Facebook Censorship and the War on Free Speech

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Writing at the Gatestone Institute, British journalist Douglas Murray looked at Facebook as a battleground in the war on free speech Friday, recalling a recent case in which the social media giant was “forced to back down when caught permitting anti-Israel postings, but censoring equivalent anti-Palestinian postings.”

To this, Murray adds the disturbing September incident in which German chancellor Angela Merkel was caught on an open mike, asking Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg if he would help suppress “anti-immigration” postings… and he replied that he was already working on it.

It’s clear enough that Merkel and the rest of her government believe the best way to handle the insane migrant disaster they’ve unleashed upon Europe is to forbid their citizens from complaining about it.

It’s also clear that Merkel, and every other censor around the world, can usually get Internet providers to play ball, either through ideological sympathy or intimidation.  (Russia seems especially eager to play China’s game of telling social media titans they need to either get with the government program or find themselves locked out of huge authoritarian markets.)

The ensuing months have given us an idea of what Zuckerberg told Merkel his company was working on, as described by Murray:

Last month, Facebook launched what it called an “Initiative for civil courage online,” the aim of which, it claims, is to remove “hate speech” from Facebook — specifically by removing comments that “promote xenophobia.” Facebook is working with a unit of the publisher Bertelsmann, which aims to identify and then erase “racist” posts from the site. The work is intended particularly to focus on Facebook users in Germany.

At the launch of the new initiative, Facebook’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, explained that, “Hate speech has no place in our society — not even on the internet.” She went to say that, “Facebook is not a place for the dissemination of hate speech or incitement to violence.”

Of course, Facebook can do what it likes on its own website. What is troubling is what this organization of effort and muddled thinking reveals about what is going on in Europe.

“The sinister thing about what Facebook is doing is that it is now removing speech that presumably almost everybody might consider racist — along with speech that only someone at Facebook decides is ‘racist,’” Murray writes.  “And it just so happens to turn out that, lo and behold, this idea of ‘racist’ speech appears to include anything critical of the EU’s current catastrophic immigration policy.”

Read more at Breitbart.com

American Nanny Murdered by Muslim Migrant Rapist in Austria

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Why would a young American girl take in a Muslim migrant and provide him with shelter to stop him from being deported? Because the European and American media, the left and the political establishment insist that the “refugees” are harmless, and that we should welcome them, and that any concern about them is islamofauxbic. Because Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who enjoys the unimaginable riches of living in a free society, agreed to impose Merkel’s sharia-compliant restrictions on free speech and block all migrant stories.

This is the result.

Notice how freely these savages move about Europe. From Austria to Switzerland to Syria,  thanks to the Euro-Med agreement.

Illegal immigrant is arrested over murder of American nanny in Austria after she took him in to stop him being deported – and is revealed to have raped underage girl

Lauren Mann, 25, was found half-naked, face-down on a mattress at her apartment in Austrian capital last month
Autopsy found high-flying student from Grand Junction, Colorado, was suffocated and prosecutors confirmed today she was murdered
Gambian failed asylum-seeker, 24, who Mann had apparently taken in to help him avoid deportation was arrested on Thursday

He is named only as Abdou I. and was found at an asylum center in Bern, Switzerland, suggesting he was trying to claim a right to stay there
Illegal immigrant was already known to police in Germany where he had raped an underage girl, Austrian newspaper reportsBy Flemming Emil Hansen In Vienna, Austria, For Dailymail.com, 5 February 2016

An illegal immigrant has been arrested over the murder of an American nanny who had given him shelter at her Vienna apartment.

The 24-year-old Gambian had been wanted by police since the death of Lauren Mann, 25, from Grand Junction, Colorado last month.

He was arrested on Thursday in Bern, Switzerland, at an asylum center there after his mobile phone use was traced.

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Lauren Mann (pictured in a Facebook photo) was discovered lying half-naked, face-down on a mattress at her fourth district address on Tuesday 26 January. Her alleged murder has finally been arrested

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Police and firefighters had to force open the door to Ms Mann’s apartment inside this building in Vienna after her employers became concerned by her unexplained absence from work

The location of the arrest suggests he was trying to use the immigration system to avoid being returned to his home country.

He was named by prosecutors in Austria only as Abdou I., under a legal convention that the surnames of alleged criminals are not released until they are convicted.

No mugshot was released by authorities in either country.

