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Facebook Thought Police

James A. Watkins is an entrepreneur, musician, and a writer with four non-fiction books and hundreds of magazine articles read by millions.

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A Digital Iron Curtain

A Digital Iron Curtain has descended over the Internet. So says investigative journalist Daniel Greenfield. Totalitarians always promise free elections, free speech, and a free press until they get all the power. Then, all that is eliminated “for your own good.”

The promise of the Internet was the free flow of information. Facebook promised us free speech before we made them among the richest people in the world. Before billions of people got hooked on their product. And before President Trump was elected.

Today Facebook is in the surveillance business, and in the business of social engineering, defined as “an attempt to manage social change and regulate behavior through psychological manipulation.”

They have become the Stasi of the Internet, sending people to prison for saying the ‘wrong’ thing. It has made itself legislator, judge, jury and executioner of Thought Crimes.

Senator Al Franken said: “No company should have the power to pick and choose which content reaches consumers and which doesn’t. Facebook, Google, and Amazon, like Internet Service Providers, should be neutral in their treatment of the flow of lawful information and commerce on their platform.”

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Facebook is Awesome

Facebook is awesome in many ways. Countless old friends have found each other. Lonely people can have some social interaction. We can all stay abreast of births, deaths, graduations, weddings, and funerals. We can find customers and show everybody the slideshows of our vacation and photographs of our grandkids. We can find strangers who share our interests, be it hobbies, music, jokes, politics, or religion.

2.5 billion people use Facebook. It has become the new Public Square for the World. It is, in many cases, how we buy and sell; how we learn and teach; how we communicate with our family and friends; and how we find out what is going on in the world. But Facebook has turned against Free Speech and now engages in censorship. It has become Big Brother and the Thought Police. It seems bent on killing our Freedom to Speak the Truth.

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The Election of President Trump

After the election of President Trump, Democrats were struck with Trump Derangement Syndrome: Blind hatred of President Trump, and his supporters, by those who preach tolerance. It is, tragically, a psychotic hatred that has driven them insane, the legal definition of which is “being unable to distinguish right from wrong.”

Facebook came under intense pressure, even from Barack Hussein Obama, to join the Democrats in what they deem the ‘Resistance,’ a revolutionary movement to overthrow our government if possible, but if that fails to make it impossible for the duly elected administration to govern, and to ensure Democrats win all future elections.

Mark Zuckerberg agreed that Facebook would help out, first by using algorithms, with the immediate result of a 45% drop of engagement by American citizens on President Trump’s Facebook posts. Next would come deleting accounts of conservatives, the use of Facebook Jail, Shadow Banning, News Feed manipulation, and employing the use of leftist ‘fact checkers.’ More algorithm changes followed, to enforce ‘community standards,’ eliminate ‘hate speech,’ and stop the spread of ‘misinformation,’ which quickly dropped traffic to established conservative websites by 15%.

Zuckerberg testified to Congress that Facebook “would remain content neutral,” but one week later he told far left-wing extremist groups that he would welcome their input to decide who and what to censor. The subsequent removal of links to pages with which Facebook does not agree has resulted in a 93% decrease in traffic to conservative news since President Trump won the election.

In the 2018 election, Facebook sent messages encouraging people to “get out and vote” but the messages were only sent to certain demographics – those most likely to vote for Democrats.

The sharing of information, knowledge, and wisdom within your sphere of influence is a powerful thing. 67% of Americans get their news from social media. Facebook has determined to diminish the influence of conservative thought, speech, and ideas. It has decided to discriminate against people who hold a worldview different from that of the Left. They have decided to use their platform to manipulate public opinion.

14% of Americans say that they have changed their minds about a belief they held because of what they read on Facebook. That is enough of a percentage to flip most elections. And get this: Those who most easily change their minds are in the Democrat demography. Among those under age 30, nearly a third have changed their minds about a social or political issue because of what they learned from Facebook. And among Blacks and Hispanics of all ages about 20%.

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Facebook Becomes a Publisher

Mark Zuckerberg stated many times that Facebook was “a platform for all ideas.” But now they are making editorial decisions, and that makes them a publisher. It is an important distinction because Facebook has always claimed to be a neutral platform, and denied being a publisher. That matters because publishers fall under a different set of laws.

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A social media platform is supposed to “offer a forum for a true diversity of political discourse,” according to the U.S. Congress. As Congressman Matt Gaetz says, “If Facebook claims to be a neutral platform, it cannot continue to limit conservative content; if Facebook claims to be a publisher, it will lose its legal immunity under section 230 of the Communications Act. They simply cannot have it both ways.”

