by Alex Thomas, The Daily Sheeple:
In an apparent direct attack on free speech, social media giant Facebook has, without warning, banned the highly viewed alternative news website Infowars.com from broadcasting live video on their platform.
This despite the fact that Infowars and Alex Jones regularly draw millions of viewers per month to their Facebook video content as well as “substantial” advertising revenue spent with the company over the years.
Infowars released an appeal statement on the direct censorship Friday in which they made clear that their content had not violated any of the companies policies.
We reviewed your policies and insights and have not found any violations. We are appalled that we’re being blocked and censored while the very same streams you’re blocking are sent over cable, AM & FM radio, shortwave and three additional streaming services with zero restrictions.
This form of unbridled censorship is evidence Facebook is run by intolerant bigots who stand against the very essence of the First Amendment. We ask that you cease this blockade on our information immediately.
We insist that you restore our page without restrictions unless you can provide tangible evidence of our “violations.”
As the report on the censorship noted, the admittedly liberal company has a long history of what seems to be specific targeting of conservative right-wing content for removal.
Earlier this year, Paul Joseph Watson explained how the social media site was labeling Infowars articles as “spam” or “fake news,” and subsequently hiding them from users.
“With web founder Tim Berners-Lee demanding that Facebook do more to combat so-called ‘fake news’ – despite the fact that a Stanford University study found it had virtually no impact on the presidential election – the social media giant has teamed up with biased left-wing outfits to target conservative news sources,” reported Infowars’ Jamie White in April. “Last December, Facebook announced its intention to fight ‘fake news’ by partnering with the same third-party ‘fact-checking’ organizations that Google has recently brought to bear on its own censorship directive, including Snopes.com, ABC News, and Politifact.com.”
“Depending on who was on shift, things would be blacklisted or trending,” a former Facebook news curator told Gizmodo. “I’d come on shift and I’d discover that CPAC or Romney or Glenn Beck or popular conservative topics wouldn’t be trending because either the curator didn’t recognize the news topic or it was like they had a bias against Ted Cruz.”
On a personal level, this reporter has dealt with a tremendous amount of Facebook shenanigans, including everything from labeling my articles as spam to outright banning them for different periods of time.
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