Facebook's New Rules Allow Calls For 'High-Severity Violence' Against 'Dangerous Individuals'

Chris Menahan
InformationLiberation
Jul. 10, 2019

Facebook banned Paul Joseph Watson, Alex Jones, Laura Loomer, Milo Yiannopoulos, Louis Farrakhan and others earlier this year after defining them as "dangerous individuals" and now they've changed their rules to allow calls for violence against them.

Facebook's latest Community Standards update reads:
Do not post:

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; or
- Calls for high-severity violence (unless the target is an organization or individual covered in the Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy, or is described as having carried out violent crimes or sexual offenses, wherein criminal/predator status has been established by media reports, market knowledge of news event, etc.)
- Including content where no target is specified but a symbol represents the target and/or includes a visual of an armament to represent violence; or
- Statements advocating for high-severity violence (unless the target is an organization or individual covered in the Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy, or is described as having carried out violent crimes or sexual offenses, wherein criminal/predator status has been established by media reports, market knowledge of news event, etc.); or
- Aspirational or conditional statements to commit high-severity violence (unless the target is an organization or individual covered in the Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy, or is described as having carried out violent crimes or sexual offenses, wherein criminal/predator status has been established by media reports, market knowledge of news event, etc.)


Translation: if the media demonizes someone or we ban them claiming they're "Dangerous Individuals" you can call for "high-severity violence" against them.

Paul Joseph Watson responded to Facebook's new policy in a post on Summit News:
Back in May, Facebook and Instagram banned me under the justification that I was a “dangerous individual”. They provided no evidence whatsoever that I had behaved in a “dangerous” manner or violated any of their policies.

Facebook has designated me a “dangerous individual” and now says it’s acceptable for its users to issue death threats against me.

This is a crime in the United Kingdom under the 1988 Malicious Communications Act which states, “Any person who sends to another person a letter, electronic communication or article of any description which conveys….a threat….is guilty of an offence.”

The largest social media company in the world with over 2 billion users literally says its fine to incite violence against me, despite this being illegal.

They are painting a target on my back.
As Breitbart's Allum Bokhari reported:
Threats of violence and death are illegal in most western countries, including the countries where the “dangerous individuals” on Facebook’s list are based. By sanctioning violent threats against certain people based on their political viewpoints and public statements, Facebook has crossed a line that even Twitter and Google has yet to cross.
First they demonize you, then they deplatform you so you can't fight back and defend yourself, then they wage lawfare against you, then they sanction violence against you.

As I reported last month, Facebook is also going to work in concert with the government of France to rat out its own users so they can be prosecuted for "hate speech."

These modern-day Bolsheviks are working to create a new Soviet system of oppression right before our eyes.



UPDATE: Facebook changed the text of their policy Wednesday after getting backlash and removed the carve out explicitly permitting threatening "dangerous individuals" and other people the media demonizes.

"The language we previously used to describe our policies against violence and incitement was imprecise," Facebook said. "We have since replaced it to more clearly explain the policy and underlying rationale."

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