You can bet that if Facebook were routinely censoring the views of ‘progressive’ leftists there would be riots in the streets.

Facebook Censorship

Princeton Professor Robert George writes: “Ordinary authoritarians are content to forbid people from saying things they know or believe to be true. Totalitarians insist on forcing people to say things they know or believe to be untrue.”

Hate is the favorite word of the Left, defined as “anything said or written against our ideology.” Facebook now punishes people for ‘Hate Speech,’ which it has decided is anything written that MIGHT offend or insult members of ‘protected groups.’ It would take a lot of space to list all the ‘protected groups’ so let’s just say everyone in the world except White Christian Men.

Under Facebook ‘community standards,’ blasphemy and sacrilege are fine. It is fine to say President Trump is a racist (which is worse than being called a child molester these days), his supporters are bigots, his black supporters are Uncle Toms, his Hispanic supporters are race traitors, and anyone who thinks America should have borders “hates brown people.” Even though none of those things are true.

It is fine to mock Jesus, ridicule the Body of Christ, call the Gospel a “fairy tale,” and the Holy Bible “a stupid bronze age book for fools.” These are not violations to Facebook. Even overtly expressed hatred for white people is fine, as in “I hate white people and wish they would all just die.”

Even expressing dreams of the president being assassinated are fine. It is OK to express support for Socialism—an ideology that has already murdered 100,000,000 innocent souls—but its Facebook Jail if you hurt someone’s feelings that is in a protected group.

The reason for this is that only those defined as ‘oppressors’ are slated for punishment. This is a new version of Marxism (godless socialism), recast as the struggle for power not among classes but among identity groups (grievance groups).

Under this scheme the most privileged millionaire can still be a victim as long as not a White Christian Male. Meanwhile, even the poorest SOB in the country is still guilty of having ‘white privilege.’ Individual guilt, virtue and responsibility has been replaced by collective guilt, virtue and responsibility. Individual freedom goes by the boards as identity politics reveals its totalitarian nature and creates a culture of vengeance.

Facebook has blocked advertising for Pro-Life movies, stories, and causes. It banned the Declaration of Independence as ‘hate speech.’ And they are just getting started.

Zuckerberg says he is going to start clamping down on what conservative Christians say “even if it doesn’t actually violate our standards.”

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has invited the atheist communist ACLU – and 90 other far left wing groups - to “audit” the content on Facebook with the goal of curbing conservative thought.

Ann Coulter writes: “The Left controls all the cultural institutions — the establishment media, corporate America, Hollywood, Silicon Valley, public schools and universities. The only breach in their total dominion of the flow of information is the Internet. So now they’re fixated like a laser beam on private citizens talking to one another online. Liberals assessed the situation and correctly concluded: People are learning facts on the Internet that we’ve been withholding from them, so now they don’t agree with us. This must be stopped!”

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Letter from Facebook Jail

Facebook community standards are OK with posts expressing the wish to “burn Christians alive.” But they banned a Christian woman for posting Scriptures from Leviticus. The Facebook Community has to be kept safe from little old ladies quoting the Bible. She must be silenced, sent to the Gulag or reeducation camp. She must be punished.

News stories considered too conservative are now routinely removed or suppressed. Pro-life pages and advertisements have been repeatedly censored. Planned Parenthood, even while killing babies and selling their body parts, has never been censored.

Antifa can post encouragement to violence against Trump supporters – not a violation of Facebook standards. ISIS and other Muslim groups can openly promote terror attacks, killing Jews and Christians. No problem. But people have been suspended for posting screenshots of threats made against them. And been suspended for posting screenshots of abuse heaped on them by progressives.

Even NPR has had stories pulled that did not agree with the typical leftist narrative, such as one on the exaggerated number of school shootings (there have been 11, not 235, but you are not allowed to say so).

In 2016, former Facebook employees told of how their former employer routinely – even back then – suppressed stories that might put conservatism in a good light and promoted false stories that further the Democrat narrative. They said Facebook employed young leftists as “news curators” who blackballed the Blaze and Breitbart, among others, ignored certain topics altogether, and made sure everyone saw stories on their newsfeeds that furthered the agenda of the Democratic Party. Meanwhile, they categorize standard, orthodox Christian faith as hate speech.

People have been put in Facebook Jail for using the word ‘tranny,’ for saying “illegal aliens are criminals,” for saying “homosexual behaviors are sinful,” for saying those behaviors are immoral or perverse, and for pointing out the true health hazards of such behaviors. When those same people report being threatened with actual bodily harm, such as rape or murder of them or their family members, they are told it did not violate community standards.

