Facebook needs to answer for putting us in danger

If Zuckerberg fails to respond, satisfactorily, to what he has done to endanger our lives, the Justice Department needs to act, pronto.

Jack Engelhard

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Authorities are now directing us to Facebook to get the latest life-saving information for the Covid-19 crisis, except that thousands can’t get there anymore.

Regular subscribers to the site have been permanently “disabled,” for expressing views considered by Mark Zuckerberg as “extremist” and “dangerous,” so, if like me, you wrote favorably for Trump and Israel, you were flagged, and are out of luck. Banned. For life. Yes, I was among those trapped in the same all-knowing so-called “algorithm” net.


Facebook’s behavior is criminal. We are beyond politics, and into life and death.
Zuckerberg needs to answer for this, immediately, for putting so many lives in jeopardy, thousands, and he needs to fix this today. 

He must immediately reinstate the many who were driven out for being, to his mind, politically incorrect. 

Otherwise, Facebook’s behavior is criminal. We are beyond politics, and into life and death. If Zuckerberg fails to respond, satisfactorily, the Justice Department needs to act, pronto.

There is no time to waste.

Politics, correct or incorrect, is now trivial.

An entire population has been boxed out, and put at risk, due to Facebook’s unconscionable recklessness.

Facebook is now, right now, at this dire moment, a necessity, a public utility, like telephone and mail service. Imagine the post office saying you can no longer send or receive letters.

You have been “disabled.”

How does it happen at Facebook? Awfully fast. One day, in a single blog, you have praised Trump. Strike one. Then praised Israel. Strike two. Then denounced Ilhan Omar for what everyone else agrees is her flagrant anti-Semitism. Strike three, and you’re Out. Ilhan Omar, as you were warned by colleagues, is the automatic trigger that cancels you, if you say anything unflattering about her.

Next day, among your usual checks, you visit your Facebook Page, and there find that word – “disabled,” and there is nothing to be done. There is no link to appeal.

So much for trusting Facebook as a lifetime repository for your online friends, readers, businesses, news and views, alerts, alarms – your photos, history, vanished.

You hurt Zuckerberg’s feelings, you pay.

Your loyalty to Facebook over many years, your own achievements over a lifetime, count for nothing. Zuckerberg has spoken.

The message says you “violated community standards.”

The only word that makes sense now is “community.” Yes, we are all in this together.

Facebook must immediately come to terms with that fact, swiftly, this day, restore to the site the ones who were terminated, and that means everybody whose views failed to square with the prevailing culture, Zuckerberg’s and his friends. Politics be dammed. Our lives are being endangered through Facebook’s sensitivities, and now its neglect.

This needs to be fixed right away. Otherwise, Facebook needs to be shut down as a universal health threat, and those responsible need to be handcuffed and jailed.

New York-based bestselling American novelist Jack Engelhard writes regularly for Arutz Sheva.

He wrote the worldwide book-to-movie bestseller “Indecent Proposal,” and the authoritative newsroom epic, “The Bathsheba Deadline,” followed by his coming-of-age classics, “The Girls of Cincinnati,” and, the Holocaust-to-Montreal memoir, “Escape from Mount Moriah,” for which contemporaries have hailed him “The last Hemingway, a writer without peer, and the conscience of us all.” Website: www.jackengelhard.com

 








 



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