Austrian newspaper Krone also reported that he was already known to police, having raped an underage girl in Germany.

The case is likely to highlight concerns which are growing in Europe over sex-crime related to the wave of immigrants arriving in the continent – although Abdou I. is from West Africa rather than the Middle East, from where the vast majority are currently arriving.

Austrian authorities will now have to request his extradition from neighboring Switzerland.

Nina Bussek, spokeswoman for the Austrian State Prosecutor, told Daily Mail Online: ‘A suspect has been arrested in Switzerland. We can’t provide any further details at the moment.

‘The arrest is supported by concrete evidence, but I can not say what this evidence consist of, since it is part of an ongoing investigation and cannot be made public.

‘We have handed in a extradition request at a Vienna court. Whether they have made a formal request by the Swiss authorities yet I can’t say, but the request has been made by our office to have the suspect handed over to Austrian police.’

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Concerns:The alarm was first raised on Monday when she failed to show up to her au pair job at the home of Michael Kuen and his wife Verena Jaschke-Kuen. She helped care for their family

Grand Junction Colorado USA. Home of Shelly Hide, mother of slain nanny Lauren Mann found murdered in her apartment in Vienna Austria. Photo for Daily Mail by: Jonathan Castner

Mourned at home: In Grand Junction, Lauren’s brother-in-law told Daily Mail Online she was being remembered as ‘a brilliant, beautiful person’.

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Investigation: A forensic examination of the 550-euro ($600) a month studio apartment where the student lived was carried out after he body was found

Local reports in Austria suggested that the Gambian had failed in his attempt to stay in the country but had been taken in out of compassion by Mann to avoid him being deported.

The arrest also meant that prosecutors confirmed that they believe Mann was murdered.

Initially they had said they were waiting for toxicology tests after an autopsy found the nanny and part-time student had been suffocated.

One theory they had been revealed to have considered is whether the death was a ‘sex game’ gone wrong – which was angrily rejected by her family.

Law enforcement blaming the victim – these vicious cowards smear, defame the victims for kissing the feet of these savages.

By announcing that they are treating the case as a murder and Abdou I. as a murder suspect, prosecutors are effectively dropping that theory.

Local reports in Austria suggested that the Gambian had failed in his attempt to stay in the country but had been taken in out of compassion by Mann to avoid him being deported.

The arrest also meant that prosecutors confirmed that they believe Mann was murdered.

Initially they had said they were waiting for toxicology tests after an autopsy found the nanny and part-time student had been suffocated.

One theory they had been revealed to have considered is whether the death was a ‘sex game’ gone wrong – which was angrily rejected by her family.

By announcing that they are treating the case as a murder and Abdou I. as a murder suspect, prosecutors are effectively dropping that theory.

Her brother-in-law had told Daily Mail Online that the au pair would ‘never’ have got involved in anything like that. 

‘I knew Lauren and she wasn’t like that,’ he said.

‘She would never have done anything like that. She just wasn’t that kind of a person.

‘There’s been a lot of inaccurate stuff written and it’s just not right.’

Instead of dwelling on her death, Doutis said he would always remember her as ‘a brilliant, beautiful person’.

‘It’s so terrible what happened to her,’ he added. ‘We’re all really upset.

‘She was so excited about living in Europe – she had always wanted to move there. It’s a really hard time for all of us.’

Neighbors on the peaceful Wiender Hauptstrasse were skeptical of the theory and insisted that Lauren was ‘a very lovely girl’ and a ‘model tenant .

The theory had also been met with skepticism by the University of Colorado graduate’s friends in Vienna.

The alarm was first raised on Monday 25 January, when she failed to show up to her au pair job at the home of Michael Kuen and his wife Verena Jaschke-Kuen.

– See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2016/02/american-nanny-murdered-by-muslim-migrant-rapist-in-austria.html/#sthash.S4QholuQ.dpuf

Facebook Censorship and the War on Free Speech

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BY JOHN HAYWARD

Free speech is under assault — not only in repressive dictatorships suddenly able to influence global conversations through the Internet, but across the Western world, and even in the American bastion of free expression.  Absolute protection for speech as an inalienable right has given way to bitter squabbling over how much free expression should be sacrificed for various, ostensibly noble goals, and who the censors will be.

Writing at the Gatestone Institute, British journalist Douglas Murray looked at Facebook as a battleground in the war on free speech Friday, recalling a recent case in which the social media giant was “forced to back down when caught permitting anti-Israel postings, but censoring equivalent anti-Palestinian postings.”

