Facebook Says It Didn’t Censor Content Undermining Zuckerberg’s Immigration Agenda, Was ‘Error’

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Facebook claims it wasn’t censoring its users who wished to post studies using government-data job reports that demonstrate how mass migration has impacted the U.S. labor market—information that undercuts the political stance of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

The Center for Immigration Studies, a nonpartisan research group that examines the effects of large-scale migration in the United States, showed recently that four job reports the group authored had been banned from the social networking website. Those reports seem to undermine Facebook’s legislative agenda of increasing immigration. Zuckerberg has repeatedly called for expanding the labor market through mass immigration, and founded an immigration lobbying group, FWD.us, which pushes for increasing the nation’s record-high immigration levels.

In a blog post on its website, the nonpartisan group writes: “An informed debate over immigration requires data and analysis about its effects… That is why it is so disturbing that Facebook, owned by immigration-expansionist Mark Zuckerberg, has banned four reports published by the Center for Immigration Studies pertaining to jobs and immigration.”

The four reports Facebook banned all demonstrate the impact mass migration has had on American workers—namely that the labor market has become oversaturated by an influx of foreign workers coming to the United States, primarily on visas issued by the federal government. The banned labor reports are entitled:

•   All Employment Growth Since 2000 Went to Immigrants 

•   Despite Recent Job Growth, Native Employment Still Below 2007: Bureau of Labor Statistics data show all net employment growth has gone to immigrants

•   For Every New Job, Two New Immigrants; Since 2000: 9.3 million new jobs, 18 million new immigrants

•   Still No Evidence of a Labor Shortage 

The nonpartisan research group explains that: “When a Facebook user attempts to post or message these reports, a message appears stating, ‘Your message could not be sent because it includes content that other people on Facebook have reported as abusive.’”

Once the group discovered the ban, it filed a report with Facebook, but—after 10 days– the ban had not yet been lifted. So the group went public.

The scholar who authored the government data-based reports, Steve Camarota, said in a statement:

The poor job market is one of the most important issues confronting the country. It is extremely troubling that Facebook would block studies that simply report government data on how immigrants and natives are faring in the U.S. job market. These reports have received a good deal of attention from various media outlets and have been discussed by members of Congress. It is absurd to suggest that they are “abusive.”

The author of these reports has testified before Congress as an expert witness. These reports have been covered by Breitbart News, The Washington Times, The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Washington Examiner.

When asked what happened—and for a response to CIS—a Facebook spokesperson told Breitbart News that it was just a simple error in their system, not a malicious attempt by the social media giant to use censorship to push its founder’s political agenda.

“An error in our system that helps block bad links on Facebook incorrectly marked some URLs as malicious,” the Facebook spokesperson said in an email. “We’ve resolved the issue and apologize for the inconvenience this caused.”

Every year the United States admits one million-plus foreign nationals on green cards, one million guest workers, dependents and refugees, and half a million foreign youths sought by college administrators.

Mark Zuckerberg and his lobbying firm have argued for increasing the issuances of H-1B visas—a visa which is popular with corporations because it allows companies to replace American workers with foreign laborers at lower salaries. This recently happened at Disney, Southern California Edison, and Fossil Inc. The H-1B visa also presents a pipeline for large-scale immigration from Muslim countries.

FWD.us has endorsed Marco Rubio’s I-Squared bill– which would triple the number of wage-depressing H-1B visas– describing the bill as “our gold standard for high tech reform.”

Companies currently fill around two-thirds of entry-level tech jobs with foreign workers, but if Rubio’s I-Squared bill were to become law, corporations would “have enough guestworkers for at least 100 percent of their new hiring and [could] continue to legally substitute” American workers for foreign laborers at lower salaries, says tech labor expert Hal Salzman.

The former president of Mark Zuckerberg’s immigration lobbying declared last year that low-wage foreign laborers are better than American workers.

Last week, Zuckerberg’s immigration lobbying group slammed Donald Trump for his popular immigration proposal, which puts forth policies that would curb record-high immigration levels at a time when 93 million Americans are not participating in the work force.

Ironically, many of the progressive issues Facebook has supported, such as gay rights and women’s equality, could be undermined by corporation’s desire to import large numbers of immigrants from non-Western countries that do not share such values. For instance, Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg has been vocal in her support for women’s issues.

Yet, as Equality Now announced, increased immigration from predominantly Muslim countries that routinely practice female genital mutilation, has brought to the United States — at least half a million U.S. girls may now be forced to undergo barbaric and misogynistic practice.


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