Facebook: U.S. flag violates community standards, earns user 30-day ban

Facebook ban laughterOn Wednesday morning, Facebook, the social media site increasingly known as the “world’s most dangerous censor,” told yours truly that a picture depicting an eagle and a U.S. flag violates their “community standards,” and further issued a 30-day ban.  Worse yet, I never even posted the photo.

Here’s the initial message:

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Facebook says this photo violates their standards.

That message was followed up with this:

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Earlier this week, the social media giant unpublished the popular “Wake Up, America” page, prompting the page owner to create a new page.  It’s also interesting to note that the owner of the page was once banned by Facebook over a photo of a 2012 Donald Trump campaign button the site falsely claimed violated their rules on nudity.  The photo only showed Trump’s face.

Let’s be clear — nothing about this image violates the company’s standards, and this action was no mistake.  It was done on purpose.

Incidents like this are the reason Adina Kutnicki, an investigative journalist based in Israel, and I wrote “Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad.”  That book, endorsed by Pamela Geller, is available at WND and Amazon.com.

Sadly, until Congress takes action, this type of harassment and viewpoint discrimination on social media sites will continue unabated.

Update 1:  The picture in question seems to have been the profile picture of Wake Up America, a backup page set up when Wake Up, America was torn down.

Update 2:  It turns out that another conservative blogger who happens to be a contributor to this site, also got the message and received a ban.

Update 3:  All attempts to reach Facebook have so far been unsuccessful.


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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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