Facebook: ‘Illegals aren’t immigrants, they’re criminals’ meme is ‘hate speech,’ earns user 30-day ban

On Tuesday, the owner of the popular “Wake Up America, The Original” Facebook page got a nasty surprise when she was informed that a meme which states the truth about illegal aliens was dubbed “hate speech” by the social media giant.

Moreover, she received a 30-day ban for the post, which simply read, “Illegals aren’t immigrants, they’re criminals.”  Below is the message she received (We removed her name from the dialog):


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Additionally, we were told by her husband, she received a 30-day ban.

As you can see, there’s nothing about the post which is false, nor is there anything even remotely racist about the post, since no race of immigrants were specified.  Moreover, it’s a fact that anyone — of any race — who enters the country illegally is violating the law.  But recognizing that, at least to Facebook, is now considered “hate speech.”

But apparently, facts don’t seem to matter.  All that matters is that the meme isn’t politically correct and seems to have triggered an overzealous moderator or a rather aggressive algorithm.

Incidents like this are why activist Chris Sevier drafted the “Stop Social Media Censorship” measure, which has already been introduced in the Arkansas state legislature and is being considered by state lawmakers across the country.

That measure, if passed as written, would (1) prevent sites like Facebook from declaring posts like this one “hate speech;” (2) would classify social media companies with 75 million or more users as public utilities, and; (3) would give users a right of action that could see offending companies forced to pay a minimum of $75,000 for each incidence of censorship.

Incidents like this, by the way, were the inspiration behind “Banned: How Facebook Enables Militant Islamic Jihad,” a book published in 2016 by yours truly and American-Israeli Adina Kutnicki.

It’s not known at this time if Facebook will reverse its decision.


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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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