The Real Reason Facebook and Snopes Attacked Christian Satire Site
As you know, social media organizations are targeting conservative websites and Youtube content. The latest is the Babylon Bee. Babylon Bee is a Christian satire site with an edge. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if a post is satire because so much of what we read and see these days is mindbogglingly and incomprehensively idiotic but true.
Babylon Bee even states that its articles are satire. Even so, Facebook issued a warning based on a heads-up from Snopes.com:
Left-wing Facebook censors warn Adam Ford of Babylon Bee for posting a piece entitled “CNN Purchases Industrial-Sized Washing Machine To Spin News Before Publication” that “contains info disputed by (Snopes.com).” But Snopes acknowledges that the piece is satire and the very title of the article obviously conveys satire (to belabor the obvious: buying a washing machine to “spin” news?!), not to mention that BB itself states that it posts Christian satire. (Robert A. J. Gagnon)
Most of the critical comments about the perceived snafu give the impression that the folks at Snopes and Facebook are morons. They should have known it was a satire site. But they did know. So why did they do it?
It’s a power play, a clever way to issue a warning without issuing an official warning. “How stupid of us. Sorry for the mistake.” Don’t believe it. It was a way of saying that everything is on the table for evaluation if it comes from conservative Christians, Libertarians, social-political conservatives, and just about anyone who opposes the Leftist agenda. “You’ve been warned (but not officially, but you get our meaning). We’re watching you, and you, and you.”
It’s not just Snopes that’s acting as a watchdog for Facebook. There’s a more sinister “advisor” to social media sites. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a propaganda and fundraising machine that’s not interested in Poverty or Law, advises Google and its Facebook platform by referring “people to the leftist organization for those who want to do reputation research on sites and pages.” SPLC raises millions of dollars every year claiming to have a list of all known “hate groups.” Nothing could be further from the truth.
The following is from Google’s User Content General Guidelines:
Reputation research is important for identifying websites that promote hate and violence. The Pew Research Center, Anti-Defamation League, and the Southern Poverty Law Center are some reputable sources that can be used for reputation research.
The internet was designed to rid establishment media of gatekeepers. The three major networks monopolized the news for decades. Then came CNN. It went leftist and became the Clinton News Network. The internet gave people options, but those options were available through media platforms that were co-opted by the Left. Leftist organizations have partnered with Google to put an end to oppositional content:
The Daily Caller said conservatives believe they won’t get fair treatment from SPLC, which was tied directly to domestic terror when Floyd Lee Corkins, who opened fire at the Family Research Center in 2012, told a court he targeted FRC because SPLC identified it as a “hate group.”
“It’s unclear when the SPLC joined YouTube’s ‘Trusted Flaggers’ program. The program goes back to 2012 but exploded in size in recent years amid a Google push to increase regulation of the content on its platforms, which followed pressure from advertisers. Fifty of the 113 program members joined in 2017 as YouTube stepped up its content policing, YouTube public policy director Juniper Downs told a Senate committee in January,” the report said.
The election of Donald Trump increased the strangulation of opposition content.
The Left hates competition. If you want to talk about hate groups, nearly every Leftist group is a hate group spewing fake news and hateful content.
The following is just one recent example:
In her article titled, “The Instagram Stars Hiding Their Famous, Muslim-Hating Mom, Pamela Geller,” the Daily Beast’s Taylor Lorenz doxed the women as Pamela Geller’s daughters. They had not disclosed the family link, perhaps due to the recurring death threats from Muslim extremists that Geller receives.
Following the release of Lorenz’s article, which was heavily criticized on social media, Geller’s four children immediately began to receive harassment and violent messages.
Comments included: “Racist piece of shit!,” “Fuck you, racist,” “Racist bitch,” and “Swine,” the majority of which was sent to Geller’s most famous daughter, Claudia, who runs the popular Instagram account “girlwithnojob” which has 2.8 million followers. (Breitbart)
But if a baker does not believe it’s right to bake a message cake for a same-sex wedding, it’s not only a hate crime but one punished with a $135,000 fine and re-education classes to get a person’s mind right.
Here’s the funny part. The Babylon Bee predicted something like this in an article posted on October 10, 2017, titled, “Snopes Launches New Website To Fact-Check Snopes Fact Checks.”
U.S.—Popular fact-checking site Snopes.com rolled out a brand-new spinoff site designed to fact-check previously published fact checks on Snopes.com, reliable sources confirmed Tuesday.
The new site is called “Snopes Snopes,” and will comb through the original site’s articles in order to label them “True,” “False,” or “Clearly Biased,” assisting readers in discerning fact from fiction on the popular site which claims to debunk urban legends, hoax news stories, and satire.
Read the entire article. It’s funny and prescient. It’s getting harder to separate satire from fact.