UPDATED 7:52 AM PT – Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Facebook recently updated their “community standards” policies, resulting in those who noticed to publicize and raise concern over the controversial changes.
In the policy regarding violence and incitement, the big tech company wrote in new exceptions to its own rules, which appear to discourage violence unless its against those on the platform’s so-called “dangerous individuals” list. Among those on the list are Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones, and Infowars staff member Paul Joseph Watson. Watson originally broke the news about the policy change, which he argues breaks U.K. law.
“They’ve actually instituted a new policy on Facebook, where talking about me unless you’re denouncing me, is verboten,” he stated.
Those on the “dangerous list” have been banned from the platform with reasons being hate speech inciting violence, while organizations like Antifa have yet to worry about being deplatformed. According to reports, Antifa has 119 Facebook groups currently active.
It’s alleged Facebook is allowing violence against unapproved opinions despite being illegal in western nations and causing concerns for free speech advocates.
“There’s a risk that Facebook embracing the power to decide who gets to speak and who doesn’t get to speak in the largest online discourse ever constructed is a dangerous proposition,” said Alex Abdo, director of the Knight First Amendment Institute. “The idea that a single company will decide these questions will create a risk that others whose opinions we value more than say, Alex Jones, will also get silenced.”
After Watson tweeted about the new policy change, many Twitter users picked up the news and expressed their dismay at the language used. Facebook has remained silent on the matter despite requests for comment.
Let me be crystal clear – Facebook is literally telling its 2 billion users they can break the law and incite violence against people Facebook doesn’t like.https://t.co/HPkVL76ndE
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) July 10, 2019