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ALIPAC Alleges Facebook Censorship Of Anti-Obama Protest

February 15, 2013 by  

ALIPAC Alleges Facebook Censorship Of Anti-Obama Protest
PHOTOS.COM

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.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Vicki

    Ummm.. Facebook is NOT the government. They can stifle anything on their site they want. You don’t like it? Start your own social networking company.

    • joe1cr

      Social networking company? Do you mean LOOK AT MY 15 MINUTES OF PERSONAL FAME GOSSIP PAGE!! It is not a social networking company when it allows the liberal point of view and no other political views. Mark Zuckerberg reminds me of Joseph Goebbels, head of Nazi Germany’s Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda. His use of propaganda for Obama’s hope and change are for the old socialist communist movement . Winston Churchill summed up Obama ,Zuckerberg and your socialist views years ago when he said,
      “Socialism is a philosophy of failure,
      The creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy,
      Its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery..”

  • Ron r

    So what else is new.sun don’t shine,blame Obama , kids do a crime,blame Obama , bin Ladin killed ,give credit to Bush /Cheney.

    • cawmun cents

      Or….
      We can do what the progressive liberal socialists do and go back to blaming Bush.
      Cheers!
      -CC.

  • eddie47d

    Facebook censors various groups or posters such as those who spread hate,promote Crush Videos (animal smashing),promote child pedophiles and so forth.It’s more about decency and weeding out those who want shock value rather than being critical of free speech. ALIPAC has a good message but its the groups that they side with that give them a black eye. The Vanguard News Network (neo Nazi),The Vinlanders Social Club which post messages on each others sites and when to attend ALIPAC rallies. The same with Stormfront (neo-Nazi) and American Free Press both of these groups are anti-Semitic and Holocaust deniers. On Stormfronts home page they even says Please Support ALIPAC. The Barnes Review and Western Voices World News also have ads that promote ALIPAC. These periodicals also promote anti-semitism and of coarse anti- immigration tirades.

    • Vigilant

      Eddie says, “It’s more about decency and weeding out those who want shock value rather than being critical of free speech.”

      In over two centuries of our Constitutional Republic, it has been made clear, sometimes painfully so, that the point of the First Amendment is to protect the rude, the profane, the blasphemous, even the crude and obscene, and that individual or even community standards are powerless, for the most part, to assail this speech in courts of law.

      Vicki is correct in her below posting, i.e., that Facebook is a commercial enterprise in a for-profit business. They have the right to refuse any material for any reason whatsoever.

      The hypocrisy is that liberal media steadfastly cite the First Amendment when they want to disseminate materials that are rude, crude, and obscene, but also exercise very selective censorship when they refuse to divulge any opinion that may run counter to their aims.

      It’a all about liberal media bias and NOTHING ELSE.

      • eddie47d

        Maybe you like watching Crush Videos Vigilante and Pedophile websites but some of us do draw the line somewhere! Think beyond your own well being and who else has access to these websites. Along with Freedom there is responsibility to our children and hucksters. .

      • Vigilant

        Eddie says, “Maybe you like watching Crush Videos Vigilante and Pedophile websites…”

        Eddie, I truly expected more of you than such weak straw man tactics. It’s dirty pool, and detracts from the argument.

        “The Straw Man fallacy is committed when a person simply ignores a person’s actual position and substitutes a distorted, exaggerated or misrepresented version of that position.” (http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/straw-man.html)

        Most surprisingly, you are taking a conservative position with regard to the crap posted on the Internet these days. Make no mistake, it has been the liberal influence that has turned the airwaves and Internet into a vast wasteland. From Jerry Springer and Maury Povich through “Two and a Half Men” and South Park, the media has relentlessly pushed the envelope on decency for some time now. It’s not getting better, it’s getting worse, and you can thank liberal, not conservative attitudes for it.

        I repeat, the hypocrisy is that liberal media steadfastly cite the First Amendment when they want to disseminate materials that are rude, crude, and obscene, but also exercise very selective censorship when they refuse to divulge any opinion that may run counter to their aims.

      • Vigilant

        P.S. Eddie, kindly learn the difference between “vigilant” and “vigilante.” If you already know the difference, then please respect the use of my screen moniker. I have never changed your name in any response to you and I would hope you observe this basic courtesy in addressing me. Thank you.

      • vicki

        eddie47d says:
        “Maybe you like watching Crush Videos Vigilante and Pedophile websites but some of us do draw the line somewhere!”

