Did Facebook really censor a political message?

Censorship Facebook
JD Rucker October 31 Facebook

One would think that Facebook had learned its lesson about censorship. It has a hard enough time keeping self-harm and pornography off its pages and has run into troubles in the past over less-controversial censorship accusations.

Obama Navy SEALs Meme

The message was contained in a meme which demonstrated how Obama had relied on the SEALS when he was ready to let them get Osama bin Laden, and how he had turned around and denied them when they called for backup on Sept 11.

If this is true and Facebook is now in the business of taking down political messages that fall well-within the realm of free speech, they have some explaining to do. We’ve read the terms of service a few different times over the years (at least once every time they change it) and this is could only fall under the realm of offensive if they want to point in that direction. Unfortunately for Facebook, there is much more offensive content posted on a regular basis that never gets taken down.

Is this an unwritten policy at Facebook? Is it a rogue moderator who supports the president’s re-election campaign? Could it be something more sinister? We’ll probably never know, but regardless of which side of the political aisle you’re on it’s a hard argument to make that this was too offensive to be on the walls of Facebook pages.

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Written by JD Rucker

+JD Rucker is Editor at Soshable, a Social Media Marketing Blog. He is a Christian, a husband, a father, and founder of both Judeo Christian Church and Dealer Authority. He drinks a lot of coffee, usually in the form of a 5-shot espresso over ice. Find him on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.
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#1
Thomas A Kelly
October 31st, 2012 at 1:25 am

FB has no more explaining to do than the current administration has…If our constitution can be trampled routinely without any significant reaction from congress then why should we be surprised if FB were to trample their own TOS?….Good article JD.

 
 
#2
Matt
October 31st, 2012 at 7:07 am

This is unbelievable. There has been a very large effort to snuff out this Libya scandal. They have lied so many times. The new media has succeeded though. Americans deserve to know the truth about 9/11/12! The video guy is still in jail by the way. Hillary told the family of the fallen that the video guy would pay for it. Terrorists don’t need an excuse to attack us.

 
 
#3
Matt
October 31st, 2012 at 7:07 am

This is unbelievable. There has been a very large effort to snuff out this Libya scandal. They have lied so many times. The new media has succeeded though. Americans deserve to know the truth about 9/11/12! The video guy is still in jail by the way. Hillary told the family of the fallen that the video guy would pay for it. Terrorists don’t need an excuse to attack us.

 
 
#4
Matt
October 31st, 2012 at 7:07 am

This is unbelievable. There has been a very large effort to snuff out this Libya scandal. They have lied so many times. The new media has succeeded though. Americans deserve to know the truth about 9/11/12! The video guy is still in jail by the way. Hillary told the family of the fallen that the video guy would pay for it. Terrorists don’t need an excuse to attack us.

 
 
#5
VAP
October 31st, 2012 at 7:22 am

I thought you were going to either affirm or deny that FB had done this. For me, a useless article. People will believe what they want.

 
 
#6
Joe
October 31st, 2012 at 10:24 am

They (facebook) definitely did it, the question is why

 
 
#7
Joe
October 31st, 2012 at 10:24 am

They (facebook) definitely did it, the question is why

 
 
#8
Joe
October 31st, 2012 at 10:24 am

They (facebook) definitely did it, the question is why

 
 
#9
Joe
October 31st, 2012 at 10:24 am

They (facebook) definitely did it, the question is why

 
 
#10
Whowants Toknow
May 4th, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Facebook Police @ the front door.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_UV2Mao2-E

 

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