We know Facebook wants you to report on your non-leftist friends and any non-leftist views you come across on the platform.
Facebook needs your help to tackle extremism!
One notification warns you that someone might have exposed you to “harmful extremist content.”
Lol shutup Facebook pic.twitter.com/EN4sqUVpaT
— Amy Eileen Hamm 2.0 (@preta_6) July 1, 2021
Another notification asks if you have concerns that “someone you know is becoming an extremist.”
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) July 2, 2021
Do you want to snitch on your friends, family, and neighbors for wrongthink? Here's how!
Nice to see Facebook going full Stasi/NKVD. Learning from the former East Germans who now advise leftist "anti-extremist" organizations. pic.twitter.com/bnqKdFqV49
— Ian Miles Cheong @ stillgray.substack.com (@stillgray) July 1, 2021
My friends received these notifications. Facebook has not sent any to me. Does that mean I’m an extremist?
Hahaha, you know I am because I’m that crazy ginger libertarian! I love freedom and guns and hate taxes! I believe in the traditional household: wife/mother at home and husband/father at the office.
The Federalist reported that Facebook joined forces with the organization “Life After Hate.” The group “provides support to anyone who wants to leave hate behind and solve problems in nonviolent ways.”
So I guess we can report ANTIFA and violent BLM rioters? From The Federalist:
This, however, is not what “Life After Hate” says on their website, which reads: “‘Life After Hate’ is committed to helping people leave the violent far-right to connect with humanity and lead compassionate lives.” The group asserts that “Today, far-right extremism and white supremacy are the greatest domestic terror threats facing the United States.”
“Life After Hate,” which “partners with [tech companies] to identify and defuse potentially violent extremists online” received a $400,000 federal grant from the Obama administration, but had it rescinded under the Trump administration. Additionally, according to “Life After Hate’s” website, race hustler and former football quarterback Colin Kaepernick donated $50,000 to the organization in 2017.
A Facebook spokesperson instead told The Federalist that the notifications were part of a test running in the US that “is a pilot for a wider, global approach to radicalization prevention,” and is connected to Facebook’s “Redirect Initiative.” Facebook’s website says their “Redirect Initiative” “helps combat violent extremism and dangerous organizations by redirecting hate and violence-related search terms towards resources, education, and outreach groups that can help.”
The new extremism notifications are also connected to the Christchurch Call to Action, an organization that “outlines collective, voluntary commitments from Governments and online service providers intended to address the issue of terrorist and violent extremist content online and to prevent the abuse of the internet…”
I love how Facebook keeps it vague. Facebook, Twitter, the government, and other big entities love to do that so they can get away with targeting a group of people without saying it. That way no one can scream discrimination.
We all know who Facebook wants you to report. Me. You. Those who do not toe the line of the Democrats and the left.
Extremist content? You mean the truth about the Capitol Hill riot? You mean any criticism about Her Royal Highness Kamala Harris? How about a love for guns?
I have not seen screenshots from people who click the yes button or whatever they give you. The Federalist has the details:
Under “You may have been exposed to harmful extremist content recently,” Facebook prompts users to “get support from experts,” which leads to a section asking, “What arguments do violent groups use to gain followers?” Examples of arguments from violent groups include “violence is the only way to achieve change,” and “minorities are destroying the country.” Under each example are bullet points where Facebook debunks each argument.
When asked by The Federalist, a Facebook spokesperson refused to answer how it defines extremism or what it defines as “far-right.”
Another big question is if Facebook is trying to curb “extremism,” why are they partnering with a group that solely focuses on “far-right violence.” The Federalist asked Facebook whether they are also surveilling and combating left-wing extremism. They would not say.
Surely Facebook will target ANTIFA and violent BLM rioters, right? They would not define far-right or far-left extremism so that means Facebook will apply these standards to all extremism, right?
If Facebook will apply the standards equally then cool. But we all know the company will only go after non-leftist and non-leftist views. It’s like stores dropping Dr. Seuss and Andy Ngo’s book and yet still sell books by Hitler and Mao.
People have already started having fun with the notifications.
Facebook right now pic.twitter.com/FxSvLKEdn2
— Josh Hlavka (@Hlavka4Florida) July 2, 2021
The evolution of Facebook pic.twitter.com/NhRU1GBnvG
— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) July 1, 2021
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— Neil Shenvi (@NeilShenvi) July 1, 2021
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