That the meme “Facebook Jail” has become so popular, especially among conservatives, who make up at least 90% of its inmate population, is a sad commentary on the times we live in. Many who rely on this social media leviathan for exposure and, concomitantly, a living are finding themselves blocked, banned, or censored. Some users have even had their accounts disabled for no good reason and without explanation or appeal.
Now a new site has emerged that seeks to swap the roles of the jailer and jailed. Its name, Facecrook Jail, is a riff on the meme, and it not only documents instances of bias, censorship, and abuse by Facebook but also lets users share their own experiences and grievances with the social media site. Such as the little ditty received just yesterday.
On Sunday, Rusty James, the owner of FaceCrook Jail, told Conservative Firing Line the idea for the site came in May 2018 after his two favorite bloggers were suspended by Facebook in the same period of time.
James said he trusted their work, adding that they often broke stories larger outlets wouldn’t touch.
“It really hit home for me, seeing both of them silenced,” James said. “I started asking questions — just how many sites are being blocked?”
James said he found what looks like a pattern of selective enforcement by Facebook. It seemed to him that the site was targeting anything not considered “politically correct.”
“The other thing that struck me was the sheer number of individuals that have had problems on their personal pages,” James added. “A lot of people seem to get a good laugh out of it, but they don’t think about the full impact.”
Sadly, many people fail to appreciate just how much impact social media censorship has on the electorate. By censoring one point of view, for example, Silicon Valley tech giants can actually impact the outcome of elections.
Activist Chris Sevier explained:
Those individual websites are engaging in contracts with users in the states and can be regulated for bad faith, unfair dealing, and fraudulent inducement. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 would safeguard Internet providers and search engines from this act but not interactive individual websites with more than 75,000,000 people who market themselves as being open to the public and open to the sharing of ideas only to prove otherwise.
In my opinion, Facebook has perpetrated a form of fraudulent inducement, tortious interference of business relations, breach of the duty of care, unjust enrichment, and the intentional infliction of emotional distress by at first allowing conservatives and Christians to build a platform where they were supposedly free to express themselves only to then turn around and arbitrarily find some speech permissible and other speech impermissible.
This legislation is a conundrum for conservatives. On the one hand, social media is taking advantage of the situation and on its own skewing the public’s knowledge about particular issues. But on the other hand, as conservatives, we believe that things should be left to the marketplace to decide (perhaps the Koch Brothers want to buy Facebook?)
My favorite example of Facebook being Facebook was a sting proving Facebook Bias. In 2016 Israel Law Center opened two separate hate sites on Facebook, one anti-Jewish and the other anti-Palestinian. Each post on the two pages was put up at the same time on the same day. The hate posts were similar in sentiment and language; the only difference was the target.
After a few posts, they increased the hatred and antagonism of the posts using phrases such as “blood and fire to demolish the Zionist invaders” on one and “soldiers in the Israeli army knows there is a need to destroy the Arab enemy.” After a few days, the posts on the anti-Jewish site called for death to Jews and, on the anti-Palestinian page, the death of Arabs.
The hate posts continued to worsen until, finally, they simultaneously reported each site as hate pages to Facebook.
On the very same day as the complaints were lodged, Facebook closed the anti-Palestinian page emailing back to the “person” who complained:
“We reviewed the page you reported for containing credible threat of violence and found it violates our Community Standards.”
The page inciting violence against Jews, which used the same hate terms as the anti-Palestinian one, was not closed by Facebook. This complained received a message stating that site calling for the death of Jews was not in violation of their rules.
Only after the Israel Law Center published a video revealing the sting (see the end of post) did Facebook take down the rancid anti-Israel page.
In addition to news and information about Facebook censorship — much of it is found on Conservative Fring line—FaceCrook Jail encourages those who have been targeted by the social media to tell their stories.
Rep. Jerrod Nadler (D-N.Y.) claimed that social media censorship doesn’t exist and is nothing more than a conspiracy theory. Of course, he said the same thing about salad bars before he had his stomach stapled, and opined that the Iran deal was a good thing. Therefore I don’t think jerky the Jerald is someone to believe. Because those who have been targeted by sites like Facebook like the authors of this post, know better. And now they have an outlet to tell their stories.
Much of this post was first seen at Conservative Firing Line