As Twitchy reported earlier this week, the Southern Poverty Law Center agreed to pay a $3.375 million settlement for adding Maajid Nawaz to its “Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists.”

Brandon Morse of Twitchy sister site RedState reports that the floodgates have opened and the SPLC now faces dozens of lawsuits for falsely labeling organizations as hate groups.

Morse writes:

The Southern Poverty Law Center has been viewed by the left as a reputable source for knowing who is, and who isn’t a neo-Nazi. The best part, at least for the left, is that the SPLC is very loose with the term.

If the left doesn’t like anyone, they can officially peg them as a hate group with the help of the SPLC. The left gives the SPLC this honor because…it can. There’s no real basis for the SPLC being the end-all-be-all when it comes to officially labeling someone a hate group, it just says what the left likes to hear, and thus is an important part of societal recognition of evil people.

We’re wondering now if this flood of lawsuits will have any bearing on the SPLC’s relationship with tech platforms like Facebook and Twitter. The Daily Signal reported earlier this month that Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Twitter all work with the SPLC.

Peter Hasson writes:

Four of the world’s biggest tech platforms have working partnerships with a left-wing nonprofit that has a track record of inaccuracies and routinely labels conservative organizations as “hate groups.”

Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Twitter all work with or consult the Southern Poverty Law Center in policing their platforms for “hate speech” or “hate groups,” a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation found.

The SPLC is on a list of “external experts and organizations” that Facebook works with “to inform our hate speech policies,” Facebook spokeswoman Ruchika Budhraja told The Daily Caller News Foundation in an interview.

In Amazon’s case, the company removes companies from the Amazon Smile program that the SPLC deems ineligible, “because we don’t want to be biased whatsoever,” said a spokesperson.

So Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Twitter all consider the SPLC a credible source for information on hate speech on their platforms. Any chance they might reconsider their choice in the face of all these lawsuits?

 


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