Link-banning is Facebook's terrifying new censorship tool

Link-banning is Facebook's terrifying new censorship tool

"It's getting worse and worse for Conservatives on social media!" he declared.

President Trump on Saturday asked why "radical left wing media" like CNN and the New York Times are allowed to be on Twitter and Facebook due to their "so wrong" coverage of the Russian Federation investigation - as he raised concerns about the banning of conservative figures from the social media platforms. Why is @nytimes, @washingtonpost, @CNN, @MSNBC allowed to be on Twitter & Facebook.

Mr. Trump on Saturday lashed out against members of the news media including the New York Times, Washington Post and CNN, suggesting the outlets should also be banned from Facebook and Twitter for their coverage of the Russian Federation investigation.

Trump's message follows Facebook announcement on Thursday that it had banned several conspiracy theorists and other political extremists from the platform.

Not only has Alex Jones' personal account now been banned from Facebook, in addition to PrisonPlanet editor-in-chief and YouTube star Paul Joseph Watson, but all links to Infowars sites are now banned across the platform.

Jones and his media outlet InfoWars had previously been banned from Facebook, but had maintained a presence on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. But beyond the bans on individuals, Facebook has deployed an even more terrifying tool of censorship - link-banning.

Trump appeared on Infowars in 2015, during his Republican presidential primary campaign, and praised Alex Jones.

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"Reports are true. I have been banned by Facebook", Watson wrote on Twitter.

Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, who make up the conservative duo Diamond and Silk, claimed last month that Facebook labeled their videos "unsafe to the community", in a decision that was final and irreversible.

Some free speech advocates have cautioned that Facebook's attempts to police hate speech could lead to unintended consequences.

At the time, a Facebook spokesperson told CNN Business, "As this email correspondence shows, we continually monitor and review whether people are involved in organized hate on our platform". The company believes that in this case, it believes that the best option is to remove these people from its platform.

Then he suggested he likes the idea of some social media bans - if they affected the sources he can't stand.

Earlier this year, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, who has been under scrutiny for the social media company's role in spreading misinformation and inadequately policing content, called for regulators to play a "more active role" in establishing rules for the internet. "Much of what they do is FAKE NEWS!"