Facebook Back Pedaling After Report Shows Their Platform Played A Role In What Happened At The Capitol
After the last week’s chaos at the Capitol Facebook and other social media giants blamed smaller services like Parler and Gab for allowing bad actors to plan on their platforms.
However, in a new report researchers found evidence that most of planning occurred on Facebook.
Earlier this week, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg claimed that Facebook had nothing to do with the planning of the unrest at the Capitol.
“I think these events were largely organized on platforms that don’t have our abilities to stop hate, don’t have our standards and don’t have our transparency,” Sandberg said in an interview Monday that was live-streamed by Reuters.
Conveniently around the time Sandberg was speaking with the press, Facebook deleted what they deemed extreme far right groups affiliated with the “stop the steal” movement. In other words Facebook deleted some of the core evidence that would show planning didn’t occur on Parler or Gab but on their platform.
Several material has been collected by watch dog groups showing evidence of a “wild protest.”
In their report the Washington Post mainly complains that Facebook didn’t monitor and allowed the rally in DC on January 6th to be promoted. They fail to point out that Facebook deleted private groups on the platform that could have showed us who the actual bad actors are, essentially they covered their tracks and are not being transparent.
Facebook is even blocking video of what occurred on January 6th, how are we supposed to get a clear of idea of what happened if we can’t see the video? Even Twitter is allowing video to be posted so bad actors can be identified and we can actually see what happened for ourselves; not what CNN tells us happened.
Independent Journalist Glenn Greenwald called out Democrats for not holding Facebook accountable.
This is the lead paragraph of the WPost article, which pretty clearly accuses Sheryl Sandberg of lying about FB’s role.
I don’t think FB is responsible, but by the standards imposed this week by Dems & Silicon Valley, why shouldn’t FB be banned from Apple & Google’s stores? pic.twitter.com/RfbUWdUQkt
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 14, 2021
Jack Dorsey comments about suspending the President was about as ridiculous as Sandberg’s. He admitted to being one sided in enforcing their policies and admitted that his decisions has hurt his company (their stock continues to drop like a hot rock). Dorsey’s comments are the same double speak we hear from big tech however, he claimed that his platform is planning on reviewing their “inconsistencies of our policy and enforcement.”
At this point many don’t believe a word coming out of any social media executive (with good reason) and many are leaving social media all together which, is reflected in the companies stock value. For too long social media companies have taken advantage of their users data meanwhile engaged in censorship in a system that doesn’t allow someone to appeal their decision, maybe it’s time to leave social media behind.
I do not celebrate or feel pride in our having to ban @realDonaldTrump from Twitter, or how we got here. After a clear warning we’d take this action, we made a decision with the best information we had based on threats to physical safety both on and off Twitter. Was this correct?
— jack (@jack) January 14, 2021
This moment in time might call for this dynamic, but over the long term it will be destructive to the noble purpose and ideals of the open internet. A company making a business decision to moderate itself is different from a government removing access, yet can feel much the same.
— jack (@jack) January 14, 2021