Online political activists fret about Facebook bias

posted at 7:17 pm on May 24, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Online political activists say they perceive a bias in the way Facebook administrators have distributed a new software key, The Daily Caller reports:

Facebook’s managers are deploying a new software upgrade that will dismantle myriad groups of like-minded political activists unless they get a special software key from the company.

But Facebook managers are providing very limited information about which groups are being favored with the new key, prompting some activists to complain about possible political favoritism among Facebook managers, and many other activists to experiment with techniques and tricks to get the needed upgrade-key.

Some small anecdotal evidence suggests the bias might be real. Groups like “The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence,” the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’s open group and “Labor Express Radio” all received the key, but “Stop Islamization of America” and “The Coalition to Save Marriage in New York” didn’t, for example. Then, too, Facebook execs have been known to state their support for liberal causes and candidates.

But mostly, it’s Facebook’s lack of transparency about the upgrade process that leaves room for suspicion. The company could eliminate the speculation with a simple explanation of the criteria to receive the new key. According to a statement from Andrew Noyes, the company’s manager for public policy, Facebook determined what groups to archive (i.e. what groups would not receive the new key) based on “a number of factors, including amount of recent activity.” But some groups with just a few thousand members have received the upgrade while larger and more active groups — even groups with up to nearly 1 million members — haven’t.

Fortunately, the upgrade doesn’t affect the “Pages” feature, and Facebook has encouraged groups to convert their content to a page. Which reminds me — If you like HotAir.com, would you take a minute to visit our page and fan us on Facebook? Regardless of whether the company actually distributes software keys with political motivations in mind, it can’t hurt Mark Zuckerberg and the other Obama fans at Facebook to know how many of us have a different mindset!

 


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Why oh why am I not surprised that conservative groups will not be able to get the key?

John the Libertarian on May 24, 2011 at 7:20 PM

I don’t do Facebook.

Common Sense on May 24, 2011 at 7:21 PM

So… what’s the problem?

Aquateen Hungerforce on May 24, 2011 at 7:22 PM

I’ve said from the beginning that it’s a mistake for any national company to use facebook in their TV ads. It’s the same for political groups. I do not understand they major companies put “visit us on facebook” in their ads. It actually limits the ability of the customer to interact with you.

You do not want your potential customers going thru a 3rd party site to find you. No matter how popular it is at the moment.

lorien1973 on May 24, 2011 at 7:22 PM

They’re a private company – they can do what they want, no? Don’t like it, get of FB.

elcapt on May 24, 2011 at 7:24 PM

face the same thing in the unofficial hotair facebook group

We are still on there but have to wonder what these changes mean to us.

William Amos on May 24, 2011 at 7:25 PM

I don’t do Facebook.

Common Sense on May 24, 2011 at 7:21 PM

+1

WitchDoctor on May 24, 2011 at 7:26 PM

Facebook is a child’s toy full of vital info about users that’s run by default leftists.

What could go wrong?

Akzed on May 24, 2011 at 7:27 PM

But mostly, it’s Facebook’s lack of transparency about the upgrade process that leaves room for suspicion.

Probably using similar criteria to that used to decide who gets Obamacare waivers.

iurockhead on May 24, 2011 at 7:27 PM

again, facebook is for teenagers and perverts. Where there is smoke there is fire.

ted c on May 24, 2011 at 7:27 PM

I don’t do Facebook.

Common Sense on May 24, 2011 at 7:21 PM

+1

WitchDoctor on May 24, 2011 at 7:26 PM

double dittoes

ted c on May 24, 2011 at 7:28 PM

I … would you take a minute to visit our page and fan us on Facebook?

Yes ma’am. I will do anything you ask of me. Anything.

Rod on May 24, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Google, Facebook, GE, GM, Soros – you can stop whining about big business liberals, you have plenty in your pocket.

Daemonocracy on May 24, 2011 at 7:29 PM

again, facebook is for teenagers and perverts. Where there is smoke there is fire.

ted c on May 24, 2011 at 7:27 PM

I suspect you’re sitting in the rocker on your front porch with a shotgun lying in your lap just daring those punk kids to cross your lawn, huh?

ButterflyDragon on May 24, 2011 at 7:30 PM

It’s free.
WTF do you expect?

Badger40 on May 24, 2011 at 7:32 PM

I don’t do FaceCrack.

portlandon on May 24, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Face Plant…..

