Facebook is waging intellectual persecution against atheists and ex-Muslims, repeatedly allowing Muslims to take advantage of the site’s inappropriate content flagging system to have pages run for Muslim apostates shut down.
On Monday two prominent pages, Ex-Muslims of North America, which has 24,000 followers, and Atheist Republic, which boasts 1.6 million followers, were shut down after being targeted by Muslim groups.
The two pages offer assistance to people who have left the Muslim faith. Both were deemed to have been in violation of Facebook’s community standards.
In response, president of Ex-Muslims of North America, Muhammad Syed, has written Facebook an open letter in which he accuses the social media giant of not doing enough to protect groups vulnerable to malicious attacks.
He wrote: Ironically, the same social media which empowers religious minorities is susceptible to abuse by religious fundamentalists to enforce what are essentially the equivalent of online blasphemy laws. A simple English language search reveals hundreds of public groups and pages on Facebook explicitly dedicated to this purpose – giving their members easy-to-follow instructions on how to report public groups and infiltrate private ones.
With the help of the Arab Atheist Network, Syed has identified a number of sites targeted in this manner. Atheist Republic has been shut down four times in the last two years, he said, but also attacked were A Science Enthusiast (750,000 members), Humanitarian Non-Religious (32,000 members), and the Arab Atheist Network (23,500 members), along with six others, all with followers numbering in the thousands. Arab atheists, Bangladeshi secularists, and numerous other groups have been under attack for years, as religious conservatives in the Muslim world learn to abuse Facebook’s reporting system to their advantage.
The two pages at the centre of the row were reinstated upon appeal, but Syed believes that Facebook should do more to protect them from malicious attacks. He has called for a whitelist of groups vulnerable to attack, and for Facebook users who regularly abuse the reporting function to be penalized.
Syed told us: Many of these groups are not simply pages – they are communities in which atheists who are abandoned by those around them find comfort, support and emergency assistance in case of persecution or abuse. The closure of these groups means the loss of these vital resources for the isolated and vulnerable.
It’s amazing how the establishment controls hoi polloi by censorship. Every blog that dares tell the truth about the established institutions of politics, religion, education, and society is suspended by the blogging platforms, such as WordPress and Blogspot, for violating the terms of service. Governments, big investors, and big donors are part of this scheme to gag dissenting voices.
The established media of course like this game, because they get rid of competition. The only way out is either to write for big media or to speak in public. That’s why I enjoy being a keynote speaker. When I speak in public, nobody can censor me, no matter what I say about kleptocrats, warmongers, and charlatans. Public speaking is now the only game in town for free speech.
Never forget that hate speech is also a part of free speech. It’s amazing how frequently politicians accuse their competitors of hate speech or fake news. Instead of arguments based on facts and reason, we read nonsense based on false accusations and superstition.
Schools and religions are major tools in brainwashing and controlling hoi polloi. It’s inhumane and ridiculous to imprison kids in schools for many years in order to indoctrinate them to the status quo and keep teachers busy. Even though all religions are wrong and mumbo-jumbo escape from reality, governments support them in order to hoodwink the masses about the divinity of suffering.
Germany has formally announced its draconian push towards censorship of social media. This stupid law is a code of conduct, which Germany pressed upon Facebook, Twitter and YouTube in late 2015, and which included a pledge to delete hate speech from their websites within 24 hours.
This law sets out binding standards for the way operators of social networks deal with complaints and obliges them to delete criminal content. Statements that are deemed illegal under German law are now being conflated with statements that are merely deemed, subjectively and on the basis of entirely random complaints from social media users, who are free to abuse the code of conduct to their heart’s content, to be hate speech. Hate speech includes critiques of migration policies. To be in disagreement with the government’s policies is now criminal. Social media companies, such as Facebook, are supposed to be the government’s informers and enforcers, working at the speed of light to comply with the 24-hour rule. Rule of law, clearly, as in North Korea, Iran, Russia or any banana-republic, has no place in this system.
Social media platforms with more than two million users are obliged to delete or block any libel, slander, defamation or incitement, within 24 hours of receipt of a user complaint. The networks receive seven days for more complicated cases. Government could fine a social media company up to 50 million euros for failing to comply with the law; it could fine a company’s chief representative up to 5 million euros.
If Facebook insists on operating under rules of censorship, it should at the very least aim to administer those rules in a fair manner. Facebook, however, does not even pretend that it administers its censorship in any way that approximates fairness. Instead, Facebook’s practice of its so-called Community Standards, the standards to which Facebook refers when deleting or allowing content on its platform in response to user complaints, shows evidence of entrenched bias. Posts critical of migrant policies, for example, can get categorized as Islamophobia, and are often found to violate Community Standards, while incitement to actual violence and the murder of Jews and Israelis by Palestinian Arabs is generally considered as conforming to Facebook’s Community Standards!
Facebook’s bias is so strong that it recently restored Palestinian Arab terrorist group Fatah’s Facebook page, which incites hatred and violence against Jews, despite having shut it down only three days earlier. In 2016 alone, this page had a minimum of 130 posts glorifying terror and the murder of Jews.
EU is now imposing censorship on email providers and ordering postal authorities to screen letters, magazines, and brochures in the event that citizens spread xenophobia and fake news. During the Cold War, people living behind the Iron Curtain had their private letters opened by the communist authorities. Those passages deemed to be out of line with the communist orthodoxy, were simply blacked out. So many years after the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989), EU is reinventing itself in the image of the Soviet Union!