Facebook added a warning label covering a video posted by the Republican National Committee (RNC).
The text of the warning stated, “This video may show violent or graphic content. We covered this video so you can decide if you want to see it.” The move comes as Big Tech is increasingly viewed as censoring conservative content.
The same day as the video was labeled as containing violence, the tech giant announced a new policy which would flag posts from politicians which break its rules. In spite of these authoritarian-seeming actions, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, said he didn’t think should be “the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online.”
The video which had the warning label applied begins with Patrice Cullors—co-founder of the Black Lives Matter organization—claiming that she is a “trained Marxist.” In addition, Rep. Nancy Pelosi also makes an appearance, saying she “didn’t know why there aren’t uprisings all over the country.” However, the video seems to have had a warning attached to it for some violent content. As Fox News reports,
“The video features an incident with an NYPD officer being struck by a vehicle in what appeared to be a deliberate hit-and-run. It also features what appears to be a police cruiser on fire, as well as scenes from St. John’s Church, which has been vandalized during protests in Washington, D.C.
“As with other videos that feature this graphic hit-and-run, we’ve included a warning screen so people are aware the content may be disturbing,” a Facebook spokesperson told a CNN reporter.”
These actions appear to be part of a bigger initiative related to the upcoming elections. Hopefully, Facebook will only use this approach sparingly and not suppress content from conservatives, as it has been regularly accused of doing the past few years.