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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Facebook's an automated machine; it's not (that) politically biased


... but it's still politically biased.

Recently I posted a piece on the Rape Jihad in Sweden. I used an accompanying photo of a victim of that jihad (see right). In response, a Sophie Morgan, a member of Antifa, said the image was “fake”. However, it turned out it isn’t fake. 

She then changed tack and argued that it was disgusting to use a bloody and violent image for “hate propaganda” without any care for the victim. Then I checked her web page, which has an image, created by Morgan herself, of Margaret Thatcher with an axe in her head with blood all over the place (see below). I posted her image to show people a good example of far-left hypocrisy. The problem was that Facebook banned me for using it. As far as I can see, Sophie Morgan herself hasn’t been banned and neither has the Thatcher image on her page been deleted.

The obvious reaction to all this is to accuse Facebook of political bias. Nevertheless, I don’t really think that’s necessarily the case. You must be careful. If Facebook is that conspiratorial and biased, they wouldn't allow pages like mine - or maybe yours – in the first place.

Facebook is almost completely automated. If enough Muslims, or Leftists, or patriots, on Conservatives, or Lobsters, complain, then Facebook acts. That doesn't necessarily mean that FB is biased against any particular group. FB is only biased against those pages, persons and things which/who will stop them from making more money or spreading Facebook even wider; which is fair enough.

Facebook is a free service largely because it's automated. If we paid for the service, then no doubt they would have human beings, rather than automated computers, looking into “reports” and “complaints’. In addition, because it’s free, and I hate to say it, we can hardly complain even if it is politically biased. It’s not a public service. It is public institutions, council-run or Government-funded ones, that must be democratic and free of political bias; not private businesses or enterprises. Even within the domain of Facebook itself, that is, our individual pages, people would argue that no one has the right to tell us what to post or say. But if that’s true of our individual pages, it must also be true of Facebook as a whole: no one really has a right to dictate to Facebook; a free service.

Consequently, Sophie Morgan’s wasn't banned because no one complained about her image. They did about mine.

It’s easy to see that FB is automated because there are literally dozens of violent and extreme jihadist pages which aren't banned (see below). They aren't banned because no one complains - there are too many of them and if someone does, a new one will be immediately created in its place.

Many people think that FB is politically biased and biased in other ways. Nonetheless, my personal banning, and others, has little - or nothing - to do with bias. FB may well be biased and PC (it is, have you seen its guidelines?); but they ban simply when enough - or even just one! – people send a complaint or send a “report of abuse”.

Of course, the worst aspect of Facebook is that you don’t know who, or where, to ask questions about your ban. This is deliberate on Facebook’s part and it’s again probably largely because of its automated status.

*) Sophie Morgan's Facebook page which still includes the Thatcher image:


This Feature is Temporarily Blocked [for using the Thatcher image above]

“You recently posted something that violates Facebook policies, so you're temporarily blocked from using this feature. Learn More.

“To keep from getting blocked again, please make sure you've read and understand Facebook's Community Standards.

“The block will be active for 6 days and 7 hours more.”


Facebook's Reply   [Talking about exactly the same image above.]

 "You reported Sophie Morgan's photo for containing graphic violence.


    "Photo not removed




"Thanks for your report. We reviewed the photo you reported, but found it doesn't violate Facebook's Community Standard on graphic violence, which includes depicting harm to someone or something, threats to the public's safety, or theft and vandalism."


I found these jihadist Facebook pages within two minutes. (The image above is actually the main icon of one of these Facebook groups.):

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