Facebook Appoints Brotherhood Operative to New Oversight Board

Tawakkol Karman speaks to the media in Istanbul while protesting the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi. Karman, a Muslim Brotherhood operative was recently appointed to Facebook's oversight board (Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Tawakkol Karman speaks to the media in Istanbul while protesting the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi. Karman, a Muslim Brotherhood operative, was recently appointed to Facebook’s oversight board (Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Facebook appointed a Muslim Brotherhood operative to its new oversight board which is tasked with reviewing posts on Facebook and Instagram to make sure they are not violating “community standards.”
The appointment of Tawakkol Karman, a former leading figure in the Yemini Al Islah (Muslim Brotherhood) party, was hailed by the Council of American-Islamic Relation’s (CAIR) Los Angeles director Hussam Ayloush (who himself recommends the U.S. should embrace the Hamas terrorist group).
Just a year ago, Karman wrote on Facebook, “The Muslim Brotherhood movement will remain an anti-tyranny and a freedom fighting movement, despite Trump’s nose and Trump’s agents and it is one of the victims of tyranny and official terrorism in the region, for which Trump provides all support and support.”
Here are some highlights from an extensive profile of Karman as reported by the Investigative Project on Terrorism:
  • During the popular uprising against former Egyptian President and Islamist Mohammed Morsi, Karman initially called on Morsi to resign and for General al-Sisi to form an interim government.However, she ended up joining the violent Morsi supporters in the Rabaa camp and has since been barred from entering Egypt. She now calls Morsi “the last of the prophets.”
  • She initially supported the Saudi campaign in Yemen to rid the country of the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, but later turned against the Saudis, accusing them of wanting to “occupy Yemen and steal its wealth” as well as “spread their influence.”“[The Saudi’s want] to make Yemen a failed state,” she now says.Her accusations against the Saudis caused her own Al Islah party to suspend her membership in 2018.
  • In 2012, she was granted Turkish citizenship. From Turkey, she launched a Pro-Islamist Yemeni television station Belqees TV.Karman is a big supporter for justice for slain journalist and Muslim Brotherhood operative Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed by the Saudis in their consulate in Istanbul.
  • Karman generated controversy in 2011 when she won the Nobel Prize for her “non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.”The Yemeni Association for Human Rights and Immigration and the Yemeni Coalition for Civil Society Organizations called her a “war monger and not a peace messenger” due to her involvement in a 2011 protest in Yemen that ended in with a massacre of the protesters.
  • American Enterprise Institute Scholar Michael Rubin summed up Karman when he wrote in 2014, “Peace and human rights seem to be less of a priority” to her “than the promotion of Islamism. She interprets human rights through a sectarian lens. How tragic that the Nobel Committee, so desperate to make a politically correct statement, ended up empowering someone who may embrace non-violent protest, but stands very much for the opposite of peace and universal human rights.”
Besides her obvious biases and affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood — a group whose ideology has spawned the most violent terror groups of our time and perpetrates terror itself – Karman is known for blocking from her own social media accounts anyone who disagrees with her.
A person who is so clearly intent on shutting down dialogue while holding extremist views is hardly a welcome candidate for deciding for the rest of us which posts on social media giants Facebook and Instagram should see the light of day or be censored.

Facebook Appoints Left-Wing Activist Who Attacked Barron Trump to Hate Speech Supreme Court

Self-described "snarky, bisexual, Jewish woman" who used Barron Trump as a punchline appointed as content reviewer

This week, Facebook released the list of 20 people who will serve on its Oversight Board and decide what memes and news articles should be removed for breaking Facebook’s “Community Guidelines” on hate speech and misinformation.

Amongst the various controversial personalities on the list, which includes journalists, professors, activists, and former government officials including an ex-director general of the Israeli Ministry of Justice, is left-wing activist professor Pamela Karlan.
Karlan, who describes herself as a “snarky, bisexual Jewish woman,” previously made headlines last December when she brought up up President Donald Trump’s son Barron as a punchline during the failed impeachment hearings.

Just when you thought this impeachment hoax couldn’t get anymore ridiculous, the witness invited by Democrats is throwing cheap shots at the 13 year old son of @realDonaldTrump. Gross and shameful!

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Karlan later apologized for her remark that “while the President can name his son Barron, he can’t make him a baron.”
The Stanford Law professor infamously went on a tirade about “straight, white, sons of the patriarchy” during a speech at the 2006 American Constitutional Society convention, stating, “we have more reason than they do to love America. The rich, pampered, prodigal, sanctimonious, incurious, white, straight sons of the powerful do pretty well everywhere in the world, and they always have.”
Karlan added, “But what about us? Snarky, bisexual, Jewish women who want the freedom to say what we think, read what we want, and love who we do.”
During the impeachment hearings, Karlan also appeared to advocate for a militaristic, Russophobic approach to foreign policy, suggesting that the United States should arm Ukrainian insurgents “so they fight the Russians there and we don’t have to fight them here.”

Thanks to Pamela Karlan for so aptly capturing Democratic elites' delusional, Reaganite, jingoistic Cold Warrior mindset in your claim that we need to arm Ukraine "so they fight the Russians there and we don't have to fight them here" & we remain "that shining city on the hill."

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Facebook’s content moderation policies have already come under fire by those who have experienced political censorship on the platform while illegal content stays up for days or weeks at a time.
In April, Facebook took several days to delete a page that posted explicit child pornography.


Israeli former official appointed to Facebook oversight board

Emi Palmor will be one of the first 20 members appointed to the independent board from around the world, tasked with overseeing social platform's decision making following allegations of hindering freedom of expression

Hagar Bohbot|
Published: 05.07.20 , 10:54
Emi Palmor, the former Justice Ministry director-general, has been appointed to Facebook and Instagram's Oversight Board, an independent organization tasked with content moderation on the social media platforms.
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  • The Oversight Board, first announced by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in November 2018 following the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, is expected to be a response to growing criticism regarding a lack of transparency and consistency in the platform's decision-making processes regarding freedom of expression.
    אמי פלמור
    Emi Palmor
    (Photo: Alex Kolomoisky)
    Palmor, who was fired by interim Justice Minister Amir Ohana, under controversial circumstances in July 2019, will be one of the first 20 members selected from around the world, from a wide range of professional and cultural backgrounds, to be appointed to the independent board.
    The board's operations will be independent of Facebook, and members will make binding decisions regarding what content should be permitted or removed, based on respect for freedom of expression and human rights.
    "I have been a civil servant for 24 years in Israel, dedicating my life to increasing access to justice and putting the citizen at the center," said Palmor.
    "For me, serving on the Oversight Board is an opportunity to do this for people around the world. I have a reputation for not being afraid of difficult issues and am dedicated to holding Facebook accountable by improving how content decisions are made and increasing the fairness and transparency around why they are made."
    טקס פרידה ממנכ"לית משרד המשפטים, אמי פלמור בירושלים במעמד אמיר אוחנה, אביחי מנדלבליט ושי ניצן
    Justice Minister Amir Ohana, then-Justice Ministry DG Emi Palmor, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit
    (Photo: Ehud Tzoigenberg)
    Justice Minister Ohana surprised the legal establishment last year by firing Palmor with little warning.
    As Ohana himself was only a temporary appointment, it was surprising that he would fire a director-general, a position usually left in place as part of the professional staff of a ministry, even if the minister changes.
    The Oversight Board will review content referred to it both by users and Facebook company. All decisions would be postedon the board's website while protecting the privacy of those involved, and Facebook will be required to respond publicly to them.
    The board will also publish an annual report evaluating its work and the extent to which Facebook is meeting its commitments.


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