Wednesday 10 June 2020

Article in Los Angeles Times complains that Facebook didn't cancel Candace Owens’ fascist video

Note: The reason why the author of this article calls Candace Owens "a known Hitler apologist" is that she said, in answer to a question from the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee investigating hate speech, 

"If Hitler just wanted to make Germany great and have things run well — OK, fine, the problem is ... he had dreams outside of Germany. He wanted to globalize. He wanted everybody to be German." 

Mr. Boyle (aptly named, you might think) and the Los Angeles Times consider calling her a Hitler apologist and a fascist good fair journalism, unlike her video clip or
Senator Cotton's article in the New York Times. Mr Boyle complains that Facebook didn't fact check her video, remember. 

His real objection to her is that she is black and a Republican. 
JUNE 9, 202011:01 AM
Last Wednesday, late into the afternoon, the New York Times published an op-ed essay in which Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) called for the deployment of active-duty military forces into U.S. cities with the slippery, panicked and dangerous intention of “restoring order.”
At nearly the exact same time on the exact same day, Trumpist provocateur Candace Owens began a Facebook livestream of a nearly 20-minute-long tirade declaring George Floyd a “criminal” and a “horrible human being,” among other incendiary remarks attacking the Black Lives Matter movement writ large.
The Cotton op-ed was rightly met with widespread condemnation (including criticism inside the New York Times newsroom). It has since been amended with a lengthy editors’ note and led to the resignation of editorial page editor James Bennet. It sparked a continuing debate about the role and responsibility of a free press in a country teetering on the brink of authoritarianism.
Meanwhile, on Facebook, the Owens video has since been viewed 82 million times. No retractions. No fact check. Nothing.
In case it wasn’t clear yet, fascists don’t need a New York Times op-ed to advance their movement. They already have an incredibly potent and willing partner in the shadowy algorithms of Big Tech.

Even as swells of protesters have taken to the streets in cities and towns across the entire country, it’s important to remember that for every marcher losing their protest virginity (and every lifetime activist yet again rallying for civil rights), there’s another two or three or five people digesting an inscrutable pile of disinformation and divisive junk online.
The internet is a second reality of our own design, symbiotically connected to and colliding with the lives we live when nominally offline, yet one whose impact is too often ignored. While establishment media devolves into an esoteric — necessary and righteous, but esoteric — debate about the continued relevance and importance of Gatekeeping, Owens, a known Hitler apologist, and countless other inflammatory conservative pundits like her, dominate the most important social media platforms unchecked.
Owens’ video became the top shared Facebook post of last week…
When typing “George Floyd” into the Google search bar, the predictive search tool quickly reveals a search for “George Floyd criminal past” as the next most likely search (with “George Floyd criminal history” not too far behind). This is the direct result of a high frequency of searches for these exact terms... (continued here).

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