Censorship wasn’t a topic on my radar to cover today or any time soon. UNLESS “something occurred.” Biden’s actions keep me so busy with reading, research, taking antacids, and writing that I have little time for anything else. Then, “something occurred.”
The very first post I read on my FB timeline this morning informed me that one of my favorite bloggers had been “removed” from the platform. Now, reading that a favorite blogger or political commentary had been thrown off the platform is not new. We all see that daily and have for several months. Someone you follow or a friend suddenly “disappears” from FB. No warning. Just gone and wiped out as if they were never there. FB has become the “enforcer” of the left against Conservative speech. ANYONE can report ANYTHING you type as “bullying” or “offensive.” A comment that you think marriage is between one man and one woman. WHAM. You are flung in FB jail for hate speech. (I speak from experience on that one).
When FB started their campaign of suppression about a year ago, you could legitimately appeal your jail term and get a response as to the reason you were serving “time.” Occasionally sentences were overturned upon appeal. (Mine overturned was after three days). As time went on, folks were LUCKY to get a response back regarding a request, and FB no longer gave reasons that you were in jail. Folks had no choice but to serve their “time.” (That happened to me three times. Two were 7-day sentences, and one was a full 30-day term which was reduced to 3 days upon appeal.) Some people were allowed to continue to use messenger; some had complete bans. There seemed to be no rhyme or reason as to the difference in length of sentences or terms.
Over 78,000 folks have been thrown off of FB. FB claims it’s because of “Militant” views. Yes, I will agree some folks likely deserved the lifetime ban. However, when men are openly recruiting minors to have sexual relations are reported, it’s an entirely different result. Those who report them are informed that the preditors’ posts don’t violate TOS (I experienced that). Antifa and BLM groups openly promote violence, and riots remain on the platform; something is very wrong. Either groups promoting violence are allowed, or they are not. If open sexual predators are allowed, why were Pro-Trump supporters banned? FB disbanded many Conservative groups. MANY were groups that promoted 1st Amendment protected acts such as PEACEFULLY protesting. I’d like to know when merely exercising your Constitutional rights and being patriotic became “militant,” but that’s another article, I digress.
This morning I discovered that one of my favorite Bloggers, Tom, has been booted off FB. If you are a regular reader of this website, you are familiar with Tom and his stories of history, current events, and Ernie. Now, I’ve been following Tom and his blog since the beginning. I’ve enjoyed his style. The mix of pragmatism and history, current events, and yes, even his stories of Ernie make his blog unique. His writing style is REAL. Like it or not, you know where this man stands. I have never read anything remotely “militant” posted on this man’s “personal” FB page, or his Blog page. He simply tells it like it is. I am copying the Blog he posted this morning below in its entirety. I encourage you to follow him on his blog as his FB presence has been erased.
First thing this morning, I surfed into Facebook to share today’s post, “Double-Up,” and found that my account had been disabled. Both my personal and Ubi Libertas pages are dark. My Messenger account also has been unplugged.
As Deb observed on hearing the news, “We knew this day would come.”
I have no way of knowing if this is an error or intentional, temporarily punitive or a permanent condition. I’ll provide updates here on Ubi Libertas.
I’ll likely create blog-specific presences on other social-media sites. Stay tuned.
I will not be silenced.
Take care of yourselves, Patriots. Stay calm. Stay sharp. Stay free.