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Facebook to Ban Some Criticisms of Immigration in Reactionary Ban

Facebook’s new content policy adds more confusion about freedom of speech on the platform.

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Facebook Bans Immigration Criticism

Facebook will ban certain speech critical of immigration in addition to banning all speech the digital giant deems to be complementary toward “white nationalism” and “white separatism.”

In its new ban on speech it disagrees with, Facebook’s official press release is apparently incomplete according to Vice News, which apparently has access to Facebook’s new mind reading machine. Vice News claims this ban also include some anti-immigration speech.

Vice News added to Facebook’s new policy, explaining that phrases including “‘Immigration is tearing this country apart; white separatism is the only answer'” (emphasis added) would also be banned by the platform.

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Facebook did not mention immigration even in passing in its press release. Vice News appears to be the only outlet reporting this insight, relying solely on anonymous Facebook employees as its sources.

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Facebook clarified in its release that the company’s policy change will not be wide reaching, as it already stood against much of the newly censored speech. It merely claims that there is no discernible difference between “white supremacy” and “white separatism” or “white nationalism.”

The Big Tech Giant simply explained that after “conversations with members of civil society and academics who are experts in race relations,” they arrived at this conclusion.

Facebook did not provide the evidence that led them to this understanding. It also notes that examples such as “American pride and Basque separatism” will continue to be allowed on the platform.

Their reasoning for including certain speech critical of immigration in the reactionary ban remains unknown.

It appears users will, once again, simply have to watch and react to this new policy change in the coming weeks and months.

Facebook has been under increasing criticism from the right, as many high profile individuals and groups have either been censored by the social media platform or banned from it entirely. The platform recently banned former Breitbart London editor Raheem Kassam, and the alternative news giant ZeroHedge.

Most recently, Facebook banned Australian new media personality Avi Yemini after he responded to a Comedy Central hit piece by posting unedited footage showing host Jim Jeffries express anti-Islamic views the platform likely considered hate speech. Jeffries’ hit piece was allowed to remain on the platform.

A recently introduced Florida bill would allow the state to fine Facebook and other social media websites up to $75,000 for infringing on the freedom of expression and religion of Floridians.

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Amazon Updates App Icon After People Complain That It Reminded Them of Adolf Hitler

The left is obsessed with Nazis.

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Amazon has changed the logo of its smartphone app after people said that it reminded them of Adolf Hitler.

The original logo (on the left in the image above) depicted a piece of blue tape above the classic smile arrow. Amazon introduced it in January to replace the image of a shopping cart.

Some people—presumably leftists, because no one else is as obsessed with Nazis as them—claimed on Twitter that the combination of the smile and the tape looked too much like Hitler’s toothbrush mustache.

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This is the second time in recent days that leftists have seen Nazi-related imagery where there is none. Over this past weekend Twitter blew up after some claimed that CPAC’s stage setup resembled the Odal rune. Aside from the ridiculousness of the idea that CPAC intentionally shaped it like the Odal rune, the rune is not a Nazi symbol per se. The Scandinavians of late antiquity and the early Middle Ages used runes as letters of their alphabet. The Odal rune only became a symbol after a couple of SS divisions appropriated it as such.

Back in June Big League Politics reported how Facebook cited “Nazi symbolism” as an excuse to justify removing Trump campaign ads that attacked Antifa:

Facebook has censored political advertisements from President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and the Trump campaign targeting the ANTIFA domestic terrorist group.

The social media giant is claiming that the ads were guilty of “violating our policy against organized hate.” They claim that the campaign was using symbols from Nazi Germany, which is not quite accurate.

“Our policy prohibits using a banned hate group’s symbol to identify political prisoners without the context that condemns or discusses the symbol,” a spokesperson from Facebook wrote.

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However, the Trump campaign pointed out in response to the censorship that the inverted red triangle symbol is “widely used by antifa.” A fact check confirms that the Trump campaign is telling the truth about the symbol’s use.

Leftists like to condemn conservatives who dabble in “conspiracy theories” yet at the same time claim to see Nazis and Nazism everywhere they look. Very deluded behavior.

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