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May 10, 2021 (Children’s Health Defense) — Facebook, which owns Instagram, is aggressively engaged in censorship. So in order to clean up its image, Facebook created an Oversight Board, which the social media giant describes as “independent, empowered, accessible and transparent.”
In theory, the Oversight Board has the power to reverse any decision by Facebook to censor posts by Facebook and Instagram users.
In reality, Facebook has total control over a user’s ability to appeal to the Oversight Board.
If Instagram removes a user’s individual post, the user may appeal Instagram’s decision by filing an appeal to the Oversight Board. The appeal is a two-step process.
The fatal catch-22 of the appeals process is this: If Instagram deactivates your account, you do not have the ability to send a “request review” to Instagram, Facebook or the Oversight Board. The “independent, empowered, accessible and transparent,” Oversight Board does not even have its own public mailing or e-mail address — Facebook controls all access to the Oversight Board.
In addition to the hamster-wheel-impossible technical appeals process, according to Instagram and Facebook’s rules of appeal, a user cannot appeal to the Oversight Board unless the user has an active account.
In other words, if Instagram or Facebook censors your speech by deactivating your account, you cannot appeal to the Oversight Board. (There is a provision in the Facebook by-laws which allows Facebook to grant exceptions to the no appeal rule, which is presumably how former President Donald Trump gained access to the Oversight Board.)
Because Facebook controls who may appeal to the Oversight Board, it is dishonest for Facebook to claim that the Oversight Board is “independent, empowered, accessible and transparent.” An appeal to the Oversight Board is an illusion, which renders the Oversight Board a pawn in Facebook’s war on free speech.
Censorship of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
On Feb. 8, Facebook announced an expanded effort to “keep people informed and limit misinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines.”
On Feb. 11, without warning or notice, Facebook deactivated the Instagram account belonging to Children’s Health Defense Chairman Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
In a subsequently issued statement, a spokesperson for Facebook falsely claimed Kennedy’s Instagram was removed “for repeatedly sharing debunked claims about the coronavirus or vaccines.”
Kennedy adamantly denied he has made “false” or “debunked” claims about the coronavirus or vaccines. In fact, all of his public statements are rigorously fact-checked before publication.
In response to Facebook’s termination of his Instagram account, Kennedy made a diligent effort to appeal to the Facebook Oversight Board, including submitting multiple “request review” forms, emails, telephone calls and letters.
There has been no response from Facebook, Instagram or the Oversight Committee.
PETITION UPDATE (5/5/2021) - BREAKING: Facebook permanently removes LifeSiteNews’ page
Facebook has just permanently banned LifeSiteNews’ Facebook page. This apparently is not a temporary measure: It is gone for good.
"Much like when LifeSite was removed from YouTube, this comes with little surprise,” noted LifeSiteNews Marketing Director Rebekah Roberts.
"Facebook has been silencing any voice that goes against their beliefs and agenda," continued Roberts. "Our LifeSiteNews Facebook page has been removed simply because we have shared reports of doctors, nurses, expert researchers, and even the former Pfizer VP speaking out against the COVID shots. We’ve also been tagged for the numerous articles we have shared making the connection between the COVID shots, and really all vaccines, and aborted baby cell lines."
"This all comes down to another case of Big Tech silencing free speech on their platform," she added.
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PETITION UPDATE (2/23/21) -
LifeSite has signed on to a Media Research Center (MRC) letter to all 50 state Attorneys General, calling for an investigation into Big Tech.
Google, Facebook, and Twitter have monopolized the industry, and are using their influence to collect user data, suppress content, and silence those who voice ideas and beliefs counter to their own.
As we urged prior, action must be taken to combat these efforts, and that is why we’ve joined the MRC in this fight.
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PETITION UPDATE (2/9/21) -
YouTube just completely removed the LifeSiteNews YouTube channel. This isn’t a ban, every single one of our videos is completely gone. Being completely removed from YouTube means we’ve lost access to 300,000+ followers.
This is the latest and appalling affront to free speech which is happening to many conservative and Christian organizations.
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PETITION UPDATE (1/26/20) -
Twitter has again locked LifeSiteNews out of two of our accounts on the platform for displaying a message noting that President Joe Biden’s newly named Assistant Secretary of Health “Rachel” Levine is a man.
