Claiming neutrality while punishing the Right.
Editor-in-Chief of Frontpage Magazine, Jamie Glazov, was recently threatened with violence by a Muslim on Facebook, and the only one who paid a price for that threat was Jamie, after he posted about it. Facebook ended up suspending him for a week. That’s the basis of my accompanying cartoon. This unfair, unwarranted punishment of those on the Right is happening more and more these days by a platform that pretends to be neutral, but is dominated by hardcore leftist Islamophiles.
I’ve had my own trouble with Facebook. Right after the Garland attack, where Jihadists planned to murder over two hundred of us at the Mohammad Art Exhibit event, Facebook removed me from their platform. It was only after a healthy online protest against my removal that I was reinstated. I’ve enjoyed social media, it’s helped me connect with like-minded individuals around the world, and it’s helped me get my work out there in a way I haven’t before. But it’s becoming increasingly clear that, despite their protestations, they have a secret policy of limiting the reach of those who criticize the Left and Islam.
If Facebook and Twitter were transparent from the outset that they would censor non-leftists and Islam critics, they wouldn’t be as big as they are. But now that they’re massive, the purge is here. But instead of outright removing accounts they find troublesome from their leftist perspective, they secretly limit their reach. Facebook has crippled the accounts of Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, limiting their reach to a fraction of what it used to be. Facebook and Twitter are private companies who can do what they want, and who can alienate whoever they want, but they’re underhanded about it and they belie their terms of service, which is supposedly against discrimination. That’s a big reason why their reputations are eroding.