Facebook has become a new extremist organisation

Snitching on your friends, neighbours, family, even, was an integral part of such regimes as (in alphabetic order) communism, fascism and Nazism.

It has now come to the realm of America’s social media giants, such as Facebook.

A typical message received by a number of Facebook users: “Are you concerned that someone you know is becoming an extremist? We care about preventing extremism on Facebook. Others in your situation have received confidential support.”

Right below the message, there’s a button: Get Support.

Click, and you will get to another Facebook page. That page speaks, very earnestly, about extremism.

People who don’t give a hoot about any ideology but are firm enough to survive when their friends chat and share about anything they wish, keep getting these warnings.

Revealing openly that Facebook is one of the guiltiest parties itself, many users have got warnings, telling them that they may have been “exposed to harmful extremist content recently.”

If that doesn’t confirm that Facebook is spying on its users, what else does?

And again, an earnest, almost professorial, explanation: violent groups try to manipulate your anger and disappointment. What anger and why, or what disappointment and why, they don’t say. Instead, they guide you, yet again, to a Get Support link.

The Get Support button gets users to an explanation that they shouldn’t hate anybody.

Why, or why not? Not a word.

All in a day’s work

So far as Facebook is concerned, they see nothing wrong with the scheme. The company is just running these warnings as a test.

Facebook’s official explanation, as shared with Epoch Times, the only serious publication that had bothered to ask, sounds noble, perfectly lofty, even: “This test is part of our larger work to assess ways to provide resources and support to people on Facebook who may have engaged with or were exposed to extremist content, or may know someone who is at risk. We are partnering with NGOs and academic experts in this space and hope to have more to share in the future.”

That, Facebook must have felt, is explanation enough.

Why now and why this?

Of course, the timing sounds unusual: some lawmakers have targeted and pressured CEOs of Big Tech firms such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Microsoft recently, telling them they had been allowing “extremism,” misinformation, and cyberbullying on their platforms.

That, at the same time as these platforms had been accused of outright censorship of views that dared question the so-called “progressive” politicians, their ideas and representatives.

Spreading warnings about extremism helps both efficiently and effectively to deflect all kinds of criticisms about this sort of censorship. Many, including President Donald Trump, have argued for the revocation of Section 230 of the federal Communications Decency Act.

That’s a law that serves as a liability shield for online publishers. These people want to eat their cakes and keep them: as publishers, they can ban anyone from their pages, while, as service providers, they’re innocent of any outrage that happens on their networks.

One recent result: the U.S. Federal Trade Commission saw its lawsuit against Facebook, accusing the firm of engaging in anti-competitive practices, thrown out by a federal judge.

Still, trying to cover up their political bent, Facebook may have stepped too far with its warnings. Way too many, both inside and outside of the Facebook community, view them, and rightly so, as yet another attempt to codify censorship.

When the government of Nigeria banned Twitter outright recently, telling the U.S. company it would either seek a licence from them or go and fly a kite, President Trump sighed, only half in jest: why have I never thought of that?

The answer is simple: President Trump respects freedom and democracy. Unlike the Big Tech communists, fascist, Nazis, your pick, they’re all the same, anyway.

Asking its users to engage in all out snitching, Facebook has put its cards on the table. If that wasn’t enough to dismantle them once and for all, what is?

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