Opinion| Mark Sidney| If you are able to see this post on Facebook, it is likely you know that I have been under sustained attack by Facebook for years now.
Ever since the 2016 election, I have seen my ability to reach my fans with our articles crushed, by about 90% or so.
I have had my Pages unpublished, then, by the grace of God, after backchanneling, I have seen them restored.
I have had my identity ‘unverified’ and my ability to run ads and post to my Pages removed (after 2+ years of being verified) … during the recent elections.
I was blocked from posting to my 5-6,000,000 followers DURING, leading up to, and following the recent elections.
I could spend 2000 words on the history of what Facebook has done to me, and other Trump supporting publishers, but for the sake of brevity, I will just get to the breaking news.
As opinion publishers, who back Trump, we talk amongst ourselves and discuss what Facebook is doing, has done, and what we think they will do, to try and steal back our voices before the 2020 election.
Over the last week or so, a slew of conservative publishers have lost their ability to publish to their Pages, Groups and Profiles (myself included). Many of of us have also had posts removed, and have seen our Groups hit with a ton of ‘flags’ or ‘violations’ all at once.
When we go to see what content was removed for violating the ‘community standards on coordinated harm” Facebook tells us that they can not display the content:
Facebook also states that this Admin’s post has ‘Put Your Group at Risk” and suggests that I delete this admin or message them.
For those who do not know, Facebook has implemented, what in my view is a Stalinist/Hitlarian ‘reprisal’ based system for crushing the distribution of Groups.
If other members of a Group which you are in, or admin of, post things that Facebook decides are not ok, then the reach of everyone in the Group stands to suffer.
I have a Group of 108,000 people or so, “Donald Trump Is Our President – The Group“. I can not open the group up to everyone posting, or else I risk a few bad actors, or even just a few bad posts, could result in the reach of the entire Group, and even it’s very existence being thrown into jeopardy.
Keep in mind how easy this policy can, and likely is, abused by radical leftist activists online. In fairness, people on the right could do this too if they wanted to.
Let’s say, an Antfia member wants to shut down the reach of a pro Trump group. All they need to do is apply for membership in the group, sneak in, as it would be a fulltime job just to vet everyone applying to the group individually, as we get hundreds of requests a day, sometimes thousands. Once they are in the group they post a few fake or objectionable pieces of content, and then the entire Group seems its reach crushers. Keep in mind that, some groups are set so anyone can join and approve members, so they may not even need to be approved based on the settings of the individual group.
The system is so weak and poorly designed one must ask if it were done this way on purpose, just to facilitate this kind of activity and silencing of speech.
If this is not a prior restraint on speech I do not know what is. Facebook is forcing me to not allow others to post in Groups I own, as if I do let them post, and they post something FB does not like, I stand to see my reach crushed too.
Keep in mind, as a publisher, reach is my value proposition, without reach, aka, distribution, I have nothing. This is why my company paid Facebook over $270,000 for Page Like Ads, in order to build up our Pages to, before the first ‘purge’ on October 10 2018, over 8 million fans.
I ask you how is this any different in strategy (obviously the scale of harm is different as no one is being killed … yet) than the SS killing 10% of a town after resistance fighters ambushed and killed a SS officer? Again, no, I am not saying that this is the same as cold blooded murder, but I am saying that this is the path that leads us to into a dystopian future. Without the free flow of ideas, nations and civilizations fall into oppression, authoritarianism and tyranny.
Once I started taking to other who have also seen their ability to post removed, we found a common thread. All the posts that were removed, we posts which echoed Paul Sperry’s report in Real Clear Investigations, which ‘outed’ the whistleblower.
From the intel that I have gathered, and I will be the first to tell you that I do not have ALL the data, but from what I can see, I believe Facebook is suspending the ability of people to post who report on the identity of the ‘coup catalyst’ (<my opinion), or as the media calls him the ‘whistleblower’ … despite the fact he admits to having witnessed none of the interaction in question.
Why does Facebook refuse to tell us why we have seen our posting ability removed? Is it a crime to report the news? Is investigative journalism now illegal? Maybe we should ask Julian Assange.
Proud and outspoken supporter of President Trump, David J Harris Jr was also a victim of the latest round of Facebook offensives:
Our GOD GIVEN RIGHTS to speak freely, to expose facts, investigate wrong doings, and share our views are being eviscerated. It seems to me that the establishment or ‘Deep State’, if you will, have outsourced the destruction of the 1st and 4th Amendments to the United States Constitution to the Tech Left, to the autocratic, technocratic, tyrants in their Silicon Valley bubble. Facebook, Google, Twitter and their alleged coconspiritors, hold more power and wield it more brazenly than anyone, or any conglomerate has in human history.
