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This July 4th, celebrate Freedom from Facebook Day

freedom3A Facebook event is asking freedom-loving Americans to stay away from the social media site for just one day.  The event description reads:

On July 4, 1776, the Founding Fathers signed a document laying out their case against King George, pledging to sacrifice their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to throw off the shackles of tyranny.

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Today, Americans who use Facebook have a similar set of grievances against the largest social media site on the planet. They have been falsely accused and punished without the benefit of due process, and without the benefit of seeing the evidence against them. Many have found themselves blocked from using features for reasons that appear arbitrary and capricious.

In some instances, the bans have impacted livelihoods and reputations.

Many users have reached out to Facebook, but to no avail.

The time has come for those with grievances to let Facebook know that despite the denials, these issues are very real and will no longer be tolerated in silence.

For one day – July 4, 2013 – we ask users to stay away from Facebook. Don’t even log in to the site. If you must use a social media site that day, use Tea Party Community, United Patriots, or something similar.

Use email, or better yet, pick up the phone.

We know that rules are necessary to keep sites like Facebook from devolving into anarchy, but they need to be fair, and they need to be enforced equally. Moreover, users of Facebook and other sites should at least have the same rights as suspects in criminal cases, and should be given an opportunity to see the evidence against them and given the opportunity to make things right.

Many have died to ensure we have the freedom to express ourselves without fear of reprisal. Now it is our turn to take a public stand for those hard-won freedoms.

Please invite your friends and spread the word.

The event can be seen here.

 

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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