Facebook is a private company and therefore are not bound by the Constitution as it relates to free speech and the content that can appear on its site. That said, Facebook can certainly adhere to the spirit of the Constitution and allow people to form groups and post items with various themes, right?
Not so for Pamela Geller. She was banned on Facebook. The reason? Apparently violating Facebook Community Standards. What did she really do? She criticized President Obama for not saying anything about radical Islam in his remarks following the Orlando terrorist attack. This was her reward:
Here is what she posted:
Geller was having none of this and said on her own site:
Facebook has immense power over organic media — the sharing of our info between friends. The idea that some snotty, ivy league brat wields breathtaking power over how much we can or cannot share with our personal communities is frightening.
She’s right! The real problem is, why isn’t Facebook as vigilant with other groups that violate Facebook Community Standards. Here is what those standards are:
Among other things, groups that are hateful, threatening, or obscene are not allowed. We also take down groups that attack an individual or group, or advertise a product or service. Continued misuse of Facebook’s features could result in your account being disabled.
That’s funny because a simple search using Facebook’s search feature yielded groups with the following names:
George Bush Has Killed More Iraqis Than Saddam
George W. Bush created Hurricane Katrina
George Bush vs Adolph Hitler – Who Has Killed More
I will give you $5 to kill George Bush.
You can find these groups if you search. It doesn’t matter if their membership is low. They still violate the standards set forth by Facebook. Yet they still exist.
What does that tell you?
Share this with others. Send it to friends on Facebook who would not be happy knowing certain forms of speech are ok while others are banned.