Here’s another cartoon about all the university students complaining about the terrible injustices (“micro aggressions,” “hurtful speech,” etc.) they’ve endured on campus. Thought I’d get it in while I’m still contemplating the issue. The interesting thing about this cartoon, however, is that it was deemed so politically incorrect — or something — that Facebook removed it from cartoonist Ben Garrison’s page. They said it violated Facebook’s Community Standards (which apparently are extremely arbitrary and don’t include certain types of political commentary).
Facebook is even worse than I’ve always thought. Not only do they spy on users and steal and circulate their personal information (very bad) and censor photos (probably necessary at times), but now they also censor free speech. I see nothing so evil in this cartoon that it needed to be removed. True, it’s very political in nature and sharply critical of the disruptive students on our campuses. But since when do we not have the right to publicly disagree with the views of others? Apparently, depending on who’s being criticized, it’s not allowed on Facebook.
Cartoonist Garrison thinks the campus agitators somehow influenced Facebook to remove the cartoon. I’ve no way of knowing if that’s true or even possible. My only dealings with Facebook have been the automatically generated listings of my Pied Type posts — and I’ve decided to end those after today. Facebook won’t miss me, and I certainly won’t miss it.
Yes, I happen to agree with this cartoon. But even if I didn’t, I’d be outraged that Facebook took it down. Free speech either is, or it isn’t. And obviously on Facebook, it isn’t.
Note, May 12, 2016: The truth will out: Former Facebook Workers: We Routinely Suppressed Conservative News
Some of my previous posts about Facebook:
- FTC slaps Facebook
- Sorkin sums up social networks
- Further Facebook folly
- A wee confession
- I should stop knocking Facebook, but …
- Please don’t post kids’ pictures
- Facebook ‘deactivation’ does not equal ‘cancellation’
- Wanted: An ‘opt-in’ option