On Wednesday, Brandon Straka, founder of the viral movement to #WalkAway from the increasingly radical far-left Democrat Party, said he was handed a 30-day ban from Facebook, the social media giant once dubbed “Iron FistBook” by political cartoonist A.F. Branco.
His crime? He dared to mention an interview with Infowars’ Alex Jones and (brace yourself) linked to Jones’ site. Acts that are now apparently doubleplus ungood, as George Orwell would say in his classic, “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” a book which has evidently become something of a guideline for Big Social Media companies like Facebook and Twitter.
Worse yet, he said on Twitter, the ban took place as he was preparing for an upcoming #WalkAway march set to take place in October.
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According to Straka, he simply posted, “Hey, Patriots! I’m going live on http://InfoWars.com in 15 minutes.”
He announced the Orwellian action on Twitter:
“FACEBOOK JUST BANNED ME AS I AM PLANNING THE
#WalkAway March on Washington!!! I have been banned from posting leading up to the March. This is devastated (sic) for our ability to reach people!!! I was banned for mentioning my interview with Alex Jones. Can anybody help???”
Straka told the Gateway Pundit that he’s “devastated” by the ban, saying the #WalkAway campaign is “a grassroots movement.
“We don’t have corporate sponsors. We don’t have backers. We are raising the money and the awareness for our event ourselves. We use GoFundMe to raise money. And today Facebook took away my ability to communicate with the 180,000 members of the campaign leading up to the March. This is going to smash my ability to provide information, answer questions, raise money, and rally with my people. I am crushed,” he said.
Jamie White further reported:
Straka’s WalkAway YouTube channel has already amassed nearly 56,000 subscribers since he launched it earlier this summer, which is why the left is determined to shut down the grassroots movement.
Facebook gave no explanation, other than to say that a post which seems to have been not much more than a link to Infowars, violated its nebulous and ever-changing Community Standards — the same “standards” that apparently says prayers for protection of children are “hate speech” and pictures of lilac trees are pornographic.
But what’s even worse is that Facebook has put itself in the role of an online dictator, mandating what sites individuals can see, mention or link to.
So much for supporting free speech or being allowed to view all opinions online.
Incidents like this, by the way, are the reason a majority of conservatives no longer trust the platform.
They are also part of the reason activist Chris Sevier drafted what he calls the Stop Social Media Censorship proposal, a measure now being eyed by several state lawmakers across the country.
Sevier explains the proposal as follows:
Sevier further explained:
In my opinion, Facebook has perpetrated a form of fraudulent inducement, tortious interference of business relations, breach of the duty of care, unjust enrichment, and the intentional infliction of emotional distress by at first allowing conservatives and Christians to build a platform where they were supposedly free to express themselves only to then turn around and arbitrarily find some speech permissible and other speech impermissible.
If the measure passes, Sevier said, “those who have been banned or censored for their political and/or religious point of view will now have the means to hold those companies accountable.”
We reached out to the company for an explanation and to determine if writing or linking to “Infowars” now violates the companies rules, but have not received a response as of this writing.
Meanwhile, Facebook remains the world’s most dangerous censor.
Update: Shortly after this post was published, we received word from a Facebook spokesperson that the ban had been lifted. According to the spokesperson, the ban was simply a “mistake.”
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