So now it is OK to threaten conservatives… according to Facebook.
Facebook released new community standards that deals with violent threats on the platform. Apparently, Facebook will no longer allow violent threats unless those threatened are conservatives: Alex Jones, Laura Loomer, Gavin McInnes, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson, and Louis Farrakhan.
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News Busters reported:
According to an updated version of Facebook’s Community Standards, calls for “high-severity violence” may not be posted, unless the victim in question is “an organization or individual covered in the Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy.” In addition, threats “that lead to serious injury” may not be posted only in the case of private individuals or minor public figures.
119 Antifa groups are currently active on Facebook, some advocating for milkshakes and bricks to be thrown at the people they disagree with. Facebook has no issue with their presence, but instead has tailored the violence standard in order to allow these groups to be the exception to the rule. When SmashRacismDC, a Washington D.C. Antifa group, posted a threat aimed at President Trump and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX): “This is a message to Ted Cruz, Bret Kavanaugh, Donald Trump and the rest of the racist, sexist, transphobic, and homophobic right-wing scum: You are not safe. We will find you. We will expose you. We will take from you the peace you have taken from so many others.” By Facebook’s new rules, they did nothing wrong.
A more troubling exception to the rule could lead to fatalities. Calls for “high severity violence” against someone in the Dangerous Individuals policy are also allowed. One example of “high severity violence” given by Facebook is “death.” If that person were in the Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy, Facebook users could threaten to kill that person and be left alone.So far, six individuals are marked in the Dangerous Individuals category: Alex Jones, Laura Loomer, Gavin McInnes, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson, and Louis Farrakhan. Theoretically, users could post content threatening to kill these individuals, and nothing would be done by the company.