On Thursday, Dan Morris and Lindsey Michelle, bloggers at SwampDrain.com, informed me that Facebook yanked their pages, named “Trump Daily,” “Dan Sessions” and “TD Newswire” after falsely claiming that posts they made to the social media site were not only spam, but violated the community standards on nudity.
There’s only one problem. None of the posts Facebook flagged contained any nudity. None, whatsoever. Moreover, the site the posts linked to also contains no nudity.
Here’s screenshots of some of the posts Morris provided Thursday:
These are just four of the 10 posts Morris provided. All of them make the same false claim. As anyone with a properly functioning brain cell can see, there is no nudity in any of these posts.
How did this happen? We don’t know as Facebook has so far refused to respond to our inquiry, so we can only speculate that this is the result of an overly-zealous moderator working to censor conservative pro-Trump content.
It could also be the result of an algorithm purposefully designed to tag all posts from this site as “spam” that violates rules on nudity, regardless of their content. Again, that’s only speculation on our part, but it’s all we have considering that Facebook has not responded to our inquiry.
And Morris, said, the site refuses to respond to his inquiries as well.
“All I’ve got is hundreds of notifications that my posts in groups etc. were spam and they all say it was because of nudity,” he told me.
And, he said, “they basically shut our website out of Facebook yesterday and took my three pages that I’ve worked my butt off for two years to grow away.”
Combined, the pages boasted over 850,000 followers.
Morris and Michelle said they “didn’t get into this for making money.”
Morris said he went six months without a paycheck and cashed in his 401(k) to help President Trump. Later on, he started writing articles.
Revenue from the articles, he added, do not even come close to paying his bills.
“I worked almost 2 years nonstop to build those pages that they took away and I was doing it for President Trump, not for the money,” he added.
This, by the way, is an old story with the social media giant. As I reported back in 2016, Facebook told one user that a picture of a 2012 Trump campaign button violated their rules on nudity. The photo only showed Trump’s face.
The site also claimed that a picture of a man in a dress constituted nudity.
Incidents like this, by the way, are what inspired me to write, “Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad” with Adina Kutnicki, an investigative reported based in Israel for nearly a decade.
As of this writing, the pages are still down and Facebook still has not responded to our inquiry. No doubt, this type of Orwellian censorship will only get worse.
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