Media group blasts Facebook for blocking The Post’s story on BLM co-founder


A news-media industry group blasted Facebook on Friday over its “completely arbitrary” decision to block users from sharing a Post report about a Black Lives Matter co-founder’s $3.2 million in real estate holdings. “There is no balance of power between ‘media’ and ‘Big Tech,’” News Media Alliance CEO David Chavern said in a prepared statement. “Facebook has shown that one side gets to make all the rules.” The head of the nonprofit organization — which represents nearly 2,000 American news organizations — said that while the First Amendment prohibits the government from regulating free speech, “major tech platforms certainly do ‘regulate’ the news business.” “The recent action by Facebook to block a New York Post story was a clear exercise of that power,” Chavern said. “In particular, the rationale expressed by Facebook was completely arbitrary and could be applied to a wide array of reporting.” The article revealed that a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, a self-described Marxist, has amassed has amassed a real-estate portfolio of four properties in California and Georgia since 2016.

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