Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch, one of the fiercest, most insightful websites on the internet when it comes to telling the truth about Islam and its many disturbing ideological facets, is speaking out against the world’s largest social media empire. Spencer believes that Facebook, through its website and its executives, is cooperating with Islamist forces in Pakistan to censor beliefs and opinions that might offend Muslims.
Spencer is only one of many critics speaking out in the wake of a visit Facebook’s vice president of public policy paid to Islamabad in July, where he discussed the importance of clamping down on anti-Islamic content on the web.
From Jihad Watch:
Leave it to the Washington Post to ignore the real story — Facebook’s massive smearing of legitimate perspectives as “hate speech” and wholesale blocking or removal of counter-jihad material — and to focus on Muslims, and specifically the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations, as if they were the real victims of this censorship. In reality, it is being done on their behalf: Facebook’s Vice President Joel Kaplan traveled to Pakistan in July to assure the Pakistani government that it would remove “anti-Islam” material.
“In February, amid mounting concerns over Facebook’s role in the spread of violent live videos and fake news, Zuckerberg said the platform had a responsibility to ‘mitigate the bad’ effects of the service in a more dangerous and divisive political era.”
In mid-February, traffic to Jihad Watch from Facebook dropped suddenly by 90% and has never recovered. We do not post any hateful or provocative material and neither incite nor approve of violence, but Facebook is acting as judge, jury and executioner in all this. There is no appeal and no recourse.
Facebook continues to deny that it is playing any role in Pakistan’s nationwide crackdown on anti-Islam material, but the statistics speak for themselves. Representatives from Jihad Watch and other truthful websites that dare to battle against the political correctness protecting this religion have experienced the same drop-offs in traffic from social media.
There’s no law saying that Facebook has to abide by the norms of American free speech, but they have – at the very least – an ethical obligation to allow their users to express a wide variety of opinions. Unfortunately, they’ve taken the opposite route, deleting hundreds of thousands of posts and accounts that they’ve deemed to be “hate speech” of one form or another. Worse, they are doing so in league with national governments who fear that anti-Islamic speech gives way to hateful, violent actions.
They’re right about that, in a way. Just not the way they want us to believe.