Facebook allowed leftist organizations to post the purported private address of a conservative senator in order to organize protests and harass. The posting was a violation of its rules.
“Protesters on Monday gathered outside South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham's house to ‘wake him up’ over his push to quickly replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away Friday,” Newsweek summarized on September 21. Facebook had allowed both Shut Down DC and Sunrise DC to organize the protest via a Facebook event page. The event page that listed Graham’s purported address and called upon supporters to “join us at Graham's house” and “make some noise” has since been deleted. Meanwhile, both organizations are still allowed to remain active on the platform.
This is a trend for Shut Down DC. It has also organized a protest at the home of Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf.
Facebook, essentially allowed activists to organize on the platform to harass a sitting U.S. senator about how he intends to vote concerning a replacement for deceased Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court. When contacted and asked why Facebook allowed the organization that posted the event to remain on the platform, a Facebook spokesperson merely replied by sharing Facebook’s community standards on bullying. Facebook then wrote, “Specifically: ‘Threatening to release an individual's private phone number, residential address, or email address,’” and provided no further context.
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained his concerns about upcoming civil unrest in an early September interview with Axios. He stated, "I think we need to be doing everything that we can to reduce the chances of violence or civil unrest in the wake of this election." Zuckerberg then went on to profess: "We're trying to make sure that we do our part to make sure that none of this is organized on Facebook.”
However, even after being contacted about what major media describe as violent groups such as Rose City Antifa and foreign interference such as Canadian leftist organization Adbusters, Facebook has proven that it does not follow through on its founder’s commitment to quell political unrest.
Newsweek reported that: “In several videos posted to Twitter, protesters can be seen filling the streets outside of Graham's home, yelling ‘wake him up’ while banging pots and pans.” Facebook helped provide them the address of where to go.
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