BigWyo on May 24, 2011 at 7:33 PM

face the same thing in the unofficial hotair facebook group

We are still on there but have to wonder what these changes mean to us.

William Amos on May 24, 2011 at 7:25 PM

Wrong URL. Here’s the correct one.

DarkCurrent on May 24, 2011 at 7:34 PM

This sounds a lot like Obamacare waivers.

Left Coast Right Mind on May 24, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Zuckerburg is an Obama sycophant. Eventually Facebook will be overcome by a better product, probably sooner if he can’t keep his politics separate from his business. I don’t do facebook either.

TulsAmerican on May 24, 2011 at 7:36 PM

again, facebook is for teenagers and perverts. Where there is smoke there is fire.

ted c on May 24, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Facebook Fans Help Predict More Than 70% of Key Races

The ability for social media participation and activity to predict election results has been widely discussed over the past several months as political campaigns across the country turned to Facebook to communicate authentically with voters as well as organize supporters. But are Facebook fan totals an indicator of how citizens will vote at the polls? Or are Facebook and other social services merely online popularity contests that have no correlation to the real world?

With most of Election Night’s races already decided, the Facebook political team took a look at whether Facebook “likes” did help predict the 2010 House and Senate winners.

The Data

More Fans Equals 74% Winning Percentage in Key House Races

Facebook tracked 98 of the most hotly contested House races, as decided by leading political observers, and 74 percent of the candidates with the most Facebook fans won their races:

· 69 candidates with the most Facebook fans won· 24 candidates with the most Facebook fans lost

· 5 races are still too close to call

More Than 80% of Senate Wins Foreshadowed on Facebook

Just over 82 percent of the 34 Senate races that have been decided were won by the candidate with more Facebook fans:

· 28 candidates with the most Facebook fans won

· 6 candidates with the most Facebook fans lost

· 3 races are still too close to call

House Democrat Incumbents Lost on Facebook Before Losing on Election Day

So far, 46 House Democrat incumbents lost their seats yesterday. More than 78% of those incumbents had fewer Facebook fans than their challengers:

· 36 incumbent House Democrats who lost their seat had fewer fans then their Republican challenger

· 10 incumbent House Democrats who lost their seat had more fans than their Republican

http://www.facebook.com/notes/us-politics-on-facebook/facebook-fans-help-predict-more-than-70-of-key-races/448981740881

unseen on May 24, 2011 at 7:36 PM

Some animals are “more equal” than others. The funny part is that for all they’re braying about equality – progressives seem to pull the ‘I’m entitled’ attitude most often.

GarandFan on May 24, 2011 at 7:37 PM

It’s a free country. If FB wants to harass conservatives, it’s their right to do so.

Akzed on May 24, 2011 at 7:41 PM

I don’t do Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc. In fact, no one in the entire family does. Never have, never will. You can’t take it or anything else with you when you die. We strictly prefer face-to-face ‘likes’ and interactions, and we build our treasures in heaven. We don’t buy into the utter fallacy of so-called “social networking” websites nor will we be swayed by anyone and everyone struggling so dang hard to ‘fit in‘ at a place that only exists purely on binary machines. It’s quite pathetic really.

So… whatevs. FaceTwitSpaceBook can be self-serving and self-important all they want to for the less than a speck of time it takes them to live out their lives in this atrocious world.

FlatFoot on May 24, 2011 at 7:43 PM

Fanned HotAir FB page long ago when the link first appeared.

For those that are not on FB, there’s a lot of Hot Air posters there along with several Hot Air spinoff groups.

Plus, I’ve found that FB can be a great News outlet. I get all the content I want, plus plenty of commentary. Several online news papers and grassroots organizations post on FB, this is the content I’ve been looking for in news.

Besides here of course.

Kini on May 24, 2011 at 7:43 PM

I only use facebook to keep in touch with relatives and friends. I don’t use it for politics.

Rose on May 24, 2011 at 7:44 PM

They’re a private company – they can do what they want, no?

No. You haven’t been paying attention since January, 2009, have you?

Don’t like it, get of FB.

elcapt on May 24, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Been there; done that. Facebook is for suckers people who are operating under the delusion that the whole world gives a shlt about their every move.

hillbillyjim on May 24, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Hamas & other associated like-minded groups NOT hardest hit.

