Facebook is ramping up its censorship campaign.
Lawyer and political activist Jon Moseley informed Big League Politics how Facebook has flagged posts on known satire site The Babylon Bee.
The post in question was “Ilhan Omar: ‘If Israel Is So Innocent, Then Why Do They Insist On Being Jews?”
When Moseley shared this post on his personal profile and a Facebook page he runs, Conservative Party, it was flagged by the fact-checker HOAX-ALERT.LEADSTORIES.COM.
This incident struck Moseley as odd.
He told BLP, “That the post was satire, and labeled as satire, and Facebook is fact-checking satire. They are warning people that the satire isn’t true.”
UPDATE: A representative from leadstories.com clarified that Facebook gives fact checking sities like leadstories.com “the option to label satire as “Satire” and that a satire flag does not have any effect on the distribution or position in the news feed. It only makes the little warning appear below the story”.
The representative added that “we occasionally label a trending post as satire in Facebook’s tool if it seems there are many people believing it is real. Sometimes we also spot a copy of a satirical story going viral on a different site that has stolen the content and in that case we will write a fact check about the original so we can label the copy as “False” (and the original as “Satire”).”
This latest development comes on a week when Facebook and its Instagram subsidiary are rolling out new fact-check changes.
According to a report from Tom Parker at Reclaim the Net, “Facebook-owned Instagram is now limiting the distribution of posts that its fact-checking partners label as “false.” Posts that are considered “false” will be removed from Instagram’s Explore tab and its hashtag results pages, which Parker notes are “two of the main ways Instagram users discover posts from accounts that they’re not following.”
Facebook currently employs 52 fact-checking partners in over 30 countries.
These fact-checkers have been declaring posts “false” on Facebook since December 2016.
Last week, right wing figures like Alex Jones, Laura Loomer, and Paul Joseph Watson were kicked off Facebook in what seemed like a coordinated purge by Big Tech. President Donald Trump responded by defending these conservative commentators and voicing his displeasure towards Big Tech bias.
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Houston Police Allow Abortion Clinic to Operate Despite Texas Courts Ruling Them Non-Essential
On March 30th, a judge ruled that Texas abortion clinics could stay open. This ruling came a few days after the Texas governor, Greg Abbott, deemed abortion servies non-essential.
Since abortions are clearly elective surgeries, the ruling was overturned by a vote of 2-1 in the 5th circuit court of appeals on March 31st. Meaning, the governor’s order stands and abortion clinics must close until non-essential businesses are allowed to open back up.
This hasn’t stopped one abortion clinic in Houston from continuing to kill the unborn.
In a video released on April 1st, via the YouTube channel ‘ProofThatGodExists,’ an abortion clinic in Houston is shown to still be accepting clients.
A couple of pro-life activists are shown in the video standing outside the abortion clinic. Across the street is a police officer, with whom one of the activists eventually talks.
They tell the offiicer that the abortion offices are still seeing clients. The officer acknowledges their concerns and says, “we’ll take care of it.”
A few minutes later, the officer goes to talk to the pro-life activists. The officer informed the activists that he was just there to “keep the peace” and nothing else.
One of the activists again informed the officer of the situation, asking, “Do you know that it’s illegal for them to do abortions today?” The officer replied, “I’m not out here for that.”
The activist then reiterated that he was asking him not why he was there, but if he personally knew of the current order. He wanted to know if the officer was not enforcing because he didn’t know about the order or because his department was choosing to ignore it in this case.
The officer didn’t want to answer directly. So, he again said, “I’m not saying that what you’re saying is wrong…. But that’s not what I’m out here for. I’m out here to keep the peace….”
He then said, “Whoever you need to call to enforce what you’re asking me about…” He was interupted by the second activist, who challenged him, insisting, “When people are breaking the law, we call the police.”
The video continues on with many more women entering the clinic. Eventually the abortion doctor arrived to the clinic, as well.
It’s clear that the clinic is in direct violation of the order that declares abortion services non-essential. Why the Houston police aren’t enforcing the order as it pertains to this particular clinic is still unclear.
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