Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg declared a new mission statement Thursday to “empower people all around the world to build communities.”
Facebook is calling for special focus on its Groups, which are now carefully monitored by the company.
“A lot of what we can do is to help create a more civil and productive debate on some of the bigger issues as well,” Zuckerberg told CNN at his “Communities Summit” in Chicago, Illinois.
The new mission statement is vague on specifics.
Facebook recently permanently deleted the group “Donald J. Trump, president of the United States,” home to 132,000 members, without giving the administrators any reason for the deletion. After a Big League Politics report and massive Deplorable pressure, Facebook re-instated the group after seven days.
But there are numerous instances of pro-Trump material on Facebook being censored, removed, or in some way penalized.
“Gerry Emery had made me Admin of ‘Wake Up America’ too. I was blocked December 23-26 for calling the guys that harassed Ivanka on the plane S–m (Cu in the middle.) Joe Newby wrote articles about the flag incident. I’ve been blocked for 4 hours quite a few times since the big Deplorables & Libnorants & Deplorables” became active as groups, tea party leader Lori Saxon told Big League Politics.
“Facebook is not free speech unless you are a lib or killer,” Saxon said.
While Trump supporters suffer under Facebook moderation, other groups are subjected to less pressure.
Steve Scalise’s attempted assassin James T. Hodgkinson belonged to a Facebook group called “Terminate the Republican Party,” which is still active.
Zuckerberg garnered presidential campaign rumors after a public cross-country trip to meet with regular folks.
Zuckerberg convened a pow-wow, or summit, during the campaign to meet with conservative leaders after it was proven that Facebook curators used personal anti-conservative bias in their moderating procedures. The meeting, featuring mostly NeverTrumpers, was unsuccessful. Tucker Carlson said that Glenn Beck was auditioning to be Zuckerberg’s “manservant.”
Hillary Clinton and Facebook shareholders, represented by Arjuna Capital, have both pressured social media platforms to cut down on “Fake News” while taking personal shots at President Trump.
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Appeals Court Refuses to Expunge Joe Arpaio’s Contempt Conviction After Presidential Pardon
A judge isn’t happy about the pardon.
A federal appeals court is refusing to expunge former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpario’s contempt of court conviction, after the sheriff was granted a presidential pardon by President Trump.
Such a legal move is rare if not unprecedented for the recipient of a presidential pardon. Usually federal and state court systems dismiss the convictions of people granted presidential pardon.
Arpaio was convicted of contempt of court in 2017 for refusing to change the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department’s practices after a judge mandated that the agency cease immigration raids.
Three judges of the liberal San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court upheld a ruling from a lower circuit court refusing to expunge the legal record of Arpaio’s conviction. The move sets new legal precedent for a recipient of a presidential pardon.
Arpaio was a frequent target of Eric Holder and the Obama administration, often coming under intense DOJ scrutiny for the practices of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department.
Arpaio ran for the United States Senate in 2018, coming in third in the Republican Primart behind Martha McSally and Kelli Ward. He’s now running for his old position as Maricopa County Sheriff once more at the ripe age of 87.
In any case, presidential pardons have traditionally resulted in dismissal of criminal convictions in federal and state courts. It’s hard to think of the 9th Circuit’s decision to maintain the conviction as anything more than a political slight to President Trump.
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