Is Facebook back at it again with their censorship? I would truly like to see the exact guideline that was violated for this post to be removed. I guess it is okay for groups that spout hatred towards a group of people and promote the downward spiral of our nation, like the “Anti Police Terror Project“, but a photo of a gun, which is a right protected by the United States Constitution, is somehow violating a “Facebook Community Standard”.
I guess when you have over 300,000 Followers on a FB page, that does not sit well with those who want to see you fail. I will not stop posting because someone “reported” one of my photos.
Recently I hosted a giveaway on this webpage which consisted of several variations of entering and/or tasks to complete. One of these tasks was to “Like” the sponsor’s Facebook page. Including the ZERO7ONE Facebook Page, there were 33 pages to be liked. The giveaway ran from Dec. 10th until Dec. 31st. On or about Dec. 28th I received a bombardment of messages and emails saying that users had been “banned” from liking Facebook pages due to my giveaway. This concerned me.
One of the first messages I received (pictured above) advised the user; “You’ve been temporarily blocked from liking Pages on Facebook because of the amount and type of Pages you’ve liked recently. We’ve also cleared all of your likes from the past 30 days.” This user was also restricted from liking any new pages for the next 30 days.
It was not until I had received another message from a user that stated that they had been “banned” because they had liked too many “Pro-Gun” pages. I have yet to see this email for myself, but it is concerning about the “type” of pages that Facebook is tracking or not allowing mass “Liking” of.
So, I started to do a little research and asked for the followers of my Facebook page to let me know if they had been effected by it and if they could send me a screen capture of what they had. The response was overwhelmingly sad with how many users had been affected by this and the “Liking” portion of the giveaway was taken away out of fairness to the users. This “ban” did not effect the entrants for the first 18 days of the giveaway and only effected those who entered in the last 3 days or so.
I wanted to know if my followers or I have violated any of Facebook’s terms, conditions, policies, procedures, rules, regulations, codes, bylaws, or any other thing set forth in a myriad of pages upon pages tucked away in the bowels of Facebookland. I also wanted to know if Facebook had anything publicly written on their page or anywhere else that I could find to show their stance against pro-gun supporters.
Through hours of research and receiving messages from others, this is what I discovered:
Facebook has Community Standards.
Facebook wants their users to have the power to publish their own stories and they appreciate diversity. However, if you have a story to be told that involves violence and threats towards someone, that is against the terms set forth. I get it….you threaten violence against someone or a group of people you cannot post that on Facebook. I completely agree with that. However, why are there still many pages on Facebook that talk about killing the Police? Do a search for “Kill Cops” and see what results you get.
“7. You will not post content that is hate speech, threatening, or pornographic; incites violence; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence.”
Again, I do not see how the typical pro-gun user or company has violated these terms….so this must not be what we are looking for. How many pages and groups out there on Facebook call for violence and riots to further their stance? Lawfully protesting is a right of the people, rioting and looting is not.
Facebook has Principles.
As related to their “Principles”, Facebook says; “We are building Facebook to make the world more open and transparent, which we believe will create greater understanding and connection. Facebook promotes openness and transparency by giving individuals greater power to share and connect, and certain principles guide Facebook in pursuing these goals. Achieving these principles should be constrained only by limitations of law, technology, and evolving social norms. We therefore establish these Principles as the foundation of the rights and responsibilities of those within the Facebook Service.“
So if a Pro-Gunner has not broken a law, it must be because of “evolving social norms.” But who’s social norms would that fall under? I completely understand that my social norms are not the social norms of everyone, but I am not discriminating.
Facebook has Rules of Page Content.
Yay! I found something about Firearms in the rules!!!!!
But wait, Facebook says;
“A. Pages promoting the private sale of regulated goods or services (including firearms, alcohol, tobacco, or adult products) must restrict access to a minimum age of 18.”
Private sales? Sheesh, in Washington State we can’t even do that without going through a FFL now. Yes, I am sure there are a few groups on Facebook that promote the private sale of firearms and I can see why Facebook has this stance. Do I agree with it, no. Can I understand why, sure. Is someone “Liking” a Pro-Gun Facebook page a violation of this rule….don’t think so.
Facebook talks about Regulated Goods.
“It is not permitted to complete transactions involving regulated goods on our platform. If you post an offer involving firearms, alcohol, tobacco, or adult products, we expect you to make sure you’re following all applicable laws and consider carefully the audience for that content. ….”
“Complete transactions”? I read that as “If you complete a sale of….” Still, don’t see a violation here by clicking “Like”.
Advertise on Facebook.
….but do not advertise weapons. Again, this is Facebook’s choice and their house, so I get it. But I don’t see a violation of the “Liking” a page here either.
So why did so many users get messages from Facebook like this:
And the reasoning behind it being this:
Abusive behavior? What is abusive about doing the #1 thing to do on Facebook, “Liking” something. Isn’t that what Facebook was built around? “Liking” and “Sharing”?
I became curious if this was a restriction on everyone and not just “Pro-Gunners”…then I received a golden nugget from a concerned follower who had been “banned from liking” himself.
Here is his Facebook Message and follow up emails:
“I just video taped my wife liking 116 vegan pages. She got a pop up after number 115 that told her to slow down or she could be restricted. I did not get such a warning when I liked the less than 20 pages for your give a way. I will let you know tomorrow if she gets restricted.”
“I didn’t start recording her until she was past 88 but it shouldn’t matter as she added another 26 pages before they warned her. I never got a warning and if I’m not mistaken, the companies you had us all like totaled less than 25. Anyways, she is still randomly liking liberal stuff and Facebook has not cut her off yet. I will let you know if they do. My notice of restriction came less than 24 hours after signing up for the contest and liking the other pages. My wife said that she will do it all over again tomorrow and this time I will start recording at number one. “
….email from the next day….
“My wife is still able to like pages today. I believe that your fans including myself were restricted because of Facebook’s anti gun stance. I am going to see if she can continue to like liberal type pages tomorrow and if so I will record it for you. I was restricted in less than 24 hours for liking the pages in your contest (20 or less maybe), my wife “liked” over 100 vegan pages in under 15 minutes yesterday and has liked another 30 or so today randomly throughout the day. I will keep you posted on whether they cut her off or not.”
….and later the same day….
“They still haven’t cut her off from liking pages. I’m about to have her start liking pro-gun pages to prove our point.”
Here is the video if you want to see for yourself…
So there you have it. I have not been able to find anything that specifically says in Facebook’s long list of terms and conditions that prevent a user from “Liking” a specific amount of pages in a given sitting or even between a certain time frame. So why were “Pro-Gunners” banned from “Liking” pages after they “Liked” just over 30 when one of our follower’s wife was able to like well over 100 “Vegan” type pages?
I would truly hope that a company as large as Facebook would have some diversity and understanding of the Constitutional Rights and the “Equality” that they talk about in their “Principles”.
I am going to put a challenge out there to everyone. If you can find something specifically on the Facebook page in their policies, terms and conditions, or anywhere else publicly available on their page, let us know. I must be dated on or before this post was published.
Additionally, if there is another social media outlet available that does not promote or tolerate an anti-gun sentiment, please also share that as well.
And for those who were effected by this ban, I apologize for the inconvenience that this caused you. Future promotions will have little if any to do with Facebook other than the sharing of where to go to enter.
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