Counter-terror expert: Facebook falsely flags articles, links critical of Islam

Facebook threatens page with suspension(Note: This is a reprint of an article originally published by this author at Examiner.com on June 3, 2014, a cached version of which can still be seen here.  Reprinted with permission)

On Sunday, Gadi Adelman, a counter-terrorism expert who contributes to the Jerusalem Post, told Examiner.com that links he has posted to Facebook have been falsely flagged as “unsafe.” The problem, he said began in January and so far, Facebook has refused to address the issue.

Initially, it happened when he tried to post a link to his main website, he said. After getting an error falsely claiming the link was unsafe, he tried using URL shorteners, but that also failed.

“At that point I did click on the ‘If you think you’re seeing this by mistake, please let us know’ link,” he said. As usual, that produced no results as Facebook refused to respond. This is a very common complaint among users of the social media site.

Adelman said he continued filling out the form every week for about two months, but got no response and no action was taken.

He also told Examiner he believes Facebook is targeting him and anyone else critical of Islam. Acording to Adelman, Lisa Pandone Benson, Dave Gaubatz, Jan Morgan, Wild Bill for America, Bonni of Bare Naked Islam and Anita Crane have also been subjected to similar treatment. As we reported Saturday, Facebook has also flagged articles we have written that mention Islam.

“It’s interesting,” he added, “because none of us have ever advocated violence and if anything have spoken out against it, yet the pages that do call for violence and spread hate against Israel and Jews continue to flourish on Facebook.”

When asked if he thought CEO Mark Zuckerberg is aware of the links being falsely flagged, Adelman paused, saying he doesn’t “feel qualified to make that assertion,” adding that he is not aware of the inner workings of the social media giant, nor does he know how “hand-on” Zuckerberg may or may not be.

Although Zuckerberg claims to be “unaffiliated” with religion, Adelman added, “I do know that quite a few of his ‘higher ups’, executives, etc. are Islamic. I am not saying that would be the reason for this, but it does make one with any commonsense wonder.”

Last week, we reported that Dave Gaubatz, author of “Muslim Mafia” and a counter-terrorism expert with many years experience, said a representative of a Muslim group told him they were working with social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to delete users critical of Islam. After receiving over 2,000 “likes,” that article was also falsely flagged by Facebook.

Facebook also unpublished “Islam Exposed” after administrators received death threats. The page was restored, but was unpublished Tuesday based on a false report of nudity. Facebook has not responded to our requests for additional information.

(Note: This is a reprint of an article originally published by this author at Examiner.com on June 3, 2014, a cached version of which can still be seen here.  Reprinted with permission)

Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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