Facebook removes picture of U.S. flag, declares it ‘spam’

On Wednesday, a moderator of the largest Tea Party group on Facebook, the social media giant recently dubbed “Iron FistBook” by political cartoonist A.F. Branco, told the Conservative Firing Line that a picture of the U.S. flag was removed for appearing to be spam.

“We removed this post because it looks like spam to us,” Facebook said in its notification, which appears to have been sent within minutes of the picture’s posting.

Facebook flag spamIt’s not known why the picture was labeled “spam.”

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This isn’t the first time Facebook has had a problem with a picture of the U.S. flag.  In November 2016, yours truly was handed a 30-day ban for a page profile picture of an eagle superimposed on an American flag.

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Facebook says this photo violates their standards.

Facebook appears to have gone ban-happy in the days following CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s two-day grilling in Washington, D.C., banning certain users who have received threats on the site.

The House Judiciary Committee invited Facebook to participate in a hearing focused on social media filtering and censorship to take place Thursday morning.  The social media giant, however, has decided not to attend.

According to Reuters, the company said that even though it will not appear, it looks “forward to a continuing dialogue with members of the committee about Facebook’s strong commitment to being a platform for all voices and ideas.”

Except, maybe, for those who wish to post pictures of the U.S. flag…

Update: 11:30 a.m. Pacific — The moderator in question reached out to let us know that Facebook reversed course and allowed the photo to be posted.


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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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