She tried dropping the mic on Facebook for banning her boss Alex Jones. Looks like it landed on her foot.
InfoWars reporter Millie Weaver is understandably upset that Facebook, Spotify and other platforms have chosen to remove her company and its controversial leader Alex Jones from their platforms.
However, in a back-and-forth on Twitter, she personally attacked her critics saying Facebook had no right to right to ban InfoWars because it is a “publicly owned” company.
“There's a thing called fact-checking,” Weaver wrote on Twitter. “Facebook is a public business that's publicly traded. Using that argument to justify banning Alex Jones doesn't work.”
Dear Libtards who think Facebook is a privately owned business, There's a thing called fact-checking. Facebook is… https://t.co/jrDswzdvB9— Millie Weaver (@Millie Weaver)1533644412.0
Needless to say, people had some thoughts on her attempt to explain the difference between public and private entities. In just 24 hours, more than 11,000 people had commented on her initial tweet. What followed was a lesson in the basics of civic discourse.
People on social media responded with humor and facts about what it means to be “private” vs. “public.”
@Millie__Weaver Okay so. Sometimes big popular words like “public and private” have different meanings depending on… https://t.co/JJoMgbGbdM— Codetermination 2024 Stan Account (@Codetermination 2024 Stan Account)1533689619.0
@Millie__Weaver So sometimes “public” means “available to the public” and sometimes it means “owned by the public.”… https://t.co/UOQPI8uEe9— Codetermination 2024 Stan Account (@Codetermination 2024 Stan Account)1533689689.0
@Millie__Weaver By contrast, say, a mall is a “public place” bc it is “available to the public.” But the mall, and… https://t.co/d86l2i91fL— Codetermination 2024 Stan Account (@Codetermination 2024 Stan Account)1533689851.0
@Millie__Weaver Facebook, specifically Facebook stock is “available to the public.” Ownership if Facebook is availa… https://t.co/IJveUlpsQh— Codetermination 2024 Stan Account (@Codetermination 2024 Stan Account)1533689974.0
@Millie__Weaver So we don’t get a say over what Facebook does until and unless we the people, through our governmen… https://t.co/BR1JDmMN5B— Codetermination 2024 Stan Account (@Codetermination 2024 Stan Account)1533690056.0
@Millie__Weaver So despite being a “public” company, we the people, and certainly not you the individual MAGA head,… https://t.co/juL12VVrEf— Codetermination 2024 Stan Account (@Codetermination 2024 Stan Account)1533690115.0
Weaver later tried to clarify her original tweet but people weren't buying it. In a bit of delicious irony, Simon Maloy put the discussion effectively to bed by declaring: "Ironically this has become a lesson in being publicly owned."
ironically this has become a lesson in being publicly owned https://t.co/pszBfb2v18— Simon Maloy (@Simon Maloy)1533665799.0
We need a healthy political debate. But it should be based on facts and ideas, not insults and conspiracy theories.
Social media is rarely the best place for authentic, meaningful debate. More often than not it tends to be about scoring points and aligning oneself with their chosen tribe.
It doesn't have to be that way.
At the same time, we're only going to renew our civil discourse if we return to a more universal respect for and understanding of the facts.
And it appears that getting there might just require a history lesson and a few laughs along the way.