Vladimir Putin’s war of aggression against Ukraine has caused a ripple effect throughout the globe.
Joe Biden is attempting to use the war to excuse his policy failures.
And leaked emails show that a Biden mega-donor allowed one jaw-dropping Ukrainian war message to spread.
Big Tech companies have spent the past few years explaining that it is imperative they ban anything they deem as hate speech or disinformation.
That was the supposed justification for banning many right-wingers and President Donald Trump himself.
But now, leaked emails show Facebook parent company Meta is allowing calls for violence against Vladimir Putin and the Belarusian President, according to Reuters.
Reuters reported that “Facebook owner Meta Platforms said…that a temporary change in its content policy, only for Ukraine, was needed to let users voice opposition to Russia’s attack, as Russia opened a criminal case after the company said it would allow posts such as ‘death to the Russian invaders’…[Meta] emails seen by Reuters also showed the U.S. company had temporarily allowed posts that call for the death of Putin or Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.”
Facebook is defending its policy shift, which is a dramatic departure from previous stances.
Russian prosecutors responded by calling Facebook an “extremist organization.”
Russia’s Investigative Committee added that a “criminal case has been initiated … in connection with illegal calls for murder and violence against citizens of the Russian Federation by employees of the American company Meta, which owns the social networks Facebook and Instagram.”
Facebook is attempting to split hairs by explaining that hateful rhetoric is only allowed toward the Russian military and Putin, not Russian civilians.
Meta Global Affairs President Nick Clegg said, “If we applied our standard content policies without any adjustments we would now be removing content from ordinary Ukrainians expressing their resistance and fury at the invading military forces, which would rightly be viewed as unacceptable…We have no quarrel with the Russian people. There is no change at all in our policies on hate speech as far as the Russian people are concerned.”
The most concerning element of Meta’s stance is the arbitrary nature of its application.
Big Tech platforms essentially get to determine who has free speech and who doesn’t, and who can use “hate speech” and who cannot.
Americans have seen the double standard play out since 2016.
Mark Zuckerberg poured money into his Zuck Bucks shadow Get Out The Vote effort which ran up Joe Biden votes in exclusively Democrat districts in 2020.
And in the final stretch, the Hunter Biden “laptop from hell” scandal was suppressed on Facebook and Twitter because of supposed “hacked materials” prohibitions, but Donald Trump’s personal tax returns were allowed to spread all over the platform.
Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook and other Big Tech platforms’ censorship of Conservative voices and stories that made Joe Biden look bad in the lead up to the 2020 election alone amounted to a massive gift to Biden’s campaign.
That was done on the basis that they were banning things they deemed as hate speech and disinformation.
It’s a dangerous game when Big Tech oligarchs unilaterally get to decide who can speak.
And maddeningly, Big Tech is arbitrarily enforcing their own rules when it suits them.
Stay tuned to Unmuzzled News for any updates to this ongoing story.