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Congressional Candidate Finds Loophole Preventing Facebook From Censoring Quarantine Protest Events

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Michigan candidate for U.S. Congress Thomas Norton has found a way around Facebook’s new Draconian measures to stop protesters nationwide from organizing against state-level quarantines on the social media platform.

Big League Politics has reported on how Facebook has attempted to stomp out grassroots protests:

Facebook has confirmed that they are working with government officials to suppress rallies in opposition to the economic lockdown in at least three different states.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is using Orwellian double-speak to simultaneously argue in favor of crushing dissent while claiming that debate on the issue is “important” for his social media platform.

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“At the same time, it’s important that people can debate policies, so there’s a line on this,” Zuckerberg said to ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. “But more than normal political discourse, I think a lot of the stuff that people are saying that is false around a health emergency like this can be classified as harmful misinformation.”

“Unless government prohibits the event during this time, we allow it to be organized on Facebook,” Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone said to the Washington Post. “For this same reason, events that defy government’s guidance on social distancing aren’t allowed on Facebook.”

Facebook attempted to censor a large protest at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing on Thursday and deleted the initial event page promoting the event.

Norton, who is running for the Republican nomination in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District, stepped in to intervene. He found a loophole that essentially forces Facebook to keep the event page live.

“I am offering my campaign Facebook page as a platform for dissent. From there you may respectfully voice your opposition. And, more importantly, you may organize. Setup rallies, calls to action, circulate petitions,” Norton wrote.

“Per Facebook’s own rules, in their attempt to respect at least some of our democratic institutions, campaigns have greater leeway in what they can post. If Facebook wants to silence the people, it will not be done in obscurity. They will have to clearly violate the 1st amendment for all to see…including the courts. They will have to silence a campaign. They will have to silence a candidate for Congress,” he added.

Norton is urging other campaigns to take similar measures in order to put Facebook to the test. If they ban the event pages endorsing the protests, they may be subject to electoral interference claims and costly lawsuits.

“We have reached a crossroads here in America. This is nothing new to us: a choice between perceived safety through authoritarian control, and freedom with all its uncertainties,” Norton told Big League Politics. “I believe God uses a crisis like this to call attention to the truly important choices we must make. So that they cannot be idly made for us.”

“It’s time to fight for America!” he added.

The event page can be seen here, and Facebook has left it alone for days. It seems that someone has finally found a way around Zuckerberg’s banhammer, at least temporarily.

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British Police Officer CRIMINALLY CHARGED for Sharing George Floyd Meme in WhatsApp Group

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A British police officer has been criminally charged over a George Floyd meme he allegedly shared with his colleagues in a WhatsApp group.

Sergeant Geraint Jones, aged 47, is charged with sending the image on 30 May last year by means of a public electronic communications network, an offence contrary to section 127 of the Communications Act 2003,” a watchdog from the Independent Office for Police Conduct announced. “An altered image of George Floyd’s arrest in Minneapolis was shared within a WhatsApp group that included a number of other police officers and staff.”

Our investigation began in June 2020 following a referral from the force,” the watchdog continued. “At its conclusion in October we sent our investigation report to the Crown Prosecution Service, which has authorized the charge.”

Sergeant Jones is scheduled to appear in court on January 28. He has been suspended from duty since June.

It’s no secret that free speech is all but dead in the United Kingdom. British elites stand out in particular for their fervent belief in neoliberal globalism and veneration of its secular saints. Their society encourages people to snitch and tattle on their fellow citizens to a higher degree than most any other Western nation.

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George Floyd is also one of the neoliberal order’s foremost secular saints. Anything you say about him that isn’t equivalent to hero-worship will get you put on notice. Criticizing the intensity of his veneration and the Black Lives Matter movement itself are sufficient to get you labeled as a depraved racist and fired from your job—even in the United States.

Don’t think that hate speech laws aren’t possible in America either. If a majority of Americans and legal scholars in a decade or two come to believe that the First Amendment doesn’t protect “hate speech,” who’s to say that the laws won’t be changed to reflect that?

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