Jefferson Morley | May 7, 2019
Why Is Facebook Abetting Trump’s Reckless Foreign Policy?
Robert Wright reports that Facebook’s head of “counterterrorism policy,” Brian Fishman, has offered an explanation of why the social media giant blocked the Instagram accounts of high-ranking Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps officers.
When I asked Fishman to justify this policy, he said it’s designed to keep Facebook on the right side of the law, which prohibits Americans from providing “material support” to any group deemed a “Foreign Terrorist Organization.”
But, I replied, the law goes on to spell out the things that would constitute “material support,” and none of them sound much like “letting these groups post on your social media platform.” Fishman said, “I’m not a lawyer. I’m a policy guy.”