Facebook has demonetized the Christian satire site The Babylon Bee, accusing The Bee of inciting violence with a satirical article about Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) demanding that Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett be weighed against a duck to determine if she is a witch. If she proves the same weight as the duck, the satirical version of Sen. Hirono says, “she is a witch and must be burned.”
When I first saw the article earlier this week, I thought it was hilarious. The Democrat Senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee have badgered Barrett with questions largely unrelated to matters of the Supreme Court, usually using their time to blast President Trump and his policies, or asking her to answer how she might rule on important cases. She has refused to answer on how she would rule, citing judicial canons of judges not showing bias or hypothesizing on cases that might come before the Court. Sen Hirono rather infamously asked Barrett if she had ever sexually assaulted anyone, insisting that she asks all federal appointees the same question.
Seth Dillon, The Babylon Bee’s CEO, made public Facebook’s decision, in spite of Facebook’s demand that The Babylon Bee not only edit the article, but not make any public comment about Facebook’s decision or review. Dillon ignored Facebook’s demand, and tweeted about it:
“In what universe does a fictional quote as part of an obvious joke constitute a genuine incitement to violence? How does context not come into play here? They’re asking us to edit the article and not speak publicly about internal content reviews. Oops, did I just tweet this?”
Facebook has come under fire in the past for allegations of censoring conservative information and, most recently, for not allowing the sharing of articles by the New York Post on Hunter Biden’s alleged dealings with Burisma, a gas company in Ukraine, and charges of influence peddling by Biden’s father, Joe Biden, Democrat nominee for President. Hunter Biden is charged with using his father’s influence to secure protection for Burisma and Joe Biden is accused of successfully bribing the government of Ukraine with U. S. aid to fire a government prosecutor that was investigating Burisma and Hunter Biden for corruption. The NY Post published a series of articles reporting that a cache of emails had been found that confirmed Hunter and Joe Biden’s actions. Both Facebook and Twitter blocked efforts by members to link to the NY Post articles, and Twitter locked the accounts of both the NY Post and Kayleigh McEnany, Trump’s press secretary.
Facedbook’s actions sound almost like a satirical article that might be published by The Babylon Bee, but it’s all too true. In fact, Seth Dillon, when he made public the actions against The Bee, insisted, “I’m not kidding.” The idea that an obviously satirical article making use of a famous joke from a Monty Python movie would be accused of inciting violence stretches the bounds of credibility and makes Facebook look like the joke. Dillon was hoping that, after the initial review, further reviews by Facebook would recognize the absurdity of the action, but Facebook only confirmed and doubled-down on The Babylon Bee.
This is the world in which we live now, people. Sheesh!
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