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Lauren Southern’s Kafkaesque Facebook Persecution

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In one of the greatest Saturday Night Live skits, a spoof toy advertisement attempts to sell the audience on a product called Happy Fun Ball. The joke comes when the actual portions of the ad devoted to talking up the toy are eclipsed by increasingly surreal product safety warnings tinged with Lovecraftian horror. The funniest, and most infamous, of these is the warning, “Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.”

I bring this up because judging by the experiences of my long-time friend, the young nationalist firebrand Lauren Southern, Facebook has a similar warning in its terms of service.

Allow me to explain the situation: Lauren recently celebrated President Trump’s temporary suspension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Obama-era executive order by posting a cartoon mocking so-called “DREAMers” for acting like Mexican nationalists while in America, only to scream in terror when sent to the country they allegedly love. The cartoon still survives on Twitter, though Facebook is another story, as you’ll soon see.

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The point of the cartoon, to anyone whose brain is not fried by social justice, is obvious: If you’re going to move here, let alone illegally, you should at least not slander your adoptive country, and you certainly shouldn’t act as if the one you left is better. After all, that surely raises the question of why you left in the first place. Is the cartoon’s humor a little cruel? Sure, but the cruelty is clearly directed at people for being unpatriotic, not merely for being immigrants.

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Nevertheless, Facebook banned Lauren’s fan page for 3 days for posting it. This much is a garden variety bit of Leftist overreaction, and doesn’t on its face merit being specifically singled out. What does merit being singled out is what happened when Lauren returned from her forced absence and posted the following defiant message accompanied by a winking, grinning picture:

“Fresh off another 3-day ban from Zuckerberg for saying ‘offensive’ things about illegal immigrants, like ‘they should go back.’ Don’t worry, I’m really sorry and I’ll never do it again ;)”

Facebook’s response was to block Lauren again, this time for a week, and to threaten her with a permanent ban if she kept it up.

Now, one can respond to this in multiple ways. First, and most obvious, we should note that it’s not at all clear why Southern’s second message would get her banned. The less worrisome explanation would be that Southern’s snark triggered the thin-skinned Facebook moderators and that, as a result, we should laugh at them for being so weak and pathetically lacking in self-awareness. This would be a comforting explanation, if an infuriating one.

But there is a second, and more troubling explanation, which is that Southern actually was banned for saying that illegal immigrants “should go back.” Because if this is the bar for “hate speech” on Facebook, then we have a real problem.

Deportation of illegal immigrants isn’t some fantasy cooked up by crazy people. It’s been a mainstream policy position, and indeed, a common policy action for decades. President Obama himself engaged in mass deportation of illegal immigrants, though the exact magnitude of those deportations is obviously a subject for debate. The idea that at least some illegal immigrants should “go back” is bipartisan.

Of course, Southern’s post all but explicitly states that every illegal immigrant should go back, and granted, this is a more partisan position. But it’s also a partisan position with a long history in mainstream Republican politics, and was around well before President Trump turned up. Mitt Romney famously called for self-deportation in his 2012 campaign, which functionally amounted to a call that illegal immigrants “should go back” voluntarily. Does 2012 era Mitt Romney get banned on Facebook?

Maybe so, and outside of Southern’s particular circumstances, that should worry us. Because what that suggests is that the technocrats at Facebook have decided to silence entire national policy debates by simply defining one side of those debates out of respectable conversation as hate speech.

Even worse is that Facebook’s ads are a lot less restrictive – and I mean a lot less restrictive. Until recently, you could literally set up Facebook ads to only reach “Jew haters.” Combine this ultra-lax stance on advertising with Facebook’s painfully oversensitive monitoring of speech, and the message that emerges from the treatment of Southern and others like her is less, “You can’t say that,” and more, “You want to say something we don’t already agree with? F—k you, pay us.”

So consider this your notice, Facebook. People notice when you pull this sort of thing. You can’t define anyone who won’t buy your ads out of a policy debate just because you don’t like their position. And if you try, you may well end up regulated like the money hemorrhaging public utility you really are. You don’t like Trump deporting illegals and building a wall to keep them out? How about you stop deporting users for the wrong politics, and building firewalls to keep them out?

