Facebook Labels Gardeners as Possible Extremists

September 28, 2021 0 Comments

In other words, Facebook is labeling people who are preparing their food supply as potential extremists, but in August 2021, the social giant was fine with extremist groups like the Taliban taking over Afghan social media accounts.

  • Facebook labels posts about preparedness or self-reliance as extremist ideas, warning that “violent groups try to manipulate your anger and disappointment” and offering confidential support to protect yourself and others
  • A two-part film in 2019 investigated the influence that Facebook has over the democracy of nations and the lack of privacy parameters on the millions of users’ data siphoned and used to influence elections
  • In a pre-pandemic era Facebook had also doubled down on vaccine censorship to protect the financial interests of drug companies whose income relies on people’s desire for one more vaccine; in 2019 the World Health Organization listed “vaccine hesitancy” as one of the top 10 global health threats
  • The White House press secretary admitted in a briefing that the administration is involved in illegal activities and violation of First Amendment rights when they are alerting social media companies to posts and accounts the White House believes are sharing “misinformation” about COVID

In July 2020, Facebook announced they would add labels to posts from politicians “to protect the election and promote healthy civic engagement.” The labels were supposed to identify content Facebook thought was inflammatory, misinformation or lies, without removing the post.

Why Facebook felt they should “moderate” free speech that was not incendiary or promoted violence is a question for another time. According to left-leaning Media Matters for America, while the media giant continues to use labels on posts, a study of Trump’s posts found that those that were labeled as possible misinformation had significantly more interactions than those that were not labeled.

In other words, the labels appeared to engage more readers. Facebook began testing a new label in July 2021. These labels don’t just identify potential “misinformation,” but go even further to prompt readers — asking if their friends are becoming extremists. Historically, extreme ideas have proven to advance society or drag it back into the Dark Ages. Consider:

  • Book burning by the Nazis to ensure the next generation did not have access to thoughts contrary to Hitler
  • The idea that humans can fly, leading to the Wright brothers inventing the airplane
  • That electricity could be harnessed, with visionaries like Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison working to find ways to have light in the dark
  • That the medical establishment didn’t entertain the idea of hand-washing to stop the spread of disease until 20 years of data showed the practice lowered rates of infection

The thread that runs through these extreme ideas is that censorship influences the way society thinks and therefore changes the outcome. Had the German people been allowed to think for themselves, an entire country may not have been swayed by the propaganda of one man. If the medical community were open to the idea that their behavior was killing people, they may have saved thousands.

Of course, there are extreme ideas that should not be entertained. People will never be able to fly without assistance or walk into fire without protection. Yet, without censorship, these ideas die a natural death. It’s only through debate and sharing information that the truth wins out. And the truth is the only foundation on which society can realistically and confidently continue.

Facebook Labels Gardeners as Possible Extremists

CNN reported that Facebook prompts are being shown to some individuals, cautioning them that they may know someone who is becoming an extremist. Other prompts are letting people know they’ve been exposed to extremist content. This is part of Facebook’s Redirect Initiative. Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone told CNN:

“This test is part of our larger work to assess ways to provide resources and support to people on Facebook who may have engaged with or were exposed to extremist content or may know someone who is at risk. We are partnering with NGOs and academic experts in this space and hope to have more to share in the future.”

In the past, Facebook has been criticized for not acting on content that encourages people toward violence. Yet, these warnings are also attached to posts sharing information about seemingly innocuous subjects, like buying food. According to CNET:

“One of the alerts, shared on Twitter, asks: ‘Are you concerned that someone you know is becoming an extremist? We care about preventing extremism on Facebook. Others in your situation have received confidential support.’

Another alert reads: ‘Violent groups try to manipulate your anger and disappointment. You can take action now to protect yourself and others.’”

As an image saved on archive.is from Reddit shows, Facebook is labeling those selling home-grown beef as “too prepared.” Compare the extremist views of preparedness to the Forbes report August 17, 2021, that the Taliban would have control of the Afghan social media accounts.

However, it doesn’t stop there. Twitter posts are reporting screenshots of canning and gardening groups that are also being asked, “Are you concerned that someone you know is too prepared? We care about preventing extremism on Facebook. Others in your situation have received confidential support.”

In other words, Facebook is labeling people who are preparing their food supply as potential extremists, but in August 2021, the social giant was fine with extremist groups like the Taliban taking over Afghan social media accounts. Twenty-four hours later, though, Reuters reported Facebook had a ban on the Taliban posting on the social media platform. According to vice president of content policy Monika Bickert:

“They will not be allowed while they are prescribed by the U.S. law and even if they were not prescribed by U.S. law, we would have to do a policy analysis on whether or not they nevertheless violate our dangerous organizations policy.”

Bickert is referring to the fact that the U.S. has soft-pedaled their stance on the group as they are not on the U.S. State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. Since the U.S. has not classified them as terrorists, they can enter negotiations with a group whose actions historically have been less than trustworthy.

Facebook’s definition of extremist ideas apparently conforms to the ideologies of the World Economic Forum (WEF), of which Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook, is a member.

For example, while some consider a guaranteed basic income paid by the government to all citizens as radical and dystopian, according to a charismatic presentation Zuckerberg made during a commencement speech at Harvard, moving the economic platform of the world to universal basic income is not an extremist move.

Instead, it’s something to be explored and tested. As reported by the WEF, Zuckerberg explained that “too few people had the opportunity to try out new ideas — like building his world-conquering platform.”This is in line with the WEF’s mission to reinvent the future by resetting the global economic platform.

(Source: mercola.com; September 18, 2021

By Dr Joseph Mercola

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