Buzzfeed Asks Mark Zuckerberg To Shut Down Anti-Muslim Speech, Including Trump’s, On Facebook
I thought it was bad enough when I read that Mark Zuckerberg was trying to make sure Muslims’ feelings weren’t hurt after the horrifying Paris and San Bernardino attacks.
But then further on it sounds like Buzzfeed is going beyond reporting and into advocating that he shut down political speech that might be identified as “anti-Muslim”:
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised Wednesday to create a safe environment for Muslims — but the company told BuzzFeed News that his promise won’t extend to blocking political speech in what has become, at times, an openly Islamophobic Republic primary campaign.
In a post on his Facebook page yesterday, Zuckerberg told the Muslim community that Facebook would fight to “create a peaceful and safe environment for you.”
This is exactly what the left does – they ask questions in such a way that they’re really just advocating for one side under the cover of journalism.
In fact, they tried to shut down Trump’s post, calling it “hate speech”:
Asked if Trump would be removed from the platform for political speech that arguably fits Facebook’s definition of hate speech, a Facebook spokesperson responded:
When we review reports of content that may violate our policies, we take context into consideration. That context can include the value of political discourse. Many people are voicing opinions about this particular content and it has become an important part of the conversation around who the next U.S. president will be. For those reasons, we are carefully reviewing each report and surrounding context relating to this content on a case by case basis.
The statement reflects the deep tension between Facebook’s goal of creating a safe space for users…
Here’s the full text of Zuckerberg’s post to Muslims:
I want to add my voice in support of Muslims in our community and around the world.
After the Paris attacks and hate this week, I can only imagine the fear Muslims feel that they will be persecuted for the actions of others.
As a Jew, my parents taught me that we must stand up against attacks on all communities. Even if an attack isn’t against you today, in time attacks on freedom for anyone will hurt everyone.
If you’re a Muslim in this community, as the leader of Facebook I want you to know that you are always welcome here and that we will fight to protect your rights and create a peaceful and safe environment for you.
Having a child has given us so much hope, but the hate of some can make it easy to succumb to cynicism. We must not lose hope. As long as we stand together and see the good in each other, we can build a better world for all people.
It’s gotten more than a million likes.
Incredibly, he doesn’t even mention San Bernardino. He just calls it “the hate this week.” It’s like he is more concerned about Parisians than Americans, and he’s brazenly more concerned that Muslims get their feelings hurt than that Westerners get slaughtered by Muslims.