Congressman Matt Gaetz Thanks Facebook for Removing Violent Page Following Judiciary Hearing

July 19, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) asked questions of tech company executives during the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing “Facebook, Google and Twitter: Examining the Content Filtering Practices of Social Media Giants” earlier today. During the hearing, Rep. Gaetz questioned Monika Bickert, Head of Global Management for Facebook, on the company’s fuzzy and unclear standards for removing offensive Facebook posts and pages.

Following the hearing, Facebook removed a page mentioned by Rep. Gaetz that advocated for violence against Republicans.

“I am glad Facebook swiftly removed this offensive page; while I unconditionally support the First Amendment, inciting violence against others due to their political affiliation is not Constitutionally-protected speech. While removing this page was a small step forward to making Facebook a safer place, bigger questions remain. Is Facebook a content publisher, or is it a neutral forum? This distinction is not merely academic, as they are governed by different laws and different rules. If Facebook claims to be a neutral forum, it cannot continue to limit conservative content; if Facebook claims to be a publisher, it will lose its legal ‘immunity’ under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. They simply cannot have it both ways. My colleagues and I on the Judiciary Committee look forward to exploring this important distinction in the future,” Rep. Gaetz said.

To view the exchange between Rep. Gaetz and Facebook’s Monika Bickert, click HERE or on the link below.