We all know about hate speech. But what about hate cartoons like this one?
Alex Jones posted it.
I think it’s soft core. Al-CIA-Duh is more like it.
Facebook has threatened Jones with the shut-down of his account: over 321,000 readers.
Here is the story.
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Attempting to login to Alex Jones’ Facebook account, which has over 321,000 subscribers, Infowars staff were met with a message from Facebook denying access to the account until it was acknowledged that Facebook’s terms had been violated.
“We removed content you posted,” stated the message, underneath which was a black and white image of Osama Bin Laden with the words “Al-CIA-da” emblazoned across it. Facebook removed the image because it “violatesFacebook’s Statement of RIghts and Responsibilities.”
A secondary screen then warned that other infringing images should be removed if the account was to remain in good standing.
Since the image is not copyrighted, according to Facebook’s terms of agreement one can only assume that it was removed because it represented an example of “hate speech,” yet the picture was merely a commentary on the admitted fact that Osama Bin Laden was aided by the CIA during the cold war and that Al-Qaeda terrorists are now being supported by the Central Intelligence Agency in Syria and Libya. . . .
This is by no means the first time Facebook has shown its hostility towards those with alternative political viewpoints.
In September 2011, Infowars reporter Darrin McBreen was told by Facebook staff not to voice his political opinion on the social networking website.
Responding to comments McBreen had made about off-grid preppers being treated as criminals, the “Facebook Team” wrote, “Be careful making about making political statements on facebook,” adding, “Facebook is about building relationships not a platform for your political viewpoint. Don’t antagonize your base. Be careful and congnizat (sic) of what you are preaching.”
The spelling error contained in the email suggested that Facebook staff had specifically investigated McBreen’s political post and that he had not merely received a boilerplate message. . . .
Earlier this year, former Marine Brandon Raub was kidnapped from his home by police, FBI and Secret Service agents and forcibly incarcerated in a psychiatric ward by authorities in Virginia in response to Facebook posts which the FBI deemed “terrorist” in nature yet which were later dismissed by a judge.
I am impressed that Jones has assembled 321,000+ readers on Facebook. It indicates that there are a lot of hard-core conservatives out there.
I don’t think that cartoon threatens anyone. The CIA is not going to have its budget cut because of a cartoon . . . or anything else, short of a deflationary collapse.
Facebook gets to do what it wants. It owns the service. But this sounds silly. Large corporations that have suffered huge stock price declines should avoid sounding silly.