- Facebook’s decision last week to remove Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones, InfoWars, Paul Joseph Watson, Milo Yiannopoulos, Laura Loomer and Paul Nehlen has sparked a huge debate about freedom of speech, media overreach and social media’s role in curbing misinformation and hate speech.
- Some on the right see it as an attack on conservatism: “Big Media, run by the establishment, invariably seeks to marginalize and curate conservatism on their platforms. This debate used to be about broadcast TV; now it is about social media.”
- President Trump expressed his dissatisfaction with Facebook’s ban with a tweet: “I am continuing to monitor the censorship of AMERICAN CITIZENS on social media platforms. This is the United States of America — and we have what’s known as FREEDOM OF SPEECH! We are monitoring and watching, closely!!”
- Facebook said it has “always banned people or groups that proclaim a violent or hateful mission or are engaged in acts of hate or violence, regardless of political ideology.”