On Sunday, a post at Tavern Keepers reported that Facebook decided a page calling for the death of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy does not violate the social media site's community standards. The page, "Cliven Bundy must Die," remains live as of this writing.
Despite the clear language of the page's title, page administrators laughably claim they do not condone violence of any kind. According to the page's description, it exists "only for the awareness of the scientific fact that Cliven Bundy Must Die."
The page was reported for containing a credible threat of violence. But, Renee Nal said, Facebook responded with a message saying the page does not violate their community standards.
Nal also posted a statement by an administrator of a page called "ProLife = ProGod." Like many other conservative pages, the administrator said Facebook has repeatedly censored their content.
“It’s astonishing that they ban pages for posting about abortion or Biblical truths, but they refuse to remove a page that is directly calling for the death of another human being," Nal was told. "Our page’s content has been censored and banned numerous times to the point that we are not free to express ourselves without fear of being banned by Facebook.”
This is a common complaint with Facebook, as we have reported numerous times. In addition to arbitrarily blocking or banning conservatives for little to no reason at all, the site also arbitrarily targets conservative sites, falsely claiming they are "harmful."
Meanwhile, pages advocating liberal hate are allowed to flourish, often with Facebook's blessing. Making matters worse, Facebook refuses to respond to users who feel they have been falsely targeted.
In one case, Facebook banned a Spokane area man twice over one 9/11 picture. The social media giant has also punished people for innocuous posts that clearly do not violate their rules, while ignoring real incidents that not only violate their rules, but violate the law.
Conservative blogger Julia Sieben, for example, told Examiner she received a two-day ban from Facebook for simply thanking people who wished her a happy birthday. Joseph L. Parker, a Christian writer for Examiner.com, said he was slapped by Facebook twice for thanking people who liked his posts. Parker also said he was banned from posting in groups for no apparent reason for a period of more than two weeks.
Fox News' Todd Starnes said he was targeted by Facebook over a comment he made about Bundy.
“Rancher Bundy should’ve told the feds that those were Mexican cows – who came across the border illegally to seek better grazing opportunities. It was an act of love,” said the comment Facebook removed.