On Thursday Facbeook announced the company took action on 559 Pages and 251 accounts that violated their “spam” and coordinated “inauthentic behavior” policies.
Facebook said most of those affected were political pages.
This year, we’ve enforced this policy against many Pages, Groups and accounts created to stir up political debate, including in the US, the Middle East, Russia and the UK. But the bulk of the inauthentic activity we see on Facebook is spam that’s typically motivated by money, not politics. And the people behind it are adapting their behavior as our enforcement improves.
Facebook says the enforcement was based on violations of Facebook’s existing spam and coordinated inauthentic behavior policies, the type of content posted by all accounts impacted was not a factor.
And now, several hours later, we are hearing that most of the purged political pages were on the right.
Facebook purged several conservative sites just four weeks before the election and without warning.
Facebook took down Right Wing News – a conservative page with over 3 million followers.
Brian Kolfage at Right Wing News reported:
I have been managing the Right Wing News Facebook page, and have been involved with the brand for many years.
And just today, Facebook took down our Facebook page, cutting off all contact we had with the millions of people who signed up to follow us, the millions of people who liked what we were sharing online.
I took over managing the page when John Hawkins decided to step aside to pursue other endeavors. John and I have a great relationship and I was honored to have the torch passed down to me. We had a coveted, verified blue check mark 3.5 Million fans, and I invested over $300,000 in ads at Facebook’s own request, nearly begging us to spend spend spend just to reach our fans … whom they kept making more difficult to reach with every passing year.
Jared Vallorani founder and CEO of Klicked Media who provides hosting and web support to several conservative websites told The Gateway Pundit that several of his clients had their Facebook pages removed on Thursday. Many of the pages had hundreds of thousands of followers. Jared refers to yesterday as “Black Thursday.”
No one from Facebook has reached out to any of these Facebook page owners to discuss their concerns, their behavior or to tell them about their demise.
Doug Giles who runs the conservative website Clash Daily was shut down on Black Thursday by Facebook.
Giles wrote this at Clash Daily after his pages — with nearly 3 million likes — were taken down yesterday.
ClashDaily.com doesn’t trade in subtleties and deceit. We are a hard-charging, patriotic mosh-pit, that loves freedom, family and our flag and don’t mind challenging them that don’t with truth mixed with an irreverent sense of humor. Our brand of no-bullshit news reporting and op-eds have garnered us 230M page views in the last few years. If you define ‘misleading users’ as making them free thinking people versus Koolaid drinking Antifa clowns, then I guess we could be guilty.
ClashDaily.com‘s pages are administered by a fake account? That’s a joke. Our admin peeps have to double verify to login. Facebook has our driver’s licenses. In addition, my ClashDaily.com Facebook page was ‘blue checked’ approved by Facebook as being from me and not some zit-faced, content-farming, teen from Macedonia.
The Gateway Pundit knows of several other conservative publishers who had their pages taken down yesterday.
So far Facebook continues to get away with this unfair and discriminatory practice.
Jim Hoft from The Gateway Pundit spoke to Congress about Facebook and it’s continued censorship of conservative sites at a September hearing.
Something needs to be done to stop this unfair practices.