A news-media industry group blasted Facebook on Friday over its “completely arbitrary” decision to block users from sharing a Post report about a Black Lives Matter co-founder’s real estate holdings on its various platforms. “There is no balance of power
Published: 2021-04-16 07:12 pm
Media group blasts Facebook for blocking The Post’s story on BLM co-founder
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A news-media industry group blasted Facebook on Friday over its “completely arbitrary” decision to block users from sharing a Post report about a Black Lives Matter co-founder’s real estate holdings on its various platforms.

“There is no balance of power between ‘media’ and ‘Big Tech,'” News Media Alliance CEO David Chavern said in a prepared statement.

“Facebook has shown that one side gets to make all the rules.”

The head of the nonprofit organization — which represents nearly 2,000 American news organizations — said that while the First Amendment prohibits the government from regulating free speech, “major tech platforms certainly do ‘regulate’ the news business.”

“The recent action by Facebook to block a New York Post story was a clear exercise of that power,” Chavern said.

“In particular, the rationale expressed by Facebook was completely arbitrary and could be applied to a wide array of reporting.”

The article revealed the $3.2 million worth of homes bought by a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, a self-described Marxist.

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The Post’s story dug into the $3.2 million worth of homes purchased by Patrisse Khan-Cullors.
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Facebook — which said the report violated its standards by providing “personal or confidential information” or images “in violation of their privacy rights” — didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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