Oh, and one quick message to Mark Zuckerberg. We’ve seen your posts about gallivanting around the country trying to get people excited for Big Brother 2020. They’re embarrassing. Your Silicon Valley sensibilities don’t belong in Iowa, Texas, or in the White House, and it’s painfully obvious. You never should have left the monument to hypocrisy that is your giant, walled-in mansion. In fact, I’ll put that more bluntly, Mr. Zuckerberg:

You should go back.

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Dana White Vows No Censorship in UFC After Media Campaign Against Pro-Trump Fighter Colby Covington

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UFC promoter Dana White is standing strong for free speech, vowing never to “muzzle anybody” after pro-Trump fighter Colby Covington was targeted by a media campaign for making controversial statements following a huge victory last week.

“These guys all have their own causes, things, their own beliefs. We don’t muzzle anybody here,” White said. “We let everybody speak their mind.”

Covington made some candid comments following his defeat of Tyron Woodley at UFC on ESPN+ 36 in which he dominated the former champion who had professed his support for Black Lives Matter. He took the opportunity to gloat following his big victory.

“He’s standing up for lifelong criminals,” Covington said regarding his opponent Woodley. “The Black Lives Matter is a complete sham. It’s a joke. They’re taking these people that are complete terrorists. They’re taking these people that that are criminals.”

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“He’s a communist,” he added. “He’s a Marxist. He stands for criminals. He hates America, and that’s why he got broke tonight.”

Covington also garnered controversy for making remarks about Nigerian-born UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. Covington referenced his “little tribe” and “smoke signals” while calling Usman out. The fake news media brought up the issue to UFC fighters, who expressed their dismay, in order to push their latest phony race controversy.

“Let’s be real, first and foremost,” bantamweight Sijara Eubanks said. “It wasn’t ‘unfortunate.’ It was flat-out racist. It was racist. It was disgusting. It was quite frankly disappointing.”

“This guy has directly insulted my culture, my brother and many other cultures, and no one says anything,” Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya said. “But it just shows you a mirror. Shows you a mirror to you guys.”

“Reebok is the uniform provider for the UFC, however we do not sponsor Colby Covington. We do not agree with the sentiments he expressed, and stand firm in our belief that Black lives matter. We stand with athletes and communities who are fighting for change,” the corporation that sells shoes made by third-world workers wrote in an official statement.

Not only is White refusing to take disciplinary action against Covington, he is also claiming that Covington’s comments are not even racist and no big deal.

“I don’t know what he said that was racist. I don’t know if I heard anything racist that he said,” White added.

Big League Politics has reported on how White has stood up for pro-freedom causes in the past, such as when he fought tooth and nail against senseless COVID-19 lockdown restrictions preventing him from doing events:

UFC promoter Dana White has refused to succumb to coronavirus hysteria and remains steadfast in his resolve to hold fights even while panic grips the world.

White announced on Monday that his next pay-per-view event will take place on Saturday, April 18 with a new main event in a currently undisclosed location.

White has even said that he intends to hold UFC fights on a weekly basis at a private island, refusing to slowdown even as the global economy shutters due to coronavirus mania. He opened up during an interview with TMZ Sports on Monday.

He told TMZ that the next UFC event will take place in the United States, and he intends to use that venue to host fights for two months. However, White claims he is only “a day or two away” from sealing a deal that would allow him to hold fights in a private island venue, and this would potentially give him a reprieve from all the coronavirus-related hassles that he has dealt with over the past month trying to book fights.

“I have a private island that I’ve secured. We’re getting the infrastructure put in now so I’m going to start doing the international fights too with international fighters,” White explained. “Because I won’t be able to get international fighters – all of them into the U.S. – so I have a private island. I am going to start flying them into the private island and doing international fights from there.”

“So as of April 18, the UFC is back up and running,” White declared.

White has claimed that the fake news media is doing everything in their power to sabotage his efforts, as they want the public to suffer during the worldwide coronavirus lockdown as much as possible.

“A lot of these media guys are absolute and total f**king scumbags,” he said. “As soon as you let them know what you’re doing, all they’re trying to do is f**k up everything that you’ve worked. So I’ve literally told every one of these guys to go f**k themselves and I’m not telling any of them what I’m doing, where I’m doing it.”

White might be wise to consider a career in politics after he retires as UFC promoter.

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