US CONGRESSMAN Rep. Paul Gosar has written a letter to Attorney General William Barr, urging him to investigate Facebook over its decision in May 2019, to brand congressional candidate Laura Loomer and political commentator Paul Joseph Watson as “dangerous individuals” while consequently removing them from the social media platform.
Loomer made a name for herself as an investigative journalist, building a massive national following of 265,000 supporters on Twitter alone.
On May 2, 2019, Facebook banned Loomer from Facebook and Instagram sparking international outrage at big tech’s ongoing force against dissenting voices continues. Rep. Gosar has shown support for Laura Loomer’s ongoing congressional candidacy.
— Paul Gosar (@DrPaulGosar) August 3, 2019
Last year, a Facebook company insider leaked documents to Breitbart, revealing Facebook’s log of suspected ‘hate agents’.
The document, titled the “Hate Agent Policy Review” reportedly outlined a series of “signals” the site would then use to determine whether an individual should be classified as a ‘hate agent’. The site reportedly vets information by tracking users’ offline activities.
Facebook also banned Politicalite UK’s page with 40,000 likes and the accounts of its editors and writers.
Among those on the list of hate agents included, Carl Benjamin, Anne Marie Waters, Jordan James, Politicalite, Tommy Robinson, Candace Owens and Paul Joseph Watson, in part, according to the document, because he praised Tommy Robinson and interviewed him on his YouTube channel.
Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ) writes letter to AG Barr demanding investigation of Facebook.
"Paul Joseph Watson was deemed “dangerous” and de-platformed. He never had a trial. Was never able to defend himself. Never met his accusers or was provided with a shred of evidence."
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) May 12, 2020
Facebook’s “dangerous individuals and organizations” policy bans organisations and individuals that “proclaim a violent mission or are engaged in violence,” including terrorist activity, organized hate, mass murder, human trafficking, and organized violence or criminal activity.
Loomer is currently suing Facebook after the site labelled her as a “dangerous individual,” as well as banning her from Facebook and Instagram, and told its nearly 2 billion users that it was okay for people to incite lethal violence against Loomer on Facebook.
Facebook is condoning violence and keeping a list of approved targets for its directed violence. I’ll be sharing this with AG Barr for review. I’ll let legal minds debate if this constitutes an “imminent” call to violence. It’s immoral for sure. #Loomerforcongress https://t.co/03P24xqvSb
— Paul Gosar (@DrPaulGosar) December 16, 2019
Shockingly, Facebooks policy on “violence and incitement” was updated last year stating death threats and incitement to violence are banned across the platform, unless your threat is aimed towards an individual they have labelled an acceptable target.
Threats that could lead to death (and other forms of high-severity violence) of any target(s), where threat is defined as any of the following:
- Statements of intent to commit high-severity violence
- Calls for high-severity violence (unless the target is an organisation or individual covered in the Dangerous Individuals and Organisations Policy)
- Including content where no target is specified but a symbol represents the target and/or includes a visual of an armament to represent violence
- Statements advocating for high-severity violence (unless the target is an organisation or individual covered in the Dangerous Individuals and Organisations Policy)
- Aspirational or conditional statements to commit high-severity violence (unless the target is an organisation or individual covered in the Dangerous Individuals and Organisations Policy)
On Wednesday, July 10th 2019, the “Dangerous Individuals and Organisations Policy” exemption was removed from the community standards after public backlash.
Rep. Gosar has stated this damning information will be among the information submitted to Attorney General Bill Barr for review and hopefully a long and detailed investigation into Facebook’s obvious war against its users right to free speech and free thought.