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Thread by @zeynep: ""Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax to take away your guns" not just something "debunked by fact-checkers." It's high-profile incitement to viol […]"

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"Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax to take away your guns" not just something "debunked by fact-checkers." It's high-profile incitement to violence and harrasment against bereaved parents who just lost their little children to murder. As is "this pizza shop is a pedophile ring."
I'm wary of banning pages. Facebook cannot cure all societal ills. It's good if they finally stop amplifying the worst via algorithms/business model. But there's a line. Inciting violence/harrasment against people, let alone recently bereaved parents is on far side of that line.
I mean... The high-profile claim being pumped to gun-enthusiasts already prone to conspiracy theories is that these parents fake, and are active, multi-year collaborators in a secret, illegal scheme to take away guns. This is incitement to harrasment, at a minimum, and violence.
Plus, there is tons of much more mild content Facebook does ban. This is obviously more bowing to a very-well orchestrated pressure campaign than a difficult decision about a murky case. (This is how a lot of alleged liberal papers publish crappy stuff just to appear balanced).
Being wary of banning is good—free speech as a principle is a valuable starting point with the recognition that every society balances that—somehow—with safety and well-being. The question is how to do update that "somehow" to a digital age where almost anyone can reach billions.
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