For saying “two men cannot make a real marriage” (as in Holy Matrimony) a man was excommunicated but for saying “All Christians like you ought to be in concentration camps” there was no penalty. One woman was banned for saying “Bruce Jenner is still a man,” which according to his DNA is an absolute unchangeable fact. So the Truth becomes against the law and lies become praised.

Saying, “Only biological males may use the men’s restroom” got a woman imprisoned. But other people made threatening comments filled with expletives towards her, which “did not violate community standards.” Even being pro-police has earned banishment.

Just yesterday, people were banned for referring to the Jussie Smollett case as a hoax hate crime, because saying so “violates community standards.”

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Fact Checkers, Fake News, & Shadow Banning

Zuckerberg rates news organizations based on ‘trustworthiness.’ Oddly enough, every left wing outfit, not matter how extreme, is deemed trustworthy and only one conservative company, Fox News, is. I suspect they only threw in Fox News so they could deny picking only progressive news sources. Facebook says they will use these ratings to promote or suppress content. So, the truth is not the truth unless the correct group says it.

Facebook is employing ‘fact-checking’ that only utilizes left-wing fact checkers that studies show are three times as likely to label the SAME NEWS STORY from a conservative source as false. Facebook will then ‘shadow ban’ the article, dropping its viewership by 80%. Even words such as ‘America’ and ‘God’ have triggered shadow banning.

The point to understand is that under the system before President Trump was elected, you more or less decided what you would see based on your own preferences, based on what you click on and ‘liked.’ Now, the powers that be will decide what they want you to see and read.

Shadow banning is where it appears a post is normal but Facebook makes sure no one sees it. For just one example, Prager University had a video that received 80,000 likes the first day and ZERO the next. It was still there. But no one was seeing it, even people who always like the Prager videos and have liked its page.

The most ridiculous thing of all is using the Southern Poverty Law Center to decide who is a hater. Talk about calling the kettle black! Anyone to the right of Josef Stalin is a hater to the SPLC. It itself is an organization that makes a living by hating people. Standard orthodox Christianity is a hate group according to them.

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Psychological Projection

Psychological projection is what comes to Leftists naturally—meaning that they unceasingly attribute their own undesirable feelings and ideas to those they despise. For instance, no one is truly more intolerant than those who make ‘Tolerance’ their byword. No group projects more sheer hatred every day in social media than those who make ‘Hate’ their shibboleth. No one decries ‘people forcing their ideas down my throat’ more than Leftists who do exactly that and are proud of it. No one is more bigoted than those who scream ‘Bigot’ at those with whom they disagree. No one is more racist than those who use the word ‘Racist’ constantly as an insult. Those who demand ‘Diversity’ demand uniformity of thoughts and words.

Bigotry is a negative bias towards people because of the group they belong to and it runs rampant today—bigotry against white men, against Conservatives, and bigotry against Christians, who are constantly demonized as being collectively bad people.

It is not enough to allow Christians to believe as they wish, their views must be annihilated from the face of the earth; they must be made to renounce their most sacred convictions. People with power are using their authority to silence, intimidate, punish, or criminalize those who hold differing views on sexual perversions, for instance.

No allowance is made for the fact that people may hold different opinions without hating anybody. The whole thing is Orwellian NewSpeak and DoubleThink. The Left must be intolerant for the sake of tolerance; treat people unequally for the sake of equality; and hate on people to ‘stop hatred.’

Young people are being taught to confuse feelings with virtue. What is good and bad behavior is not based on how you ‘feel’ about something but on whether the consequences of doing it are good or bad.

The Left is not reaching out to persuade others. They are mobilizing a mob mentality, tapping into the most base of emotions, the most animalistic of passions, to gear people up to hate others to gain power over them. They make war on reality itself, war against nature, wisdom, morality, and knowledge. The Left hates the traditional family and wants it destroyed. They hate the Rule of Law. They hate the Truth.

But I don’t hate them. Nor do I want them censored or silenced. In spite of their dangerous and wicked views I believe they should be free to say and write them.

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Is There a Solution?

Now, some people say, “If you don’t like being censored just quit Facebook.” And some say, “If you don’t like abortion, don’t have one”; “If you don’t like murder, don’t kill anyone”; “if you don’t like rape, don’t rape anyone.” It is not that simple. Most all of your family and friends are on there. Most businesses must have a page on Facebook. 32% of conservatives have quit Facebook or are considering it.

