Friday, September 29, 2017

Robert Spencer: Pinterest blocks Jihad Watch as “hate speech”

About Robert Spencer

ROBERT SPENCER is the director of Jihad Watch, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and the author of seventeen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Free Speech (and Its Enemies). Coming in November 2017 is Confessions of an Islamophobe (Bombardier Books).
Spencer has led seminars on Islam and jihad for the FBI, the United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group, the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), the Justice Department’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council and the U.S. intelligence community. He has discussed jihad, Islam, and terrorism at a workshop sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the German Foreign Ministry. He is a consultant with the Center for Security Policy.
Spencer is a weekly columnist for PJ Media and FrontPage Magazine, and has written many hundreds of articles about jihad and Islamic terrorism. His articles on Islam and other topics have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Examiner, the New York Post, the Washington Times, the Dallas Morning NewsFox News OpinionNational ReviewThe Hill, the Detroit NewsTownHall.comReal Clear Religion, the Daily Caller, the New Criterion, the Journal of International Security Affairs, the UK’s Guardian, Canada’s National PostMiddle East QuarterlyWorldNet DailyFirst ThingsInsight in the NewsAleteia, and many other journals. For nearly ten years Spencer wrote the weekly Jihad Watch column at Human Events. He has also served as a contributing writer to the Investigative Project on Terrorism and as an Adjunct Fellow with the Free Congress Foundation.

Pinterest blocks Jihad Watch as “hate speech”

Here is yet another manifestation of what I have noted frequently lately: that the Left is using Charlottesville as its Reichstag Fire moment, to choke off all dissent.
Why does Pinterest think that Jihad Watch, a site dedicated to tracking the jihad threat, is “hate speech”? Doubtless because of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “hate group” list. Yet the SPLC classifies perfectly legitimate organizations falsely as “hate groups” and lumps them in with the KKK and neo-Nazis. When it comes to lists of “hate groups,” the Southern Poverty Law Center doesn’t have any competitors. Its “hate group” list is the only one around. It’s the only one Pinterest and others can and do refer to when deciding whose speech they will muzzle.
That’s why groups opposing jihad terror and unrestricted immigration, and defending traditional values are being targeted and silenced.
If you use Pinterest, or if you don’t, please contact them at and politely and courteously register your protest against this fascist suppression of the freedom of speech.

On September 17, Jihad Watch reader A wrote to Pinterest:
Why can I not pin from Jihad Watch or Pamela Geller? I’ve come across this before but had thought it was an internet glitch … now I see you are censoring factual information. These are news reports of events, not ranting about anyone. Please reconsider your ban on these and other sites you consider to be related.
If your intention is to “protect” your users, be aware that you are not allowing us to have information we need to make informed choices.
I’ve enjoyed Pinterest and use it often for recipes, hobbies, homemaking, and tracking news and event trends. While “hate speech” or inciting to violence is horrid, sites you are censoring such as JihidWatch, Pamela Geller, and Breitbart are simply trying to keep people informed. The acts they sometimes report are reprehensible. You not allowing people to know about such acts is also reprehensible.
Later, after Pinterest sent back a generic reply, A wrote again:
The tips you sent do not address my question about censorship. Please let me know if you are in fact blocking pins from Jihad Watch, Pamela Geller, Breitbart, and other sites. If a site is inciting violence, that’s one thing. These sites are spreading information — not slander.
In addition, I would like to see a list of sites you are blocking because you disagree with their apparent viewpoint. Perhaps that list will counter my belief that you are being very selective in the viewpoints you do not want seen. Thank you.
Pinterest replied on September 27:
Hi A,
It’s not currently possible to save Pins from this website because it contains content that goes against our Community Guidelines, specifically hate speech. The reason we block certain websites is to protect our users from coming across potentially sensitive content while using Pinterest.
Avery | Pinterest
Avery (Pinterest Help)