Black Lives Matter’s internet presence has led to riots around the country, injuries and deaths, including the murder of an 8-year-old girl in Atlanta at a BLM illegal barricade. QAnon, whatever one thinks of it, has a death and riot toll of what? Not a whole lot.
So of course Facebook is banning QAnon across its platforms while continuing to support BLM.
This is obviously reflective, not of reality, but of the media’s latest obsession. The media decided to focus on QAnon, and Facebook targeted it with its dangerous organizations label. Meanwhile organizations that are genuinely dangerous, from Black Lives Matter to Fatah, aka the PLO, which uses its Facebook presence to promote terrorism.
Facebook is, as many note, a private company. True. Also lunch counters in Alabama were private businesses. If we can regulate racial discrimination at a lunch counter, we can regulate viewpoint discrimination at a company that controls 80% of social media. But the problem is that Facebook’s censorship is in no small part a response to regulatory and political pressures orchestrated by Democrats and the media. The only thing those have accomplished so far is more censorship.
That’s why Section 230 is not the answer. Breaking up Big Tech monopolies is.