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Draconian Facebook Community Standards

Have you ever been banned by Facebook for something you posted or someone else posted on a page you help manage?  Have you ever wondered what exactly was wrong with what you posted?  Have you been baffled, annoyed or downright angry?

A fellow admin on a conservative political page was banned for 30 days for this meme:

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The meme says “He vowed to unite the country, loved unconditionally by his base and promised them entitlements, censored media, supported strict gun control, took over healthcare, had his own symbol, wanted large centralized government.”  The words are superimposed over a black and white picture of Hitler with his back to the camera looking out over his troops which are performing for him.

Which community standard, exactly, does this violate?  Facebook says this:

“People use Facebook to share their experiences and to raise awareness about issues that are important to them. This means that you may encounter opinions that are different from yours, which we believe can lead to important conversations about difficult topics. To help balance the needs, safety, and interests of a diverse community, however, we may remove certain kinds of sensitive content or limit the audience that sees it. Learn more about how we do that here.

Hate Speech

Facebook removes hate speech, which includes content that directly attacks people based on their:

  • Race,
  • Ethnicity,
  • National origin,
  • Religious affiliation,
  • Sexual orientation,
  • Sex, gender, or gender identity, or
  • Serious disabilities or diseases.

Organizations and people dedicated to promoting hatred against these protected groups are not allowed a presence on Facebook. As with all of our standards, we rely on our community to report this content to us.

People can use Facebook to challenge ideas, institutions, and practices. Such discussion can promote debate and greater understanding. Sometimes people share content containing someone else’s hate speech for the purpose of raising awareness or educating others about that hate speech. When this is the case, we expect people to clearly indicate their purpose, which helps us better understand why they shared that content.

We allow humor, satire, or social commentary related to these topics, and we believe that when people use their authentic identity, they are more responsible when they share this kind of commentary. For that reason, we ask that Page owners associate their name and Facebook Profile with any content that is insensitive, even if that content does not violate our policies. As always, we urge people to be conscious of their audience when sharing this type of content.

While we work hard to remove hate speech, we also give you tools to avoid distasteful or offensive content. Learn more about the tools we offer to control what you see. You can also use Facebook to speak up and educate the community around you. Counter-speech in the form of accurate information and alternative viewpoints can help create a safer and more respectful environment.”

So, let’s run down the list.  Nudity – nope, no naked people here.  Hate speech – nope, just a statement of facts.  Violence and graphic content – nope, not a drop of blood or severed limb to be seen.  Take special note of this sentence in their standards:
“We allow humor, satire, or social commentary related to these topics…”
This is vague at best.  How does Facebook determine that something violates their community standards?  If someone reports something as offensive, the Facebook admins review it and take action; they either remove the offending content and notify the person who posted it, often threatening to delete the page on which it was posted or they notify the complainer that it does not violate standards.  If the same person gets reported multiple times, Facebook then levies a ban on them which can range from 24 hours to 30 days.
I have seen posts showing pictures of babies and children ripped into several pieces lying on blood-soaked sheets on pro-Islam pages.  I have reported these posts to Facebook as graphic violence.  I was told that those pictures did NOT violate their standards.  Yet a meme recounting historical fact without any kind of commentary, not even an opinion, is considered in violation.
Before we bring up the “free speech” argument, let’s see what the First Amendment actually says.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Free speech guidelines simply do not apply to a private individual running his own website.  Therefore Mark Zuckerberg and his minions are within their rights to censor whatever they want to censor.  We are subject to the whim of whichever admin happens to review the post being reported.  Is it wrong?  That completely depends on whether you like to be controlled or not.  Is it legal?  Yes, it’s legal.  Is it unfair?  Absolutely.  When two groups of people post the same type of content and one is punished and the other is not, it is unfair.
If you run a conservative or libertarian political page, Facebook will censor you.  Their interpretation of what is offensive or against their community standards is impossible to predict.  To be fair, they almost never remove content unless someone complains to them about it.  Guess who really runs Facebook.   Trolls.  Trolls run Facebook.  They are a group of people who do nothing but roam around Facebook looking for things to report.  They are nasty, pathetic little control freak bitches with no life, no human decency and a heart full of vindictiveness and hate.

