Eric Odom, the Managing Director and Editor at Liberty News Network, has revealed that a post from the Mental Recession led to his being blocked from Facebook for a 24-hour period – the first time he has ever been blocked by the social media giant.
Via Liberty News:
My name is Eric Odom and I’m the Managing Director of LibertyNEWS.com. To my knowledge I’ve never been “blocked” by Facebook and have never done anything that would coherently warrant such an action. At least, this would be the case in a common sense world. Unfortunately common sense does not exist at Facebook. Either that or a very strong political agenda is driving the Facebook machine.
You see, as of today I am banned from my Facebook account for 24 hours. Why? Because I shared a link via my personal profile that essentially quoted a Huffington Post story. A Huffington Post story that has been shared on Facebook more than 2,300 times. I was banned for sharing a story that adds countering commentary to the Huffington Post story.
Really? I’m blocked out of Facebook? I must have done something terribly wrong! What did I do?
I shared a link to this on my personal Facebook profile. The story brings attention to a Huffington Post story calling for pro-abortion women to refuse to have sex until men agree to go along with their abortion desires. The story is posted on MenRec.com, a site that LibertyNEWS.com manages and considers part of our network.
As Odom points out, the post is basically a small excerpt from the Huffington Post story, accompanied by a few sentences of my own commentary. The post was brief, and highly unoffending.
Here was the commentary preceding the excerpt:
I’m sure the fact that abstaining from sex is exactly the way to prevent any need for an abortion, is completely lost on this woman.
No sex means, no killing babies, means no argument from pro-lifers. Genius!
And here was the commentary after:
“Do not make him dinner, do not go fetch him a cold beer from the fridge, do not iron that shirt, hell, do not change that diaper”?
For a feminist, she sure is sexist.
Everything else was directly from the Huffington Post article, including an image of other articles of similar interest, which were hilariously ironic considering the topic.
So what is the main difference between the Huffington Post article, shared 2,300+ times, and our post, which elicits a ban? As near as I can tell, one is from a conservative website, and one is from a liberal website. One is pro-abortion, while the other one mocks the pro-abortion writer.
Is there something more going on here with Facebook? We haven’t heard similar stories of censorship from the left side of the aisle. And yet, there seems to be an emerging trend for conservatives on Facebook.
Fox News reporter Todd Starnes was recently banned from Facebook for what he dubbed as “politically incorrect” commentary on the issue of guns.
Jeff Dunetz, a conservative blogger at the popular site The Lid writes, “I have had 4 of my articles removed as abusive in the past week.”
The wildly popular and hilarious conservative commentator, Steven Crowder, had a video which parodied the star witness in the George Zimmerman removed as a violation of ‘hate speech’ policies.
Amy, whose Twitter profile says “vote conservative”, was recently blocked for having the audacity to suggest prayer in a comment.
There have been other, similar stories as well.
So what is going on here, if not a crackdown on conservative commentary at the leading Social Media website?