As the US becomes increasingly totalitarian, only one point of view is allowed in the public square, and that point of view is warmly positive toward Islam, with no criticism allowed. OpIndia reported Tuesday that Facebook “unpublished a page on the social media platform called ExMuslim TV, that merely shared short videos of ex-Muslims and the persecution they faced by the community after they had left Islam.” Then, according to Al Manar, “Twitter said on Wednesday that the tweets in which Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei calls for the destruction of the Zionist entity do not violate the company’s rules.”
Now it is becoming obvious to everyone that Facebook and Twitter are pro-jihad and Sharia-compliant, but this has gone on for years: each has for quite some time been harassing, shadowbanning, and blocking foes of jihad terror and Sharia oppression. In May 2020, Arab Weekly reported that “the name of Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Yemeni Nobel Prize winner Tawakkol Karman stood out as an odd addition to the list of Facebook’s first 20 oversight board members.”
But it really wasn’t odd at all. Back in January 2019, journalist Jordan Schachtel revealed in Conservative Review that “the Hamas-tied Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), which is best known as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing case in U.S. history, appears to have access to high-ranking Facebook and Twitter executives and has communicated with these individuals about who should be allowed to stay on their platforms.”
This was no surprise given that both Facebook and Twitter had shown themselves eager to become Sharia-compliant even before that. Facebook’s Vice President Joel Kaplan traveled to Pakistan in July 2017 to assure the Pakistani government that it would remove “anti-Islam” material. And Facebook has done so assiduously, banning numerous foes of jihad terror and blocking Pamela Geller’s widely popular page, as well as blocking the Jihad Watch Facebook page on spurious technical grounds.
Schachtel’s revelation showed how sick and degenerate the social media giants really are. CAIR has ties to Hamas, and CAIR’s Zahra Billoo, one of the social media censors, “has expressed her support for an Islamic caliphate and Sharia law. She also claims, in multiple tweets, that ISIS is on the same moral plane as American and Israeli soldiers, adding that ‘our troops are engaged in terrorism.’” This pro-Sharia Islamic supremacist is deciding what is acceptable discourse and what isn’t. It’s no wonder that the result would be platforms that are increasingly hostile to foes of jihad terror and Sharia oppression of women and others.
It would be interesting to know if Billoo had a hand in the notices that Twitter has been sending out telling people that they’re in violation of Pakistan’s Sharia blasphemy laws. Numerous counterjihad writers have received notices that various tweets they wrote were “in violation of Pakistan law:Section 37 of PECA-2016, Section 295 B and Section 295 C of the Pakistan penal code.”
Section 295B criminalizes “defiling the Holy Quran,” and carries a penalty of life imprisonment. 295C mandates that those who “by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representation, or by any imputation innuendo, or insinuation, directly, defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life and shall also be liable for fine.” Yes, death and a fine.
Did Billoo approve this policy? Did she make sure that Pamela Geller would also receive a notice from Twitter that she was in violation of Pakistani law for a tweet that noted correctly that Al Arabiya had criticized Billoo’s friend Linda Sarsour as a Muslim Brotherhood operative? Did she give the nod to sending a notice to Ensaf Haidar, the wife of Raif Badawi, who has been languishing for years in a Saudi prison for “insulting Islam,” for a tweet criticizing the niqab? Was Billoo involved?
Billoo and the chiefs of Facebook and Twitter all likely agree that reporting on jihad activity and Sharia oppression constitutes “hate speech,” and consequently should be shut down. That is the longstanding claim of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Muslim groups in the West, and it has been uncritically adopted by the Left, with which Facebook and Twitter are so firmly aligned.
The collaboration of Facebook and Twitter with CAIR only underscored the necessity to boycott and disempower these social media platforms. Yet a year and a half has passed a, despite Congressional hearings, nothing has been done.
If Facebook and Twitter and all the other social media giants shut out the truth, then we have to shut out the social media giants. Anti-trust legislation is urgently needed to break up these sinister monopolies, before the First Amendment becomes entirely a dead letter. Freedom of speech? Sure. As long as you toe the Leftist line.
Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is author of 21 books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is Rating America’s Presidents: An America-First Look at Who Is Best, Who Is Overrated, and Who Was An Absolute Disaster. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.
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