Fox News reports, that Facebook is cracking down on the site The Babylon Bee for mocking Hawaii’s Dem. Sen. Mazie Hirono and her treatment of Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
Wednesday The Bee Shared a headline, “Senator Hirono Demands ACB Be Weighed Against A Duck To See If She Is A Witch.”
Barrett faced an intense grilling from Hawaii’s junior senator, who asked if Barrett had ever been “sexually assaulted.”
So after a manual review, Facebook says they stand by their decision to pull down this article and demonetize our page. I'm not kidding. They say this article "incites violence." It's literally a regurgitated joke from a Monty Python movie!https://t.co/U9B6tTOj6N
— Seth Dillon (@SethDillon) October 20, 2020
The Bee’s report began, “After two days of Amy Coney Barrett gracefully and stoically answering questions with perfect recall and no notes, suspicions grew on Capitol Hill that she might be a practitioner of the dark arts.”
The Bee facetiously quoted Hirono saying, “Oh, she’s a witch alright, just look at her! Just look at the way she’s dressed and how she’s so much prettier and smarter than us! She’s in league with Beelzebub himself, I just know it! We must burn her!”
The Babylon Bee fictionally quoted Hirono, saying she “then pulled a live duck out of a massive burlap sack next to her and announced: ‘In addition to being a Senator, I am also quite wise in the ways of science. Everyone knows witches burn because they are made of wood. I think I read that somewhere. Wood floats, and so do ducks– so logically, if Amy Coney Barrett weighs as much as this duck I found in the reflection pool outside, she is a witch and must be burned.”
“So after a manual review, Facebook says they stand by their decision to pull down this article and demonetize our page. I’m not kidding,” Babylon Bee CEO sETH Dillon wrote.
“They say this article ‘incites violence.’ It’s literally a regurgitated joke from a Monty Python movie!”
“In what universe does a fictional quote as part of an obvious joke constitute a genuine incitement to violence?.How does context not come into play here? They’re asking us to edit the article and not speak publicly about internal content reviews. Oops, did I just tweet this?” Dillon continued.
Dillon slammed Facebook for allowing the inciteful quote from a Black Lives Matter leader.
“We will not be editing the article to get our page’s monetization reinstated,” Dillon stated.
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The image attached to the article is a clearly photoshopped image of Hirono at the hearing with a duck by her side.
Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon took to Twitter and revealed the lengthy battle his site has had with Facebook, who took down the satirical piece.
This isn’t the first time the Bee was under fire by big tech. In August, the site’s account was suspended by Twitter, which later offered an apology and insisted was a mistake.