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Facebook says picture of bin Laden violates community standards, earns user 30-day ban

FacebookDespite meeting with conservative leaders, the beatings continue on the world’s largest social media site, also known as the world’s most dangerous censor.  On Tuesday, Rami Lubran, an administrator of the Facebook page “American Bikers United Against Jihad – ABUAJ,” told this writer that Facebook yanked a picture he posted of terror mastermind Osama bin Laden, claiming that it violated their nebulous community standards.

Moreover, he said Facebook gave him a 30-day ban for the picture.

Here’s the screenshot Lubran sent us:

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bikers against jihadSo, what’s wrong with this picture?  We have absolutely no idea, other than the fact that it’s of bin Laden.

Lubran also tells me his page is constantly harassed and torn down by Facebook for one ridiculous reason or another.  Meanwhile, pages that advocate murdering Donald Trump are considered perfectly acceptable to Facebook.

As we’ve reported time and again, Facebook’s moderators repeatedly engage in this type of activity, even as executives and spokespeople tell us they support free speech.

Recently, Facebook executives met with a group of conservative leaders over concerns that many have about the site’s Trending Topics issue.  Company management claims it wants to build trust with conservatives.

Actions, however, speak much louder than words.

Incidents like this — and there are many, far too many to mention here — are the reason Adina Kutnicki, an investigative journalist based in Israel, and I wrote “BANNED: How Facebook Enables Militant Islamic Jihad.”  That book, which has been endorsed by Pam Geller, President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, is set to be published this fall.

In that book, Adina and I compare and contrast how the social media giant treats individuals and pages opposed to jihad versus how it treats those supportive of it.  We also show how Facebook treats articles, links and pictures that dare to mention jihad and give users of the site some tips on what can be done.

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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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