Most of you have heard that the Nazis liked to censor stuff. Limiting free speech was a tenant of their rise to power, and taking a look at some of the ways they achieved their blackout of any idea that compromised their position makes us wonder if social media, especially Facebook, has drawn some inspiration from their methods. The US Holocaust Memorial Museum gives some additional insights into Nazi ideology:
The Nazi Propaganda Ministry, directed by Dr. Joseph Goebbels, took control of all forms of communication in Germany: newspapers, magazines, books, public meetings, and rallies, art, music, movies, and radio. Viewpoints in any way threatening to Nazi beliefs or to the regime were censored or eliminated from all media.
Facebook is the largest social media platform in the world. Sadly, it's also the way that many of us get our news - and that news is decidedly left leaning. Recently, a year-long independent investigation concluded that Facebook does indeed seem to have an anti conservative bias - reaffirming the position that many, including President Donald Trump, hold. The media giant seems to have a particular bias on the topic of abortion, as many have reported that anything pro-life is censored.
Facebook also owns Instagram which makes it a powerhouse that can significantly influence and alter public opinion. All you have to do is flag a post or image you don't like and it's gone. The poster than enters Facebook purgatory: a re-education camp where your posting rights are revoked, for the sake of the 'greater good', so you have time to think about what you've done. It's like sending a first grader into the corner. He can only come out of his corner when he behaves in a way that you deem appropriate.
The Nazi's were known not only for censorship, but took things to the extreme by burning books:
During the spring of 1933, Nazi student organizations, professors, and librarians made up long lists of books they thought should not be read by Germans. Then, on the night of May 10, 1933, Nazis raided libraries and bookstores across Germany. They marched by torchlight in nighttime parades, sang chants, and threw books into huge bonfires. On that night more than 25,000 books were burned. Some were works of Jewish writers, including Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud. Most of the books were by non-Jewish writers, including such famous Americans as Jack London, Ernest Hemingway, and Sinclair Lewis, whose ideas the Nazis viewed as different from their own and therefore not to be read.
In our current digital world, book burning isn't really necessary. To quote the leftist Rage Against the Machine "they don't gotta burn books they just remove 'em". In our current social media driven culture, memes and posts are the books. And if Facebook does not like what you have to say, you get a few days in their re-education camp until you fully understand the agenda.
We have fell victim to the Facebook police a couple of times ourselves: most recently a post we did about military patches was flagged because it contained a cartoon of a gun. That's ridiculous. We appealed the decision and were allowed to post our article. What we learned is that you can only post what we allow you to post, that which fits our agenda.
We have talked with other admins who report similar things, and plenty of people comment in the groups that posts containing relatively non-threatening things are being flagged. Sure it could be the work of left leaning 'haters' but Facebook is also known to employ a full staff of people who review and remove posts that they label "too sensitive". It seems that whatever Zuckerberg tells the press about taking steps to prevent bias is just a cover. The agenda of censorship is in full swing.
Have you ever been forced into a Facebook Re-Education Camp?
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