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House Judiciary Hearing on Social Media Censorship Today

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The U.S. House Judiciary Committee Hearing is holding a hearing this morning at 10:00am EST on social media filtering and policing practices. The hearing will focus on how social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter, along with tech giant Google, moderate content on their platforms. It will feature social media personalities Diamond & Silk, who have garnered attention in recent weeks for having their content deemed “unsafe” by Facebook.

Just yesterday, I was, yet again, blocked from Facebook for publishing a news story about Islamic Jew-hatred in Germany.

For months, Facebook has been censoring, scrubbing and banning posts, comments and users who dare violate the Sharia. And it’s getting worse. Posts, links, comments critical of jihad and sharia violate Facebook’s sharia terms of service. My feed has been blocked and banned. Facebook daily referrals were 90K plus back in February, today is under 2k. My feed is blocked from my millions of followers on Facebook, and I have seen my circulation drop precipitously in the past three months. For news publishers, Facebook is the motherboard of link traffic. No news site can survive without them. None of us are immune, which is why my traffic is down upwards of 95% since the block. My Facebook page has well over a million followers; add my organizations to that, and it is roughly two million people. Now imagine their sharing capability, and their friends and their friends — you get the picture. It’s how we fight fake news. All of my FB followers experience similar issues with their posts and shares. I receive scores of emails every day from readers telling me of new blocks, bans and Facebook jail sentences. It’s why I am suing.

Imagine a chief officer from a major American communications company went to the terror state of Pakistan to assure the Pakisstani government that Facebook would adhere to the sharia. The commitment was given by Vice President of Facebook Joel Kaplan who called on Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. “Facebook has reiterated its commitment to keep the platform safe and promote values that are in congruence with its community standards.”

Why the block? Because under Islamic law, you cannot criticize Islam. Facebook adhering to the most extreme and brutal ideology on the face of the earth should trouble all of us, because Mark Zuckerberg has immense power. He controls the flow of information. He controls what you see and don’t see on Facebook. We did not give him the power to abridge our unalienable freedoms.

The US government used anti-trust laws to break up monopolies. They ought to break up Facebook. Section 2 of the Sherman Act highlights particular results deemed anti-competitive by nature and prohibits actions that “shall monopolize, or attempt to monopolize, or combine or conspire with any other person or persons, to monopolize any part of the trade or commerce among the several States, or with foreign nations.” Why shouldn’t the same be applied to information? The United States government took down Standard Oil, Alcoa, Northern Securities, the American Tobacco Company and many others without nearly the power that Facebook has. President Clinton sued Microsoft. And the USG broke up Ma Bell. Isn’t yesterday’s telephone number today’s IP address?

President Theodore Roosevelt sued 45 companies under the Sherman Act, while William Howard Taft sued 75, and the fact that the US government used these vicious anti-capitalist laws to destroy huge industrial giants must be used in defense of free speech?

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From Free Out Internet:

Facebook, Google and Twitter’s rampant censorship of conservative voices is a direct threat to free speech in America, and Free Our Internet is happy to see that the House Judiciary Committee is taking the matter seriously. These social media giants are controlling content on their platforms, increasingly threatening free speech and sounding more and more like oppressive regimes around the world – including China, whose President Xi Jinping earlier this week emphasized his concern that the internet is becoming “a platform for disseminating harmful information and stirring up trouble with rumors.”

Watch the hearing here at 10:00am EST, and send a letter to your representatives in Congress today to let them know that Silicon Valley titans must be stopped in their crusade to control the flow of information. Together, we can take back control of the internet from the tech-left.

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