The conservative group Americans For Legal Immigration (ALIPAC) is planning a nationwide protest against President Barack Obama. But the group’s organizers claim that Facebook is making it difficult to get the word out for conservative Americans to converge on State capitals all over the country by stifling political free speech.
ALIPAC has called on Americans who oppose Obama’s policies to gather at State capitals for a nationwide protest on Saturday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
According to a press release, attendees will partake in “unprecedented picket style, friendly flash mob style protests [which] will be conducted on public sidewalks outside of state capitol buildings.” ALIPAC claims that more than 20,000 people throughout the Nation have confirmed they will attend via the group’s website and Facebook page.
ALIPAC organizers now allege that Facebook has moved to block ads for the event and black out any information about the anti-Obama protest on the social network.
ALIPAC president William Gheen said: “Facebook blocked our ads, blocked those not already invited to the event page from finding our protest on the Facebook search engine, and is preventing us from stopping pro-Obama trolls from posting large volumes of aggressive comments on our event.”
A direct link to the Facebook page for the event can be found here. According to WND, attempts to access the page by searching for the event yields results that include “several new, and unauthorized, clone events with hardly any attendees.”
There is, however, a possibility that the clone events are simply supporters of ALIPAC attempting to try to drum up support for the local protest event by creating unauthorized pages, thereby unintentionally burying ALIPACS initial event posting.
In the following video Gheen explains how he believes Facebook is going about blocking out his group:
This is not the first time Facebook has been accused of stifling political free speech. Alternative media pioneer Alex Jones’ website Infowars reported last October that the social networking site was using its “Statement of Rights and Responsibilities” to remove political opinions:
Attempting to login to Alex Jones’ Facebook account, which has over 321,000 subscribers, Infowars staff were met with a message from Facebook denying access to the account until it was acknowledged that Facebook’s terms had been violated.
“We removed content you posted,” stated the message, underneath which was a black and white image of Osama Bin Laden with the words “Al-CIA-da” emblazoned across it. Facebook removed the image because it “violatesFacebook’s Statement of RIghts and Responsibilities.”
A secondary screen then warned that other infringing images should be removed if the account was to remain in good standing.
Facebook also made recent headlines, as CEO Mark Zuckerberg reportedly held a fundraiser for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at his Palo Alto, Calif., home Tuesday night.