When social media platforms were first introduced, we were still in our honeymoon phase with the Internet. We were presented with advertisements that made it seem like we would all have our own free websites.
That’s what we thought Facebook was going to be, a website for our lives. We were told that we would have free and open channels to communication with the whole world.
With these presumptions in mind, we all leaped head first into social media. Soon, these websites- Facebook especially- became a norm for everyday communications. For these reasons, ideas have been circulating about regarding these online services to be public utilities. That is to say, some people believe these platforms are so important for communication that they should be regulated by the government.
Now that issue is a mixed bag. But the point is that organizations like Facebook have become the gatekeepers for a vast swath of how and what we communicate.
Therefore, censorship on Facebook is a problem. And Facebook has been caught red-handed limiting people’s ability to post and to have their posts seen for overtly political reasons. Facebook has earned a nasty reputation for banning, blocking, censoring, and suspending accounts that post conservative and non-mainstream news articles. They called these posts fake news, parroting the Mainstream Media. Thrown in with the worst “fake news” promulgators were provably legitimate news reporting sites like Drudge, Zero Hedge, and yours truly.
Now Facebook has gone too far. Algorithms on the leading social media site have actually red flagged the Declaration of Independence. Mark Zuckerberg’s Frankensteinian creation has closed the Overton window on this foundational document which proclaims the United States complete and final separation from the English crown to be hate speech.
To date, this is the worst example of Facebook censorship. In the recent past, the platform has shut down information coming from the NRA, Fox News, Christians, Republicans, and the like.
Facebook spokespersons have said that the algorithm responsible for raising the red flag on the DOI did so without the benefit of human oversight and was mistaken.
But this has become a common excuse for what is becoming broader and broader censorship of conservative views. Twitter famously shut down Donald Trump’s Twitter account and execs said it was an accident. YouTube temporarily shut down Jordan B. Peterson’s YouTube creator account and blamed it on algorithms.
Before the YouTube “Adocalypse” removed a minimum of 40% of the revenue from YouTube creator accounts, a host of conservative accounts and accounts criticizing mainstream news sources were permanently taken down.
Two of the most prominent YouTube channels which were summarily deleted were The Richie Allen Show, and the David Seaman Channel. These were famous for criticizing globalist narratives and especially for shedding light on the high crimes of Hillary Clinton, her family, and foundation.
Now- in the words of Lisa Haven, a prominent conservative YouTuber who still survives- Facebook has “declared war on America.”
Beginning in late June, Liberty County Vindicator began posting a series of excerpts from the DOI. After nine such posts, the small news organization received a notice from Facebook. Facebook claimed in the notice that the post “goes against our standards on hate speech.”
The Declaration of Independence records a list of grievances of the American colonies against the King of England. The portion that Facebook’s algorithm took exception to begins with the following paragraph;
“He is, at this Time, transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to complete the Works of Death, Desolation, and Tyranny already begun with circumstances of Cruelty and Perfidy.”
The document goes on to list the crimes of the British crown against the people of the colonies. Its final paragraph appeals to the “Supreme Judge of the World” to recognize “the Rectitude of our Intentions.”
It then finally makes the declaration that “these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES, that they are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political Connection between them and the State of Great-Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved […]”
That’s some pretty hateful stuff, right?
According to Facebook, the passages were flagged due to the fact that the document refers to the native continentals as savages. This might be construed as a reasonable defense, excepting that this flagging follows a pattern of unfair censorship.
It also ignores the important context that the word “savage” was not considered a pejorative at the time the DOI used it.
~ Freedom News Report