CNN has pulled some of President Trump’s advertisements and progressives are cheering. Now progressives are targeting Facebook because the company has refused to delete the same advertisements from President Trump. That’s right. Facebook is treating people as big kids and letting candidates run ads.
Here’s the reality — the left complained when Facebook refused to take down the Nancy Pelosi video. They are complaining now. They want Facebook to censor conservatives. If you don’t like what President Trump is doing, take it up with him. Facebook is an open platform for people to use. They have no business being in the hall monitor business that is increasingly a part of what the left does.
Facebook is not a news organization. I don’t fault CNN for doing what they did. But the standards for a news organization are different than the standards of a social media platform. I think it is worth noting that as progressives become more censorious and insist on shutting down those with whom they have disagreements, they help establish and perpetuate conspiracy culture. They give more attention to President Trump’s ads and the claims therein.
When you start chasing stuff off the internet, you give some people the idea that there is merit to what is being censored. They go in search of it and fall down rabbit holes. This ad, on Facebook, hurts no one. People offended by it do not have to play it. If they want, they can run ads and respond to it targeting the same people.
Making Facebook be internet mommy and deal with something progressives don’t like is a bad idea and good for Facebook for standing up to the left on this. They don’t always get it right. No one ever does. But they got it right here and should be praised.
Lastly, it is worth noting the left really, really does not like to see a thriving online community of conservatives. They loved Facebook in 2012 when they thought they had an advantage. Reporters were writing glowing, fawning coverage of the Obama team and progressive outlets outperforming Romney on Facebook targeting. Then 2016 happened, Trump won, and now Facebook is bad.
This actually suggests other online outlets are willing to censor conservatives for the left and they want to bully Facebook into joining the effort.