Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently had a dinner meeting with the leaders of several far-left non-profits who consistently lobby for censorship on his platform, which reportedly left the pro-censorship crowd “cautiously optimistic.”
“Many, including Muslim Advocates and Color of Change, are members of a coalition whose focus is pushing Facebook to strengthen its policies against bigotry and hate,” according to Gizmodo. “Dozens of times this year, they’ve met with senior Facebook officials in attempts to underline the threat posed by white supremacists online. In meetings in Washington D.C., Atlanta, and elsewhere, the groups have displayed before executives like Sheryl Sandberg—Mark Zuckerberg’s right hand—myriad examples of the flagrant threats faced by religious Muslims and Jews, people of color, and gay, lesbian, and transgender people.”
The meeting took place Monday evening at Zuckerberg’s home in Palo Alto.
Of course, no sane person would support “bigotry” or “hate.” Both of those things are objectively bad. But the issue, which this site has raised over and over, is who gets to decide what constitutes such “bigotry” and “hate.”
Seemingly, it is always far-leftists like the heads of the non-profits that showed up to Zuckerberg’s for dinner. These are the same people who accuse ordinary conservatives of “bigotry” and “hate” for holding ordinary conservative points of view. When one side of the aisle gets to label the other as “hateful” and have them drummed out of the modern-day public square, that becomes a recipe for disaster in a place like the United States, which used to value freedom of expression.
Such is the case of our own Laura Loomer, who was banned from Facebook within minutes of other conservative influencers like Paul Joseph Watson, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Alex Jones. All were labeled as “dangerous individuals.” Loomer is suing the Silicon Valley titan for $3 billion over her ban.
“Several of Monday night’s dinner guests, including Farhana Khera, Muslim Advocates’ president and executive director, said they left Zuckerberg’s home feeling heard in ways they hadn’t in the dozens of meetings with his subordinates. One attendee even described the CEO as ‘genuinely intellectually curious’ about the issues being raised, which ranged from voter suppression and dishonest political ads to the radicalization of potential future terrorists,” Gizmodo reported.
Those who met with Zuckerberg are ideologically aligned with the same people who nearly lost their minds when they learned that Zuckerberg had dinner meetings with several prominent conservatives a few weeks ago. The CEO was forced to defend himself for dining with the likes of Tucker Carlson and Ben Shapiro after a rash of verified Twitter users expressed utter outrage, and the hashtag #DeleteFacebook began trending.
“To be clear, I have dinners with lots of people across the spectrum on lots of different issues all the time,” Zuckerberg said after the initial report of the meetings. “Meeting with new people and hearing from a wide range of viewpoints is part of learning. If you haven’t tried it, I suggest you do!”
Right now, Facebook is gearing up for the 2020 election cycle, and recently launched a “News Tab” which will allow Facebook employees to highlight news stories that they deem important to the presidential race.
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