There are many mixed feelings about Alex Jones, the ranting, supplement-peddling conspiracy theorist radio host who recently got banned across several platforms due to “hate speech” and violating “community standards”.
Facebook, Apple, and Spotify, using their own squishy definitions for “hateful” language, decided that Jones had to go, and while you may or may not agree with Jones’ particular brand of political commentary, you have to agree his banning sets a dangerous precedent, since it seems largely based on the very problematic scarlet letter label of “hate speech” which, as we have learned, can mean anything the left disagrees with.
In case you doubt that these social networks can be selective in their application of classifying speech in this way, consider this: anti-Semetic conspiracy theorist Louis Farrakhan, the founder of the Nation of Islam who makes no secret of his contempt for the Jewish people or his belief that they run the world and deliberately keep black people down, remains largely untouched by these social networks.
The Daily Caller has the story:
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan’s official Facebook page is rife with anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and other hateful speech, which have not been censored by Facebook content monitors, a Daily Caller News Foundation review of the page reveals.
Videos posted to Farrakhan’s Facebook page show the Nation of Islam leader claiming that Jews are secretly controlling government agencies to suppress black Americans and blaming Jews for “weaponizing” marijuana with “chemicals” to “feminize” black men.
Neither of those videos violate Facebook’s rules prohibiting hate speech, a Facebook spokeswoman told The Daily Caller News Foundation in a phone interview Tuesday.
Another video that showed Farrakhan warning against interracial marriage — which he blames on “the enemy” in Hollywood — to keep the black race “from being any further mongrelized,” was originally ruled not to violate hate speech rules, according to the Facebook spokeswoman.
After originally publishing their findings, the Daily Caller notes that the Facebook spokeswoman called back and said they had reviewed Farrakhan’s use of the word “mongrelized” and found it did qualify as hate speech, so they would be deleting the video.
But let’s take a look at their definition of “hate speech”:
a direct attack on people based on what we call protected characteristics — race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, caste, sex, gender, gender identity, and serious disease or disability. We also provide some protections for immigration status. We define attack as violent or dehumanizing speech, statements of inferiority, or calls for exclusion or segregation.
Um…that sounds like much, much more of Farrakhan’s language than simply the use of the word “mongrelized”, wouldn’t you think?
“Your fathers built civilization while the white man was crawling around the hills and cave sides of Europe. Stand up, black man and woman, and be yourself, and stop copying this freak of a human,” Farrakhan said in a 2017 video, for example.
How is that not also hate speech?
Because left-wing double-standards, that’s why.
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