To this, Murray adds the disturbing September incident in which German chancellor Angela Merkel was caught on an open mike, asking Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg if he would help suppress “anti-immigration” postings… and he replied that he was already working on it.

It’s clear enough that Merkel and the rest of her government believe the best way to handle the insane migrant disaster they’ve unleashed upon Europe is to forbid their citizens from complaining about it.

It’s also clear that Merkel, and every other censor around the world, can usually get Internet providers to play ball, either through ideological sympathy or intimidation.  (Russia seems especially eager to play China’s game of telling social media titans they need to either get with the government program or find themselves locked out of huge authoritarian markets.)

The ensuing months have given us an idea of what Zuckerberg told Merkel his company was working on, as described by Murray:

Last month, Facebook launched what it called an “Initiative for civil courage online,” the aim of which, it claims, is to remove “hate speech” from Facebook — specifically by removing comments that “promote xenophobia.” Facebook is working with a unit of the publisher Bertelsmann, which aims to identify and then erase “racist” posts from the site. The work is intended particularly to focus on Facebook users in Germany.

At the launch of the new initiative, Facebook’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, explained that, “Hate speech has no place in our society — not even on the internet.” She went to say that, “Facebook is not a place for the dissemination of hate speech or incitement to violence.”

Of course, Facebook can do what it likes on its own website. What is troubling is what this organization of effort and muddled thinking reveals about what is going on in Europe.

“The sinister thing about what Facebook is doing is that it is now removing speech that presumably almost everybody might consider racist — along with speech that only someone at Facebook decides is ‘racist,’” Murray writes.  “And it just so happens to turn out that, lo and behold, this idea of ‘racist’ speech appears to include anything critical of the EU’s current catastrophic immigration policy.”

That would come as no surprise, and no great cause for concern, to American campus activists.  The sacrifice of free speech inexorably slides into acceptance of totalitarianism, which doesn’t just mean iron-fisted goose-stepping dictatorship.

Totalitarianism is the politicization and control of every aspect of life.  It can easily be sugar-coated and sold with high-minded language.  When it begins slipping in more sinister directions, the supporters of “benevolent totalitarianism” are willing to forgive its appetites, because they don’t want to surrender their sense of idealism… and they really don’t mind if people they loathe are oppressed.

Frankly, they think oppression against designated villain groups is impossible.  They would laugh out loud at the notion that a “racist, xenophobic” purveyor of “hate speech” — with “privilege” dripping from his every pore — could complain about being oppressed.  If those people comprise majority opinion, as the opponents of Merkel’s migrant policies do… well, that’s just proof society is dominated by mouth-breathers who must be tamed through the power of the State and its willing, enlightened partners.  Social-media CEOs, for example.

What Murray describes at Facebook is but one example of a new mindset taking shape across the Western world – a view of free expression as a liability, a toxic agent of chaos to be contained.  Countless stories from the last few years show us that free speech is now negotiable, and the negotiations take place along Marxist class-consciousness lines.  Designated victims must be protected from ideas that would hurt their feelings.  The cost in liberty to “privileged” oppressors is a small price to pay.

Citizens must learn to weigh their words very carefully.  That’s a way of teaching them to weigh their very thoughts carefully, internally policing themselves, lest external social-justice police have to be called in.  We are told to accept this new, constrained view of free expression because only “bad” thoughts will be suppressed, but as Murray demonstrates, the definition of bad-thought becomes elastic very quickly, and the ability to write those definitions is a source of incredible power.

The new twist on this grim old formula is the rise of computerized communication, which makes it possible for ordinary people to share their thoughts as never before… but also gives a few corporate titans unprecedented power to both censor our communications, and conceal the censorship.  Automated “hate speech” suppression systems keep human fingerprints off censorship decisions.  Some of the most insidious social media censorship systems keep the targeted user from realizing he has been censored – he still sees his own post, but has no idea the system is hiding it from the outside world.

Murray warns that free speech provides a vital release for tensions, which can explode into violent unrest more easily in the “pressure cooker” created by censorship.  As he puts it, looking back at the horrific experience of Germany between the World Wars, tensions rise when signals are sent to angry citizens that “the time for talking is over.”

