On Wednesday, Infowars’ Paul Joseph Watson said he was punished by Facebook for complaining about a death threat from an Islamist he reported to moderators.
“Last week, I received a message which read, ‘Hey you mother f****r, you keep mocking allahu and sweet Islam. I f*****g find you and kill you,’” he said. Watson did the responsible thing and reported the threat, but the social media giant said it didn’t violate their community standards.
“That’s right,” Watson said, “direct death threats don’t violate Facebook’s Community Standards. Let that sink in.”
But, he said, the situation got worse:
I posted the original death threat and Facebook’s response on my Facebook page. The post received thousands of shares, while also earning me several more death threats (because the best way to prove Islam is a religion of peace is by threatening to kill me).
“Direct death threats don’t violate Facebook’s “community standards,” yet people are routinely banned for expressing opinions. Incredible,” I commented next to a screenshot of the death threat and Facebook’s response.
Fast forward to this morning – Facebook removed the post and presented me with the following message upon logging in to my account.
Watson isn’t the first user to fall victim to the site’s “moderation,” as Adina Kutnicki, an investigative journalist based in Israel, and I documented in our book, “Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad.”
As we’ve documented many times here at Conservative Firing Line, the social media site increasingly becoming known as the “world’s most dangerous censor,” has punished users for a number of questionable reasons. Last November, for example, yours truly was handed a 30-day ban for an image of an eagle superimposed on a U.S. flag — a common meme on conservative, patriotic pages. Another user was slapped when the site claimed a photo of a 2012 Donald Trump campaign button violated their rules on nudity. Worse yet, one woman was told her profile picture of a lilac tree was considered pornographic.
Now the site is punishing users who receive death threats.
See the full article by Joe Newby at ConservativeFiringLine.