According to internal documents, Facebook urged some of its employees to investigate the background of black conservative commentator Candace Owens for grounds to remove her from its platform, Breitbart News reported.
The document is a “Policy Review” spreadsheet created in April of what Facebook calls “hate agents.”
Owens was listed under a note that said, “Extra Credit (We should look into these after we’re done with the above designation analysis).”
The Epoch Times noted Owens has become one of the most popular conservative speakers in the nation since “coming out” as a conservative in a July 2017 YouTube video.
She contends progressive policies harm black communities, weakening families through welfare and undercutting black workers through supporting illegal immigration.
She also speaks out against abortion, arguing among other things, that it suppresses black birthrates.
On May 17, Facebook suspended her account for seven days for a post showing the disparity between poverty rates among blacks and whites in the United States along with the absence of fathers in black homes.
“Black America must wake up to the great liberal hoax,” she wrote. “White supremacy is not a threat. Liberal supremacy is.
A Facebook spokesman insisted the account, which was restored later that day, was suspended by mistake.
The internal document instructed employees to look into what Owens is “known for,” including her “ideology, actions, major news, etc.”
They also are to examine Owens’ “Affiliated Hate Entities.” of Owens.
In a tweet, Owens thanked the “brave employee who leaked this.”
“To lawyers that follow me— is this legal? I am taking this very seriously,” she wrote.
See Owens’ “coming out” as conservative video:
In a House hearing in April on white nationalism and hate crimes led by the Democratic Party majority, Owens blasted a congressman for misconstruing her remarks and accused Democrats in general of using such terms for “fear mongering, power and control.”
Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., played a selected clip of “a statement [Owens] made about Adolf Hitler” at a conference in London in December, insinuating she approved of Hitler’s Nazi regime.
Lieu didn’t given Owens a chance to respond but instead asked a witness invited by the Democrats: “When people legitimize Adolf Hitler, does that feed into white nationalist ideology?”
A Republican member of the committee later gave Owens a chance to respond to Lieu.
“I think it’s pretty apparent that Mr. Lieu believes that black people are stupid and will not pursue the full clip in its entirety,” said Owens. “He purposely presented an extracted clip … ”
In her opening statement, Owens said there “isn’t a single adult today that in good conscience would make the argument that America is a more racist, more white nationalist society than it was when my grandfather was growing up and yet we are hearing these terms center around today because what they want to say is that brown people need to be scared, which seems to be the narrative that we hear every four years right ahead of a presidential election.”