A fair warning… and yet, the experience of the past decade suggests that totalitarians are getting better at controlling unruly populations.  At the dawn of the Obama presidency, during Iran’s Green Revolution, there was euphoric speculation that the Internet would represent an evolutionary leap for freedom, the next step beyond the fax machines of China’s Tienanmen Square uprising, making totalitarianism all but impossible.

The opposite seems to have happened, as both Tienanmen Square and the Green Revolution were put down, and governments across the ideological spectrum have found the Internet a deep sea in which dissent can be drowned – more useful for organizing Social Justice Warrior mobs of vigilante speech police than for challenging the established order.

We are all totalitarians now.  Anyone bothered by that reality had better speak up, loudly enough to be heard by billionaire CEOs, while they still can.

Facebook – Online Gun Sales

The whole Oregon standoff was a Victory for the govt. – I don’t 100% agree with the ranchers, but the FBI is starting to master suppression tactics.

Facebook is fucking useless anyways. Don’t even know why I still have one.

You go Matt. Just another way to make a tool look bad.
I hate to say it, but YouTube will probably be the next to cave in

I think FB deserves 2 big middle fingers~!

I sell buy and trade a lot of Facebook with the buy sell trade page in Illinois so this hurts quite a bit. With us in Illinois you have to have a Foid card (forearm owners ID card) to buy or sell anyway so this is stupid.

FACEBOOK CENSORS STORY ABOUT ‘REFUGEE’ RAPING SWEDISH WOMAN

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Social network bans Infowars link after Zuckerberg vowed to eliminate ‘xenophobia’ about migrants

Paul Joseph Watson – DECEMBER 24, 2015

Facebook has sensationally banned a story about a ‘refugee’ raping a Swedish woman in line with the company’s new policy to censor anti-migrant posts deemed to be “xenophobic”.

The Infowars story, which explained how a north African migrant who participated in the gang rape of a woman in Stockholm got off without charge, was posted on Facebook yesterday but disappeared from the website within hours.

A query of the URL on Facebook’s ‘Debugger’ website reveals that, “this link is blocked.” Any attempt to post the link on Facebook results in failure.

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Apparently, Facebook feels it is more important to control the narrative on the migrant crisis than to defend rape victims.

The company’s policy was leaked during a conversation between Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and German Chancellor Angela Merkel earlier this year which was caught on a hot mic. Zuckerberg promised Merkel that he was working on censoring anti-migrant posts.

It subsequently emerged that the German government and Facebook were working with ex-Stasi agent Anetta Kahane to identify “xenophobic” posts made on the social networking website and punish people who make them with fines and jail sentences.

As we highlighted back in January, Facebook’s new censorship policy also allows users to flag content which “annoys” them or which they deem to be offensive. This allows large mobs of agenda-driven social justice warriors to mass flag posts for deletion.

The new policy was justified by Facebook’s need to eliminate “fake news,” but the same excuse doesn’t apply in this case. The story about the refugee gang rape of the Swedish woman was featured in numerous different mainstream news outlets, including The Local and FriaTider.

Facebook has previously censored political content on numerous occasions. Back in May, the winner of the Muhammad art contest in Garland, Texas that was attacked by gun-wielding jihadists was banned by Facebook, before his account was restored after vociferous complaints.

The Alex Jones Facebook account was also temporarily suspended over an image of an ISIS militant that couldn’t even be considered offensive by any stretch of the imagination.

As the Gatestone Institute highlights, Facebook is censoring a rape epidemic in Germany that has led citizens to obtain firearms and pepper spray in their droves.

German police are also deliberately censoring information about migrants committing rapes and other crimes so as not to “legitimize” critics of mass immigration.

Social Networks In Germany Crush Criticism of Immigration

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Facebook, Twitter, Google Collude With German Government To Censor Discussion On Immigration

BY CHARLIE NASH

The two largest social networks, Facebook and Twitter, and the world’s largest search engine, Google, have teamed up with German law enforcement to delete “hate speech” within 24 hours in what is being seen as a last-ditch effort to silence public dissent about a gigantic wave of Syrian immigration.

The partnership to crack down on what Germany deems illegal speech comes after German law enforcement’s reported concerns about “racist abuse” posted to social media after the country’s huge and extremely controversial import of over a million Syrian refugees.

Justice Minister Heiko Maas is reported to have warned social networks that they must not become “a funfair for the far-right” and that “the benchmark to be applied will be German law and no longer just the terms of use of each network.”

