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So, Do You Still Trust Facebook?

By Wyatt Earp | August 21, 2011

If they can censor a sitting governor’s post, they can surely censor yours.

Facebook said Friday it mistakenly removed a post in which Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer criticized a controversial policy decision by President Barack Obama’s administration to limit deportations of illegal immigrants.

The Republican governor had said in a post Friday that Facebook censored the item she posted Thursday because it apparently violated Facebook’s community standards. Brewer didn’t elaborate in her post, but she said Friday in an interview that an email she received from Facebook said the post was removed because of an included illustration.

“I’d like to know why it happens,” she said of the removal.

I’m pretty sure I know why it happened, especially because the illustration was included in both versions of the post. So the “violation of community standards” argument is a lie.

Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes responded to a query by The Associated Press by saying in a brief email that Brewer’s post was removed in error and that Facebook was sorry.

Uh-huh. Are they sorry for the censorship, or sorry because they got caught?

Topics: Politics | 10 Comments »

10 Responses to “So, Do You Still Trust Facebook?”

  1. JT Says:
    August 21st, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    So, Do You Still Trust Facebook?


    Never did.

    That’s why I never joined.

  2. Wyatt Earp Says:
    August 21st, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    JT – I’m with ya.

  3. Chris C Says:
    August 21st, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    I think the Rosie picture is still owned by Westinghouse, which is part of CBS which used to be Viacom. FB is probably more concerned about a cease and desist letter than censoring people’s opinions.

    FB took down the picture of Nirvana’s first album on the fan page because you could see the infant junk.

  4. Ingineer66 Says:
    August 21st, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Free speech is only OK if you agree with the liberals.

  5. Randal Graves Says:
    August 21st, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    It’s not really free speech on someone else’s website though.

    It’s a ‘tool’ move, but it has nothing to do with free speech.

  6. Dannytheman Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 8:09 am

    I do not have, nor will I have a Facebook page! I get enough socializing here.

  7. Ferrell Gummitt Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 9:31 am

    A teacher in Florida was “reassigned” for making anti gay marriage comments on his .

    That is also very disturbing.

    I have a Facebook page but, I really haven’t kept up with it in a few months, I should probably take it down.

  8. Ranba Ral Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 9:33 am

    This actually isn’t that uncommon on all the media sites (social or otherwise). It’s just not usually heard about.

    Sometimes it’s ideologically driven, but it’s usually a result of overzealous copyright enforcement. Facebook doesn’t have this feature that I know of, but Youtube is notorious for pulling vids over claims of violations; and since ANYONE can just hit a button on there, the libtards and jihadis like to do orchestrated campaigns to get 3 videos pulled from famous conservative’s accounts. And since it’s all automated, there’s nobody there actually reviewing the submissions; the computer just see a few thousand “this is a violation of copyright” and “this has banned material” complaints and it auto-kicks the vid, and after 3 videos the account that uploaded them. Even when there’s a human involved in the review process, a lot of sites tend to err on the side of caution (hey, if suddenly your inbox is full of 2000+ complaints it HAS to be true, right? RIGHT?!), from their view, and pull reported material.

  9. AJ Lynch Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Libruls are so embarrassed they supported Prez Obama but they won’t admit it is not just Obama who sucks. It’s librul ideas suck too and libruls are scared shitless to admit that- cause what else do they have ?

  10. Wyatt Earp Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Chris C – But they put the picture back up after Brewer complained. So either the pic is an issue or it isn’t.

    Ingineer66 – They have the right to do what they want on their scumbag site, but we have the right to not patronize them.

    Randal – It’s a big tool move. Something FB and Google seem to be doing a lot lately.

    Danny – Wow, that’s scary.

    Ferrell – Well, FB and school districts never mix. Especially public school districts.

    Ranba – Facebok blows, but YouTube is starting to blow even more – for the very reasons you’re citing.

    AJ – I think it was pulled because it was critical of Obama, only because their stated reason – the image – was put back up after Brewer complained.