American Elephants


The Difficulties With Declaring Independence by The Elephant's Child

All you need to know about Silicon Valley can be summed up by the simple information that they have chosen the Southern Poverty Law Center as their guide to identifying Hate Speech!

Bwa ha ha ha ha-ha ha!

File this under “It takes one to know one!”

Then add this bit:  ” Facebook removed an excerpt from the U.S. Declaration of Independence, claiming that the text violated the social network’s policies.”

As Reason adds: “The social media site has a difficult time telling the difference between white nationalist ravings and the writing of Thomas Jefferson.”

America’s founding document might be too politically incorrect for Facebook, which flagged and removed a post consisting almost entirely of text from the Declaration of Independence. The excerpt, posted by a small community newspaper in Texas, apparently violated the social media site’s policies against hate speech.

Since June 24, the Liberty County Vindicator of Liberty County, Texas, has been sharing daily excerpts from the declaration in the run up to July Fourth. The idea was to encourage historical literacy among the Vindicator‘s readers.

The first nine such posts of the project went up without incident.

“But part 10,” writes Vindicator managing editor Casey Stinnett, “did not appear. Instead, The Vindicator received a notice from Facebook saying that the post ‘goes against our standards on hate speech.'”

The problem is ignorance. Silicon Valley is full of math and physics majors and H-1B immigrants, not history majors. Our own colleges and universities, full of anti-war people left over from Vietnam have turned our education system into far left indoctrination organizations, so there are a lot more courses titled “Studies” in colleges and fewer “The History of.”

Facebook was based on the flawed idea, that it would be emotionally appealing for people to share their family news and doings with friends, which, of course it was. But the downside never occurred to the founders. Users were making public the intimate details of their lives and their children, where they went to school, the general status of the family, the location of the home—which they did, with no thought about the dangers of making such information public. So it is unsurprising that Facebook has turned the bother of identifying “hate speech” over to robots.

The powers that be in Silicon Valley have already been in trouble for allowing the adherents of radical Islam access to the world’s computers, and correctly recognize that to be a problem. They are trying to figure out how to protect themselves. At the same time, the major news media are telling them that the Right Wing are white supremacists, Hitler, Nazis, fascists, etc. etc., so, in their ignorance of history they do not understand politics and assume that they need to banish anyone on the Right—without understanding that making enemies of half the population of the country is probably not a good idea. They probably do not want to come under regulation by the federal government as utilities.

 


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