July 16, 2021 at 3:12 pm #195AfterBanKeymaster
On Wednesday, October 21st, 2020, Facebook disabled our conservative think-tank group, which is based in spirit on a Hollywood hit movie released in 1984.
The administrators of the group had access to monitor Facebook’s opinion of the group’s quality and no item was listed to be in violation within the last 90 days. Even so, the group was disabled, making it impossible for our 1,720 members to discuss current events among each other, a group that has existed without interruption since April of 2013.
Facebook’s vague reason for disabling the group is copy/pasted below:
“Your group has been disabled.
Your group has been disabled because it doesn’t follow our Community Standards. This is because [it] goes against our Community Standards on dangerous individuals and organizations. We use the same Community Standards around the world for everyone on Facebook.
We use either technology or a review team to remove anything that doesn’t follow our standards as quickly as possible.
Our review team works in many languages to make sure our standards are applied consistently.
Our standards on dangerous individuals and organizations:
We don’t allow symbols, praise or support of dangerous individuals or organizations on Facebook.
We define dangerous as things like:
• Terrorist activity
• Organized hate or violence
• Mass or serial murder
• Human trafficking
• Criminal or harmful activity”
Facebook blatantly fails to describe which individual they opined was dangerous or in what way the individual or group as a whole is dangerous.
The administrators of the group still had view-only access and we went through about 30 days of material, finding no message from any individual that would create a dangerous environment to anyone inside or outside our group, online or offline. Under the “Quality” section of the group, Facebook also failed to list any such post or response within the last 90 days.
Their decision was appealed and they reversed it. With the group itself now feeling dangerously threatened by Facebook, who failed to explain effectively their own decision making process, we immediately began to migrate to http://www.MeWe.com .
Two days later, on Friday, October 23rd, 2020, Facebook made a far more draconian decision, again, without any specific explanation other than the wildly vague suggestion that falsely accused the group of being “dangerous”.
In doing so, they disabled access to the group again, preventing 1,720 people from exchanging opinions about current events. They also banned all seven administrators from accessing Facebook’s website.
Facebook is rejecting all further attempts to appeal this decision and refuses to disclose any specific reason for such far-reaching action.
Section 230 is a piece of legislation passed into law as part of the “Communications Decency Act of 1996”. It generally provides legal immunity from liability for website publishers from third-party content.
Section 230(c)(1) states in full:
No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.
The statute in Section 230(c)(2) further provides “Good Samaritan” protection from civil liability for operators of interactive computer services in the removal or moderation of third-party material they deem obscene or offensive, even of constitutionally protected speech, as long as it is done in good faith.
The issue is whether service providers should be treated as publishers or distributors of content created by its users.
The group accuses Facebook of acting against us with outermost prejudice to an extent we deem dangerous to free speech in such an extremist fashion that it is perceived as digital terrorism.
The group makes a legal claim to its intellectual property which Section 230 does not provide Facebook for recourse to hijack.
The administrators of the group forbid the promotion of violence outside the realm of self-defense and even then, only to the extent required to cease an immediate threat to physical safety and human life. The group has no history of promoting dangerous activity due to perceived hurt feelings, despite facebook’s slanderous claim.
The group is not a militia or a hate group online or offline and has stated such to its members repeatedly. As a group, we do not participate in offline protests for any reason. All of these facts are available within the group for verification, despite facebook’s slanderous claims to the contrary.
Facebook’s discriminatory action against the group has galvanized the group to reach out to other people and organizations who have been victimized by the internet’s largest social media platforms based solely, vaguely, and illegally over one political ideology over another.
Rather than net neutrality, this extreme overreach examples a disturbing trend of “net reversalism” exercised by the largest social media platforms.
The group has taken the liberty of filing federal complaints with Senator Ted Cruz R TX and Congressman Ralph Norm R SC. Both of their offices have responded to our complaint and have promised to advance it.
We invite our elected officials on both sides of the political aisle as well as the national and international media to investigate our rightful claim to our intellectual property which has been hijacked by Facebook as well as the unwarranted digital imprisonment and libel sequester of the administrators’ identities on Facebook.
We challenge facebook to retract their slanderous and false claims as well as to identify specifically what their false claims are supposed to be based on by identifying specific members as well as specific posts. We further challenge facebook to stop hiding behind a veil of secrecy based on their own lies, step out of the darkness and into the light, and tell the truth.
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