Facebook censoring Navy SEALs over Benghazi?
Judge Andrew Napolitano reacts
- Duration 3:42
- Date Oct 31, 2012
Judge Andrew Napolitano reacts
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We'll have questions about free speech at FaceBook after the social media giant yanked a page that challenges President Obama.
The post -- from a political action committee and it hits the president on reports that.
Washington refused to send assistance to help the seals.
Who are defending our consulate in Libya during a terror attack.
Judge Andrew Napolitano is our Fox News senior judicial analyst and he's here to join us so.
They apparently said no and they yanked it and then after there was a dust up over -- they said -- never mind it can go up.
And it was just a mistake but this is not the first time FaceBook has targeted a group that might be critical -- -- poster might be critical of the president.
-- -- FaceBook has done this to their credit they put it back they put it back I think there because there was the dust up there was the uproar the argument.
Is a perfectly acceptable on the matter what's which side of this -- on political argument the president has claim and has claimed the seals helped him but when they needed his help.
He wouldn't provide it that's a very legitimate argument especially at this fund the campaign won the Obama administration doesn't want to hear.
So the question is can FaceBook take down what it doesn't like and the answer is under the current state of the -- yes as you know it can't.
FaceBook is a private entity we all know it's on by millions of shareholders.
It's not -- by the government it's not regulated by the First Amendment.
It can restrict speech that it doesn't agree agree with that may harm its popularity.
That might harm in the value of its shares of stock.
That might cause a competing.
Program more or or web -- to come into existence but it's not against the law.
And so somebody thought this might harm FaceBook by having a message posted by somebody.
On FaceBook and how to face for -- play but this group of Navy SEALs that has an issue with how President Obama are the white house with the administration handled -- -- this one guy said.
That's -- -- -- I -- I will be the judge jury and executioner -- -- bossa FaceBook said actually no you won't.
This is probably a political judgment made by then Megan because they do not and none of the president's people want to discuss this issue.
He has a very very serious can complement lapse of judgment here.
Which allowed Americans to be killed when they were fighting -- -- other -- Can submit Damian Allen it is going to be so many in the media don't want to discuss and now we -- FaceBook really FaceBook.
It's one thing if they're not gonna and you know talk about -- themselves they're just a social media site but to start censoring.
Private speech about it critical of the president.
Mike Gallagher was on the show judge couple of weeks ago six weeks herself and he said he has this book about fifty things and liberals love to hate their -- -- -- any -- Sheridan are okay it's fifty things liberals love to hate they got Mike Gallagher got it right.
And he he said they refuse to advertise -- on FaceBook because they said they didn't like the word hate then he is publisher Simon Schuster got up in -- Facebook's face and said.
Also we had a -- -- -- I hate broccoli wouldn't post writing in the ultimately bound.
In other than you refresh themselves -- and beauty of social media he used to me and for the most part still is.
Absolute freedom of speech let the marketplace decide what speech is acceptable nobody had signed an -- -- -- people deleted from their own.
Their own segment.
That -- it will express their views on it but it's not the the the right of the poster of the owner of the platform.
Two to -- speak.
China changes just your idea of what they stand for who they are if they start doing that one political side correct but because it's private property.
Because they own the hardware they can do this lawfully there may be ramifications to it.
But not on court of law how they wound up reversing themselves for the second time in recent weeks general -- -- -- it's our pleasure.