Breitbart’s Technology analyst Allum Bokhari has obtained a document (from a source within Facebook) which outlines their “process” of tracking an individual’s offline activity to determine if they should be labeled as a “hate agent.”
The document is called the “Hate Agent Policy Review.” It lists a “series of signals” which will establish whether or not one is worthy of this distinction. If your offline behavior meets their criteria, you may be “banned from Facebook.”
According to Bokhari, “these signals include a wide range of on and off-platform behavior.” Here are several examples cited in the document:
If you praise the wrong individual, interview them, or appear at events alongside them.
If you self-identify with or advocate for a “Designated Hateful Ideology.”
If you associate with a “Designated Hate Entity” (one of the examples cited by Facebook as a “hate entity” includes Islam critic Tommy Robinson).
If you have “tattoos of hate symbols or hate slogans.” (The document cites no examples of these, but the media and “anti-racism” advocacy groups increasingly label innocuous items as “hate symbols,” including a cartoon frog and the “OK” hand sign.)
If you possess of “hate paraphernalia.” (The document does not specify what this would include.)
For “statements made in private but later made public.” (Bokhari points out that “Facebook holds vast amounts of information on what you say in public and in private — and as we saw with the Daily Beast doxing story, the platform will publicize private information on their users to assist the media in hitjobs on regular American citizens.)
Paul Joseph Watson was designated as a “hate agent because he praised Tommy Robinson and interviewed him on his YouTube channel.” Others include conservative activist and writer Candace Owens, and conservative author and terrorism expert Brigitte Gabriel and British politicians Carl Benjamin and Anne Marie Waters. Regarding Benjamin, Bokhari explains:
The Benjamin addition reveals that Facebook may categorize you as a hate agent merely for speaking neutrally about individuals and organizations that the social network considers hateful. In the document, Facebook tags Benjamin with a “hate agent” signal for “neutral representation of John Kinsman, member of Proud Boys” on October 21 last year.
Facebook also accuses Benjamin, a classical liberal and critic of identity politics, as “representing the ideology of an ethnostate” for a post in which he calls out an actual advocate of an ethnostate.
An individual will be determined to have engaged in hate speech “if they have made public statements, or statements made in private and later made public, using Tier 1, 2, or 3 hate speech or slurs.” Three instances of hate speech in one statement or appearance or five instances in multiple statements or appearances over one month will be considered a “hate signal.”
Other hate signals include “carrying out violence against people based on their “protected or quasi-protected characteristics,” attacks on places of worship, and conviction of genocide.”
This, unfortunately, is the world we live in.