There’s a lot of times when this seems like it should be the message one gets when the thought police at Facebook decide to censor someone. Sadly, they don’t even have a need for it though. They can and have repeatedly applied whatever interpretation and scope of their existing rules to silence individuals that they and/or the Democrats find problematical. And, unless one has enough clout and reach to make a public spectacle out of it, there’s no recourse. Also, and even worse, is that limiting the reach of someone’s opinion, e.g., shadow banning, is “shadowed” for a reason. It’s a silent death of thought since it’s very hard to recognize that it’s happened to a particular victim in most cases.
The above is something to always remember. Facebook doesn’t ban “Hate Speech;” Facebook bans speech that it hates. There’s also no real, consistent, overarching metric for what exact speech – or simple “keywords” – that Facebook will hate at any given moment. Indeed, their own official specifics are so broad and encompassing – pretty much any negative comment about anyone except healthy, straight, White men – that they could, by design, never be fairly or systematically enforced.
No; at the end of day, Facebook only bans speech that they hate. And, the speech that they hate is largely any speech that might get them tarred and feathered in the Lamestream Media, who very much hate Facebook, and/or might have Zuckerberg in front of Congress again.
Like all forms of Information Control, book burnings in the modern era may look different than in the past, but they are the same in intent and effect. Whether it’s deplatforming, demonetizing, or silently limiting the reach of posts, it’s all just the book burning of the Internet Age.
Some things only change in detail and specific methodology. Whether it’s Goebbels’ Reichsministerium fÃ¼r VolksaufklÃ¤rung und Propaganda (RMVP), Facebook, Twitter, or the insinuative monster that is Google, the strict control of information is a prerequisite for the sought after tyrannical rule. Changing the name or the specific methods of control doesn’t change the fundamental fact of it or the effects it has upon Peoples.