The same thing is happening in Russia right now. There is a wave of protests against unjustified arrests of dissidents. Facebook is banning everybody who supports the protesters and tries to inform readers about what’s going on. The pretexts that FB uses for the bans are as insane as in Kassam’s case. Ancient posts about nothing whatsoever. In the meanwhile, FB does absolutely nothing to users who heap antisemitic and sexist slurs on the dissidents or threaten to murder, dismember, or behead them.
To resume, FB finds it unacceptable when users say “men can’t be women” but is perfectly fine with with users who say “I’ll cut your head off, you [horrible insults]” to some people.
None of this is accidental. Facebook wants to eradicate certain ideas and certain political movements. And those ideas obviously have nothing to do with men being or not being women or whatever. The outlandish gender theories are useful because anybody can be tripped up with them. But that’s not what FB cares about. What then, you’ll ask?
The answer is simple: the Russian dissidents that FB has been banning all week are politically similar to Kassam.
All of this is just the beginning. The end goal is to make sure that we never even hear about the existence of any ideas that FB doesn’t like. There will only be political candidates that FB pre-approves.
As Shoshana Zuboff keeps pointing out in her book, this is the future we are creating for ourselves with our indifference and lack of interest in the workings of surveillance capitalism.