Facebook punishes user for complaining about death threat from Islamist

On Wednesday, Infowars’ Paul Joseph Watson said he was punished by Facebook for complaining about a death threat from an Islamist he reported to moderators.

“Last week, I received a message which read, ‘Hey you mother f****r, you keep mocking allahu and sweet Islam. I f*****g find you and kill you,'” he said.  Watson did the responsible thing and reported the threat, but the social media giant said it didn’t violate their community standards.

“That’s right,” Watson said, “direct death threats don’t violate Facebook’s Community Standards. Let that sink in.”

But, he said, the situation got worse:

I posted the original death threat and Facebook’s response on my Facebook page. The post received thousands of shares, while also earning me several more death threats (because the best way to prove Islam is a religion of peace is by threatening to kill me).

“Direct death threats don’t violate Facebook’s “community standards,” yet people are routinely banned for expressing opinions. Incredible,” I commented next to a screenshot of the death threat and Facebook’s response.

Fast forward to this morning – Facebook removed the post and presented me with the following message upon logging in to my account.

Facebook threat

“Making death threats doesn’t violate Facebook’s ‘terms of use,’ but being the victim of one and complaining about it apparently does,” he said. “Amazing.”

Watson isn’t the first user to fall victim to the site’s “moderation,” as Adina Kutnicki, an investigative journalist based in Israel, and I documented in our book, “Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad.”

As we’ve documented many times here at Conservative Firing Line, the social media site increasingly becoming known as the “world’s most dangerous censor,” has punished users for a number of questionable reasons.  Last November, for example, yours truly was handed a 30-day ban for an image of an eagle superimposed on a U.S. flag — a common meme on conservative, patriotic pages.  Another user was slapped when the site claimed a photo of a 2012 Donald Trump campaign button violated their rules on nudity.  Worse yet, one woman was told her profile picture of a lilac tree was considered pornographic.

Now the site is punishing users who receive death threats.

Keep in mind this is the same site that is working to tell you what’s fake news and what’s not…

“Maybe next time I should just resort to live streaming murders or gang rapes of women, and then Facebook will be more accommodating?” Watson sarcastically added.

Personally, I’m just glad they don’t build cars…


By the way, for those who can’t tell, the above image is a joke…


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Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad
Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad – Source: Author (used with permission)

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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