Excerpted from: It Turns Out We Weren’t Crazy After All | By MICHAEL BROWN | The Stream Published on May 7, 2019
What do you know! It turns out that we were not imagining things when we complained about the social media giants’ unequal practices. It turns out we weren’t just being paranoid. It turns out we weren’t crazy after all.
My Troubles With Facebook Censorship
Almost 7 years ago, in June 2012, I wrote an article titled “The Facebook Censor Strikes Again.” (The word “again” indicates that Facebook was already being called out for discriminatory practices against religious conservatives.)
The article began by stating, “I received the news yesterday that the Facebook page for my book A Queer Thing Happened to America was deleted for allegedly violating Facebook’s ‘Community Standards.’ But Facebook pages like ‘Hitler Fetus is our Jesus,’ ‘Zombie Jesus,’ and a host of other grossly offensive pages apparently do not violate these standards.”
To document this, I noted the existence of pages such as:“I Hate Jesus,” with this blurb: “Burning churches, stapling nuns, eating your [expletive], whilst [expletive] your muda”“I Hate Christianity,” described as, “A group for those who hate all the prejudice bull— and ridiculous ideas that come with Christianity… and really any other religions.”
So, pages like these (along with violence-inciting, anti-Israel pages) were not in violation of Community Standards but a page devoted to discussion of material in my book was in violation.
Thankfully, Facebook restored my page, but only with the help of an inside contact who offered her services to religious broadcasters at an NRB meeting.
The List Goes On
Since then, I have addressed double standards on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter numerous times […]
To this moment, the instant one of my YouTube videos is posted — and I mean the very instant — it gets flagged as unsuitable for most advertisers, which we then have to contest by calling for a manual review. At that point, you genuinely have no idea what the reviewer will decide.
On a regular basis, my colleague Bill Muehlenberg, an articulate and learned cultural commentator in Australia, is put in what he calls “Facebook prison,” banned for 30 days because of his posts.
Last month, Google labeled the pro-life movie Unplanned as “propaganda,” reversing itself only after an outcry.
This past week, Hollywood actor and political conservative James Woods was “locked out of his Twitter account for over a week now for ‘abusive behavior.’” As Breitbart reported, “James Woods Banned from Twitter Amid Silicon Valley’s Conservative Blacklisting Campaign.”
The allegedly offensive tweet read, “‘If you try to kill the King, you best not miss’ #HangThemAll.”
According to Breitbart, “The tweet was apparently in reference to the Mueller report, which found no conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia. The quote is from Ralph Waldo Emerson and has been used in various forms in movies and TV shows like The Wire.”
In contrast, “Actor Peter Fonda said that Barron Trump should be taken away from his Melania and put in a cage with pedophiles. Fonda also called for Kirstjen Nielsen to be whipped. He later apologized. Hollywood star Jim Carrey posted a drawing of Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. getting bludgeoned to death by an elephant last year. The tweet is still up.”
Yet Woods, not Fonda or Carrey, got locked out of his account.
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