On Monday, Parler, an American social networking website favored by many supporters of U.S. President Trump, condoned these people to continuously spread “rumors” and hate speech attacking the results of the U.S. election on the Internet and provided words for the “riot” launched by these people that hit the U.S. Capitol last week.
In terms of platforms, the website had to be shut down after being collectively blocked by large technology companies such as Apple, Google and Amazon. But Trump supporters denounced it as a violation of “freedom of speech”.
However, the severe “censorship” of mainstream public opinion in the United States about the role of social networking sites in the riot did not stop at Parler.
According to a recent report by the Washington Post, Facebook, the most famous social networking website in the United States, also provided organizational convenience for “thugs” in last week’s “riot”.
As a result, Trump supporters were amused by this incident…
According to the Washington Post, although several mainstream social platforms in the United States, including Facebook, have announced that Trump’s account posts will not be further incitement to new “riots” after the U.S. Capitol was hit by Trump supporters last week, some social networking sites arenaly prohibited.
Researchers found that on the eve of the “riot”, Trump supporters have actually been organizing and preparing for the “riot” through Facebook and Instagram, another social platform affiliated to Facebook.
Evidence listed in The Washington Post includes that not only did Trump supporters use the services provided by these platforms to organize buses to Washington, but more than 100,000 Facebook users used hashtags such as “Stop Theft” and “Fight for Trump” before hitting Congress. Constantly build momentum for the “riot”.
Another mainstream American media, Buzzfeed, also found that although Facebook blocked Trump’s account after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, the interest groups, pages and hashtags they used by many Trump supporters were not immediately blocked and held It continues to attract tens of thousands of Trump supporters.
In response to these accusations, Facebook said on Monday that the website has been trying to delete and block rumors, conspiracy theories and hate speech that these Trump supporters are walking, and emphasizing that Facebook is fundamentally different from other social platforms that condone these remarks.
Facebook also said that if someone finds such remarks, topics or interest groups and pages on the website, it is also because the company’s speech control cannot perfectly cover every corner.
However, the Washington Post seems to be reluctant to give up, saying that Facebook is often hesitant to block conspiracy theories and false information on the U.S. network, which has caused a lot of controversy.
For example, throughout 2020, Facebook has been a large number of people who oppose the government’s restrictive epidemic prevention measures. The main platform for organizing and launching the march.
“Facebook may have taken some actions to limit the spread of disinformation, but the website has been hesitant to restrict people from organizing and launching activities because of their ideas, even if they are based on false ideas and false information,” The Washington Post wrote.
Ironically, the Washington Post’s criticism of Facebook has excited many Trump supporters who are angry about the block of the Parler platform. These people are currently posting on the Internet, “strongly demanding” Apple, Google and Amazon to block Facebook in the same way as Parler was previously blocked by the whole network.
One of the calls made by the American Internet Public Know, who supported Trump, received 7,500 likes.
Another post that believes that Facebook’s role in inciting and organizing violence is greater and dangerous than Parler’s, so it should be blocked, also received more than 1,000 likes.
Others further ironically said that if Apple, Google and Amazon do not block Facebook that “helps fascist forces carry out coups”, then according to the logic of mainstream public opinion in the United States, these three companies are “white racists”
Some Trump supporters also explained that the reason why they are happy to see the Washington Post question Facebook so much is that these forces that block Trump and his supporters have finally begun to “self-attack”.
But there are also Trump supporters who believe that Apple, Google and Amazon will not be “a bowl of water”, because Facebook is a big company, and such a big company will not be allowed to fall down.