Facebook thinks it should dictate your preferences and values and attitudes. It believes it should silence dissent from its atheistic, socialistic, open borders, globalist New World Order. Not to win a competition of ideas but to stop opposing ideas from being said, written, read, or thought.

How about we have fairness and justice? How about we stop calling every conservative comment ‘divisive’? How many times have you seen that adjective applied to a progressive comment or article, no matter how abrasive?

If I may quote Amalric de Droevig: “True democratic choice depends upon the free flow of information and ideas. Censorship is always and everywhere an attack on both human dignity and democracy itself. If you are not exposed to different ideas, even wrong ideas, even stupid ideas, you’re not really free to choose your own destiny as an individual or as a people.”


Comments

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 07, 2020:

T ~ Thank you for the link.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on August 20, 2020:

The clearest example of conflicts in play regarding fact checks may be found by examining Facebook’s new oversight board, which was recently created to temper criticism over its decisions to flag certain content and accounts. According to Facebook, members of the oversight board “were chosen for their expertise and diversity” and “must not have actual or perceived conflicts of interest that could compromise their independent judgment and decision-making.” They all “have expertise in, or experience in advocating for, human rights.”

But 18 of the 20 members of Facebook’s oversight board members have ties to Soros’ Open Society Foundations, which have spent billions of dollars on global initiatives aggressively advocating for the progressive side on topics ranging from immigration policy and climate to abortion, gender, and racial policies. Soros is such a prolific financier among global groups that advocate for positions he supports that his name is bound to turn up when the chosen fact-checkers are primarily activists and advocates for progressive positions.

The result is a group whose expressed viewpoints and causes are far from neutral. By contrast, however, no members of the Facebook board have known public positions on the conservative side of hot-button controversies.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on August 14, 2020:

T ! Thank you brother. I enjoyed it.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on August 08, 2020:

T ~ I do not know. There does not seem to be any rhyme or reason to it that I can figure out. I have searched in vain for some kind of pattern to emerge, but alack and alas, none has.

T on August 06, 2020:

That’s what I figured, HP is as bad as YouTube and Facebook with censoring the truth!

Makes one wonder just who is pulling the strings on all these social media organizations when they copy each other’s lead on censoring.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on August 06, 2020:

T ~ Yes they did. It was visible for a few days, and the last time I looked, but now it is in 'Admin Denied.' Sorry about that. I do not know of any way I can get it out of there.

T on August 05, 2020:

Just curious, did HP delete my comments with the links?

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on August 02, 2020:

T ~ Thank you for that link!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on July 31, 2020:

T ~ Thank you for the correspondence and the links. Facebook has been deleting posts and putting people in FB Jail quite a bit lately and I suspect it will ramp up to a fever pitch between now and the election. I would not be surprised if people who make great conservative posts that get hundreds of likes and shares get put in FB Jail for the whole last month before the election to make sure the leftist message is not rebutted.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on July 10, 2020:

T ~ Will do. I am determined to have it out by August 1st. Thank you for your interest, as well as your valued ongoing encouragement.

T on July 09, 2020:

Let me know where and when I can get it! I’m buying any book you write, your books are best investment in books I’ve made recently but your articles could be even better...they’re free! :-)

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on July 09, 2020:

Wow T! That is shocking. And hey, it is good to hear from you, my friend. My new book is almost done.

T on July 09, 2020:

I did a google search for Ryan Hartwig and could not find one article by the MSM even mentioning his name.

Journalism is dead in the MSM.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on July 09, 2020:

Facebook Insider Ryan Hartwig: The Company Allowed Users to Demonize Only Whites, Men, Cops! Facebook whistleblower Ryan Hartwig lifted the lid on Facebook’s pattern of bias and censorship against conservatives. The policy was shaped by left-wing individuals who were seeking to influence the discourse and interfere in the election.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 30, 2020:

Alexander Silvius ~ You are quite welcome. Thank you for making me think, as you always do.

Alexander Silvius from Portland, Oregon on May 30, 2020:

Thanks for taking the time to read and respond to my comment, you are gracious as always, brother. It's hard to follow up on such a thorough article, but I tried! In any case, you have helped solidify my position concerning social media, media and the direction the progressives are taking us in. I am sure I don't need to elaborate ;-)

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 29, 2020:

Alexander Silvius ~ Thank you very much for taking the time to read my article and post such an extensive commentary.

