Facebook apologizes after censoring videos on free speech, baseball
On Friday, Prager University said that Facebook, the social media giant dubbed the “world’s most dangerous censor,” was “heavily” censoring videos on its page and had even deleted a number of posts. One of the videos the company deleted discussed — wait for it — censorship and free speech.
BREAKING: We're being heavily censored on @Facebook.
Our last 9 posts are reaching 0 of our 3 million followers. At least two videos were deleted last night for “hate speech” including our recent video with @conservmillen.
SHARE to spread awareness about big tech censorship! pic.twitter.com/k83HqmlMRc
— PragerU (@prageru) August 17, 2018
According to the Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel, one of her videos, on censorship no less, was deleted by Facebook:
this is crazy. my own @prageru video about free speech was in fact censored. https://t.co/wwkceeFg3u
— Kimberley Strassel (@KimStrassel) August 17, 2018
Another video praising baseball was also on the hit list.
Look at that screen shot. Facebook is banning a @prageru video in praise of baseball. https://t.co/WBif78wYfb
— Ezra Levant ? (@ezralevant) August 17, 2018
Quite a few warned this type of Soviet-level censorship would take place after Alex Jones was banned from social media, Twitchy said.
Good job everyone!
Blocking videos on free speech…is exactly the result America deserves.
Congrats to @facebook, @jack and @Twitter, and everyone else that supported this idiotic policy. https://t.co/Do6iHbWb8t
— Pradheep J. Shanker (@Neoavatara) August 17, 2018
For those amused at Milo and Alex Jones, how do you feel about PragerU being blacklisted?
You consider yourself above these people. Your enemies don't. In fact, you're more dangerous because your "hate" is respectable.
— Melissa Mackenzie (@MelissaTweets) August 17, 2018
“Fix this Facebook, AND FAST!” Twitchy added.
Facebook later admitted it screwed up, apologizing on Twitter: “We mistakenly removed these videos and have restored them because they don’t break our standards. This will reverse any reduction in content distribution you’ve experienced. We’re very sorry and are continuing to look into what happened with your Page.”
But Prager U didn’t seem to buy Facebook’s explanation that it was all a mistake:
Does anyone really believe this was simply a mistake? https://t.co/DZZ5MUmjg4
— PragerU (@prageru) August 18, 2018
We don’t, not after what we’ve seen…
Prager U went on to accuse Facebook of deliberately censoring their conservative point of view:
Removing two videos, marking them as “hate speech” and then subsequently censoring over 15 of our following posts to reach 0 of our 3 million followers is not a mistake. It’s deliberate censorship of conservative ideas. https://t.co/DZZ5MUmjg4
— PragerU (@prageru) August 18, 2018
This is just part of the reason we said that Silicon Valley tech companies like Facebook now present a direct threat to freedom and democracy.
It’s long past time for Congress to take action…
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