Badger40 on May 24, 2011 at 7:45 PM

I only use facebook to keep in touch with relatives and friends. I don’t use it for politics.

Rose on May 24, 2011 at 7:44 PM

This.

However, do a Farmville promo and I’ll think about it.

Lily on May 24, 2011 at 7:46 PM

For those that are not on FB, there’s a lot of Hot Air posters there along with several Hot Air spinoff groups.

Plus, I’ve found that FB can be a great News outlet. I get all the content I want, plus plenty of commentary. Several online news papers and grassroots organizations post on FB, this is the content I’ve been looking for in news.

Besides here of course.

Kini on May 24, 2011 at 7:43 PM

I’ve met some awesome people there.
It’s just a tool.
Like any other tool, it’s what you make of it.
Those of you dogging it, well to each his own.
When you live out in BFE & the folks that do live near you are not socially appealing, FB is a nice change from the bar in the nearby town of 250 people.

Badger40 on May 24, 2011 at 7:47 PM

So… whatevs. FaceTwitSpaceBook can be self-serving and self-important all they want to for the less than a speck of time it takes them to live out their lives in this atrocious world.

FlatFoot on May 24, 2011 at 7:43 PM

Ummm… you do realize you’re posting this on a blog on the internet, right?

ButterflyDragon on May 24, 2011 at 7:47 PM

ButterflyDragon on May 24, 2011 at 7:47 PM

Irony is not strong in this one.

Badger40 on May 24, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Face book is the devil

Grunt on May 24, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Whatever you do on Facebook.

DON’T put any personal information on the site. Phone numbers, or any other information you want to protect. They change the software and permissions without warning and it could lead to identify fraud, or having some creepy person do weird crap.

Kini on May 24, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Been there; done that. Facebook is for suckers people who are operating under the delusion that the whole world gives a shlt about their every move.

hillbillyjim on May 24, 2011 at 7:44 PM

A little clarification(don’t ya love that word?):

FB is a useful tool, as someone above mentioned; however I cannot for the life of me fathom how some people become so wrapped up in it to the detriment of their non-digital lives.

hillbillyjim on May 24, 2011 at 7:54 PM

FB is a nice change from the bar in the nearby town of 250 people.

Badger40 on May 24, 2011 at 7:47 PM

Plus, I like to bring the bar home with me, that way I’m not on the roads.

Yes, there are awesome people out there, and some creepy ones also. When I have to travel, it does help pass the time, especially in airports.

Kini on May 24, 2011 at 7:56 PM

FlatFoot on May 24, 2011 at 7:43 PM

Meaning no offense, but you can bury your head in the sand if you so decide. I have NEVER had more opportunities to daily interact with a huge family with facebook. It does not stop us from building our family get-togethers, and in fact has enhanced the yearning to see each other face to face. Friends, the come and go, but family, (at least mine), have chosen to use facebook to get closer. Period.

Rovin on May 24, 2011 at 7:56 PM

Kini on May 24, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Perhaps the stupidest thing I’ve seen people do regularly is posting vacation pics and updates while they’re away from their unguarded homes; thereby announcing to the unscrupulous that their house is an easy mark.

hillbillyjim on May 24, 2011 at 7:57 PM

This only a preview of what is going to happen right before the election. Beware conservatives.

faraway on May 24, 2011 at 7:59 PM

And I might add that some “friends” have become like family.

Rovin on May 24, 2011 at 7:59 PM

“however I cannot for the life of me fathom how some people become so wrapped up in it to the detriment of their non-digital lives.

hillbillyjim on May 24, 2011 at 7:54 PM”

What’s non-digital life?

AsianGirlInTights on May 24, 2011 at 8:00 PM

What’s non-digital life?

AsianGirlInTights on May 24, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Ancient history, or so it seems.

hillbillyjim on May 24, 2011 at 8:01 PM

If you like HotAir.com, would you take a minute to visit our page and fan us on Facebook?

It looks like hitting the “like” button in the little Facebook box on the right side already did it for me a long time ago.

Count to 10 on May 24, 2011 at 8:02 PM

But mostly, it’s Facebook’s lack of transparency about the upgrade process that leaves room for suspicion.

