In case you believed this could never happen: Now has begun the wanton Censorship of America
Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook has now joined the ranks of those of us who have created moderated informational platforms that act as a hybrid publication. The difference between Beaufort County NOW and Facebook
is that this publication /moderated informational platform still allows expression of ideas from many people with many ideas, providing that they are properly presented ... but no pornography and Fake News advertisements.
I reckon it is true; however, from Mr. Zuckerberg's his words below, that Mr. Zuckerberg wishes to severely moderate, to censor the words
of the United States president, while continuing to allow other speech more conducive with his point of view, his ideology, including the aforementioned explicit pornography, and Fake News advertisements, which occupies a tremendous presence on his publicly constructed, and publicly financed platform.
I actually do not have a constitutional problem
with Mr. Zuckerberg's predilection for political censorship
, or pornography, or Fake News advertisements found throughout his Facebook platform, even though, I would never lower myself or my publication to such low, and grossly hypocritical standards.
However, where I do have a problem with Mr. Zuckerberg is that if he wishes to act as a editorialized publication, he must immediately renounce his Section 230 carveout, which creates that hard-shell of immunity for Mr. Zuckerberg's publication, which he /it has enjoyed from it's inception; indemnifying him /it from Slander /Defamation lawsuits and Copyright Infringements, which, like the pornography on Facebook, is in great abundance.
Mr. Zuckerberg and other shareholders of Facebook, please say goodbye to your Section 230 carveout, because its loss may not be imminent, but it is an assured eventuality
Here now are Mr. Zuckerberg's words published on Facebook - January 7, 2021 at 10:47 am.
- "The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden.
- His decision to use his platform to condone rather than condemn the actions of his supporters at the Capitol building has rightly disturbed people in the US and around the world. We removed these statements yesterday because we judged that their effect -- and likely their intent -- would be to provoke further violence.
- Following the certification of the election results by Congress, the priority for the whole country must now be to ensure that the remaining 13 days and the days after inauguration pass peacefully and in accordance with established democratic norms.
- Over the last several years, we have allowed President Trump to use our platform consistent with our own rules, at times removing content or labeling his posts when they violate our policies. We did this because we believe that the public has a right to the broadest possible access to political speech, even controversial speech. But the current context is now fundamentally different, involving use of our platform to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government.
- We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great. Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete."