Over the course of the last few months, Bernie or bust activists, who promote Revolt Against Plutocracy’s pledge strategy or stories about it on Facebook, have found themselves blocked by Facebook from doing so (see Facebook message above). On March 18th, Wikileaks accused Facebook of censoring access to their Clinton email release. While Facebook co-founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has not formally endorsed or contributed to Secretary Clinton, his social media empire appears to be blocking efforts to help her opponent, Senator Sanders.
Truthdig has reported “WikiLeaks called Facebook on the carpet for allegedly blocking users’ access via the social network to WikiLeaks’ latest Clinton dispatch. If WikiLeaks’ charge is valid, the tech behemoth that Mark Zuckerberg built could effectively be aiding the presidential hopeful—and since well before Super Tuesday III, the mainstream media’s christened Democratic front-runner—in her efforts to keep those pesky emails from getting between her and the White House.” Why would Facebook do that if Zuckerberg had not decided to use his social media platform to help Secretary Clinton secure the Democratic Party nomination and therefore undermine the political revolution launched by Senator Sanders.
Revolt Against Plutocracy (RAP) began as a Facebook community page in 2014. They have dozens of volunteers promoting the Bernie or bust pledge online, mostly on Facebook. This year 56.3% of the traffic to their website came from Facebook. Last year, before Facebook took to blocking the efforts of RAP “acterpreneurs,” 83.8% of the traffic to their website derived from Facebook. Part of the reason for that relative decline is due to increase traffic from search engines. More people are looking for the Bernie or bust pledge website. RAP launched the Bernie Sanders write-in campaign on June 22nd last year.
At least twelve of RAP’s volunteers have been temporarily blocked from posting or commenting on Facebook groups as a consequence of “excessive” posting, but it has not always been a problem for Facebook’s administrators. This Examiner used to share stories about the Trans-Pacific Partnership or the Citizens United decision to dozens of groups nonstop for an hour or more on Facebook groups without a problem. Now that there’s an election for the Executive Branch at stake, however, that is no longer permitted without being put in the Facebook doghouse for a period of time. The block message shown above began last Thursday evening after sharing that story from the Progressive Examiner Facebook page intermittently throughout the day posting it only three times in a row on Sanders-supporting Facebook groups before taking the break.
Has Facebook become Clintonbook? The evidence has been stacking up for a while now. Why else would Facebook be blocking access to Wikileaks’ archive of 30,322 emails from Secretary Clinton’s email server? Why has their policy about sharing stories on Facebook groups changed without notice? Maybe Mark Zuckerberg has a good explanation, but do not expect to hear it any time soon.