Tina,
I reject your assertion. Since when is it an “upgrade” to continue to do the same thing? It would be better to call this a “more restrictive profile” or even a downgrade, no?

dentalque on May 24, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Facebook needs to be avoided, on privacy counts as well.

paul1149 on May 24, 2011 at 8:04 PM

I’ve met some awesome people there.
It’s just a tool.
Like any other tool, it’s what you make of it.
Those of you dogging it, well to each his own.
When you live out in BFE & the folks that do live near you are not socially appealing, FB is a nice change from the bar in the nearby town of 250 people.

Badger40 on May 24, 2011 at 7:47 PM

I heard about the Joplin tornado within 5 minutes of it happening when one of my Farmville neighbors posted about it. She was looking for info on relatives who were in the middle of the storm path. For about 2 hours she and the rest of her family posted back and forth connecting up and making sure everyone was safe and well. Meanwhile all the rest of us offered prayers and encouragement for them. She did eventually find all the family and they were able to let family members in other states know they were fine, but several of them lost everything they owned but the clothes on their backs. There were chilling pictures of the damage as well and videos of the storm in progress. It was an incredible thing to see everyone pull together to help this family get in touch with each other.

Even though there is lots of news coverage, they can’t possibly reveal the depth and breadth of the loss this community has suffered.

Lily on May 24, 2011 at 8:04 PM

again, facebook is for teenagers and perverts. Where there is smoke there is fire.

ted c on May 24, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Except for a cousin or two, I don’t think any of my facebook friends are teenagers. It’s all just family, old schoolmates, and current friends.

Count to 10 on May 24, 2011 at 8:06 PM

I don’t do Facebook.

Common Sense on May 24, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Facebook makes me think of a flea market for some reason…sometimes more like a group of adolescents huddled in the back corner of the classroom signing yearbooks.

Cheesy beyond belief.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 24, 2011 at 8:06 PM

What’s with the HA ad on this thread?

“Homosexuals are a race!

“Homosexuality is a gender!”

WTF?

BuckeyeSam on May 24, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Except for a cousin or two, I don’t think any of my facebook friends are teenagers. It’s all just family, old schoolmates, and current friends.

Count to 10 on May 24, 2011 at 8:06 PM

This. As well as friends I have at places like HA, some that I have met IRL and some that I hope to meet IRL soon. They are some of my best friends.

ladyingray on May 24, 2011 at 8:10 PM

FB is a nice change from the bar in the nearby town of 250 people.

Badger40 on May 24, 2011 at 7:47 PM
Plus, I like to bring the bar home with me, that way I’m not on the roads.

Kini on May 24, 2011 at 7:56 PM

I can clarify: in this area, the only place to socialize IS the bar, whether you’re drinking or not.
I don’t really drink.
The bar is where everyone around here goes to hang out.
Lots of people are just drinking coffee or soda.
FB has helped me get in touch with long lost friends & family.
It’s also an exciting tool for genalogy.

Badger40 on May 24, 2011 at 8:13 PM

I don’t do Facebook either. I don’t have any confidence in their ability to protect my information. Stories like this one surely don’t help.

It is pretty sad, if you think about it. These pathetic little dweebs gain some tiny power, and the next thing you know, they are abusing it.

novaculus on May 24, 2011 at 8:15 PM

Perhaps the stupidest thing I’ve seen people do regularly is posting vacation pics and updates while they’re away from their unguarded homes; thereby announcing to the unscrupulous that their house is an easy mark.

hillbillyjim on May 24, 2011 at 7:57 PM

Exactly. Might as well put up a sign, nobuddy home, take wut U want.

Like I said, it provides me with the news content I’ve been looking for.

Kini on May 24, 2011 at 8:18 PM

FB has helped me get in touch with long lost friends & family.
It’s also an exciting tool for genalogy.

Badger40 on May 24, 2011 at 8:13 PM

I found my dad’s long-lost youngest brother on FB and was able to re-connect them after a couple of decades of lost contact. It is useful.

DarkCurrent on May 24, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Anyone who gets their political marhcing orders from a FB group is 99.99% guaranteed to be a leftist. So I don’t see the big deal here.

angryed on May 24, 2011 at 8:22 PM

I don’t have any confidence in their ability to protect my information. Stories like this one surely don’t help.

novaculus on May 24, 2011 at 8:15 PM

I don’t have any confidence in any online tools, facebook, life lock, carbonite, I don’t use them, and I don’t give them any information other than the name I use to get access to the system.

