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Facebook Nears Publisher Status — Will Now Ban Users Without Warning During Live Streams

Facebook continues to blur the line between publisher and platform.

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In an announcement last week, Facebook revealed that it will now ban users for discussing or linking to forbidden organizations during live streams, and will do so without warning the offenders.

Facebook announced last week that it is applying a “one strike” policy to users who violate their nebulous community standards when it comes to live video.

The platform will now ban users who share “a link to a statement from a terrorist group with no context will now be immediately blocked from using Live for a set period of time,” that may be as much as 30 days.

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The big tech platform has repeatedly insisted that it is neither part of the digital public square nor a publisher, which gives it certain protections.

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As they are not part of a public square, they are able to ban users who they do not wish to be part of the platform without violating the First Amendment.

Similarly, as they maintain they are not a publisher, they do not take legal ownership of the opinions or statements made by their users.

In the announcement, Facebook cites the tragic shooting at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand as the cause of this new policy. The Christchurch shooter famously streamed his attack on Facebook live, and the platform was woefully slow at removing the violent video from its platform.

This rule would not seem to do anything to prevent this in the future. The alleged shooter did not have a history of posting inflammatory content using Facebook Live, and though his account is now deleted, it is believed the live stream of his horrific attack was the first time he used the platform to live stream.

Facebook maintains that this new policy is simply an advanced method to enforce their ever changing community standards, and does not mean it is crossing into the territory of a publisher.

However, as the platform continues to take more editorial control over the statements of its users, now policing the language and content utilized by users in live streams, it appears to be moving closer to the status of a true publisher.

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Hungary Will Take Action Against Big Tech Shadowbanning of Christians, Conservatives, and Other Right-Wingers

Holding Big Tech accountable.

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The government of Viktor Orban, prime minister of Hungary, has announced its commitment to take on Big Tech’s shadowbanning of Christians, conservatives, and other assorted right-wingers.

In a Facebook post shared Monday, Hungarian Minister of Justice Judit Varga said she believes that shadowbanning—the secret restriction of a social media user’s visibility—violates “fundamental democratic legal norms that form the basis of Western-type culture.”

Because of Big Tech’s “systematic abuses,” Varga said she convened a meeting of the Hungarian Digital Freedom Committee and will soon meet with the president of the Hungarian Competition Authority regarding “the possibility of sanctioning unfair commercial practices.”

Varga also claimed she has personally experienced shadowbanning and then linked to the following tweets from James O’Keefe and the O’Keefe-run Project Veritas:

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The Hungarian government, along with the Polish government, is considered one of the last in the Western world that’s committed to some form of social conservatism and resistance against neoliberal globalism. Big League Politics has thus closely followed Prime Minister Orban and Hungary over the past several months, reporting on Orban’s various confrontations with George Soros and news such as their proposed constitutional amendment to prevent gay couples from adopting children:

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God bless Hungary and God save the Hungarian people!

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