Facebook has suspended right-wing commentator Candace Owens for a week after posting statistics about poverty rates, according to a Twitter post.
“Dear [President Trump], My [Facebook] page has been suspended for 7 days for posting that white supremacy is not a threat to black America, as much as father absence and & liberal policies that incentivize it, are. I am censored for posting the poverty rates in fatherless homes,” Owens said, posting a screenshot of the message she received from the tech giant.
My @facebook page has been suspended for 7 days for posting that white supremacy is not a threat to black America, as much as father absence and & liberal policies that incentivize it, are.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) May 17, 2019
“It looks like something you posted doesn’t follow our Community Standards,” Facebook told Owens via automated message.
It then told her which post allegedly violated the rules.
“Black Americans must wake up to the great liberal hoax,” she originally posted. “White supremacy is not a threat. Liberal supremacy is.”
She attached an image to the post, which was a screenshot from her Twitter account. The screenshot incorporated the following Tweet:
Poverty rate among blacks: 22%
Poverty rate among whites: 11%
Poverty rate among MARRIED blacks: 7%
Do not let liberal supremacists convince you that white people are the problem at the same time that their policies encourage the 77% father absence rate in black households.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) May 4, 2019
“Do not let liberal supremacists convince you that white people are the problem at the same time that their policies encourage the 77% father absence rate in black households,” the Tweet said.
Owens’ is the latest case of Big Tech censorship of conservative speech, and the second time this week a tech giant has deemed facts to be a violation of terms of service.
Earlier this week, Twitter briefly suspended a world renowned sexologist, one of the foremost experts in transgenderism, for simply sharing his findings.
Big League Politics reported:
A world renowned psychologist and scientist in the field of transgenderism, pedophilia, and sexual orientation had his Twitter account briefly suspended by the tech giant Sunday after sharing his latest scientific findings.
“Ray Blanchard served on the gender dysphoria working group and chaired the paraphilia working group for DSM V. He is a world expert in the field. Twitter has just suspended his account for a thread setting out his findings from A lifetime of research. Unreal,” Helen Joyce of The Economist said, attaching a photo of the suspended account.
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Twitter Launches Crowdsourced Fact-Checking System Called “Birdwatch” to Fight “Misinformation”
Who saw this coming?
Twitter has rolled out a new feature to fight what they consider to be “misinformation.”
The new feature, released Monday, is called Birdwatch. In a post on the Twitter Blog, Vice President of Product Keith Coleman writes that Birdwatch will allow people to identify information in tweets that “they believe is misleading” and to write notes “that provide informative context.”
“We believe this approach has the potential to respond quickly when misleading information spreads, adding context that people trust and find valuable,” Coleman said.
As of now Birdwatch is a standalone site, though Twitter claims they will eventually make notes posted to Birdwatch directly visible on certain tweets.
VP of Product Coleman continues: “In this first phase of the pilot, notes will only be visible on a separate Birdwatch site. On this site, pilot participants can also rate the helpfulness of notes added by other contributors. These notes are being intentionally kept separate from Twitter for now, while we build Birdwatch and gain confidence that it produces context people find helpful and appropriate. Additionally, notes will not have an effect on the way people see Tweets or our system recommendations.”
The format of Birdwatch will supposedly combine elements of Wikipedia and Reddit’s moderation tools, according to NBC News. Birdwatch users will be able to flag tweets from a dropdown menu on Twitter itself, but discussion about the flagged tweets will only be able to take place on the Birdwatch site. Birdwatch will also implement a rating system that will allow users to upvote or downvote the notes of others.
This is the logical development of Twitter’s commitment to identify and suppress content they deem “false” or “dangerous.” Keep an eye out for more such features in the future.
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