Facebook’s Move Against The Epoch Times Underscores Hate Speech Challenge

Facebook announced week that it would block the conservative news site The Epoch Times from advertising on its website. Too bad that it took a media report to get the social network to take action. 

NBC News reported that The Epoch Times of trying “to obfuscate its connection to some $2 million worth of ads that promoted the president and conspiracy theories about his political enemies.”  Facebook banned The Epoch Times from its site in July. That explains why the ads ran under what NBC called “decoy names” such as Honest Paper and Pure American Journalism.

The only bigger spender on pro-Trump Facebook ads than the non-profit news site was President Trump’s reelection campaign. Members of Team Trump have rewarded the paper’s steadfast support by posting articles from the website on the campaign’s Facebook. Members of the campaign team have also written articles for The Epoch Times. Donald Trump Jr. has retweeted several Epoch Times articles to his 3.8 million followers on the microblogging site.

The Epoch Times trumpets conspiracy theories including QAnon, which claims a worldwide cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles controls Hollywood, Washington D.C. and the media. It also given credence to the clams of people such as Robert F. Kennedy Jr. who have raised doubts about vaccines which scientists say are bogus.

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Roger Chiocchi

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