Facebook censors Reuters article highlighting Facebook censorship

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In an article published Friday, Reuters said that executives at Facebook, the social media site now known as the world’s most dangerous censor, are under fire over the company’s censorship.  But it seems that minders at the company don’t want that article being seen.  After receiving a message from Adina Kutnicki, an investigative journalist based in Israel and co-author of the new book, “Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad,” with a link to the article, something strange happened:

Facebook censorshipWe were able to post the link to our Facebook page, however.

According to Reuters:

After Facebook’s removal of an iconic Vietnam war photo stirred an international uproar last month, the social network’s executives quickly backtracked and cleared its publication.

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But the image – showing a naked Vietnamese girl burned by napalm – had previously been used in training sessions as an example of a post that should be removed, two former Facebook employees told Reuters.

Trainers told content-monitoring staffers that the photo violated Facebook policy, despite its historical significance, because it depicted a naked child, in distress, photographed without her consent, the employees told Reuters.

The social network has taken great pains to craft rules that can be applied uniformly with minimal discretion. The reversal on the war photo, however, shows how Facebook’s top executives sometimes overrule company policy and its legions of low- and mid-level content monitors.

But the beatings continue at the world’s largest social media site.  On Sunday, a post at Constitution.com observed:

A member of our Liberty Alliance family was recently hammered by Facebook censors for providing content that proved to be too honest to share on social media. The ladies at 100% Fed Up have been doing their patriotic duty for several years now, and they’ve built up quite a following on social media. In fact, they’re well over 850K followers on Facebook, where they share most of their cutting edge, unvarnished content with other patriots. Recently, they woke up to find that their page had been shut down by the liberal extremists who lord over Facebook’s content.

Incidents like this, by the way, are the reason Adina and I wrote “Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad.”  The book, endorsed by Pam Geller, can be purchased at the WND Superstore and Amazon.com.

“We can’t win this battle against liberal fascism unless we work together to overcome the censorship of the left,” Onan Coca wrote.

We agree.


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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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