Big League Politics has confirmed that Facebook gave establishment media, including The Atlantic, advanced notice of their plan to ban Alex Jones, Paul Joseph Watson, Laura Loomer, and Milo Yiannopoulos from Facebook and Instagram.
Facebook sent an embargoed press release to The Atlantic, and other outlets likely including The Washington Post, The Verge and CNN, informing these mainstream media outlets of their intention to ban Jones, Watson, Loomer, and Yiannopoulos from Facebook and Instagram for being “dangerous” and “hate figures” well in advance of the actual bans.
Taylor Lorenz from The Atlantic confirmed that they received the embargoed press release, as did “tons of media outlets”, in a direct message sent on Twitter to Big League Politics reporter Peter D’Abrosca, claiming this is something Facebook does as many as “20 times a week.” She then blocked D’Abrosca from sending further messages on the platform.
Lorenz did not confirm whether the Facebook employee who sent the embargoed press release is the same point of contact, Sarah Pollack, who later supplied Big League Politics with further details surrounding the Facebook ban. Pollack also declined to clearly state whether she sent the press release to the various major media outlets when asked by Big League Politics earlier today.
Sources from two major conservative media outlets also confirmed to Big League Politics that they did not receive the embargo, despite reaching tens of millions of people every month and having existed for decades.
This is likely what caused many establishment media outlets to report on the censorship wave well in advance of the actual bans, which gave many of those now purged the opportunity to inform their fans of their coming censorship and encourage fans to follow them on other platforms.
An anonymous source has suggested Facebook likely concocted its plan to ban Jones as early as last Monday, April 29, when he and various other individuals unaffiliated with Jones or Infowars were no longer allowed to stream Infowars content to Facebook using their personal accounts.
While Facebook has not confirmed or denied having an official relationship with the legally embattled Southern Poverty Law Center, the organization took credit for Facebook’s decision to ban the “hate figures” last week, something that raises concern considering Facebook suggested Jones’ decision to interview Gavin McInnes on his show is part of what led to Facebook’s decision to ban him.
McInnes is currently suing the SPLC for its decision to name him a “hate figure”, which he believes is why he was deplatformed across social media and why his associates have been shut out of major financial systems.
In addition to banning Jones, Facebook may now ban any user who posts videos featuring Jones, or links to websites including his broadcasts or videos.
Facebook’s unwillingness to explicitly condemn the SPLC may serve as a de facto endorsement of the culture of misogyny and racism garnered by the organization prior to the termination or resignation of several major individuals.
Department of Justice Sues Facebook for Discrimination Against Americans in Favor of H1B Visa Workers
Facebook discriminated against Americans.
The Department of Justice filed a new lawsuit against Big Tech monopoly Facebook for engaging in pervasive and systemic discrimination against American workers, refusing to consider them for company positions and instead shepherding cheaper and more compliant foreign visa workers into more than 2,500 of the company’s high-paying jobs.
The Department of Justice alleges that Facebook created a category of employment offerings in which none or one American worker applied more than 99% of the time, and were almost never hired. Facebook didn’t advertise job opening it restricted to the “PERM” process on its careers website, instead exclusively recruiting visa workers.
“According to the lawsuit, and based on the department’s nearly two-year investigation, Facebook intentionally created a hiring system in which it denied qualified U.S. workers a fair opportunity to learn about and apply for jobs that Facebook instead sought to channel to temporary visa holders Facebook wanted to sponsor for green cards.”
The H-1B visa program is favorite of Big Tech, creating a class of employees who function as de facto indentured servants. H-1B workers are reliant on their employers for eventual American green cards, and leaving their jobs jeopardizes their immigration status. Some technology companies have been subject to large settlements for exploiting their bonded H-1B worker force.
“The Department of Justice’s lawsuit alleges that Facebook engaged in intentional and widespread violations of the law, by setting aside positions for temporary visa holders instead of considering interested and qualified U.S. workers,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric S. Dreiband of the Civil Rights Division.
“This lawsuit follows a nearly two-year investigation into Facebook’s practices and a ‘reasonable cause’ determination by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Our message to workers is clear: if companies deny employment opportunities by illegally preferring temporary visa holders, the Department of Justice will hold them accountable. Our message to all employers — including those in the technology sector — is clear: you cannot illegally prefer to recruit, consider, or hire temporary visa holders over U.S. workers.”
The Department of Justice will seek civil penalties from Facebook on behalf of American workers discriminated against in the employment process, describing Facebook’s “discrimination against U.S. workers [as] intentional, widespread, and in violation” of immigration law.
Facebook has lobbied heavily in favor of raising annual visa workers levels, most recently boosting Senator Mike Lee’s proposal to remove per-country caps on H-1B visas. This will result in nearly all H-1B visas being given to nationals of a few large countries, such as India. Senator Lee succeeded in passing the migrant labor giveaway to Big Tech through the Senate on Wednesday.
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