“The biggest threat to a legitimate outcome in 2020 is not foreign interference; it’s left-leaning social media giants tilting the election by silencing viewpoints they don’t like. It’s already happening.”
Betsy McCaughey — Real Clear Politics (May 15, 2019)
“Every time Facebook makes the choice to remove content, a single company is exercising an unchecked power to silence.”
American Civil Liberties Union
“Facebook has deleted all of my posts from July 2017 to last week because I am, apparently, a Russian Bot. For a while I could not add any new posts either, but we recently found a way around that, at least for now. To those of you tempted to say “So what?”, I would point out that over two thirds of visitors to my website arrive via my posting of the articles to Facebook and Twitter. Social media outlets like this blog, which offer an alternative to MSM propaganda, are hugely at the mercy of these corporate gatekeepers.”
Former UK ambassador Craig Murray (August 28 2018)
October 15 2019 — Whenever Zuckerberg’s Facebook does not like what you write, they will make up rules to censor you, and eventually ban you from the social platform. My last post — regarding Mata Hari — was banned because it violates “community rules” regarding nudity. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
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This morning, I posted a story titled: “On this Day — Mata Hari Is Executed (October 15 1917)”.
The post was immediately banned by Facebook because a nude picture of Mata Hari violates their community rules.
“This post goes against our Community Standards on nudity or sexual activity.” [Facebook October 15 2019]
Considering that Mata Hari was an exotic dancer, I decided to use my right to request a review. A few minutes later, Facebook confirmed their decision to ban the post.
“We reviewed your post again and it doesn’t follow our Community Standards.” [Facebook October 15 2019]
Back in July 2019, I posted another story about Mata Hari: “On this Day — French Military Government Finds Mata Hari Guilty of Espionage (July 25 1917)”
That post used the exact same picture in the exact same format. That post was also immediately banned.
However, after I asked for a review, Facebook admitted that they had made a mistake.
“We’re sorry that we got this wrong. We reviewed your post again and it does follow our Community Standards.
We appreciate your taking the time to request a review. Your feedback helps us do better.” [Facebook July 26 2019]
Have the Community Standards been modified since July 2019, or is Facebook making the rules as they go along to ban whatever blog Zuckerberg simply does not like?
PS: I would like to point out that, in the entire history of this blog, I have posted only two nude pictures of women.
Beside Mata Hari, the other picture was an iconic photograph of Christine Keeler, the model embroiled in the 1963 Profumo affair.
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