Should Conspiracy Theorists Be Banned on Social Media?
The question, "Should conspiracy theorists be banned on social media?" was asked of FB founder, Mark Zuckerberg during a recent interview.
The interview with Zuckerberg was conducted by the founder of the website, Recode.net, which is a technology news website that focuses on the business of Silicone Valley. The founder's name is Kara Swisher and the interview, along with the article to follow, was impressively detailed, but there was one section of the interview that really caught my attention.
Personally, I found Mark Zuckerberg's take on the question in the blog's headline above a bit disturbing, and I'm writing this blog to encourage you to offer your opinion on whether you think conspiracy theorists should be banned on social media. Mr. Zuckerberg, Facebook's CEO told Ms. Swisher:
Facebook won't ban Holocaust deniers or conspiracy theorists like Infowars, because doing so would go against Facebook's principle of 'giving people a voice.
Zuckerberg went on to say it's not Facebook's place to remove content just because it isn't factual unless it risks causing harm to someone. Now if you take the time to read the lengthy interview/article with Mr. Zuckerberg, he gives many other examples as to what he means by, "giving people a choice."
Below is a photo of the conspiracy theorist and radio talk show host Alex Jones who has repeatedly called the Sandy Hook massacre a hoax. He claimed the scene was staged and has called the parents of the shooting victims, liars. Jones has also called the 2018 Stoneman Douglas High School shooting false flag operations engineered by gun control advocates.
Fact: the Holocaust took place. Fact: The Sandy Hook massacre happened. It's not up for discussion, because there's nothing to discuss. It's not hearsay, it's a historical fact. What do you think? If you'd like to read the entire interview transcript, click on recode.net.
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