On Wednesday, this writer published an article at Examiner.com that cites an allegation made by a former Air Force investigator who claimed a representative from a Muslim group said they were working with social media sites to delete accounts of users critical of Islam. Shortly after that article was published, Facebook blocked the link, falsely claiming it contained malicious code:
In the article, it was reported that Dave Gaubatz, author of the book, Muslim Mafia, said a representative of Muslim Advocates (MA) told him: “We are experts with deep experience in the courtroom and powerful connections in Congress and the White House.”
We reached out to both Muslim Advocates and Facebook for comments and verification, but received no response by the time the article was published.
A spokesperson with Muslim Advocates later responded, taking issue with the quote given by Gaubatz. We again asked MA to confirm or deny the statement. They did not respond.
Shortly afterward, the link was flagged by Facebook as “malicious.” As usual, Facebook did not respond to our request for an explanation.
Coincidence? I think not.
Free speech, especially that which may be understood as critical of Islam, is increasingly coming under attack. Facebook, the largest social media site on the planet with well over 1 billion users, is sadly emerging as the leader in the war against free speech.
Say something critical of Islam and users can easily find themselves under some sort of a ban. Recently for example, the page “Islam Exposed,” was unpublished after administrators received death threats. Facebook later said the page was yanked by mistake, but Facebook did nothing about the threats. The social media giant has also yanked conservative pages while allowing others calling for the murder of George Zimmerman and Cliven Bundy to remain. In August 2012, Facebook said a page openly advocating the murder of Mitt Romney did not violate their standards. This kind of double standard is quite common at Facebook.
These are just a smattering of the many examples this writer has documented over the last two years or so.
Last August, Facebook went “ban-happy,” punishing a Christian writer who thanked someone who liked something he posted. In September, Facebook slapped a conservative female who did the unthinkable — she thanked friends who wished her a happy birthday.
For the last two and a half years, this writer has fielded literally hundreds, if not thousands of such complaints from average people who feel they were wronged by Facebook. A couple of those complaints can be seen below:
Naturally, Facebook did not provide an explanation.
In another instance, Facebook removed a post at Islam Exposed that encouraged people to abide by Facebook’s Community Standards. Facebook, oddly enough, said the post violated their Community Standards and the administrator who posted it got a 30-day ban.
Facebook ironically says it supports free speech and evaluates all reports equally. However, we all know that actions speak louder than words and page administrators we spoke to believe the social media site has unfairly targeted them.
One cannot help but wonder if the article they falsely flagged as “malicious” hit a bit too close to home for Facebook.
- Facebook: Post discouraging hateful rhetoric violates community standards
- ‘Muslim Mafia’ author: Muslims working with Facebook to silence critics of Islam
- Facebook yanks, restores anti-Islam page after admins receive death threats
- Female conservative says Facebook dismissed death threats, threats of rape
- Facebook bans ‘Military with PTSD’ admins over post about God, religion
- Facebook defends page attacking conservative minorities with racial slurs
- Facebook goes ban-happy, punishes user for saying ‘thank you’
What do you think? Please let us know in the comments section below.