CAIR Calling Shots on Who Gets Banned from Facebook and Twitter
By Robert Spencer
Now it is becoming clear why Facebook and Twitter have for so long been harassing, shadowbanning, and blocking foes of jihad terror and Sharia oppression. Journalist Jordan Schachtel revealed in Conservative Review Tuesday that “the Hamas-tied Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), which is best known as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing case in U.S. history, appears to have access to high-ranking Facebook and Twitter executives and has communicated with these individuals about who should be allowed to stay on their platforms.”
This doesn’t come as any surprise given the eagerness of both Facebook and Twitter to be Sharia-compliant. Facebook’s Vice President Joel Kaplan traveled to Pakistan in July 2017 to assure the Pakistani government that it would remove “anti-Islam” material. And Facebook has done so assiduously, banning numerous foes of jihad terror and twice now blocking the Jihad Watch Facebook page on spurious technical grounds.
But this new revelation does show how sick and degenerate the social media giants really are. CAIR has ties to Hamas, and “Billoo has expressed her support for an Islamic caliphate and Sharia law. She also claims, in multiple tweets, that ISIS is on the same moral plane as American and Israeli soldiers, adding that ‘our troops are engaged in terrorism.’” This pro-Sharia Islamic supremacist is deciding what is acceptable discourse and what isn’t. It’s no wonder that the result would be platforms that are increasingly hostile to foes of jihad terror and Sharia oppression of women and others.
It would be interesting to know if Balloo had a hand in the notices that Twitter has been sending out telling people that they’re in violation of Pakistan’s Sharia blasphemy laws. FrontPage editor Jamie Glazov was notified that one of his tweets – an ad for his book Jihadist Psychopath – was “in violation of Pakistan law:Section 37 of PECA-2016, Section 295 B and Section 295 C of the Pakistan penal code.”
Section 295B criminalizes “defiling the Holy Quran,” and carries a penalty of life imprisonment. 295C mandates that those who “by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representation, or by any imputation innuendo, or insinuation, directly, defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life and shall also be liable for fine.” Yes, death and a fine.
Did Balloo approve that notice to Glazov? Did she make sure that Pamela Geller would also receive a notice from Twitter that she was in violation of Pakistani law for a tweet that noted correctly that Al Arabiya had criticized Billoo’s friend Linda Sarsour as a Muslim Brotherhood operative? Did she give the nod to sending a notice to Ensaf Haidar, the wife of Raif Badawi, who has been languishing for years in a Saudi prison for “insulting Islam,” for a tweet criticizing the niqab? Twitter has also notified Canadian columnist Anthony Furey and reformist imam Mohammed Tawhidi that they have violated Pakistani law. Was Billoo involved?
Billoo and the chiefs of Facebook and Twitter all likely agree that reporting on jihad activity and Sharia oppression constitutes “hate speech,” and consequently should be shut down. That is the longstanding claim of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Muslim groups in the West, and it has been uncritically adopted by the Left, with which Facebook and Twitter are so firmly aligned.
The collaboration of Facebook and Twitter with CAIR only underscores the necessity to boycott and disempower these social media platforms. If Facebook and Twitter and all the other social media giants shut out the truth, then we have to shut out the social media giants. Anti-trust legislation is urgently needed to break up these sinister monopolies, before the First Amendment becomes entirely a dead letter. Freedom of speech? Sure. As long as you toe the Leftist line.