Muslim Facebook employees demanded Trump posts be removed

Muslim Facebook employees demanded Trump posts be removed

So, a bunch of Muslim employees at Facebook complained about Donald Trump’s posts that they said wanted to ban all Muslims coming into the country until they can be adequately vetted. They called it hate speech. Since then, Trump has backed off somewhat. I see nothing wrong with vetting Muslims or anyone else wanting to come into the US. We used to do that as part of normal procedure. Now, under Obama… we aren’t allowed to do it at all pretty much anymore. That is not hate speech and it is only religious persecution if you only do it to Muslims. I recommend doing it to everyone and I call that survival.

Facebook rejected the requests… it went all the way to Mark Zuckerberg and got shot down. They cited that Donald Trump was a presidential candidate and they wanted to appear neutral in the election process. It was the right call, but the reasoning is found wanting. It shouldn’t just apply to presidential candidates. There was nothing hateful in what he called for. These people need to further define what they mean by ‘hate speech’. Muslims are notorious for finding ways to remove anything they feel is insulting to them. That’s called limiting free speech and censorship.

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From FrontPage Mag:

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Facebook rejected complaints from employees who argued that controversial posts by Donald Trump about banning Muslims should have been taken down because they violated the company’s policy on permitting hate speech.

Ultimately, Facebook decided against removing any of Trump’s posts, though the issue made it all the way to the desk of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The company has recently tightened its policy on hate speech and removes posts by users that discriminate based on race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Trump posted in December, calling for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” He has since backed away from the blanket ban on Muslims entering the country, instead saying he would ban immigrants from countries with a record of terrorism.

Muslim employees at Facebook argued Trump’s statement violated the company’s terms for religious discrimination.

Ultimately, Facebook’s head of global policy management Monika Bickert said removing Trump’s post would be tantamount to censoring a presidential candidate and would violate the company’s pledge to remain neutral in the election.

These are the people overseeing our Facebook accounts. If they get their way even in a limited sense, there will be Islamic censorship going on and your posts to Facebook under their more restrictive guidelines could get you blocked or removed. The whole point of social media was to be able to express your opinions… in the end this will really hurt Facebook if not countered. The company has recently tightened its policy on hate speech and removes posts by users that discriminate based on race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity. But those areas are subjective and easily manipulated by those such as the Religion of Peace.

Facebook has had to deal with other issues concerning Trump as well. Peter Thiel, a noted venture capitalist and Facebook board member, announced this week he was donating $1.25 million to Trump’s campaign. Thiel has been a prominent Trump supporter — and an anomaly in hyper-liberal Silicon Valley. The donation prompted calls for Facebook to distance itself or seek Thiel’s removal from the board.

Zuckerberg has flat out told his employees that he does not agree with a lot of what Trump has to say, but that he wants to ensure his employees are free to express their political beliefs. That’s sounds pretty fair to me.

“We can’t create a culture that says it cares about diversity and then excludes almost half the country because they back a political candidate,” Zuckerberg wrote. “There are many reasons a person might support Trump that do not involve racism, sexism, xenophobia or accepting sexual assault.” Having the freedom to support who you choose for president is fundamental to America’s core beliefs and it would seem that Zuckerberg understands that – at least somewhat.

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