Last Updated on May 7, 2020
This week, Facebook released the list of 20 people who will serve on its Oversight Board and decide what memes and news articles should be removed for breaking Facebook’s “Community Guidelines” on hate speech and misinformation.
Amongst the various controversial personalities on the list, which includes journalists, professors, activists, and former government officials including an ex-director general of the Israeli Ministry of Justice, is left-wing activist professor Pamela Karlan.
Karlan, who describes herself as a “snarky, bisexual Jewish woman,” previously made headlines last December when she brought up up President Donald Trump’s son Barron as a punchline during the failed impeachment hearings.
Just when you thought this impeachment hoax couldn’t get anymore ridiculous, the witness invited by Democrats is throwing cheap shots at the 13 year old son of @realDonaldTrump. Gross and shameful! pic.twitter.com/ugVZfVYDR9
— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) December 4, 2019
Karlan later apologized for her remark that “while the President can name his son Barron, he can’t make him a baron.”
The Stanford Law professor infamously went on a tirade about “straight, white, sons of the patriarchy” during a speech at the 2006 American Constitutional Society convention, stating, “we have more reason than they do to love America. The rich, pampered, prodigal, sanctimonious, incurious, white, straight sons of the powerful do pretty well everywhere in the world, and they always have.”
Karlan added, “But what about us? Snarky, bisexual, Jewish women who want the freedom to say what we think, read what we want, and love who we do.”
During the impeachment hearings, Karlan also appeared to advocate for a militaristic, Russophobic approach to foreign policy, suggesting that the United States should arm Ukrainian insurgents “so they fight the Russians there and we don’t have to fight them here.”
Thanks to Pamela Karlan for so aptly capturing Democratic elites' delusional, Reaganite, jingoistic Cold Warrior mindset in your claim that we need to arm Ukraine "so they fight the Russians there and we don't have to fight them here" & we remain "that shining city on the hill." pic.twitter.com/C78aNThnUk
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) December 4, 2019
Facebook’s content moderation policies have already come under fire by those who have experienced political censorship on the platform while illegal content stays up for days or weeks at a time.
In April, Facebook took several days to delete a page that posted explicit child pornography.