What makes this even more egregious is that it was merely a few weeks ago that Mark Zuckerberg had the audacity to get up in front of the world at Georgetown, on October 17 2019, and tell the world how much Facebook cares about ‘freedom of expression.’ Keep in mind this was one week after the largest pro Trump Page on Facebook, our Page, “Donald Trump Is Our President” was unpublished.
Zuckerberg’s interview with Dana Perino of Fox News seemed genuine to me as well. I am worried I may be becoming a terrible judge of character.
Despite the fact that Zuckerberg seems to lie every time he has opened his mouth in the past, I thought this time he was genuine.
Perhaps part of my assumption came from the fact that he had just met with President Trump, and I believe this meeting was where Trump would tell Mark Z to get back on track or face the wrath of the most powerful nation on Earth.
Well Mr. President, Facebook did what they always do. They told you what you wanted to hear, all while they were doing the exact opposite behind your back.
I still think that Hillary Clinton’s buddy, and would have been Treasury or Commerce Secretary, according to Slate, and many other sites, Sheryl Sandberg, is the one calling these plays. I think it is a real possibility that Zuckerberg is merely a paper tiger with no real power. Perhaps Facebook has it’s own version of the State Department’s ‘7th floor,’ which refuses to carry out the directives of the Chief Executive. Who knows, certainly not me, but I can take a well educated guess.
Sandberg came up under the wing of Clinton Treasury Secretary, Larry Summers. Sandberg worked under Summers at the World Bank, then in the Treasury Department under Bill Clinton. Sandberg then went on to Google.
After Google Sheryl became COO of Facebook in 2008 and is largely credited with creating Facebook’s business model of hyper targeted advertising (Read: NSA style data collection.)
Sandberg’s emails with Podesta were released by Wikileaks, and in one of them Sheryl focused on her husband’s sudden death in May 2015, due to “Senselessness now mingles with tragedy in the case of Dave Goldberg, the husband of Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg who died from accidental blunt force trauma while exercising, according to Mexican officials.” Source: USA Today. Responding to Podesta, who reached out with sympathies, Sandberg replied:
“ … And I still want HRC to win badly. I am still here to help as I can. She came over and was magical with my kids”. (emphasis mine)
You can read the rest of Sandberg and Podesta’s emails HERE.
The moral of the story is that Facebook has seemingly decided to go for broke. They have begun to crackdown on the freedom of expression of conservatives, Trump supporters and anyone who they perceive to be in the way or their insatiable appetite for profits and control. No cost seems to be too high for Facebook and their tactics become more and more bold than ever before, as far as I can tell.
In all honesty, team Trump should share part of the blame here. Facebook only continues to get bolder and more authoritarian because no one in the government has ever even tried to stop (that I am aware of) them after their past ‘purges,’ which they had the gall to carry out mere weeks before the midterm elections, on October 11th 2018!
President Trump, AG Barr, and anyone in Congress who will listen: I HAVE THE EVIDENCE, I have the data, the proof of what Facebook is doing and I would be happy to share it.
I suspect this may put my life in danger (go ahead, roll your eyes) but this is something I must do. For the record, I will never commit suicide. Maybe that is a little melodramatic, but I do not put anything past these people. It seems clear to me that their goal is total control of the flow of information and I would guess they plan to use to, essentially, ‘take over the world.’ When you take on a $600,000,000,000 company, who is basically their own intel agency, I do not think concern for my safety is an irrational feeling.
If you have information about what Facebook has done to you, and you would be willing to provide us with evidence please send it to [email protected] You do not have to be a Trump supporter, I would be happy to defend the speech rights of any and all human beings, provided the speech in question is legal.
Thank you for your continued support, it really means a lot in times like this, when the chips are down. But do not fret, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice” as Martin Luther King Jr once said. Together we will defeat this threat to liberty, and on the other side of this hill will be more sunshine and freedom than we could even imagine.
Remember, if you find yourself in hell … just keep going! Oh, and sign up for Spreely.com, or download the app in the Droid or Apple App Stores. Spreely is very close to Facebook in functionality, but there are not thought police, and there never will be any thought police. The 1st Amendment is Spreely’s community standard.