Facebook And Free Speech - And Response (4)

Monday, May 14, 2018

A few minutes ago I tried to share a story of a Muslim man in England who has seven wives and 22 children and collects $360,000 a year from the government.

 

When I shared that I said that “it will be happening here soon" and "we should deport all Muslims."

 

I got a note from Facebook saying this is "hate speech.

"

 

I challenged it and they said it would take at least 24 hours to adjudicate it.

 

Now I am not allowed to post anything. 

 

This is an affront to free speech.

 

Charlie Benson

Chattanooga

 

* * *

 

Unreal. Censored for speaking the truth.

 

Buddy D. Ford

 

* * * 

 

Facebook can censure anything on their site because they are stockholder owned. Only government entities can be held to the first amendment. 


That being said, there doesn't seem to be a clear definition of hate speech on Facebook. The page "filming cops" showed up on my timeline advocating the murder of cops anytime and anyplace. I reported that to Facebook and was told that it was an opinion only and wasn't considered to be hate speech. They recommend blocking the page if I find it distasteful. 


So, it is their baseball and you either play the game their way or they just take their ball and go home.

Harry Presley 

 

* * * 

 

Mr. Benson, did you take time to check out the story you were trying to spread in order to determine if it was legitimate? I did a quick search, and the only story even remotely related to yours actually originated in Germany and not England. The number of wives were four and not seven.

 

The story appears to have been taken from an original legitimate German headline article speaking on the difficulties some refugee families have in attempting to resettle and adjust to a foreign land. That story is allege to have been taken by some third party, spruced up some maybe and, according the snopes, that third party did an estimation of what a family with four wives and 23 children might, not in fact do or did, receive in social benefits in Germany, and not how much a particular refugee family actually received, if anything at all.

 

It's like that sweepstakes you get in the mail that say to the effect, "IF" you are the 50th person to respond you "might" win. No one ever knows who that "50th" person is, because he/she doesn't exist and the sweepstakes never intended declare a winner anyway. The word "IF". Such a tiny two letter word with so much power so many often overlook. The next seemingly insignificant word "might". 

 

Does it bother you or matter to you at all that spreading such false information is a leading cause of ethnic, racial, class, gender and religious hatred? The stuff that once inspired lynch mobs? It doesn't take much to get the pitch fork and torch bearing crowd all up in arms when targeting a certain group. They're easily swayed. Left unchallenged, it has a tendency to become their norm. 

 

Do yourself, your soul and your conscious a favor. Check it out before spreading it around. 

 

Score one for Facebook. They refused to allow you to spread such an obviously questionable story. 

Brenda Washington 

 

* * * 

 

It's a shame that people misunderstand the concept of free speech so often.  It reflects poorly on our education system and culture.  The first amendment means that the government can't jail you for what you say or otherwise censor your speech.  Companies like Facebook are allowed to censor your speech because they're not the government.  You agree to that when you agree to their terms and conditions.  Also, it is completely legal for a larger group to drown out your speech with theirs.  Such an incident wouldn't be a violation of free speech.  How would we decide whose free speech to protect in that case?

 

Also, free speech doesn't mean that speech is free of social consequences.  If someone says something hateful and is then shunned by society as a pariah, that is actually a prime example of the freedom of speech because people are expressing themselves to label that person a social leper.  

We would be much better off as a society if people were more educated on our laws and system of government.

R.J. Mitchell
Chattanooga

 



Support Senator Rand Paul's One Penny Budget Reduction Plan

In response to an email I received from Senator Rand Paul (RandPac) on his One Penny Budget Plan, I contacted Senator Alexander’s and Senator Corker’s DC offices to 1) find out their approach to deficit reduction and 2) encourage them to support Senator Paul’s legislation if they don’t have a better approach.  In response, staffers at both senators’ offices stated they did ... (click for more)

There You Go Again, Hamilton County Schools Critics

The Hamilton County Schools "Nabobs of Negativity” are at it again. Despite the fact that the recent TVAAS growth scores for the Hamilton County Schools show credible gains in almost every category, the same old folks refuse to acknowledge it and insist on focusing on the negatives without putting them in context, constructing straw men to knock down and ignoring inconvenient positives. ... (click for more)

Authorities Say Hixson Man Shot And Killed His 15-Year-Old Son On Saturday Night; Also Killed Family Dog

Authorities said a Hixson man shot and killed his 15-year-old son on Saturday night. A report says Mike McElrath, 46, who was found naked at a neighbor's house, also killed the family dog. McElrath was a former Hamilton County corrections officer from 1996-1999. County deputies responded at 10:24 p.m. to 1846 Cotter Road. The residents said there was a man on their front ... (click for more)

Gary Douglas, 25, Shot Early Sunday Morning; Dewayne Stanley, 24, Is Arrested

Gary Douglas, 25, was shot early Sunday morning, and Dewayne Stanley, 24, was arrested.   The Chattanooga Police Department responded at approximately  3 a.m.   to a person shot on the 4700 block of Murray Lake Lane. Upon arrival, officers were able to locate Douglas, who was suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound.   Investigators ... (click for more)

Host Baylor 3-0 In Invitational Soccer Tournament

The Baylor girls soccer team won three games this past weekend in their own invitational tournament.   On Friday, Baylor beat Independence 2-0 in a game that was suspended due to lightning at the half.   Allya Cooper scored off an assist from Ara Rhodes and Mya McGee scored off an assist from Cambell Green.   Peyton Randolph earned the shutout ... (click for more)

Mocs Soccer Blanks Georgia Southern 3-0 Sunday Afternoon On The Road

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga earned a 3-0 shutout at Georgia Southern on a hot and humid  Sunday  afternoon. The Mocs start the season at 2-0 for the first time since 2009 and the Eagles are 0-2 in the opening weekend.   “Great performance on the road,” Chattanooga head coach Gavin McKinney said. “Georgia Southern is a tough opponent and we had ... (click for more)