Mark Zuckerberg has been vocal in the past about his support of free speech, but do his actions match his words?
Facebook temporarily banned users from posting reports by an immigration watchdog analyzing federal statistics that show immigrants in general, and illegal immigrants specifically, are taking a big share of new jobs that come open in America, according to the group producing the reports.
The giant website cited an “error” causing the ban and apologized.
The Center for Immigration Studies, a think tank relied upon by immigration critics, said Monday that the posting of four recent reports on jobs and immigration had been barred by Facebook.
“When a Facebook user attempts to post or message these reports, a message appears stating, ‘Your message could not be sent because it includes content that other people on Facebook have reported as abusive,'” said the group.
This is not Facebook’s first controversy when it comes to censoring content online. Founder Mark Zuckerberg caught heat in the press for censoring pictures of Mohammad, and again for booting a 12-year old off Facebook for criticizing President Obama.
Facebook blames an error that automatically blocks “bad links” from being posted on the social media site. However, it is one odd coincidence that the site is overzealously censoring opinions in contrast with those of Zuckerberg, who has taken loud positions in the immigration debate.
Don’t you think?