Facebook Censors Prominent Political Critics

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Political Witch Hunt by Popular Social Media Sites

We’ve previously documented that the largest social media websites censor government criticism.

For example, Facebook pays low-wage foreign workers to delete certain content based upon a censorship list. For instance, Facebook deletes accounts created by any Palestinian resistance groups.

Today, Facebook deactivated the Facebook accounts of some of the leading American political critics.

For example, former diplomat and U.C. Berkeley Professor Emeritus Peter Dale Scott told us that his Facebook account was suddenly deactivated today without any justification.

So did Richard Gage, founder of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth.

And Michael Rivero, owner of the popular website What Really Happened.

Infowars – one of the world’s most popular alternative media sites – confirms that accounts for the following political commentators have been shut down:

  • Kurt Nimmo, writer for Infowars.com and formerly Counterpunch
  • Aaron Dykes of Infowars
  • Jason from Infowars
  • Infowar Artist

Indeed, Facebook told an Infowars reporter last year not to post anything political:

Be careful making about making political statements on facebook … facebook is about building relationships not a platform for your political viewpoint. Don’t antagonize your base. Be careful and congnizat (sic) of what you are preaching.

And Infowars also confirms that the Facebook account for Natural News – one of the most popular alternative health sites – has been shut down.

Reports are that the Facebook accounts of a number of other political critics were suspended or deactivated today as well, including:

  • Robert M. Bowman, former director of the “Star Wars” defense program under President Ronald Reagan
  • Anthony J. Hilder, popular radio host
  • William Lewis
  • Wacboston
  • Michael Murphy
  • Mike Skuthan
  • Packy Savvenas
  • Sean Wright and Katherine Albrect

Update: Facebook Yields to Pressure: Reactivates Political Critics’ Accounts

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  • 12 trees

    more info related to your recent HSBC post:

    http://www.veteranstoday.com/2012/12/26/hsbc-skates/

    note links in comments

  • JohnH

    Two sites I visit have been attacked by malware. I suspect that its intent is to silence criticism. The sites are justworldnews.com and truthdig.com

  • http://rhymeswithright.mu.nu RhymesWithRight

    No need for “justification” — they are a private company providing a free service which they can withdraw at their discretion.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000056431693 Russell Lawrence Benford

      First they came for the communists,

      and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

      Then they came for the socialists,

      and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.

      Then they came for the trade unionists,

      and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

      Then they came for the jews,

      and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

      Then they came for the catholics,

      and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a catholic.

      Then they came for me,

      and there was no one left to speak for me.

      • http://rhymeswithright.mu.nu RhymesWithRight

        Show me government involvement/coercion in Facebook’s actions and I’ll join your Naxi comparison. But given that there appears to be no government involvement, I’ll call it what it is — a private company making a business decision as to who it allows to use its free services.

        • DfrmCT

          So, just to make sure, you contend that censorship and suppression of free speech is perfectly fine, just so long as it is practiced by a privately owned for-profit entity, is that right?

          I guess that’s why all conservatives want to shrink government down to nothing and replace it with private corporations.

          • http://rhymeswithright.mu.nu RhymesWithRight

            I contend you have no right to free speech or free press on Facebook. The First Amendment limits government only, not private companies.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000056431693 Russell Lawrence Benford

            The issue is that the people they choose censor either have not violated the TOS or they change and amend the TOS on the back-end to cover up discriminatory practices because individuals have used their service to express a view they disagree with. I encourage you to show me a document from 2007 that says more or less “Signing up to Facebook you agree to the following terms” or “You may only be allowed on Facebook under the following conditions”,

          • http://rhymeswithright.mu.nu RhymesWithRight

            Even assuming they have done all you say, they are STILL under no legal obligation to continue hosting those whose views they no longer wish to be associated with, given that are providing a service to those groups at no cost to them.

        • http://www.facebook.com/rendier Cody Allison

          One of their biggest initial investors was DARPA…and in my opinion, the public sale was forced…to put the ownership in the hands of stock holders rather than just The Zuck…why wire tap the world when people are readily willing to tell all about themselves? I don’t think they are getting ‘intelligence money’…i think that they are ‘intelligence’

    • leftoverbacon

      Actually, they are a publicly traded company.

      • http://rhymeswithright.mu.nu RhymesWithRight

        Private=not owned/operated by the government.

        • Unknown Contact

          Correct…FB is owned and operated by CIA

    • Unknown Contact

      private???… there owned by cia

  • disqus_GMmJ93MIjW

    @ RhymesWithRight, do not agree. Facebook only appears to be free. There is a ton of advertising, and Facebook is worth mega bucks because of it. Without us humble users of their “free” service, they would have NOTHING. And, we should all be able to voice our opinions on whatever….after all, we cannot rely on the Mass media for truth (owned by 3 corporations), which is one reason people bother with Facebook.

