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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg admits working to stifle criticism of ‘migrants’

zuckerbergFacebook execs and media spokespeople like to claim the company supports free speech.  But CEO Mark Zuckerberg let the cat out of the bag in a discussion caught on an open mic with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

According to reports, Merkel expressed concern over posts critical of the migrants pouring into the country from the Middle East.

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CNBC reported:

On the sidelines of a United Nations luncheon on Saturday, Merkel was caught on a hot mic pressing Zuckerberg about social media posts about the wave of Syrian refugees entering Germany, the publication reported.

The Facebook CEO was overheard responding that “we need to do some work” on curtailing anti-immigrant posts about the refugee crisis. “Are you working on this?” Merkel asked in English, to which Zuckerberg replied in the affirmative before the transmission was disrupted.

Now we have it from the horse’s mouth, so to speak.  For some time, we have documented Facebook’s actions stifling posts that moderators don’t like, community standards be damned.

Just yesterday, we reported that Georgia parents were livid when a public school was caught indoctrinating children about Islam.  Facebook immediately flagged the post, falsely calling it “unsafe.”  It’s not the first time that’s happened, as we’ve reported several times.

Infowars’ Mikael Thalen added:

In response to the shocking revelation, media outlets such as Bloomberg immediately leapt to the defense of the tech giant, insinuating that any critique of the German government’s response to the migrant crisis would be “racist” and “xenophobic.”

Only just last week, an article by Infowars’ Kit Daniels examining the pope’s controversial comments on mass immigration was pulled and barred from Facebook without explanation.

Exit question: When will lawmakers step in to put an end to this kind of censorship?  I’m not holding my breath.

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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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