Facebook Censoring Climate Dissent Again

We’ve often cited the work of Roger Pielke, Jr. of the University of Colorado, whose science Substack, The Honest Broker, is essential reading. What you should know about Roger (whom I know quite well) is that he is a centrist-liberal Democrat, believes climate change is a genuine future risk, and supports a carbon tax and other measures to fight it. But he also calls bull—- on a lot of climate extremism and exaggeration. His work has been cited by the “official” “consensus” scientific reports of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and he even forced Al Gore to change some of the claims Gore used to make about thermageddon.

For these heresies from Climate Groupthink, he is hated by the Climate Cult. One of the Wikileaks dumps a few years ago revealed that the deranged Tom Steyer worked assiduously on a pressure campaign on Nate Silver to get Nate to cancel Roger as a contributing writer for Silver’s 538.com, which unfortunately succeeded.

Today Roger has a new essay up at his Substack, “Climate Science is About to Make a Huge Mistake,” which reviews a lot of technical work on climate scenario modeling. Worth reading for it’s own sake, but today the important thing is that anyone who tries to post a link to the essay on Facebook will have it taken down in 10 seconds for violating Facebook’s “community standards.”

I decided to test it out, like this:

Ten seconds later, I got this:

Yes indeed, so why?

What was “misleading” about linking to the Substack of a well-established academic? My experience is not unique.

So I did this, as a workaround, since I know Facebook’s algorithms can’t handle photos (I’ll tell you in a moment how I know this):

This is outrageous. I recommend that everyone who has a Facebook account try to post the original Honest Broker essay, and then complain to Facebook.

Of course, Facebook did set up an “independent” outside Oversight Board to hear appeals of Facebook censorship. Full disclosure: My wife was recruited by one of the co-chairs to be the senior case selection officer for the Oversight Board. She quit in disgust last year when it became undeniable how dysfunctional and unserious the Oversight Board is. (This is how I know the Facebook automated algorithms can’t handle photos. So copy this tactic! Let’s make Roger’s post go viral.)

Prediction: Facebook is going to pull the plug on this unsuccessful and insincere PR bandaid before long. But if you want to appeal your censorship of Roger’s post to the Oversight Board, please go ahead here.

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