Facebook bans Allen West page admin for post saying 3,000 killed on 9/11 without guns for 30 days

facebook bans 9/11On Wednesday, a page administrator of the popular Allen West Republic Facebook page — a page with over 400,000 supporters — reached out to say she was banned by Facebook for 30 days over a graphic that simply observed that 3,000 innocent people were killed on 9/11 without guns.

Here’s what was passed on to us:

facebook 9/11 banWe edited the graphic only to obscure the name of the person who reached out to us, but we verified that the individual is, in fact, an administrator of the page.

Here’s what Facebook further said:

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Facebook banNotice that Facebook claimed this person has “repeatedly” posted things that violate Facebook’s nebulous standards.

But, this person told us that this is the very first ban Facebook has ever imposed.

“I have not EVER had but one ban on my FB page and should not have been given 30 days for the first time out as well as I have had that page since 2011 or earlier,” the administrator said.

Moreover, she added, the post remains live on about 22 other pages.

So much for that meeting with conservative leaders.  Apparently Glenn Beck didn’t look deep enough into Mark Zuckerberg’s eyes…

Meanwhile, the beatings and abuse continue.  It’s gotten so bad that posting an innocuous picture of Osama bin Laden can get you banned.

Incidents like this, by the way, are the reason Adina Kutnicki, an investigative journalist based in Israel, and I wrote “BANNED: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad.”  The book, endorsed by Pamela Geller, president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, is set to be published this fall, perhaps as early as August.

Yours truly will be discussing the book and Facebook’s Orwellian enforcement this Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time here.  More info can be seen here.

Update: At about 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time, I heard from the administrator in question, who tells me that LtCol. West contacted her after someone sent him this article.  She is now back on Facebook and received an apology from the social media giant, which claimed the action was an “accident.”

Seems like there’s been a lot of that happening lately…


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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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