For a technology and social media company that grew into a behemoth thanks entirely to the fact that it was founded in the freest, most open society on the planet, Facebook has since adopted a distinctly anti-American posture that alienates well over half the country.
Recently, four U.S. senators — Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Mike Braun (R-Ind.) — called out Facebook in a letter over its enduring anti-Christian bigotry and censorship aimed at pro-life activists from Live Action.
“Your company, like Twitter, Google, Pinterest and so many of the other major social media firms in Silicon Valley, has repeatedly been presented with evidence of bias against those with conservative viewpoints, especially on the issue of abortion,” the letter noted.
The senators’ correspondence comes after an Aug. 30 notification from Facebook informing Live Action, which is a leading nonprofit group with the biggest online following in the pro-life movement, that a pair of videos it posted reaffirming the widespread viewpoint that “abortion is never medically necessary” were labeled as “false.”
The notification stemmed from an alleged “fack check” from two abortionists, Drs. Daniel Grossman and Robyn Schickler, both of whom said that the medically necessary claim was “inaccurate” and “misleading.”
In its notification, Facebook informed Live Action that the page of Live Action President, Lila Rose, and any links to liveaction.org would now have “reduced distribution and other restrictions because of repeated sharing of false news.” In other words, Facebook planned to intentionally limit the distribution of Live Action posts even to its own followers, which is a blatant anti-trust violation.
Combined, Live Action and its president, Lila Rose, have more than 3 million followers.
“This so-called ‘fact-check’ came as part of a Facebook initiative to combat false news involving partnerships with groups like The Associated Press, FactCheck.org, PolitiFact, and others,” the letter said. “You claim that your fact-checkers are ‘certified’ through the ‘non-partisan’ International Fact-Checking Network.”
Facebook is violating rights — and maybe even the law
In reality, the senators wrote, “Facebook’s ‘independent fact check’ of the Live Action videos was performed by two pro-abortion activists with significant ties to abortion-rights advocacy organizations, both of whom are paid to perform abortions.
“No reasonable person would describe [either physician] as neutral or objective when it comes to the issue of abortion, yet Facebook relied on their rating to suppress and censor a pro-life organization with more than 3 million followers,” the letter continued, which is a clear violation of the IFCN principle and the social media giant’s alleged commitment to non-partisanship.
They also demanded that Facebook issue a correction and remove “any restrictions placed on the pages of Live Action and Lila Rose.” They also said Facebook, “at a minimum,” must allow an external examiner access to internal company documents and procedures while allowing that auditor to question employees and senior officials about said policies.
Fat chance of that happening without subpoenas and threats of government action, however.
In fact, Facebook doubled down on the censorship, sending another notification to Live Action’s followers that the group was spreading ‘fake news.’
Thousands of followers were sent notifications on multiple occasions from @Facebook, alleging we are “false news” at the word of two ABORTIONISTS
Facebook has silently removed the violations & has not issued an apology, correction, or taken any responsibility
NEW STATEMENT: pic.twitter.com/mjrnzFJ7pz
— Live Action (@LiveAction) September 12, 2019
Mind you, Live Action has previously received disciplinary action from Facebook even though the group accurately reported about the Dublin Declaration, which is a document signed by more than 1,000 OB-GYNs, other doctors and healthcare experts that indeed, abortion is never a medical necessity.