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Facebook now using offline behavior to label you a ‘hate agent’

We and others have spent a great deal of time documenting the extreme anti-conservative bias and censorship of Facebook, the social media giant now seen as a central part of what this writer now calls the “Silicon Valley Axis of Evil” working to silence non-leftist points of view.  But the situation has gotten far worse than anyone could have imagined.

On Thursday, Breitbart reported that it had obtained a document from a source within the company that indicates Facebook is now monitoring the online AND offline behavior of its users in order to designate those who do not align with them politically as “hate agents.”

According to Allum Bokhari:

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Facebook monitors the offline behavior of its users to determine if they should be categorized as a “Hate Agent,” according to a document provided exclusively to Breitbart News by a source within the social media giant.

The document, titled “Hate Agent Policy Review” outlines a series of “signals” that Facebook uses to determine if someone ought to be categorized as a “hate agent” and banned from the platform.

Those signals include a wide range of on- and off-platform behavior. If you praise the wrong individual, interview them, or appear at events alongside them, Facebook may categorize you as a “hate agent.”

Facebook may also categorize you as a hate agent if you self-identify with or advocate for a “Designated Hateful Ideology,” if you associate with a “Designated Hate Entity” (one of the examples cited by Facebook as a “hate entity” includes Islam critic Tommy Robinson), or if you have “tattoos of hate symbols or hate slogans.” (The document cites no examples of these, but the media and “anti-racism” advocacy groups increasingly label innocuous items as “hate symbols,” including a cartoon frog and the “OK” hand sign.)

Facebook will also categorize you as a hate agent for possession of “hate paraphernalia,” although the document provides no examples of what falls into this category.

This, of course, raises a number of questions.  For starters, HOW does Facebook monitor the OFFLINE actions of over two billion users?  Does the company have its own “thought police?”  Is it tracking and stalking users?  And how, exactly, can Facebook determine what users might own?

It gets worse:

The document also says Facebook will categorize you as a hate agent for “statements made in private but later made public.” Of course, Facebook holds vast amounts of information on what you say in public and in private — and as we saw with the Daily Beast doxing story, the platform will publicize private information on their users to assist the media in hitjobs on regular American citizens.

Breitbart News has already covered some of the individuals that Facebook placed on its list of potential “hate agents.” Paul Joseph Watson eventually was categorized as “hateful” and banned from the platform, in part, according to the document, because he praised Tommy Robinson and interviewed him on his YouTube channel. Star conservative pundit Candace Owens and conservative author and terrorism expert Brigitte Gabriel were also on the list, as were British politicians Carl Benjamin and Anne Marie Waters.

And, Bokhari says, if you have done any of the following in the last two years, the social media giant can consider it a “hate signal.”

Individual has made public statements, or statements made in private and later made public, using Tier 1, 2, or 3 hate speech or slurs:

3 instances in one statement or appearance = signal
5 instances in multiple statements or appearances over one month = signal

It is long past time for Congress to step in and put a stop to this growing online authoritarianism that now presents a direct threat to our freedom and form of democracy.

And for those who are wondering, there are a number of free-speech alternatives available to conservatives.

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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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