In November 2016,
Facebook, the social media site increasingly known as the “world’s most dangerous censor,” told yours truly that a picture depicting an eagle and a U.S. flag violates their “community standards,” and further issued a 30-day ban. Worse yet, I never even posted the photo.
Here’s the initial message:
That message was followed up with this:
Earlier this week, the social media giant unpublished the popular “Wake Up, America” page, prompting the page owner to create a new page. It’s also interesting to note that the owner of the page was once banned by Facebook over a photo of a 2012 Donald Trump campaign button the site falsely claimed violated their rules on nudity. The photo only showed Trump’s face.
Let’s be clear — nothing about this image violates the company’s standards, and this action was no mistake. It was done on purpose.
Incidents like this are the reason Adina Kutnicki, an investigative journalist based in Israel, and I wrote “Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad.” That book, endorsed by Pamela Geller, is available at Amazon.com.
Sadly, until Congress takes action, this type of harassment and viewpoint discrimination on social media sites will continue unabated.
On a final note, the ban was eventually lifted — 22 days after the fact — but the damage had already been done.
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