A Vice President of the libertarian advocacy CATO Institute has been selected to fill a spot on Facebook’s “Oversight Board,” a new entity that will act as a de facto Supreme Court for the banning of content.
John Samples is a longtime employee of the corporate libertarian group, and has written extensively against proposals to regulate the prolific censorship of social media companies such as Facebook. He’s written articles titled “Why the Government Should Not Regulate Content Moderation of Social Media.”
Inquiry into the makeup of the censorship court reveal that it’s stacked with neoliberal and mainstream media operatives, who doubtlessly will push for the social media megacorporation to go even further and penalizing and silencing conservative and right-wing content from the platform. Curiously, it appears as if Samples is the only nominal figure with any connection to the political right selected to serve on the kangaroo court, raising serious questions about Facebook’s willingness to tolerate pro-free speech perspectives on the board.
Facebook just announced its ”Oversight Board” that will have the authority to overturn Zuckerberg on issues of content moderation.
There is this guy. pic.twitter.com/tGlevjIUB8
— Saurabh Sharma (@ssharmaTX) May 6, 2020
Staunch liberals tasked with staffing the censorship court include Afia Asantewaa Asare-Kyei, a Swedish parliamentarian associated with George Soros’ “Open Society’ influence group, and Evelyn Aswad, a former State Department staffer hired by Hillary Clinton. The latter has tweeted openly about United Nations efforts to penalize what it sees as “hate speech” on social media.
Concerned about how to tackle online hate speech while respecting #FreedomofExpression? ICYMI last week: the United Nations top free expression expert @davidakaye released his annual #UNGA report, which provides a principled framework to achieve this goal. #bizhumanrights #RBC https://t.co/fmAmHoXpgn
— Evelyn Aswad (@EvelynAswad) October 28, 2019
If anything, it looks like the liberals tasked with staffing Facebook’s censorship court will be even more punitive towards what they arbitrarily define as hate speech. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has expressed misgivings about some of the most egregious demands censorship advocates have called for the company to implement.
The ‘Oversight Board’ censorship court will have final authority over Facebook content moderation practices, handing the liberal ideologues and corporate libertarian even greater power than Zuckerberg himself.
Unlikely Ally: Russian Foreign Minister Calls Out Big Tech Shenanigans
Nationalists may find allies in strange places.
Prior to the installation of Joe Biden as U.S. president, Big Tech went on a censorship spree against former President Donald Trump and his supporters. Such corporate activism against Trump has evoked a strong international response from foreign leaders fearful of the American corporate sector’s power.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov recently declared that Big Tech’s actions represent egregious violations of American constitutional law.
“Recent events, including those in the United States, [pertain] to a situation when half a dozen people who have created their technological empires do not even want to know what rights they have in their countries. They themselves define their rights on the basis of so-called corporate norms and they don’t care a bit about the constitutions of their nations. We have clearly seen this in the United States, and this, of course, causes serious concern”, Lavrov said to reporters on January 11, 2021.
Lavrov declared that Big Tech’s behavior “comes from evil”. He criticized American leaders for failing to provide free access to information on the Internet.
The Russian foreign minister’s comments were in response to Twitter’s decision to permanently ban Donald Trump’s personal account earlier in January. The social media platform blamed the president for inciting an “insurrection” after a small group of his supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6.
Facebook and Instagram followed in Twitter’s footsteps, although the media platforms are currently reviewing if they’ll let Trump re-access his accounts.
It seems some of the most ardent opponents of America’s woke regime tend to come from abroad. America can no longer claim that it’s exceptional when both its private and public sector have no commitment to respecting its founding principles.
The Right needs to regroup and build a proper nationalist infrastructure to combat the current political apparatus in front of us.
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