The sheer power of some of our nation’s larger social media companies is staggering, and many in the United States have simply acquiesced to this horrid truth, trading their freedoms for conveniences in ways that would have Benjamin Franklin kicking at the lid of his coffin.
Facebook may very well be the most poignant example of this, seeing as they’ve already had the audacity to ban a US President from the platform.
Now, as Americans around the country nervously await the results of the Derek Chauvin trial, Facebook is cooking up a new way to suppress the will of the people.
Facebook officials say they are preparing for the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin and will be removing content that calls for violence in Minneapolis.
According to Facebook, Minneapolis has been deemed a “high-risk location” due to the events surrounding the trial and potential outcome.
“Our teams are working around the clock to look for potential threats both on and off of Facebook and Instagram so we can protect peaceful protests and limit content that could lead to civil unrest or violence,” said Monika Bickert, vice president of content policy at Facebook.
And while preventing violence is a noble idea, there may come a time in the future in which Facebook aligns itself in a way that makes this sort of censorship a detriment to freedom for those with a just cause.
Once Facebook gives itself this power, there is little chance that they will give it up again.
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