It is no secret that conservatives have long suspected that Facebook treats their content with a bit of added scrutiny, to put it mildly. Recent experiences by prominent conservatives have only boosted that suspicion.
The Examiner’s very own Joe Newby, for example, describes a ridiculous battle with the social media giant, where he is regularly banned from posting in groups for varying periods of time – even for posts he did not make.
It is a “clear-cut case of harassment and intimidation,” Newby told the author on Thursday, as the journalist’s experience rises to a whole new level. Where Newby is regularly placed in what activists refer to as the “Facebook Gulag,” others who post actual violent and explicit rhetoric are reportedly within the boundaries of Facebook’s “Community Standards.”
Take for example, the “African American Defense League” page, which actively encourages violence, declaring in part:
“…Every black person across this nation should find a white police [sic] to kill in every state and American/European province around the globe…”
The post above was reported by this author, who received a prompt response saying in part that Facebook “…reviewed the Page you reported for harassment and found it doesn’t violate our Community Standards.”
In a recent interview with Sean Hannity, Jennifer Thalasinos, the widow of a victim of last week’s terror attack in San Bernardino Nicholas Thalasinos, commented that her husband – a conservative that she believes was targeted for his views by the Muslim shooters – was previously targeted on Facebook, resulting in him being blocked for extended periods of time.
Hannity related to Thalasinos, indicating that he also had to “deal with the exact same issues” on Facebook.
James Neighbors, the founder of the popular “Overpasses for America” Facebook page told the Examiner that he has been placed in the “Facebook Gulag” “4 or 5 times in 2015 alone…” Neighbors said that he “spent essentially 4 of the last 6 months locked down for the most frivolous of offenses.”
Neighbors gave his assessment of Facebook, saying that “hate, racism, [and] threats of violence are allowed indiscriminately for the liberal left by Facebook moderators.” Neighbors continued to say that there is a “clear and distinct double-standard for what would be coined as a ‘conservative’ page on Facebook.”
Yet another prominent conservative activist, Belinda Bee of the group 2 Million Bikers to DC, told the Examiner that she has been placed in the gulag 10 times over the course of her time on Facebook. When asked if she agreed that there is a double standard for conservatives, Bee replied, “Most definitely!”
UPDATE: The author is happy to report that after numerous complaints, the “African American Defense League” page was finally removed by Facebook.