(National Sentinel) Ultimate Irony: The social media behemoth’s targeting of Right-leaning, independent, conservative, Trump-supporting media just got a whole lot worse, according to an exclusive report by The Daily Caller’s Peter Hasson.
He writes that four of the largest tech-media platforms — Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Twitter — are now using the far-Left Southern Poverty Law Center to help them identify so-called “hate groups” that are using their platforms.
Critics say that’s the pot calling the kettle black; SPLC is a Left-wing hate organization, spreading lies and disinformation about conservatives, and especially President Trump.
According to The Daily Caller, the SPLC can be found on a list of “external experts and organizations” that Facebook, among others, is working with “to inform [their] hate speech policies” — as noted by company spokeswoman Ruchika Budhraja in an interview with the news site.
She noted further that the social media behemoth consults the SPLC and other outside organizations when formulating hate speech policy. She added that Facebook officials typically hold between one and three meetings with these outside organizations.
Budhraja said Facebook’s hate speech policy was distinct from the SPLC, and that the company consults with organizations across the political spectrum, The DC reported.
Maybe, but Facebook and the SPLC appear to be keeping their relationship on the down-low as much as possible. For instance, the organization accused Facebook in May of doing too little to censor “anti-Muslim hate” on its platform. But that article didn’t say anything about the two working together.
During its investigation, The DC found that of the four tech-media companies listed, Amazon gives the SPLC the most direct authority. Facebook officials say the company remains independent of the SPLC and any other hate-monitoring organization, but Amazon is quite open and frank about the fact that it gives the SPLC carte blanche policing power regarding the Amazon Smile charitable program (while claiming to be unbiased).
The Smile program gives customers the opportunity to identify a charity that receives 0.5 percent of the proceeds from Amazon purchases. The SPLC has complete control over who gets to participate and who does not.
As Hasson notes, the SPLC has this curious habit of only banning conservative, Christian organizations from the program:
Christian legal groups like the Alliance Defending Freedom — which recently successfully represented a Christian baker at the Supreme Court — are barred from the Amazon Smile program, while openly anti-Semitic groups remain, TheDCNF found in May.
Twitter, meanwhile, lists the SPLC as a “safety partner” working with the social media platform of preference for POTUS Trump. The organization’s role is to help Twitter fight against “hateful conduct and harassment.”
Unless, of course, you’re a conservative supporter of the president.
The SPLC is also assisting Google and YouTube, the latter of which is owned by Google’s parent company, Alphabet. It’s one of more than 300 governmental and nongovernmental agencies monitoring for “hateful content,” but the vast majority of participant organizations remain shrouded in secrecy.
Experts who are well-acquainted with the SPLC know what a Marxist organization it really is. A favorite of the authoritarian Left, the SPLC regularly publishes a list of “hate groups” that has been consistently incorrect. The group had to retract four entries in March and April alone, after named conservative groups sued or threatened legal action.
Even Dr. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who is now heading up Housing and Urban Development for President Trump, was shocked to find that he had made the SPLC’s “extremist watch list.”
“When embracing traditional Christian values is equated to hatred, we are approaching the stage where wrong is called right and right is called wrong. It is important for us to once again advocate true tolerance,” Carson said.
A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.
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