Cop Block, Police the Police and Hundreds of Other Pages Removed in Facebook Purge
Dozens of anti-law enforcement pages on Facebook were unpublished in a shocking move from the normally liberal-leaning platform last week.
Cop Block, Police the Police, and hundreds of both left and right-leaning pages and accounts were removed from the social media giant in an apparent attempt to purge the online community of fake news.
These pages and groups were reportedly using tricks to get around Facebook’s algorithm to increase their reach. This means that not only were they spreading false information, but also their “movement” did not have nearly the numbers it claimed to.
“Many were using fake accounts or multiple accounts with the same names and posted massive amounts of content across a network of Groups and Pages to drive traffic to their websites,” Facebook said. “Many used the same techniques to make their content appear more popular on Facebook than it really was. Others were ad farms using Facebook to mislead people into thinking that they were forums for legitimate political debate.”
After Cop Block Founder was arrested for drug trafficking charges, he sold the page to a media company who profited from anti-police fake news.
Here’s our take.
We have mixed feelings on this one. On one side, it’s a huge win for the supporters of the blue to rid the Internet of literally TONS of fake news and anti-police propaganda. In our society today, we can’t afford to continue allowing false-based negativity to denigrate our brothers and sisters. Fake news is a crippling epidemic in 2018, and without companies using some form of fact checking, it will only continue to worsen.
On the other hand, we at Law Enforcement Today enjoyed using content and examples from these pages to show how quickly false information spreads and also to enlighten other users as to how things operate in a field that they know virtually nothing about. There’s no greater example of a social justice warrior’s ignorance than a group of people sitting behind a computer telling police how they should do their jobs.
In the past, Facebook has continued to allow these pages to post offensive and even threatening content, and wouldn’t remove user posts, even if they were obviously in direct violation of the terms and conditions of the platform.
We want to hear from you. Should these pages be allowed to stay published? Does this fall under the First Amendment? Or did Facebook make the right call in their removal?
– Dan McIsaac