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Facebook: Post advocating murder of police doesn’t violate community standards

Terrorists used Facebook to plot Tel Aviv terror attackAs we’ve reported here time and again, it’s literally impossible to know what does and doesn’t pass muster with Facebook.  Posts that are innocuous are frequently banned by Facebook while truly offensive posts are perfectly fine.  Such was the case with a post that advocated murdering police officers in the event of a traffic stop.

This is the post in question:

Facebook post advocates murdering cops

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The post was reported to Facebook, but oddly enough, the social media giant decided it was perfectly okay:

Facebook says post advocating murder ok

This don’t violate community standards, are you flipping kidding me?” asked an administrator of the Facebook page that made the site’s decision public.  “This has to stop and stop now before it turns into a full blown racial war. You don’t want vigilante law here.”

One would think that with the shooting in Dallas and the numerous threats against police, not to mention Facebook’s own “standards,” one would think the site would err on the side of safety.

But we are talking about the world’s most dangerous censor — where up is down and down is up…

Incidents like this, by the way, are the reason Adina Kutnicki, an investigative journalist based in Israel, and I wrote “Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad.”  The book, endorsed by Pam Geller, president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, is set to be available 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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