Facebook Censorship Squad Includes Includes Muslim Brotherhood Activist

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Facebook’s new censorship council, which will decide what content gets deleted from the website, includes a pro-Muslim Brotherhood Yemeni activist.

“The independent board, which will be able to overturn Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s decisions on whether individual pieces of content should be allowed on Facebook and Instagram, is a high-profile response to criticism of how the social media company handles problematic content,” reported Channel News Asia.

The “oversight board” will include none other than Nobel Laureate Tawakkol Karman, the Yemeni woman who became one of the faces of the Arab Spring uprising in 2011.

Karman’s activism includes supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist organization that has been blamed for terrorist attacks.

Karman previously denounced arrests of Muslim Brotherhood members and opposed the move to bar the Muslim Brotherhood from participating in Egyptian politics.

In Yemen, the Muslim Brotherhood is led by Abdul Majeed al-Zindani, a Sunni Islamist viewed by the United States as a “Bin Laden loyalist” and someone who is listed as a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist” by the US Treasury Department.

No doubt Karman’s tolerance for allowing criticism of Islam on Facebook’s platform will be in short supply.


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The company announced the first 20 people who will serve, including Yemeni Peace Nobel Laureate Tawakkol Karman, a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Al Islah Party in Yemen.

“I’m proud of the diversity of Oversight Board Members For Facebook and Instagram,” Karman wrote. “Our unique global perspectives across professional, cultural, political, and religious backgrounds and viewpoints are just as important as our work.”

Others were less enthusiastic about Karman’s appointment.

“Why, out of 1.7 billion Muslims in the world, is FB putting an Islamist on its Supreme Court?” asked New York-based human rights lawyer and national security analyst Irina Tsukerman.

Yemeni journalist and human rights activist Kamel Al Khodani said he immediately copied all of his Facebook posts and articles upon learning of Karman’s appointment “because my account would be the first to get suspended. Choosing her is a catastrophe, she banned half of the Yemenis following her account and doesn’t accept any criticism or difference in opinion while carrying grudges and working for a political agenda … Half the Yemeni people accounts will be closed.”

But at least one person is elated by the appointment. Hussam Ayloush, director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) Los Angeles office, called her “a great choice for that board.” Her critics are driven by her role in Arab Spring protests, said Ayloush, who repeatedly likens Americans who move to Israel and join its army to ISIS terrorists.

Karman’s Twitter critics, however, complain that she blocks anyone who disagrees with her views, such as these accounts from EgyptSaudi ArabiaYemen.

Karman, 41, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for her “non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.” She founded a group called “Women Journalists Without Chains,” which trained journalists and reported on human rights abuses in Yemen.

Karman was a member of Yemen’s Congregation for Reform (Al Islah), an Islamist party. But she was suspended in 2018 for criticizing the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen fighting Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who seized power in a 2015 coup-d’etat. She is also a vocal supporter of Muslim Brotherhood figures in Egypt.


She won the Nobel for the “struggle for the safety of women”, yet practices a violent theocracy which subjugates and kills women as part of its doctrine: 






Background on the Muslim Brotherhood:

The terrorist group was founded in 1928 by the Egyptian schoolteacher/activist Hasan al-Banna (a devout admirer of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis), the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) — a Sunni entity — is one of the oldest, largest and most influential Islamist organizations in the world. While Egypt historically has been the center of the Brotherhood’s operations, the group today is active in more than 70 countries (some estimates range as high as 100+). Islam expert Robert Spencer has called MB “the parent organization of Hamas and al Qaeda.” The Muslim Brotherhood has even formed its own U.S.-based political party.

In case anyone doubts the goal of the Muslim Brotherhood, this is their motto:

“Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope. Allahu akbar!”

They’re not the only ones. The Arab American Action Network and CAIR, also facilitators of Islamic terrorism, operate freely in the United States.   They have no damned business being in this country, let alone on Facebook’s censorship council.


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