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Facebook bans user for 30 days over post decrying anti-Semitism

Facebook banIt seems that despite all the assurances we’ve heard from Facebook executives and spokespeople, the beatings continue on the social media site now known as the “world’s most dangerous censor.”

On Friday, we received word that Facebook banned a user over a meme that decries anti-Semitism while taking a polite stab at those who seem to have forgotten the history of the last 80 years or so.

Here’s the offending picture, as Facebook presented it:

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Facebook banIt’s impossible to say why or how this violates Facebook’s Community Standards.

Unless, of course, Facebook is saying that it requires users to be anti-Semitic.  After all, we know what happens to memes critical of another religion…

We looked through Facebook’s standards and saw nothing to indicate that users have to be anti-Semitic.  Perhaps this is a recent change the company forgot to announce.

Reaction was pretty much what one would expect.

I posted that once and also got a ban for the very same thing,” one person said.

I guess the truth hurts!” added another user.

I think that if enough people report a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, FB will remove it and ban you,” another person said.

Probably, unless your surname is Ahmed and its about killing Zionists, thats (sic) always ok!” one visitor said in response.

Sadly, that seems to be closer to the truth than most people know.

One person posted a response showing the social media giant’s hypocrisy:

response to posted banThere is no good reason, obviously.  Unbelievably, Facebook executives and spokespeople tell us things like this don’t happen.  They tell us they’ve investigated themselves and have found no wrongdoing.  Meanwhile, their moderators continue to impose bans based, it seems, on ideology.

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

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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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