Facebook 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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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.”
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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