Specialist teams will be used to track down, examine, and remove offending posts, and the process is not to take more than 24 hours.

After World War Two, all Nazi-related imagery and material was made illegal irrespective of context in Germany. All Nazi-related swastikas and salutes were replaced in the Wolfenstein video game remake, owing to this law.

PLEDGED ALLEGIANCE TO ISIS ON FACEBOOK

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By Greg Botelho

(CNN)The San Bernardino, California, mass shooting is now being investigated as “an act of terrorism,” FBI official David Bowdich said Friday.

Bowdich said the FBI “uncovered evidence … of extreme planning.”

He said some phone conversations between at least one of the shooters and other people are being investigated. The announcement means the FBI has become the lead investigative agency, taking over from San Bernardino police.

The announcement came several hours after a revelation about Tashfeen Malik, the female shooter in the Wednesday massacre that left 14 dead and 21 wounded.

She posted a pledge of allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Facebook while the shooting was happening, three U.S. officials familiar with the investigation told CNN

Malik’s post was made on an account with a different name, one U.S. official said. The officials did not explain how they knew Malik made the post.

A Facebook official told CNN that a post that went up about 11 a.m. Wednesday that violated the company’s community standards that prohibit the promotion of terrorism or the glorification of violence. It was taken down Thursday.

The official said he couldn’t go into details about the nature of the post. The official said Facebook is cooperating with law enforcement.

A law enforcement official said it appeared that the mass shooting may have been inspired by ISIS.

But none of the officials said that ISIS directed or ordered the attack. ISIS has called for people worldwide to launch attacks in its name, but isn’t known to have claimed credit for what happened in San Bernardino.

Malik and her husband, Syed Rizwan Farook, burst into a holiday party for the environmental health department he worked for and opened fire. They were killed elsewhere in a shootout with police.

No one has been arrested in connection with the massacre, but authorities say it is a possibility.

“This is looking more and more like self-radicalization,” a law enforcement official said.

Farook’s relatives didn’t know the couple held radical views. They have no idea why the couple burst into a holiday luncheon for Farook’s co-workers and viciously opened fire, family lawyers said. Nor did they have an idea the couple had a makeshift bomb lab in the apartment they shared with their 6-month-old daughter and Farook’s mother.

“It just doesn’t make sense for these two to be able to act like some kind of Bonnie and Clyde or something,” Farook family attorney David S. Chesley told CNN’s Chris Cuomo. “It’s just ridiculous. It doesn’t add up.”

Another official said authorities haven’t ruled out that others may have influenced this radical view. In addition, the law enforcement source said investigators think a workplace issue with religion may have sparked the killings.

Officials: Farook talked to person investigated for terror

Neither Farook nor his wife had gotten into trouble with the law, according to police. Neither was on any list of potentially radicalized people.

But it’s not known what connections Malik, who was born and raised in Pakistan and moved to Saudi Arabia about the age of 19, had with any terrorists or groups.

Investigators are exploring Farook’s communications with at least one person who was being investigated for possible terror connections. Some were by phone, some on social media.

“These appear to be soft connections,” an official said, meaning they were not frequent contacts. Farook’s last communication with the contacts was months ago.

Obama calls for gun reforms after San Bernardino shooting

A federal official said Farook has “overseas communications and associations,” but it’s not yet clear how relevant they are to the shootings. “We don’t know yet what they mean,” the official said.

Family lawyer Mohammad Abuershaid said that Farook traveled twice to Saudi Arabia — first in 2013 for the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca that Muslims are required to take at least once in their lifetime, then again to marry Malik, whom he’d met through an online dating service.

Bowdich said that he went to Pakistan, as well, though Abuershaid denied that.

Did a workplace dispute boil over?

The shooters didn’t make it easy for authorities: The hard drive from their computer is gone, and two relatively new cell phones were found smashed in a garbage can near one of the crime scenes, law enforcement officials said.

Bowdich called this an attempt to destroy “digital fingerprints.”

And the FBI have officially announced that they are treating it as a terrorist attack. One of the few smart things I have heard from US “intelligence” agencies in years.

Now the U.S. has a perfect excuse to bomb the shit out of Assad. Because most Americans don’t know a shit about who is who in Syria.

If Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is not available for the pledge one could also make the same pledge to Erdogan or John McCain.
More American bullshit to saturate the media and to keep Turkey/ISIS oil for $ out of the news.
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