Let’s face it — free speech is dead on Facebook, the site now known as the “world’s most dangerous censor.” On Monday, Examiner.com’s Renee Nal reported that Facebook shut down the extremely popular 2 Million Bikers to DC (2MBTDC) page over an innocuous opinion posted by page co-founder Belinda Bee.
At the time Facebook shut down 2MBTDC, they had over 445,000 followers. The organization sprang up seemingly out of nowhere as a response to the failed “Million Muslim March” in Washington, D.C. on September 11, 2013. While some news reports at the time said “thousands” of bikers attended, police at the scene put the number of participants at over 800,000.
The comment that resulted in the page being shut down is the featured photo. The discussion was spirited, but does a strong opinion really warrant the dismantling of the entire Facebook page?
Here’s the opinion Nal said got the page yanked:
Personally, I can believe Facebook yanked the page over this, even though there’s nothing here that even comes close to violating the site’s nebulous “Community Standards.”
And it seems that Facebook has been looking for an excuse to shut down the page for some time. Back in 2014, I reported that Bee was smacked by Facebook for actually clicking “like.”
Nal said that Bee isn’t going to let this keep her down, however, as she has set up a replacement page called “Bikers For America.”
This isn’t the first incident like this we’ve seen by any means, and it likely won’t be the last.
As a final note, Adina Kutnicki, an investigative journalist from Israel, and I have signed a deal to produce a work that deals with Facebook’s “standards” as they relate to militant Islamic jihad. That book discusses a number of incidents like this and is currently set to be published sometime this fall.
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