversations related to the election outcome and that will continue. But with continued attempts to organize events against the outcome of the US presidential election that can lead to violence, and use of the term by those involved in Wednesday’s violence in DC, we’re taking this additional step in the lead up to the inauguration.
It may take some time to scale up our enforcement of this new step but we have already removed a significant number of posts.
Rosen also announced or reiterated steps Facebook has already taken or will take between now and Inauguration Day — and even after Biden becomes president.
“In addition to the indefinite suspension of President Trump’s account that we announced on January 7, we’re keeping our pause in place on all ads in the US about politics or elections. This means that we aren’t allowing any ads from politicians, including President Trump.
“After the inauguration, our label on posts that attempt to delegitimize the election results will reflect that Joe Biden is the sitting president.
“During inauguration week, we will add a news digest to Facebook News as a curated place for people to find reliable news about the inauguration. This will include live video of the inauguration at the US Capitol on January 20.
“We’ve had emergency measures in place since before the US elections such as not recommending civic groups for people to join. Last week, we implemented several additional ones, including increasing the requirement of Group admins to review and approve posts before they can go up…
“… automatically disabling comments on posts in Groups that start to have a high rate of hate speech or content that incites violence, and using AI to further demote content that likely violates our policies. We’re keeping these measures in place.
“We will stay vigilant to additional threats and take further action if necessary to keep people safe and informed,” Rosen said, in closing.
Uh-huh, Mr. Rosen.
Under the guise of “keeping people safe and informed,” you and your Big Tech comrades have blatantly implemented two sets of rules and standards: one for conservative content; another set for left-wing content. You know, the “peaceful protesters” crowd.
One need only look at the recent news for adequate proof: