Facebook goes into full-blown censorship mode for the 2020 election

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Mark Zuckenberg: Our policies ahead of the 2020 elections
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28 June 2020
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Mark Zuckenberg posted: Our policies ahead of the 2020 elections. Here is the full post, along with CAIRCO's interpretation of Facebook's newspeak:

Three weeks ago, I committed to reviewing our policies ahead of the 2020 elections. That work is ongoing, but today I want to share some new policies to connect people with authoritative information about voting, crack down on voter suppression, and fight hate speech.

The 2020 elections were already shaping up to be heated — and that was before we all faced the additional complexities of voting during a pandemic and protests for racial justice across the country. During this moment, Facebook will take extra precautions to help everyone stay safe, stay informed, and ultimately use their voice where it matters most — voting.

Translation: "Racial justice"? Learn more about Antifa, and Marxism, BLM, and American gullibility.

Many of the changes we’re announcing today come directly from feedback from the civil rights community and reflect months of work with our civil rights auditors, led by noted civil rights and liberties expert Laura W. Murphy and Megan Cacace, a partner at the respected civil rights law firm of Relman & Colfax. Facebook stands for giving people a voice — especially people who have previously not had as much voice or power to share their experiences.

1. Providing Authoritative Information on Voting During the Pandemic

Last week, we announced the largest voting information campaign in American history, with the goal of helping 4 million people register to vote.

Translation: We are looking to help 4 million Democrat voters register to vote.

As part of this, we’re creating a Voting Information Center to share authoritative information on how and when you can vote, including voter registration, voting by mail and early voting. During a pandemic when people may be afraid of going to polls, sharing authoritative information on voting by mail will be especially important. We’ll be showing the Voting Information Center at the top of the Facebook and Instagram apps over the coming months.

In the midst of Covid, we’re also focused on preventing new forms of potential voter suppression. For example, if someone says on Election Day that a city has been identified as a Covid hotspot, is that voter suppression or simply sharing health information? Because of the difficulty of judging this at scale, we are adopting a policy of attaching a link to our Voting Information Center for posts that discuss voting, including from politicians. This isn’t a judgement of whether the posts themselves are accurate, but we want people to have access to authoritative information either way.

Translation: Right - facebook will provide so-called authoritative information.

2. Additional Steps to Fight Voter Suppression

In 2018, we updated our policies to ban any content that misleads people on when or how they can vote. We’re now tightening these policies to reflect the realities of the 2020 elections.

Since the most dangerous voter suppression campaigns can be local and run in the days immediately before an election, we’re going to use our Elections Operations Center to quickly respond and remove false claims about polling conditions in the 72 hours leading into election day. Learning from our experience fighting Covid misinformation, we will partner with and rely on state election authorities to help determine the accuracy of information and what is potentially dangerous. We know this will be challenging in practice as facts on the ground may be uncertain and we don’t want to remove accurate information about challenges people are experiencing, but we’re building our operation to be able to respond quickly.

We will also ban posts that make false claims saying ICE agents checking for immigration papers at polling places, which is a tactic used to discourage voting.

Translation: Facebook wants as many illegal alien voters as it can get. Registered American voters actually want more voter verification at the polls.

We’ll also remove any threats of coordinated interference, like someone saying “My friends and I will be doing our own monitoring of the polls to make sure only the right people vote”, which can be used to intimidate voters.

Translation: We want the "wrong people" to vote - specifically illegal aliens.

We will continue to review our voter suppression policies on an ongoing basis as part of our work on voter engagement and racial justice.

Translation: I know "racial justice" has absolutely nothing to do with registered voters casting their ballot, but it's a good hook to reel in more Democrat voters.

3. Creating a Higher Standard for Hateful Content in Ads

This week’s study from the EU showed that Facebook acts faster and removes a greater percent of hate speech on our services than other major internet platforms, including YouTube and Twitter. We’ve invested heavily in both AI systems and human review teams so that now we identify almost 90% of the hate speech we remove before anyone even reports it to us.

Translation: "Hate speech" is anything we doen't like.

We’ve also set the standard in our industry by publishing regular transparency reports so people can hold us accountable for progress. We will continue investing in this work and will commit whatever resources are necessary to improve our enforcement.

We believe there is a public interest in allowing a wider range of free expression in people’s posts than in paid ads. We already restrict certain types of content in ads that we allow in regular posts, but we want to do more to prohibit the kind of divisive and inflammatory language that has been used to sow discord. So today we’re prohibiting a wider category of hateful content in ads. Specifically, we’re expanding our ads policy to prohibit claims that people from a specific race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, caste, sexual orientation, gender identity or immigration status are a threat to the physical safety, health or survival of others.

Translation: Discussion of illegal aliens is verboten. If Tump runs on enforcing America's immigration laws, we'll will ban his ads. Got it?

We’re also expanding our policies to better protect immigrants, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers from ads suggesting these groups are inferior or expressing contempt, dismissal or disgust directed at them.

Translation: Anyone who calls for enforcement of American immigration law or disparages illegal alien voters will be censored.

4. Labeling Newsworthy Content

A handful of times a year, we leave up content that would otherwise violate our policies if the public interest value outweighs the risk of harm. Often, seeing speech from politicians is in the public interest, and in the same way that news outlets will report what a politician says, we think people should generally be able to see it for themselves on our platforms.

We will soon start labeling some of the content we leave up because it is deemed newsworthy, so people can know when this is the case. We’ll allow people to share this content to condemn it, just like we do with other problematic content, because this is an important part of how we discuss what’s acceptable in our society — but we’ll add a prompt to tell people that the content they’re sharing may violate our policies.

Translation: Honest, legitimate opinions and facts will be labeled as dangerous.

To clarify one point: there is no newsworthiness exemption to content that incites violence or suppresses voting. Even if a politician or government official says it, if we determine that content may lead to violence or deprive people of their right to vote, we will take that content down. Similarly, there are no exceptions for politicians in any of the policies I’m announcing here today.

Translation: We'll target and censor Trump at every opportunity.

Overall, the policies we’re implementing today are designed to address the reality of the challenges our country is facing and how they’re showing up across our community. I’m committed to making sure Facebook remains a place where people can use their voice to discuss important issues, because I believe we can make more progress when we hear each other.

Translation: We're committed to politically correct censorship with the objective of facilitating a win by the Democrat party in November.

But I also stand against hate, or anything that incites violence or suppresses voting, and we’re committed to removing that no matter where it comes from.

Translation: If I don't like it, and if it representa a traditional, American conservative perspective, I will censor it.

We’re continuing to review our policies, and we’ll keep working with outside experts and civil rights organizations to adjust our approach as new risks emerge. I’m optimistic that we can make progress on public health and racial justice while maintaining our democratic traditions around free expression and voting. I’m committed to making sure Facebook is a force for good on this journey.

Translation: We're going to use so-called "experts" like the widely discredited Southern Poverty Law Center hate group. That way, we'll be able to justify censoring all kinds of legitimate facts and opinion as "hate speech". Got it?