Shocking double standard of social network giant exposed yet again
MARCH 24, 2017
The way in which Facebook polices content on its network is under scrutiny again after it was revealed that a post in which a user called for white women to be “hunted and killed” was deemed to not be a violation of community standards.
“White women should be hunted and killed then we won’t get white babies who think the(y) own the world,” the user posted.
When the post was reported by another user for “hate speech,” Facebook responded with the message, “We reviewed the comment you reported for displaying hate speech and found it doesn’t violate our Community Standards.”
Meanwhile, posts by Christians that simply state bible passages in discussions about homosexuality are being removed, while pages devoted to showing grisly mock images of President Trump being assassinated are not taken down.
The social networking giant has also received criticism for several recent incidents during which rapes of women have been been live video streamed on the platform.
Facebook also refused to remove the infamous video where a mentally disabled man was tortured by a group of young black men when it was reported.
It seems that Facebook is too busy complying with threats to remove so-called “fake news” to deal with actual examples of hate speech and violence.
Flags for so-called fake news which cite Snopes – a far-left partisan outfit – as an independent fact checker, are already appearing when users attempt to post links to certain stories.
Facebook also began recently declaring Infowars posts to be “spam” and deleting them from public view, although this appears to have been remedied for the time being.
American warships were “harassed” by Iranian forces in the Strait of Hormuz, according to US Navy commanders, who said the Iranians had their weapons uncovered, manned, and armed. It comes amid already tense relations between Tehran and Washington.
The incident occurred on Tuesday as a US-led, five-vessel flotilla, which included the aircraft carrier ‘USS George H.W. Bush’, passed through the waters on its way to the Arabian Gulf.
According to the commanders, the flotilla was approached by two sets of Iranian Navy fast-attack boats, some of which came as close as 870 meters (950 yards) from the aircraft carrier.
“What I don’t like about that is they (Iranian boats) were in the middle of international transit waters (while) we had a right to be there as we were exercising freedom of navigation on our way into the Arabian Gulf,” Rear Admiral Kenneth Whitesell, commander of the Carrier Strike Group 2, told journalists aboard the aircraft carrier, as quoted by Reuters.
“They also had weapons uncovered as some of the cameras were able to tell. They had some of the weapons manned. We also have aerial data that they were arming all of these weapons.”
Whitehall said Iran claimed the US-led flotilla – which also included a Danish frigate and a French destroyer – had breached its international territorial waters. The commander denied that assertion.
Responding to the Iranian Navy, US forces deployed helicopter gunships from the ‘USS George H.W. Bush’ to hover over the speedboats. One of the helicopters was threatened by Iran, according to Captain Will Pennington, the commanding officer of the ‘George H.W. Bush’, adding that it was “certainly unprofessional behavior.”
The incident ended without a shot being fired, and the vessels continued on their way to the northern part of the Gulf to participate in US-led airstrikes against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq and Syria. According to Pennington, the behavior of Iran’s navy has become “more aggressive and less predictable,” essentially presenting “a risk to the merchant traffic that’s around us [US Navy].”
It comes less than three weeks after Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said a US Navy ship changed course toward Iranian vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, accusing Washington of “unprofessional actions…(that) can have irreversible consequences.”
Speaking of the incident to Reuters, an official said that multiple Iranian fast-attack vessels had come within 550 meters (600 yards) of the tracking ship ‘USNS Invincible’, forcing it to change direction.
In January, a US destroyer fired three warning shots at four Iranian fast-attack vessels near the Strait of Hormuz after they approached at high speed and apparently disregarded numerous requests to slow down.
Located between the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz is a strategic waterway through which 30 percent of global oil exports pass annually.
Donald Trump‘s administration has already butted heads with the Islamic Republic, referring to it as the “number one terrorist state.” The US leader has also said that military options are not off the table when it comes to Iran, responding to a missile test by Tehran.
The already tense relations between the two countries were worsened by Trump’s recent travel ban, which bars citizens from six Muslim-majority countries – including Iran – from entering the US. The ban was halted by a US federal judge and is awaiting a May 8 appeals court hearing.
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By Pamela Geller
A Utah man celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary in London was among those killed in Wednesday’s attack outside the U.K. Parliament. Kurt Cochran and his wife, Melissa, had stopped in London during a tour of Europe and were planning to return home today.
An American was murdered in an Islamic terror attack and we hear nothing of this in the enemedia. Instead we are tortured with lectures about Islam, “one of the world’s great religions.” We are warned against identifying this Islamic attack as Islamic lest we be “racist” “bigots” “islamophobes.” While the streets of London are still fresh with blood we are told that Muslims’ feelings are paramount and that they don’t feel safe. They don’t feel safe.
The British government are sacrificing their citizens on the alter of Islam.
Who speaks for the dead?
THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE ON A DREAM VACATION BUT YESTERDAY AFTERNOON ‘ISIS’ ATTACKER LEFT UTAH MAN CRUMPLED AND DEAD AFTER HURLING HIM OVER BRIDGE AND HIS WIFE BLOODIED AND WEEPING IN A PILE OF SCATTERED POSTCARDS IN IMAGE THAT WENT AROUND THE WORLD
- Kurt and Melissa Cochran were the first pedestrians hit on Westminster Bridge
- Mr Cochran, 54, was hurled over the edge and on to a walkway beneath it
- His wife lay frozen on the bridge with a broken leg as strangers tended to her
- Photos of them at the bridge swept the world as news of the attack spread
- Mr Cochran died and his 46-year-old wife is recovering in hospital in the UK
- The pair were touring Europe to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary
- London, where Mrs Cochran’s parents work as missionaries, was their final stop
- President Trump paid tribute to Mr Cochran as a ‘great American’ on Thursday
By Jennifer Smith For Dailymail.com and Martin Robinson Chief Reporter For Mailonline, March 23, 2017:
A Utah couple celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary on a dream tour of Europe are among the victims of the London terror attack.
Kurt Cochran, 54, died after being thrown over Westminster Bridge onto a walkway beneath it when ISIS terrorist Khalid Masood mowed him down in his Hyundai 4×4.
His 46-year-old wife Melissa was also struck. She lay frozen on the bridge among postcards from a toppled tourism stand with blood pouring from her head while strangers consoled her.
Mrs Cochran was taken to hospital in the UK where she is being treated for a broken leg and rib.
They were the first people hit when Masood, who later died in hospital after being shot by police, embarked on his murderous path across the bridge where at least ten more innocent pedestrians were hit.
Chilling photos of the couple at the bridge swept the world as news of the attack spread.
Kurt and Melissa Cochran from West Bountiful, Utah, were among those who were run over by a terrorist in a 4×4 on Westminster Bridge on Wednesday. Mr Cochran died while his wife remains in hospital
Mr Cochran hurled over the parapet and landed on the concrete walkway under the bridge
Strangers consoled Mrs Cochran as she lay on the bridge next to a toppled postcard stand before an ambulance arrived
The 46-year-old mother desperately cluthced on to a stranger who held her bleeding head as she lay among scattered postcards while they waited for an ambulance. The chilling image swept the world yesterday before the pair were identified
A mother who was on her way to collect her children from school was also killed before the terrorist came to a stop at the Houses of Parliament, crashing his car into railings.
A 75-year-old man died from his injuries today.
A policeman standing guard in New Palace Yard was stabbed and died at the scene.
Distraught family confirmed Mr and Mrs Cochran’s involvement in the atrocity on Thursday, telling how they ‘ached’ for the couple’s children.
London was their final stop after a tour of other European destinations.
They had already visited Holland, Germany, Ireland and Scotland and were in the English capital to spend time with Mrs Cochran’s parents who work there as missionaries for the Church of the Latter Day Saints.
The London terrorist attacker has been named by police as Khalid Masood.
Masood, 52, was born in Kent and detectives believe he was most recently living in the West Midlands. Masood was also known by a number of aliases, Scotland Yard says.
Masood was not the subject of any current investigations and there was no prior intelligence about his intent to mount a terrorist attack.
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) March 23, 2017
He was known to police, however, and had a range of previous convictions for assaults, including GBH, possession of offensive weapons and public order offenses.
His first conviction was in November 1983 for criminal damage and his last conviction was in December 2003 for possession of a knife.
He had never been convicted for any terrorism offences, police say.
According to Sky News, Masood was an English teacher and religious convert. He was a married father of three, who was into bodybuilding.
Westminster attacker Khalid Masood was an English teacher and religious convert, sources tell us.
— Andy Hughes (@SkyAndyHughes) March 23, 2017
Sky sources: Westminster attacker Khalid Masood was a married father of three, who worked as an English teacher and was into bodybuilding.
— Andy Hughes (@SkyAndyHughes) March 23, 2017
Masood killed four and injured 29 people in a terrorist attack in Westminster on Wednesday. He rammed pedestrians while speeding across Westminster Bridge in a car, then ran towards Parliament and stabbed a police officer dead.
Masood was shot dead by an armed police officer outside Parliament.
Giving details of the attacker’s background in Parliament today, May said the assailant was known to police and MI5 – the UK’s domestic intelligence agency.
“What I can confirm is that the man was British-born and that – some years ago – he was once investigated in relation to concerns about violent extremism. He was a peripheral figure.
“The case is historic – he was not part of the current intelligence picture. There was no prior intelligence of his intent – or of the plot. Intensive investigations continue.”
In Birmingham, searches are continuing at a flat raided by armed police.
Neighbors said heavily-armed officers stormed a second-floor flat in Hagley Road overnight.
“The man from London lived here. They came and arrested three men,” a witness who works in a shop nearby told the Press Association.
A total of eight suspects have been arrested in raids at six different locations.
The attacker is believed to have acted alone.
Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) has claimed responsibility for the attack outside the UK parliament, according to the terror group’s new agency Amaq.
The agency said “A soldier of the Islamic State carried out the attack, responding to a call for attacking citizens of coalition states.”
The claim cannot be verified at this stage.