    • http://rhymeswithright.mu.nu RhymesWithRight

      How much do YOU pay Facebook for their services? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

      • DfrmCT

        As a FB user, I produce content for them. Without us users, there would be no FaceBook. It would be an empty page. Also, imagine the uproar in the wingnut media if FB were censoring conservative speech. Your hypocrisy is showing, Whines with Wrong.

        • http://rhymeswithright.mu.nu RhymesWithRight

          Oh, by all means boycott them or otherwise take your content or money elsewhere. My only point is that their actions as a private business entity have a different character from those of government.

        • http://rhymeswithright.mu.nu RhymesWithRight

          I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with complaining — I’m merely pointing out that you have had no RIGHT violated. My position is therefore not hypocritical in the least.

      • http://www.facebook.com/rose.habib.5 Rose Habib

        Exactly, YOU are the product. You’re a fool if you think otherwise.

        • http://rhymeswithright.mu.nu RhymesWithRight

          Well, Rose, then consider the dumped pages to be products Facebook no longer chooses to carry.

      • http://www.facebook.com/steven.gotzler Steven Gotzler

        Facebook owns anything you put on it. Photos of you and your friends that you post, those belong to them, and on and on.

      • Freespeech

        @RhymesWithRight:disqus, or should I call you “Mr. MustBeRight”? You obviously do Not get the subtle ways we pay for the use of Facebook……so, go on charging through with your comments, like a bull through a china shop. I have no interest in your opinion.

  • Michael Siever

    I just want to know when Facebook will start letting me post pictures of
    my penis again. The ladies have got to know what I am packing!

  • David

    Just as a note, trying to post this to Facebook by clicking Like seems to have been disrupted, at least for me – so you have to wonder if they are not trying to keep you from disseminating this and it would be interesting to know if other people are able to post it to their Facebook wall from this page or have to add the link directly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/annie.garrison Ann Garrison

    None of this appears to be true. All of these Facebook page appear to be active, as of Friday 9 am PST, 12.28.2012.

  • gozounlimited

    Don’t give your power to the corporatzies ….. if your not hitting on their agenda… they will be hitting on you….while taking your residuals to the bank. Do yourself a favor …. stay away from them.

  • http://twitter.com/Matthew_Bailey Matthew_Bailey

    HURRAY…

    It is about time that Facebook stopped pretending (as should anyone else) that any of these groups have anything to contribute to a reasonable discussion about the world.

    We long since have abandoned caring what Flat-Earthers thought about Geology, or what Geo-centrists thought about Astronomy or cosmology.

    We don’t invite people to have equal time at Science conferences who believe in “balancing the humors of the body” or other such nonsense.

    It is about time that those who hold these beliefs are held up to the ridicule they deserve.

    • MikeW_CA

      Censorship doesn’t amount to “holding up to ridicule”.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Larry-Park/1328422885 Larry Park

      You are an irrational person.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jon-Adams/100000702437154 Jon Adams

    I believe that Facebook also practices a subtle form of censorship that makes it harder for people to operate on facebook when they post certain political views.

  • MikeW_CA

    I suspect that Facebook makes most of its revenues from the black budgets of US “intelligence” agencies. The advertising you see is on the site is poorly targeted, I don’t see how it could earn much.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mariobrothers112 Mario Stevens

    I’m afraid I have to agree with RhymeswithRight. Nobody’s forcing us to use Facebook and their loyalty is not to their user base, but to their shareholders. Everything else that’s been said is true; without its users it would be MySpace – but nobody’s keeping us from anywhere nor forcing us to use any site over the other. I can only speak for myself: I use Facebook because it is the most widely used. However, I despise their politics and the little tricks they use for & against certain ideals. Unfortunately, until I can launch my own social media site and invest the necessary billions & billions of dollars to make it big enough to compete, my only option is to simply be wiser about my use. Seriously though, it’s not any different than a television network deciding to cancel a show.

    • ANN ONUMBUS

      It is interesting to me that you should use the analogy of a NETWORK canceling a SHOW, after all the writers, actors, techs, and producers still get paid for the work they have already done. It would seem to me that the “pay” we receive from facebook, for OUR contribution of valuable “presence of THOUGHT” property, is their willingness to allow all forms of “thought” to be expressed. It seems an equitable trade to me. If one doesn’t like the thoughts of another simply limit who may access your account, then go bury your head in the sand. You should still have that right for a very long while.

  • r. compost

    a very simple search shows that Natural News is still up and running on Facebook… wonder what else in this article is erroneous then…?

  • Earp

    I was blocked from making posts. I got this everytime I tried to post something “controversial”

    Proxy Error

    The proxy server received an invalid response from an upstream server.
    The proxy server could not handle the request GEThttp://www.facebook.com/.

    Reason: Error reading from remote server

    Apache Server at http://www.facebook.com Port 3128

 

 

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