Facebook reverses ZeroHedge ban after conservative outcry
As Facebook continues to try and police content while the entire world watches, the platform has found itself in a thanklesssituation (do in very large part to its own ineptitude), where every decision to ban or leave up content will be subjected to widespread criticism.
Earlier this week, it took down ads from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) criticizing Facebook, before restoring them with an apology. Now, it’s under fire for banning finance site ZeroHedge, a decision it blamed on “spam” detection.
Users found that when they tried to share posts by Zero Hedge, they received an error message.
— Ollie Richardson (@O_Rich_) March 11, 2019
The blog is primarily about financial markets and trading, but also covers politics and is popular among the right.
Just this week, President Donald Trump retweeted a post by his son linking to Zero Hedgedismissing Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 election.
The Facebook ban brought out the usual outcry against the tech giant.
The censorship continues. How does @zerohedges content not meet community standards? FB doesnt agree with them and they hit the platforms obvious flaws at times. Thats it and its disgusting!
Facebook Bans Zero Hedge | Zero Hedge https://t.co/n6YsFhvFI5
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 12, 2019
Facebook has outright banned all posting of Zero Hedge links, one of the biggest non-corporate owned news websites on the Internet (and a frequent critic of Facebook's power). pic.twitter.com/oMX8duQXnB
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) March 11, 2019
So this is what this guy has become…1st Info Wars and now Zero Hedge. Boo hoo. Won't someone think of the poor conspiracy sites. Sure it's under the guise of 1st amendment & slippery slope BS, but it's quite telling what 'threats to journalism' he deems worthy of focus. pic.twitter.com/80Ak873jMI
— Centrism Fan Acct