Facebook’s news release virtue signalling against “white nationalism” and “white separatism” appears to be a response to New Zealand’s calls for regulation and changes to the platform.
After repeated calls for Facebook and other social media platforms to develop systems to remove extremist content more quickly, permanently disable users’ ability to live stream, and a boycott from the New Zealand Advertisers and Commercial Communications Council, Facebook unveiled a new plan to ban all “white nationalist” and “white separatist” opinions on the platform.
While Facebook did not reference the Christchurch mosque shooting in its press release, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden went on record saying she believes the change is directly due to the attack, and added that she believes it is not enough.
The Straits Times reports that Arden commended it as a positive step, but said that “there is more work to do” to prevent further tragedies. She also claimed she is interested in “preserving a free, open” Internet even with her calls for censorship, and calls from her countrymen for an end to live streaming on the social media platform.
In nearby Australia, legislators warned Facebook and other Big Tech companies that hate speech posted to their platforms could land owners and board members in jail if they do not remove it quickly enough. Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison revealed a stunning lack of technological understanding in the process, saying that Facebook should be able to remove hate speech as quickly as they serve ads.
As Big League Politics reported, the change to Facebook’s policy represents only a marginal change to the platform’s hate speech guidelines, as it always banned white supremacist content. However, Facebook also intends to ban some speech critical of immigration, which could have vast repercussions for anyone concerned about the waves of migrants currently overwhelming Western countries.
The company has come under repeated fire from the right for censorship of conservative voices, especially after the temporary bans of former Breitbart London editor Raheem Kassam, and the new media giant ZerhoHedge. They recently banned Kassam and ZeroHedge, only to reverse the bans after international backlash from conservative voices including the United Kingdom’s Nigel Farage and President Donald J. Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr.
Facebook is also under fire from the right down under, after the company banned Australian new media personality Avi Yemini for posting an unredacted version of a Comedy Central hit piece, in which host Jim Jeffries made discriminatory and hateful remarks against Muslims and Islam.
While Yemini was banned for revealing Jeffries’ true opinions on Islam, the Comedy Central video smearing Yemini remains on the platform.
In the United States, a Florida bill would allow the state government to fine Facebook and other social media companies up to $75,000 if the company was found to have censored the political or religious speech of its residents.
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U.S. Intelligence Reports that China Hid the Extent of the Wuhan Virus Outbreak
According to a Bloomberg report, China has not been forthcoming about the extent of the Wuhan Virus in its country.
It has apparently, under-reported “both total cases and deaths it’s suffered from the disease, the U.S. intelligence community concluded in a classified report to the White House, according to three U.S. officials.”
The officials requested to stay anonymous because the report is confidential and declined to give further details about its contents. The main takeaway though is “that China’s public reporting on cases and deaths is intentionally incomplete. Two of the officials said the report concludes that China’s numbers are fake.”
The White House received this report last week, according to one of the aforementioned officials.
The pandemic originated in China’s Hubei province in late 2019, but the country has officially reported only about 82,000 cases and 3,300 deaths, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. America, on the other hand, has 189,000 cases and more than 4,000 deaths which is allegedly the largest publicly and reported outbreak in the world.
“The reality is that we could have been better off if China had been more forthcoming,” Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 on CNN. “What appears evident now is that long before the world learned in December that China was dealing with this, and maybe as much as a month earlier than that, that the outbreak was real in China.”
China imposed one of the strictest lockdowns of all nations afflicted by this pandemic. However, the Chinese government has not been transparent about its recording strategies and is constantly changing its methods for recording cases.
Republicans have been skeptical of the numbers coming out of Beijing.
“The claim that the United States has more coronavirus deaths than China is false,” declared Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse. “Without commenting on any classified information, this much is painfully obvious: The Chinese Communist Party has lied, is lying, and will continue to lie about coronavirus to protect the regime.”
U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo has called on China to be transparent about their outbreaks.
“This data set matters,” he said during a news conference in Washington on March 31, 2020. The development of medical treatments and public-health measures to combat the virus “so that we can save lives depends on the ability to have confidence and information about what has actually transpired,” he asserted.
The Wuhan Virus pandemic illustrates the pitfalls of globalism and global integration at all costs.
When authoritarian regimes like China are treated like equals on the international stage in terms of trade and migration, Western countries could be susceptible to demographic displacement, national security breaches, viral outbreaks, and corporate espionage.
This sage may be the wake-up call the West needs in trying to socially distance itself from China.
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