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Franklin Graham Weighs in on Ferguson

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Recently the Reverend Franklin Graham posted this on his public Facebook page:

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“Listen up–Blacks, Whites, Latinos, and everybody else. Most police shootings can be avoided. It comes down to respect for authority and obedience. If a police officer tells you to stop, you stop. If a police officer tells you to put your hands in the air, you put your hands in the air. If a police officer tells you to lay down face first with your hands behind your back, you lay down face first with your hands behind your back. It’s as simple as that. Even if you think the police officer is wrong—YOU OBEY. Parents, teach your children to respect and obey those in authority. Mr. President, this is a message our nation needs to hear, and they need to hear it from you. Some of the unnecessary shootings we have seen recently might have been avoided. The Bible says to submit to your leaders and those in authority ‘because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account.’”

With all due respect, Mr. Graham, and you have earned my respect, that is pretty easy for you to say from the safety of your celebrity ivory tower status.  You are known across the entire civilized world.  You have never experienced what us common Americans experience from the cops every day.  Until the police state under this dictatorship gets much, much worse, you never will.

You may get pulled over for the occasional traffic stop, but you will never get brutally beaten to death like Kelly Thomas.  You will never have someone stride into your living room, say “I don’t have time for this”, and shoot you in the chest and kill you while you are restrained between two other cops like Keith Vidal.  You will never be put in handcuffs and tazed until you are braindead like Danielle Maudsley.  You will never be trapped in a bathroom and have a gun emptied into you like Donald Kaldrick.  You will never be subjected to actual cavity searches on a public highway like Angel Dobbs, Brandy Hamilton, and Alexandria Randle.  You will never have your dog’s head blown off with a shotgun and have to listen to a cop say “Did you see the way its collar flew up into the air when I blew its head off?  That was awesome!” like Sarah Brown did.

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The Jews in Germany obeyed the law.  How did that work out for them?  How has it ever worked out for anyone under the laws and edicts of a dictatorship?  How did obeying the law work out for Jesus Christ himself? 

You, sir, have never experienced being a common, ordinary American.  You do not truly understand what it is like to be abused and beaten by out of control cops.  You do not truly understand what it is like to stand there and see your loved one literally murdered by an evil person wearing a badge.  You  most likely have never been discriminated against because of your race. 

Do you even understand that just as good people become cops because they genuinely care about their fellow humans, truly evil people become cops because they know they can abuse and murder and be protected by those in authority?  Do you realize that in the first two months of 2015, almost a hundred people have been killed by cops?  Many of those people were completely innocent and unarmed.  Do you realize that for the first month of 2015, the only cops killed were killed by other cops? 

I understand the depth and sincerity of your faith, and I understand that you want to follow God’s laws.  However, on a personal level, when I am confronted by true evil, I WILL NOT SUBMIT.  When those who have been placed in authority by the people forget their place and disregard their oath and go against God’s laws themselves, in my opinion I am under no obligation to submit to that.  I understand all the arguments about the authorities being responsible to God, I understand that we are supposed to leave vengeance to God.  We are not, however, required to leave justice to God.  Cops are not above the law.  When they do something wrong, they must be punished under the law exactly as all Americans.  To suggest or support any other course of action is absolutely unacceptable.

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Cops vs Citizens

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Recently mainstream media and their puppet masters Obama, Sharpton, Holder and Jackson have been diligently fanning the flames of civil unrest and anti-cop rhetoric.   We need to stop blaming cops and average citizens for this particular unrest, it can be laid squarely on the shoulders of the aforementioned foursome.  That is one issue.

However, the cops vs citizen battle has another underlying issue as well.  Right here and now, we need to stop saying that all cops are bad, and that all cops are good.  Both statements are false.  We need to stop blindly supporting one side or the other.  We must take the time to look at individual cases.  Thanks to social media and alternate news sites, reports of appalling misdeeds and extraordinary heroism on the part of the boys and girls in blue spread nationwide rapidly, sometimes in a matter of minutes.  The misdeeds get more press.  I can’t say with any certainty which category has the greater numbers, although I suspect it would be the acts of extraordinary heroism because I do believe that many of our law enforcement officers do genuinely want to serve and protect.  There is something within their hearts that makes them willing to put their safety and their lives on the line to help others.

Unfortunately, the appalling misdeeds also abound.  The incidents of abuse, brutality and murder are widely reported.  Those who have taken an oath to defend the constitution have forgotten their words.  This goes all the way from Obama to the rookie patrol officer.  And those who do ignore their oath often ignore it in the worst way possible.   Most of us are familiar with the Kelly Thomas and Keith Vidal cases.  Kelly Thomas was a homeless man who was brutally beaten to death.  It was caught on video and it was beyond horrific.  Keith Vidal was a 17-year-old boy who had emotional problems.  It got out of hand one day and his family called 911 for help.  The officers who responded had gotten the young man under control when their supervisor arrived on the scene.  According to reports he said, “We don’t have time for this,” drew his weapon and shot Keith Vidal point-blank in the chest, killing him.  Family pets, mostly dogs, are being slaughtered at an astonishing rate.  A police officer kills a family pet, on average, once an hour.   It is a horrific epidemic and it is not going to end well.