Both accounts displayed a simple message which read: “Biden names transgender ‘woman’ as Assistant Secretary of Health. ‘Rachel’ Levine is a father of two who divorced his wife in 2013 after 30 years of marriage.” The tweets also included a link to LifeSite’s article Biden names transgender ‘woman’ as Assistant Secretary of Health, and contained part of the opening sentence of that article, “Joe Biden has announced his intention to appoint a gender-confused man” as Assistant Secretary of Health.
For stating biological or Biblical truths, Twitter and Big Tech are trying to shut down conservative voices.
Therefore, it is now more important than ever to consider dumping Twitter, Google (who own YouTube) and Facebook. To be clear: LifeSite is still using Twitter and Big Tech to encourage others to migrate away from these illiberal platforms.
This is not the first time that LifeSiteNews has been censored by Twitter. In December 2019, Twitter indefinitely suspended our account for a tweet that linked to an article on transgender activist Jonathan “Jessica” Yaniv.
At the time, Twitter gave LifeSite the option to delete the tweet and reactivate our account right away. LifeSite remained steadfast that the tweet did not violate any of the company’s “rules and policies,” and sought several appeals with Twitter, while looking into legal action against the company.
And, while LifeSite's account was eventually restored, we must now consider what course of action we will pursue in this case, over and above appealing the ban.
Meanwhile, since taking office on Wednesday last week, Joe Biden has already signed an executive order which will force women’s athletic programs, restrooms, and locker rooms to be open to men. He has also turned back the Trump administration’s policy protecting women’s sports programs in schools.
Last week, LifeSite was banned for two weeks from our YouTube channel, after the site determined that one of our videos about vaccines violated YouTube’s “community guidelines.” We are also in the middle of appealing this ban.
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Twitter just deplatformed President Trump premanently! And, other conservatives, including General Flynn and Sidney Powell, were also summarily deplatformed.
Conservatives, Christians and freedom-loving Americans of all political persuasions must now take a decision to preserve their free speech AND their ability to peaceably assemble by dumping Twitter and Big Tech, and by finding other good alternatives to communicate with each other and share their opinions.
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When you use Twitter or Facebook to communicate, and, or, Google and Amazon to search for something online, these companies can stifle your ability to share your thoughts and opinions and manipulate your search results, threatening your privacy, your freedom of speech, and even our democracy.
Evidence suggests that Twitter and Facebook's 'community guidelines' are selectively enforced against conservatives and Christians, while Google rigs their search algorithms to direct traffic away from conservative and Christian websites, effectively choking traffic to those sites.
Simply put, Twitter, Facebook, Google (who owns YouTube) and Amazon appear to be actively suppressing access to pro-freedom, pro-family and pro-life news and opinion.
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To repeat: a few liberal and completely unaccountable computer programmers in Silicon Valley are dictating what we do and do not see in our Twitter and Facebook feeds, and in our Google searches.
We, here, at LifeSite, also recently had our Twitter account suspended by the company over "misgendering" a man who claims to be a woman.
LifeSite has also experienced a fall-off in Google search-related traffic since the company updated its search algorithms at the beginning of May.
And, since the November election, Twitter and Big Tech appear to have dramatically INCREASED their censorship of conservatives and Christians as the President Trump disputed the results of the election and when evidence of election fraud began to mount.
Now, it seems likely that they are trying to cut-off conservative leaders (like President Trump) from conservatives on the ground, and effectively exclude us from the national conversation.
But, this tactic will not work. Because Twitter, Facebook, Google and Amazon are not the only game in town! There are a good number of excellent alternatives which we list in our 'Goodbye Google' Resources page.
The great irony is that, while Twitter, Facebook, Google and Amazon executives talk a lot about maintaining freedom of speech and diversity, in fact, these hypocrites are ATTACKING free speech point-blank!
This kind of manipulation poses a lethal threat to our democracy, but as we see so clearly now, Twitter and Big Tech have shown no hesitation in excluding conservatives and Christians from the public square.
So, at this point, the only way to stop Twitter, Facebook, Google and Amazon is to quit using their platform.
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On March 30, after repeatedly attempting to appeal to the Oversight Committee, through Facebook’s one-way, dead end appeals process, Kennedy made a direct appeal to the individual members of the Oversight Board. He sent a letter via email to the individual members of the Oversight Committee, which explains in detail how none of the comments or posts which were previously flagged by Instagram are false or debunked.
No member of the Oversight Committee ever responded.
The silence of Facebook, Instagram and the Oversight Board is the deafening sound of the death of free speech.
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Children's Health Defense.
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