        We do draw the line. In our hearts and minds (and those of our children that WE teach and WE monitor their use of TV, games, Internet). No one else has the ability to properly make those decisions for us. Certainly not liberals as demonstrated by the OP.

        eddie47d: “Along with Freedom there is responsibility to our children and hucksters.”

        To our children we raise them in a moral home and we train them in right and wrong. We monitor their use of media till they are old enough to decide for themselves.

        To hucksters we owe no responsibility.

      • eddie47d

        If you don’t like it Vigilante then STOP making straw man arguments of your own. Now do you comprehend?

      • eddie47d

        Yes VigilantE .Blaming everything on the Liberal media shows your bias and ignorance and also shows you aren’t ready of an equal debate on anything!

    • ok

      eddie47d, what is it you don’t get about FREE SPEECH? Get an education already damn troll…

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      “eddie47d,”

      SIR, THE PROBLEM WITH YOUR COMMENTARY IS HATE-SPEECH IS “IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER.” AVERAGE- CONSERVATIVES AND LIBERALS BOTH BELIEVE THE OTHER’S PROPAGANDA IS HATE-SPEECH. SO, Facebook IS “SPLITTING HAIRS” BY FOCUSING ON FRINGE GROUPS.

  • Ted Crawford

    I am surprized that anyone would find this an unexpected occurrence, most particularly any adherents to this site! This was guarenteed on November 6, 2012. Actually this is only the very small tip to this Iceberg!
    The outcome of this last Presidential election, brought about in no small part by Petulant Idealists, Neurotic Religious Fanatics, and patheticly apathetic nincompoops, insured, not just outcomes such as this, but outcomes that will become increasing more egregious!
    ” The shaft of the arrow had been feathered by one of the Eagles own plumes! We often give our enemies the means to our own destruction!” Aesop

  • Hedgehog

    I have a question! Why are Facebook Conversations being posted on this website? If I wanted my comments posted to Facebook I would do it myself. In my opinion Facebook is not a “SOCIAL NETWORKING SITE” it is a QUASI GOVERNMENT ESPIONAGE SITE!

    • vicki

      I think that you have to use the plugin to post on facebook and not this regular post method.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “vicki” – I THINK YOU ARE CORRECT. WHEN I FIRST SAW Facebook ON THIS SITE, I TRIED TO REPLY TO SOMEONE DIRECTLY; I WAS DIRECTED TO Facebook’s page AND WAS TOLD TO “Register.”

  • Vigilant

    Tempest in a teapot. Posted 13 hours ago on Facebook:

    “Update: Facebook finally cleared our ads and stopped blocking us on their search engine after our national press release and documenting video went out. While the pro Obama trolls are still being allowed to deface our event, we are now in full swing as far as we can tell. One item of interest we feel you should all know is that we have learned that the moderators governing us here on Facebook are in the 98.7% Islamic nation of Morocco where they are paid $1 an hour to handle us and our personal data on all of our pages and profiles. We are all under the electronic governance of Islamic Morrocans here on Facebook.”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/facebook/9119090/Facebook-in-new-row-over-sharing-users-data-with-moderators.html

    • vicki

      one of the many reasons I don’t use facebook. And I do wish that Bob Livingston would put that facebook plugin at the bottom of the page where it will not continually interfere with his excellent posting software. (It is only missing the “edit” feature :) )

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        THANK YOU, “Vicki,” FOR THAT COMMENT. I WANT Bob Livingston TO MAKE “TONS OF MONEY” FROM HIS WEBSITE – BUT, IS Facebook THE WAY?

    • ok

      Well it still blocked me when I did the search 2 minutes ago , I only received 2 results both of which were not yours!

  • Chester

    Well gentlemen, in case you missed it, facebook has instituted a whole NEW set of rules of usage, or terms of usage, your choice, and they CAN deny ANYONE access to the site for any number of reasons, including, but not limited to, prison records, political activities that threaten anyone or anything, and yes, invitations to a mass protest. If you have access to facebook, go and take a look at their new terms of use and see how many more people have been barred, not for what they are doing, but for what they MIGHT do.

    • vicki

      As is their RIGHT under the 1st Amendment. The freedom of the press necessarily includes the freedom to NOT print. Proper competition will take care of the rest.

