Facebook says post supporting gender-specific restrooms violate community standards, shuts down page

Facebook-censorshipFacebook, the social media site now known as the “world’s most dangerous censor,” has decided that a post supporting gender-specific restrooms violates their nebulous “community standards” and has removed a page advocating safe and private locker rooms, the Daily Wire reported on Thursday.

Last month, Pardes Seleh reported:

A group called “Keep Locker Rooms Safe,” which advocates for sex-assigned locker rooms, is being censored by Facebook because of a post criticizing gender-blind bathrooms.

According to Seleh, Autumn Bennett, a manager of the “Keep Locker Rooms Safe” Facebook page, has been repeatedly censored by the social media giant after she posted about a bill in Washington State mandating unrestricted access to male and female locker rooms based on “self-identified” sex affiliation.

But now, Facebook has gone even further, and yanked the page completely after Bennett posted some of the threats she received.

In short, Facebook punished the victim for daring to hold a non-politically-correct point of view.  But as we’ve reported time and again, punishing victims is nothing new for Facebook

Here’s some photos of the threatening messages:

threatsHaving multiple accounts, according to Facebook, is a violation of their rules.  Apparently, that doesn’t matter, given the person’s political point of view.

threat2threat 3And for some reason, Facebook said this violated their community standards:

locker roomsSeleh continued:

Bennett said all of the other moderators of her page were banned from Facebook for 24 hours, while she and Kaeley Triller Haver, another page manager, were banned for 72 hours because of the image posted above.

“It is unconscionable,” Bennett said. “I realize that Facebook IS a private company and can choose to block or remove whomever it wants, but this really, really takes the (cake).”

Of course, with Facebook, this is to be expected.  After all, this is a company that can’t tell the difference between pornography and a lilac tree, and it’s a company that hires moderators who think a 2012 Trump campaign button showing only his face constitutes nudity.

It should be noted that Facebook was okay with a page calling for the murder of hunter-cheerleader Kendall Jones, and said a page advocating the death of Cliven Bundy does not violate their “standards.”

But Bennet is not backing down, Seleh said.

“Morality, liberty, and freedom are still a thing in this country, and I will be damned if I let them shut me up,” she told the Daily Wire. “I won’t lie, it is a bit scary, especially the fact that they seeking to find out where I work and the violent threats, but I believe that truth is on my side and I see no reason to back down.  This is for our kids and our future as a country.”

As a final note, Adina Kutnicki, an investigative journalist based in Israel, and I have signed a deal to produce a book that discusses some of what Facebook has enabled through its policy “enforcement.”  That book is tentatively set to be published sometime this fall.  We’ll provide more details as time goes on.


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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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