Man Receives 15 Month Prison Sentence For COVID-Related Facebook Post
All the while, Facebook continues to promote extreme content for the sake of ad revenue.
For years now, the world at large has been on a march toward an informational oligarchy, where Big Tech’s most notable names hold an undue influence over the world at large. The CEO’s and founders can, today, shape the entire national narrative with the click of a button, and this has given them an unearned sway over American politics and culture.
What’s scarier still is that we are now beginning to see real-world consequences for folks who stray from that narrative, and whose phony online posts are now subjecting them to literal consequences in their daily lives.
A man who perpetuated a COVID-19 hoax on Facebook last year has been sentenced to 15 months in prison. Christopher Charles Perez was found guilty on two counts, which criminalize false information and hoaxes related to biological weapons, the Justice Department announced this week.
Authorities say that in April 2020, the 40-year-old Perez posted two false, threatening messages on Facebook, claiming he paid someone infected with COVID-19 to lick items at a grocery store in San Antonio to scare people away. A screenshot of the post was sent to Southwest Texas Fusion Center (SWTFC). SWTFC contacted the the FBI office in San Antonio.
But here’s the rub:
After further investigation, it was determined Perez’s threat was false – he did not pay anyone to intentionally spread COVID-19. Perez also admitted his post was false.
The investigation itself was conducted by the Biden administration’s FBI.
“Those who would threaten to use COVID-19 as a weapon against others will be held accountable for their actions, even if the threat was a hoax,” FBI San Antonio Division Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs said in a statement. “Perez’s actions were knowingly designed to spread fear and panic and today’s sentencing illustrates the seriousness of this crime. The FBI would like to thank our law enforcement partners for their help in this case.”
In addition to his 15-month sentence, Perez was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.
The sad irony of it all is that Facebook is currently sporting an unmistakable black eye after a well-entrenched whistleblower revealed that the company had knowingly promoted highly controversial content, like Perez’s post, in spite of internal studies making it clear that such amplification was harmful to the user base…all in the name of ad revenue.
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