Facebook: Criticizing accused New Mexico terrorist is deemed hate speech, earns ban for Brigitte Gabriel

On Thursday, Newsbusters reported that Brigitte Gabriel, founder of Act for America, earned a suspension from Facebook for posting a critical comment about the suspected terrorist arrested at a compound in New Mexico.

Her post, which was also placed on Twitter, stated: “This is the smile of a sick and depraved Muslim terrorist who is back on the streets (on bail) after training children to shoot up schools. The judge who allowed this to happen should be removed from their post ASAP. If he harms anyone while on bail, the blood is on their hands.”

According to Gabriel, the ban was put in place after the social media giant called it hate speech.

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Newsbusters’ Corinne Weaver added:

Act for America has been targeted again and again by the anti-conservative group Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for its supposed anti-Muslim policy. It’s a “national security grassroots organization” that has more than 750,000 members and 12,000 activists who help to “educate, engage, and mobilize citizens and elected officials to impact legislative outcomes to protect America.” Gabriel’s  group focuses on radical Islamic terrorism. However, the SPLC has translated its mission to mean “anti-Muslim,” even though a practicing Muslim spoke at ACT’s 2016 conference.

This kind of Orwellian enforcement is nothing new for Facebook, and is the topic of “Banned: How Facebook Enables Militant Islamic Jihad,” a book written in 2016 by yours truly along with American-Israeli Adina Kutnicki.  And as one might guess, the situation has only gotten worse since that book was published.

In his review of the book, Dr. Martin Sherman, founder of the Israel Institute For Strategic Studies, said, “the real crux of Banned is the exposure of the divergent and discriminatory standards that Facebook appears to employ in its attitude towards posts, pages and groups that are sympathetic towards militant Islam on the one hand, and those critical of it, on the other.”

He added:

Kutnicki and Newby catalogue numerous cases in which Facebook groups that opposed, or warn of, the malevolent aspects have been removed — often without reason or explanation. By contrast, posts that expound venomous — even violent — pro-Jihadi content have been allowed to continue to spread their hateful message, despite complaints as to their objectionable and intimidating nature.

Banned, he added, “should be seen as a timely clarion call to all lovers of liberty, tolerance and diversity — and a jarring wake up call for action by the West, before it is too late.”


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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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