(Liberty Bell) – If you thought that biased social media censorship would somehow quell in the midst of the 2020 election, you have another thing coming.
Silicon Valley is likely just getting started.
On Thursday, Facebook pulled several Trump campaign ads on their servers, claiming that they’d used Nazi imagery and thus violated their community standards, which ban “organized hate.”
Let that sink in for a moment.
Just the News reports that the ads, which targeted what the campaign referred to as “dangerous MOBS of far-left groups,” featured one image of an unside-down red triangle.
The Trump campaign referred to this as “a symbol widely used by antifa.”
However, according to the Anti-Defamation League, the image was “practically identical to that used by the Nazi regime to classify political prisoners in concentration camps.”
The Nazis indeed would place symbols on prisoners of different groups to distinguish them from one another.
But it’s Antifa that used this symbol!!
What if ads for Democrats featured confederate flags? Would Facebook ban those? It’s very hard to believe they would.
Facebook spokesman Andy Stone told media outlets that the ads had been removed “for violating our policy against organized hate.”
“Our policy prohibits using a banned hate group’s symbol to identify political prisoners without the context that condemns or discusses the symbol,” he said.
Tim Murtaugh, a spokesman for the Trump campaign, easily refuted this, however.
“The inverted red triangle is a symbol used by Antifa, so it was included in an ad about Antifa,” he told Just the News in an email.
“We would note that Facebook still has an inverted red triangle emoji in use, which looks exactly the same, so it’s curious that they would target only this ad,” he added.
“The image is also not included in the Anti-Defamation League’s database of symbols of hate. But it is ironic that it took a Trump ad to force the media to implicitly concede that Antifa is a hate group.”
It only takes a quick perusal of Antifa imagery to see that they do indeed use the upside-down red triangle.
In fact, Just the News notes, “one listing for upside-down red triangle stickers advertises them as ‘9 convenient stickers of a red triangle so you can spread the word on antifascist propaganda. Fight for equality and civil rights.’”