However, although these acts are heinous, that is not the worst part.  What has pushed the American people to the breaking point, if not past it, is the unbelievable lack of accountability.   These bad seeds are almost never punished.  Their departments and supervisors invariably put out statements that say the officer did nothing wrong and followed procedure.  Sometimes the offender is given desk duty or paid leave until an “investigation” can be carried out.  In almost every case this investigation is done by fellow officers who conclude that the officer was justified.   Even cases that go to trial with damning video evidence, as in the Kelly Thomas case, end in the officer being found not guilty.

What is causing this phenomenon is something I have not been able to discover for certain despite hours of research.  The only thing that is certain is that the corruption is rampant and runs deep.  Our cops have been given a license to kill.  In many states we are not allowed the right of self-defense against the bad ones.  It doesn’t even matter if we are completely innocent of any wrong doing whatsoever.   We can be brutalized and murdered with impunity but if we fail to obey a command EVEN IF IT IS PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO DO SO, we are charged with crimes, beaten and murdered.   We aren’t allowed to even question anymore when we are dealing with these types of situations.   We’re told to obey orders and everything will be fine. Oh really.  When did America become Nazi Germany?  When did the first and fourth amendments disappear?   What happened to innocent until proven guilty?  What happened to integrity, honesty, and freedom?

I have this to say to the cops who say, “Don’t tar us with the same brush.”  If you don’t want to be tarred with the same brush, then DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!  Step up.  STOP protecting the bad cops!  We, as citizens, can do nothing as long as you continue to oppress us by protecting those among you who do these things.  This is on you guys.  You want respect, you want obedience?   Then BE WORTHY of it.  We don’t get a free ride and neither do you.

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Australia vs Pakistan

Recently both Australia and Pakistan were attacked by Muslims.  In Sydney,  Australia a gunman entered the Lindt Cafe and took twenty seven occupants hostage.  The gunman forced his hostages to hold an Islamic flag against the windows of the cafe.  The siege lasted seventeen hours.  Three hostages were wounded and two were killed.  It is not known yet whether they were killed by the gunman or by friendly fire.  The gunman was killed in the shootout that ended the seige.  Authorities negotiated with the gunman to no avail.  His motive still remains unclear except for the fact that he had a long criminal record and was unable to get charges against him, including accessory to the killing  of his ex-wife,  dropped.

In Pakistan seven Islamic militants scaled a wall into a military-run elementary school with approximately 400 students and staff and immediately  began killing children and teachers.  The Pakistani  army responded with force.  They deployed snipers and entered the school, killing all seven of the invaders.  The event  was over in eight hours.  The invaders killed 141 people.  The rapid response of the army saved the rest from being slaughtered.

Australia  has draconian gun control laws.  Anyone wishing to own a firearm must supply cause for owning one.  Self defense is not a valid cause.  One person out of the twenty seven hostages had the courage to fight back.  He paid with his life because he was unarmed.  Had his country allowed him to be armed, the outcome could have been very different. The gunman knew exactly  what he was dealing with.  Nobody could challenge him.  They were helpless.  Perhaps the pacifist politically correct mindset prevented them from simply overwhelming him.  Perhaps the hostages had been conditioned to fear the weapon rather than the wielder.  The undisputed fact is that unarmed people were killed because they had almost no way to defend themselves.  Those who are supposed to protect them negotiated with a known criminal with a lengthy record of violence.  Those negotiations failed and people died.  The Australian government is culpable in their preventable deaths.

 

In Pakistan there was none of that nonsense.  Those who protect that country responded swiftly and surely with deadly force and saved 250 lives.  The extent of possible  friendly  fire is not known yet in this case either.

Make no mistake, this will happen here in America.  What we do about it, here, on our home soil, is not up to the government or the police.  We are an armed society.  Those of us who go about armed do so because we value life.  We will not meekly allow criminals to destroy us.  Those who refuse to go armed do not value life.  They would prefer that everyone die at the hands of a murderer rather than defend themselves.  Which group  will you be in?  Will you stand for the second amendment and live, or will you lay it down and die?

Jean Strong

 

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