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.
“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.
San Francisco Anti-Big Tech Free Speech Rally Attacked by ANTIFA Mob
One man was seriously injured.
Left wing thugs viciously beat at least one pro-free speech demonstrator at an impromptu rally in San Francisco’s United Nations plaza.
Conservatives had rallied in defense of free speech against the tyranny of Big Tech platforms that are quartered in the city, most notably Twitter. The demonstration occurred in response to some of the most severe censorship in American history from social media companies in recent days, hiding evidence of corruption and shady foreign business deals on the part of Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son.
— Kristofer Noceda (@krisnoceda) October 17, 2020
Philip Anderson, the man who organized the rally, was seriously injured in the assault, which occurred when he crossed a barricade shielding patriotic demonstrators from furious leftists. He lost at least one tooth from a sucker punch.
The screaming leftists who surrounded Anderson chanted racial slurs at the Trump supporter, who is black.
ANTIFA thugs viciously beat a Free Speech demonstrator in San Francisco. pic.twitter.com/nfu3vigFyM
— Richard (@Wildman_AZ) October 18, 2020
A photographer with the AP described a leftist mob of “hundreds” “attacking” the free speech rally, entirely disrupting the event. Political protests are rare in San Francisco, where Silicon Valley-style neoliberal authoritarians dominate nearly every facet of everyday life.
The left doesn’t want to respect the First Amendment rights of those that oppose it. It’ll settle for nothing less than political domination, and will gladly use violence in pursuit of such ends.
The pro-free speech demonstrators don’t appear to have been deterred, and are said to have been preparing another free speech rally outside the headquarters of Twitter itself.
Upon seeing Anderson’s injuries, supporters have pitched in more than $6,000 for medical expenses needed from the cheap shot assault. Donate here.
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