Thursday, June 13, 2024

Facebook Bans LA Civil Rights Leader Over Hitler Post – They Targeted EURweb Publisher Lee Bailey, Too

Earl Ofari Hutchinson - Getty
Earl Ofari Hutchinson – Getty

*Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson was banned for a period from Facebook on December 2 for posting a stock photo of Hitler.

Hutchinson posted the picture promoting his KPFK-Pacifica Radio Show Saturday, December 3 on-air community town hall at 9 AM PST 99.7 FM on Ye, Hitler, and Antisemitism.

“The picture of Hitler posted was hardly promoting hate,” says Hutchinson, “It was merely a stock photo to promote an important community on-air town hall on the danger of antisemitism.”

Hutchinson calls on Facebook to Immediately lift the ban and examine its community standards on political issues.

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Interestingly, the same thing happened to EURweb publisher Lee Bailey when all he did was post a response to Ye’s Hitler comments using the rapper’s quote, “I like Hitler.” Bailey’s direct comment was: “‘I like Hitler,’ says Ye is all you need to know about him.”

Facebook sent a message saying “Your comment goes against our community standards on dangerous individuals and organizations.” The warning went on to say that his account could be restricted or disabled. Bailey agreed to them removing his post/comment and as of this posting, his account was still active.

So while we respect Facebook’s goal of removing hate speech from its site, at the same time, because it’s using machines instead of humans, it’s stifling (positive/benign) free speech and prevents the dissemination of important information.

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