A website called SafeHome.org, which analyzes home-security systems for consumers, has released a new politically correct report on the presence of “hate” online, specifically on Twitter.
“Their presence online is growing,” the site warns. “We studied these Twitter accounts to understand not just how hateful sentiment has evolved over the years, but also in which states these comments originate.”
But there’s a problem.
SafeHome.org confesses it took the definition of “hate” groups from the Southern Poverty Law Center, which itself has been called a “hate” group. SPLC applies the label to individuals and groups that disagree with its pro-abortion, pro-homosexual and pro-liberal agenda.
That’s why it includes the conservative Family Research Council on its list, alongside the American Nazi Party.
And the traditional-marriage-supporting American Family Association alongside the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
And the conservative Liberty Counsel with the New Black Panther Party.
And ACT for America alongside the Nation of Islam.
And Most Holy Family Monastery alongside Westboro Baptist Church.
It was commentator John Stossel, in a WND column, who turned SPLC’s labeling of Christians against the group itself.
“SPLC once fought useful fights. They took on the Ku Klux Klan. But now they go after people on the right with whom they disagree,” he wrote. “They call the Family Research Council a hate group because it says gay men are more likely to sexually abuse children. That’s their belief. There is some evidence that supports it. Do they belong on a ‘hate map,’ like the Ku Klux Klan, because they believe that evidence and worry about it?
“I often disagree with the council, but calling them a hate group is unfair. In my YouTube video this week, the group’s vice president, Jerry Boykin, tells me, ‘I don’t hate gay people. And I know gay people, and I have worked with gay people.'”
Stossel noted that groups tagged with the “hate group” label become a target, noting the attack on the headquarters of the Family Research Council by Floyd Corkins, who told investigators he chose FRC because of SPLC’s list.
Stossel said: “SPLC is now a hate group itself. It’s a money-grabbing slander machine.”
See Stossel’s video report on SPLC:
It’s already been documented that social media companies including Google, YouTube and Twitter, and also Amazon, have been curbing and censoring the flow of political speech.
Their point of commonality is that most of them work with SPLC, using its judgment on what constitutes “hate.”
“At this rate, with left-wing zealots controlling content on all the major social media, search and e-commerce platforms, free expression in America will become extinct. The American political culture will be effectively transformed into something resembling the University of Berkeley or other college campuses with their speech codes and ‘safe zones,'” warned WND CEO Joseph Farah, who repeatedly has been attacked by SPLC.
Brexit advocate and British politician Nigel Farage recently charged Facebook was “doctoring” the news to conform to CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s “personal political views.”
Farage said Zuckerberg’s “personal political views, and no doubt those of his close colleagues in Silicon Valley, may help to explain why in January this year Facebook announced its algorithms were going to change.”
Farage noted the tech giant said it was going to “de-prioritise” news publishers and their posts in Facebook users’ news feeds.
“In other words, it was going to doctor the kind of news to which Facebook’s 1 billion users were exposed,” he said.
“And this is exactly what it has done.”
Farage said the “impact of this decision has been swift and brutal.”
“According to analysis of Facebook engagement data using various tech programmes including BuzzSumo, conservative publishers like Breitbart and Fox News (for whom I work as a contributor) have seen a significant decrease in the numbers visiting their websites and engaging with their messages via Facebook. It is estimated that traffic to certain right-of-centre sites and commentators driven by Facebook has fallen by 25 per cent or more,” he wrote.
The SafeHome.org report said it identified “almost 900” hate groups in the U.S., with the highest concentration in Arkansas.
That makes it the “most hateful state,” it said.
And it cited the pro-national security Federation for American Immigration Reform as having the largest Twitter following, with more than 72,000. But nestled inside the list was the American Nazi Party, with some 11,000, and the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, with 7,200, obfuscating the fact there’s a difference between a “hate” group and an organization that does not toe liberal moral, political and social agendas.
SafeHome confirmed it “sourced” SPLC’s “hate map” then grouped the organizations and counted tweets and retweets.
The Daily Caller reported last week Facebook, Amazon, Google and Twitter have developed a working partnership with SPLC.
SPLC is on a list of “external experts and organizations” that Facebook works with “to inform our hate speech policies,” Facebook spokeswoman Ruchika Budhraja told the Daily Caller.
In March, National Review reported Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, accused Twitter of “censoring” tweets by the highly influential Drudge Report.
Just last week, a “deceptive site” warning appeared in some browsers trying to access Rush Limbaugh’s popular website.
WND CEO Joseph Farah, who previously collaborated with Limbaugh on a best-selling book, wrote recently about the progressive agenda driven by the web giants.
He noted Hillary Clinton was asked which company she would like to lead, and her answer was Facebook.
She said at the time: “I just wanna add, it’s the biggest news platform in the world. Most people in our country get their news – true or not – from Facebook. Now Facebook is trying to take on some of the unexpected consequences of their business model, and I hope they get it right because it really is critical to our democracy that people get accurate information on which to make decisions.”
Farah wrote: “Of course, Clinton has blamed the influence of fake news and Russian bots on Facebook, among other factors, for her loss of the 2016 presidential election.
He noted there have been reports of Facebook “news curators” being told to hide conservative content from the “trending” section.
“Google’s corporate culture is no different. Google fired engineer James Damore for criticizing the company’s ‘Ideological Echo Chamber.’ The company claimed he was fired for ‘advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace.’ Damore is suing Google, saying it mistreats whites, males and conservatives.”
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has called the tech giants a “clear and present danger to our democratic system.”
Last month, the Republican National Committee and the Trump 2020 campaign wrote to Facebook and Twitter requesting answers to questions about their efforts to prevent political bias on their platforms.
“The letter comes amid concerns about the censorship of conservative speech online,” the report said.
The letter from RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale “expresses alarm at allegations that the sites have blocked conservative content and users.”
“We recognize that Facebook and Twitter operate in liberal corporate cultures. However, rampant political bias is inappropriate for a widely used public forum,” the letter said. “What’s more, the consequences to our democratic society are profound. That is why special attention is necessary to address issues such as Facebook’s use of liberal organizations to fact-check content, the access to user profiles it gives to some employees, and Twitter’s manipulation of content that appears for the site’s users.”