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      “Chester,”

      OH, MAN! ….. THANK YOU! ….. YOU ARE CORRECT! ….. Facebook BANNED ME BECAUSE OF MY VIEWS ON HOMOSEXUALITY, RACE AND THE KENYAN. [Yet, every time I Google my name, "CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON is on Facebook," is usually, the second- or third link I see].

  • http://Stallings John

    Facebook shouldn’nt play favorites.

    • vicki

      No they should not. But they are NOT the government and can do what they think will please their customers.

    • Jana

      I just got through watching a show called Facebook Obsession. Facebook actually went to work for Obama to get him elected. He visited them and they helped him set his page up and are taking credit for getting the youth out to vote for him.
      So yes, Facebook is very one sided.

      • vicki

        And conservatives best notice that social networking is the way to defeat superpac’s or we are doomed.

  • James

    I am currently OUT of Facebook! It was a waste of time to begin with and the only reason for joining was to play a game my friends told me about!

    One good thing…..I got to see Toni-Ann one more time!

  • jopa

    I truly enjoy Facebook and it keeps me in touch with friends I haven’t heard from since 1967 when I graduated, family members in differant states and it keeps me up to date with others, special events and additions to their families etc.Facebook is really not for everybody though.I know there are a lot of you that your family doesn’t even want to keep in touch with you and most of you really don’t have any friends.If you enrolled in some anger management classes you could really have a wonderful life and come out of your depression.You all read too many articles and watch too much Fox telling you the boogieman is coming and then you spend the rest of your life hiding under a rock with a big gun and nobody shows up, adding to your frustration.There is help out there for you and with the ACA coming about it will be a true Godsend for you.Have a good one.

    • ok

      Troll, go back to playing in the street!

    • http://personalliberty Alondra

      Jopa, you still have your libtardic diarrhea?
      Why? You can’t afford obamaCare?

      Go to pharmacy and ask for absorbents Attapulgite or Polycarbophil. Both are available without prescriptions and inexpensive.
      I hope tomorrow you’ll feel much better.

      Good luck and best wishes, dear.

      • jopa

        Alondra: In reality I do have excellent insurance, considered by many as the golden plan.I don’t need referrals and when I feel I need particular attention to anything I mainly just go straight to specialists.My current employer is Big Pharma and has been for over twenty years and they treat us well with unimaginable benefits.I am also on SS disability,medicare and still receive my full salary and all my insurances are paid until I turn sixty five and I haven’t even been to work in over four years.I never had a need for the particular drugs you mentioned and probably use in that you seem to be so familiar with them.Keep on your current meds however you do still seem to be lacking one to calm yourself down and get a life.

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      “jopa” – YOU ARE ON POINT.

  • Tine van der Meer

    What is happening to Facebook? I hear of people in Israel having denied their rights to post things, and now I hear of people in the US having denied their freedom to post things that are considered against their government. I thouhgt America was a free country! And that its people had rights to think and say what they like or don’t like about its government!

    • ibcamn

      don’t you remember all the republican sites saying to remove your personal info from facebook or fb would remove it!?!they knew this was coming!

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      “Tine van der Meer,”

      Facebook IS “PISSED” BECAUSE THIS TYPE OF ACTIVITY DISCOURAGES SITE-VISITORS WHO ARE LOOKING FOR ROMANCE AND FRIENDS – THEREBY, CAUSING Facebook TO LOSE ITS TARGET AUDIENCE AND (MOST IMPORTANTLY), MONEY.

  • ok

    it only gave me 2 results when I did a search. one had 12 people going and the other one had only 1 going. this pisses me off!

  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    I AM NOT, Facebook’s DEFENDER. AND, I LIKE THE IDEA OF STATE CAPITOL-PROTESTS. IF I THOUGHT SOMETHING WOULD REALLY BE ACCOMPLISHED, I WOULD BE IN NASHVILLE, TODAY.

    BUT, IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING Facebook WAS DESIGNED FOR “SIMPLE” SOCIAL INTERACTION – MAKING ROMANTIC-DATING CONTACTS, POSTING PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHS, ETC.

    IT IS WRONG FOR BUSINESS OWNERS TO MAKE BUSINESS-POSTINGS ON, Facebook. IT IS ALSO WRONG FOR POLITICAL SPEECH TO BE ON, Facebook. I DO NOT THINK Facebook’s OWNER HAS THIS TYPE OF ACTIVITY IN MIND. HENCE, THE PROTEST “BLACK-OUT.”

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