On Monday, Examiner.com’s Renee Nal published an article highlighting a video that exposes the hardcore Marxism of Bernie Sanders, the socialist senator running for president in the Democratic Party primary. But, she added Thursday, the article was blocked by Facebook with no explanation.
“The New Zealand native is working with Iowa-based Director Judd Saul on the film The Enemies Within, which seeks to expose anti-American ties in the federal government. Loudon believes that a minority of radicals are responsible for unconstitutional and damaging policies that have been imposed on Americans for decades, a trend that has greatly accelerated under the Obama administration,” she said in the original article.
The video can be seen below:
On Thursday, she wrote:
After several prominent Facebook pages posted the article, the link was blocked at numerous pages (See here and here for just two examples) and Facebook “likes” on the actual article became “stuck” at 572.
Speaking of being “stuck,” the Bernie Sanders video at YouTube had the same number of views – 296 – after the views climbed steadily for several hours after being initially posted.
Since then, it seems Facebook had a change of heart and unblocked the article. We tried posting Renee’s article here, and was able to do so. We also took a look at some of the pages where Renee said the article had been censored and we were able to see the post. At least for the time being…
As we reported in 2013, for example, Facebook blocked Kirk Cameron’s movie “Unstoppable” for a short time. The social media giant later unblocked it and apologized.
Of course, Facebook generally does not reverse itself unless a tremendous amount of pressure results from the action. Most users, yours truly included, are frequently banned or blocked for questionable reasons and in quite a few cases, over things that were completely made up.
It’s unknown why Facebook blocked the article. And it’s not known what caused the site to reverse itself.
One thing is clear: Facebook is on the warpath, and conservatives appear to be the primary target.
Exit question: How much of an in-kind contribution can Sanders now claim from Facebook’s action?
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