Facebook's New Policy Encourages Violence
Facebook recently updated their Community Standards that allow death threats or threats of harm to persons they deem under their community standards as people who fall under the category Dangerous Individuals and Organizations.
Under Facebook community standards section on violence and incitement, Facebook grants its users permission to incite violence on members of an organization or individual covered in the Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy.
Facebook, which has been accused of actively censoring conservative opinion, journalists, and philosophies, has been the subject of many congressional inquiries with their alleged censorship.
Facebook has denied that they are actively censoring speech, insisting instead that they consistently apply their TOS, according to their Community Standards. According to their protections granted to them under 47 US Code 230, whereby they act as a platform not an editor, Facebook enjoys wide immunity from being held accountable for third party actions committed from users of their platform. They could ban users for obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable, whether or not such material is constitutionally protected. However, Facebook, has taken this a step farther and is censoring out dissenting opinion based on political ideology that is neither harassing nor objectionable. By doing this, they have been actively acting in the capacity of a publisher, rather than a platform. With this newest update to their community standards, encouraging of harassment of those whom they politically disagree with, any illusion of being a neutral platform has been completely shattered.
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