The Facebook Oligarchs' Betrayal of America | Opinion

The hypocrisy of Facebook's decision to uphold former president Donald Trump's ban from the platform is astounding. It will ultimately help President Trump, however, because it makes him a martyr, punished for standing in defense of American constitutional freedoms.

Every American should take note of this decision. If the Facebook oligarchs can silence someone who served as president of the United States and received nearly 75 million votes, then they can silence anyone.

To understand the depth of the hypocrisy and anti-Americanism of the Facebook elites, it is revealing to look at who they are not removing from the platform.

Let's start with the Chinese communist dictatorship. Xinhua News—a state-run propaganda outlet—has 90.2 million followers on Facebook. The People's Daily and the Global Times, which are Chinese Communist Party propaganda outlets, have 86.5 million and 62.9 million followers, respectively. The state-run television network, China Central Television, and its international arm, China Global Television Network, have 49.8 and 116.8 million followers. All of these organizations have been designated by the U.S. State Department as foreign missions.

To Facebook, a former American president is more dangerous than the Chinese Communist dictatorship, which is actively committing genocide and religious persecution, has taken over Hong Kong and threatened Taiwan and openly says it intends to be the world's leading superpower by 2049.

In addition to the Chinese dictatorship, do the Facebook oligarchs think other dictators are less of a threat to America than President Trump? A pro-Vladimir Putin page has 3.1 million followers. Did Facebook forget that the Russian dictator has amassed troops on the Ukrainian border and just tried to poison his primary political opponent?

Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif, representing a country where the legislature openly chants "death to America," has 883,000 Facebook followers. The corrupt Venezuelan dictator, President Nicolás Maduro, has 1.2 million followers on Facebook.

Ex-President Donald Trump
Ex-President Donald Trump gives two thumbs up in Dalton, Georgia on January 4, 2021. Newsmax anchor Greg Kelly shared an image of him which has gone viral. MANDEL NGAN/Getty Images

Facebook's so-called oversight board decided that a man who got nearly 75 million American votes, and was president of the United States, is more dangerous than any of these accounts. We can conclude, then, that either Facebook is not patriotic, its leadership has no common sense—or somehow hostile foreign dictatorships are less threatening to the United States than an elected former president.

Apparently, President Trump is also more unacceptable to the Facebook oligarchs than the Nation of Islam, which has 81,179 followers. The Nation of Islam is led by Louis Farrakhan, a known anti-Semite and preacher of hate.

President Trump is somehow more dangerous to America than U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, who said if a guilty verdict was not delivered in the Derek Chauvin case, then, "We got to stay on the street. And we've got to get more active, we've got to get more confrontational. We've got to make sure that they know that we mean business." Waters has 375,000 followers on Facebook.

This is just a sampling. It is disgusting that Mark Zuckerberg—who was made a billionaire by the freedom found in the United States, who has relied on the stature of this country and whose business exists because of the freedom of speech—would preside over this phony, dishonest process in order to keep President Trump off of Facebook, while allowing real dictators to post freely.

This should be a national scandal. Zuckerberg and the Facebook oligarchs have violated fundamental American freedoms and betrayed their own country.

The Silicon Valley is looking a lot more like the Silicon Swamp—hostile to Americans and friendly to dictatorships.

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