But just like here, it’s a sounding board.

Kini on May 24, 2011 at 8:23 PM

Also annoying is that folks will tell you face-to-face what it is they put on Facebook…or to each other…that is, they are both Facebook “friends”…they read each other’s stuff all the time…I mean, what’s the point of that? Why not just wait until they read it-or just tell them in person rather than putting it on Facebook?

Don’t get it.

but “Stop Islamization of America” and “The Coalition to Save Marriage in New York” didn’t, for example. Then, too, Facebook execs have been known to state their support for liberal causes and candidates.

Obviously hate groups.

Zuckerburg is an Obama sycophant. Eventually Facebook will be overcome by a better product, probably sooner if he can’t keep his politics separate from his business. I don’t do facebook either.

TulsAmerican on May 24, 2011 at 7:36 PM

Right-no one talks about MySpace much anymore. But what are the chances that the one that supplants them will be started by Oral Roberts University grads or Young Republicans?

I would find this more palatable if there were more Facebook-like things out there. For example, look at how many blogs there are…you can join/read many of them, reject/ignore the others. Facebook just screams “monopoly” and I don’t like seeing communications and information too dependent upon one or just a few sources. Too Big Brother somehow.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 24, 2011 at 8:30 PM

They’re a private company – they can do what they want, no?
No. You haven’t been paying attention since January, 2009, have you?

Don’t like it, get of FB.

elcapt on May 24, 2011 at 7:24 PM
Been there; done that. Facebook is for suckers people who are operating under the delusion that the whole world gives a shlt about their every move.

hillbillyjim on May 24, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Still a private company, and they’re not seeking taxpayer money. I don’t care who they give money to – that’s the kind of thing that concerns Liberals. Also, 2007 called – it wants your view of Facebook back. Like I said – don’t like it, don’t use it, and get off my lawn :P

elcapt on May 24, 2011 at 8:32 PM

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 24, 2011 at 8:30 PM

You know who this helps don’t you?

Net Neutrality

Kini on May 24, 2011 at 8:34 PM

I don’t do facebook either.
I stick strictly with porn sites.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 24, 2011 at 8:34 PM

It is useful.

DarkCurrent on May 24, 2011 at 8:20 PM

I haven’t fully explored the genealogy uses yet.
I’d really like to someday.

Net Neutrality

Kini on May 24, 2011 at 8:34 PM

It’s sounding conspiratorial.

Badger40 on May 24, 2011 at 8:36 PM

I don’t do facebook either.
I stick strictly with porn sites.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 24, 2011 at 8:34 PM

Sticky

Kini on May 24, 2011 at 8:38 PM

Facebook?

Eh.

Too old, too fat, to slow.

(but don’t get cocky kidz; old age and treachery trump youth and enthusiasm every time…)

Bruno Strozek on May 24, 2011 at 8:49 PM

I only use facebook to keep in touch with relatives and friends. I don’t use it for politics.

Rose on May 24, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Same here, but I do troll the HotAir fan widget for folks to add to my friends. I try to keep my FB drama-free.

Sekhmet on May 24, 2011 at 9:01 PM

They’re a private company – they can do what they want, no? Don’t like it, get of FB.

elcapt on May 24, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Of course but it is good that everyone know their tactics.

CWforFreedom on May 24, 2011 at 9:02 PM

old age and treachery trump youth and enthusiasm every time…)

Bruno Strozek on May 24, 2011 at 8:49 PM

At least you’ll get Social Security, something to look forward to.

Kini on May 24, 2011 at 9:03 PM

Sorry, I don’t do Face-chimp…

RocketmanBob on May 24, 2011 at 9:08 PM

again, facebook is for teenagers and perverts. Where there is smoke there is fire.

ted c on May 24, 2011 at 7:27 PM

I’m not a teenager or a pervert. You’d be AMAZED how many 40-something women have FB pages. LoL
Btw: both me and my ex are ‘friends’ with our 17 year old son. We don’t check his wall constantly-but he knows that were lurking somewhere.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 24, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Some small anecdotal evidence suggests the bias might be real. Groups like “The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence,” the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’s open group and “Labor Express Radio” all received the key, but “Stop Islamization of America” and “The Coalition to Save Marriage in New York”

Funny you should mention “The Coalition to Save Marriage in New York.” Before I say why I think your fears are justified, I do want to point out that I am gay and do support gay marriage. I noticed a long article in the Advocate, a gay magazine talks at length about “Chris Hughes, cofounder of Facebook, plans to marry longtime boyfriend Sean Eldridge, political director for Freedom to Marry.” The link is to a webpage which doesn’t have as much information as the print version.

thuja on May 24, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Hey… I’m a fan of your FaceBook page. Why haven’t I seen any of your postings recently? Nothing shows on my page. Sounds like a communist plot.

