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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

We will update this post as we receive additional information.

Category: Think Tank, Web/Tech

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6 Responses to “Facebook Censors Prominent Political Critics”

  1. daemon23 says:

    While this is mildly worth noting, I think it’s important to note that all of the facebook profiles I’ve checked so far have been reinstated.

    It’s also worth noting that, while Facebook itself can and likely does censor people, Facebook and most other sites which allow the general public to publish things have a general censorship option available to their userbase, where users can mark content as offensive and often it will no longer be published with enough complaints. It’s probably worth asking Facebook what happened, but even a small campaign to mark these pages/users as offensive could easily have resulted in the same end result.

  2. catman says:

    Barry has mentioned limiting your inputs. Facebook is a good place to start.cat

  3. Todd Morris says:

    I think the word censorship is very often misused these days. Nobody has a constitutional right to a Facebook account, or to be found in the first couple of pages of a Google search. If the government were to shut down these individuals websites, that would be censorship. Having their Facebook accounts deactivated because of the manner in which they choose to express their views is just life. It may not be “fair”, but it’s not censorship.

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    BR: You need to familiarize yourself with the concept of public squares and community

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  5. Todd Morris says:

    BR, I am familiar with the concepts of public squares and communities. But when it comes to the sharing of political opinions, Facebook is more the equivalent of your town’s shopping mall, as opposed to its public sidewalks.

    The 1st Amendment protects us from censorship by the Government. It does not give us the right to say anything we want, anywhere we want, with no repercussions.

    p.s. I don’t agree with Facebook deleting these sites. But I also don’t think anybody’s “rights” are being violated.

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    BR: There is a broad body of law covering Semi-public spaces — areas that are not public parks, but may serve the same function and convey similar rights to individuals.

  6. Todd Morris says:

    Thanks .. I will go do some reading. Opportunity to learn. I should know better than to assume that what seems like common sense will always (or even often) be how the courts will interpret certain issues. I’ve (inadvertently) proven my own theory that random guys on the Internet, who are not lawyers, are most likely on shaky ground any time we attempt to debate points of law. :-)