BoomJunkie on May 24, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Facebook is almost over anyway.

Go RBNY on May 24, 2011 at 10:31 PM

At least you’ll get Social Security, something to look forward to.

Kini on May 24, 2011 at 9:03 PM

Bah.

I don’t expect to ever see a cent. I am also resigned to fact that Obama will seize my 401k’s toward the end of his second term (fairer to the folks who never put anything away, you know.

No, I’m stockpiling cans of dog food and scoping out bridges that seem hospitable to living under in a cardboard box.

Bruno Strozek on May 24, 2011 at 11:06 PM

I only use facebook to keep in touch with relatives and friends. I don’t use it for politics.

Rose on May 24, 2011 at 7:44 PM

I use it to educate friends & relatives about politics.
(And religion, BTW)
Many people thank me for informing them. And, even though I present my posts in an amiable way, I have had some dump me as FB “friends” for my views, including a sibling & a couple of other relatives.

itsnotaboutme on May 24, 2011 at 11:27 PM

If Facebook wants to throw away conservative users, why doesn’t Michele Malkin start a Facebook for conservatives and make a fortune serving an underserved segment of the market?

KW64 on May 24, 2011 at 11:37 PM

The company could eliminate the speculation with a simple explanation of the criteria to receive the new key.

These a-hole companies like Google and Facebook never explain their criteria. My business website was pulled from Google Places after 3 years of being in the #1 spot, after they flagged my Places Page as “not meeting their terms and conditions.” Only they’re completely vague about what those terms and conditions are. I went over my account with a fine tooth comb and could find nothing wrong. Posted my page on Google forums and nobody else could either. Couldn’t contact the company, never got an answer. I had to open a new account from scratch and lost all of the good reviews I’ve spent years accumulating. Now I’m on page #3 of results and have lost a ton of business. I hate them.

Sharke on May 25, 2011 at 12:14 AM

I have zero interest in Facebook. But, I did find FreedomTorch. It’s all conservatives.

Urban Infidel on May 25, 2011 at 6:52 AM

Are we still naive enough to think that the aggressive Marxist-driven left isn’t in, or will go inside, every single institution in their efforts to take down America from the inside. They own every communications power house -whether it’s the alphabet media – the cables (half of Fox)all the major big papers -the local tabloids -Google -Facebook etc. If they don’t control it – it’s too small or unimportant.
They have influenced the mainstream churches, modifying the message of salvation to one of “easy to twist” social justice. They’ve contaminated our schools, our science, our children, our culture with filth.

Read their plans – they told us how they were going to do it. America’s enjoying her own volutary euthanasia alright.

Don L on May 25, 2011 at 7:44 AM

Actually, it looks like that from a leftist narrative: both these groups are about “hate”. If you’re afraid of the “Islamfication” of America, you really are afraid of living next to Arabs. And if you want to “defend” traditional marriage, you really just want to “deny equal protection of the law to gays”. So, Facebook probably has standards against “hate”, and are just keeping with these.

Their breaking up groups had to have some motivation, the leftist goal of “controlling hate” is probably within that initiative.

Facebook is a private company, but if it wants to polarize issues by providing an narrative-based re-interpretation of issues, it’s also free to lose customers.

Axeman on May 25, 2011 at 10:22 AM

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has been banned from Twitter. It’ll be interesting to see how this’ll play out over on Teh Facebook.

Unfortunately, though, the CSGV has decided that this situation is worth continuing to personally attack me over, and they have simply moved their blatant fabrications to Facebook, since Twitter is currently unavailable to them. I have reported their Facebook page for harassment, posting personal information, and attempts at intimidation as well, though I have not heard anything back concerning that yet.

http://www.wallsofthecity.net/2011/05/they-did-this-to-themselves.html

Rusty Shackleford on May 25, 2011 at 11:03 AM