I also feel, generally, as you do, that “a business has a right to conduct itself anyway it wants to.” However, you make an excellent point that Facebook has become “a news outlet, a media dispensary that is manipulating truth and creating lies. … They are obviously intentionally manipulating public opinion through misinformation, secondhand libel and the suppression of information and the relabeling of information, and that is wrong. … it is intentionally manipulating information and the flow of information toward a purpose to change people's opinions.”

What you wrote here is also important: “They can label anyone an oppressor, and the people are already trained to hate that person or group because it automatically falls under one of the definitions of oppressor - bigots, hateful religious nuts, white, Christian.”

It always a pleasure to hear from you, my wise and eloquent friend. I treasure our fellowship. Carry on Christian soldier.

James

Alexander Silvius from Portland, Oregon on May 27, 2020:

You know, honestly, I was not completely on the "Facebook is bad" bandwagon because they are a business and I feel a business has a right to conduct itself anyway it wants to. However, I have come to the point that I understand they are a news outlet, a media dispensary that is manipulating truth and creating lies. No matter what, lying should be a crime - especially when it is something that affects so many people on so many important issues. They are obviously intentionally manipulating public opinion through misinformation, secondhand libel and the suppression of information and the relabeling of information, and that is wrong. Their business is information, so on that basis we have a platform to protest. to bring justice down on them. If Apple did not honor its warranties, we could sue them and win. If car manufacturers knowingly put defective parts in a car, we would sue them and win. Facebook is a public and private information business, and if it mismanages that information, it is already breaking public trust. But if it is intentionally manipulating information and the flow of information toward a purpose to change people's opinions to being favorable to them (whether left or right), then they are lying and breaking the law.

Anyway, I can go on. I recently received a notice that they removed a post I commented on about COVID-19. Oddly enough they did not reveal what the post said, only that it was about that subject matter and then directed me to where I could go to get "correct" information - the WHO. Gee, you think that Facebook would want to stay as far from controversy as possible and not endorse an organization whose practices are under severe scrutiny by the President of the United States! But no, they keep marching on, proclaiming their truth and lies even louder.

You wrote: "...And get this: Those who most easily change their minds are in the Democrat demography." Ironically, the very practices Facebook employs on conservatives is actually what is needed for lefties who are trained to be mesmerized by the nonstop stream of consciousness garbage of the progressive and politically correct media. if anyone should be manipulated, it is the ignorant leftists.

And this: " Facebook now punishes people for ‘Hate Speech,’ which it has decided is anything written that MIGHT offend or insult members of ‘protected groups.’ It would take a lot of space to list all the ‘protected groups’ so let’s just say everyone in the world except White Christian Men."

Yep, that's exactly what happened to me and why you posted the link to this article. The term "gay slut" was censored, but the phrase, "God is a slut," that I wrote as a test of Facebook's anti-Christian bias, was, of course, not censored. So preventing the offending of the right and Christians is obviously completely not on their agenda. Two faced hypocrites. It reinforces what you wrote next: "It is fine to mock Jesus, ridicule the Body of Christ, call the Gospel a “fairy tale,” and the Holy Bible “a stupid bronze age book for fools.” These are not violations to Facebook." You are spot on.

What you wrote next, scares the crap out of me: "The reason for this is that only those defined as ‘oppressors’ are slated for punishment. This is a new version of Marxism (godless socialism), recast as the struggle for power not among classes but among identity groups (grievance groups)." They can label anyone an oppressor, and the people are already trained to hate that person or group because it automatically falls under one of the definitions of oppressor - bigots, hateful religious nuts, white, Christian. It reminds me constantly of the pig with his trained dogs that took power from the first pig in Animal Farm; He continually revised history so the people would not protest his current actions. We're heading into a communist state now.

"When those same people report being threatened with actual bodily harm, such as rape or murder of them or their family members, they are told it did not violate community standards." This makes me so incredibly angry - because I endured that kind of treatment in high school, not for my faith, but because I didn't fit in. I followed all the rules and I reported when someone was attacking me verbally or trying to fight with me, and all they would tell me is that I had to learn to "get along" whatever the hell that meant. I should have talked with my fists but there were reasons I was such a pansy, but the point is that I would do the "right" thing, and then they would do nothing about it. This is exactly the same thing but worse, as we are told that what we say is hate speech, but when physically threatened with bodily harm, that's NOT hate speech or dangerous. This literally makes me want to cause THEM bodily harm.

You are dead on about Psychological Projection. But how do we distinguish it from real accusations? By the fact that the left does it over and over and over. They scream: racist, bigot, hate, tolerance and so on at every turn. It's a constant sticking point with them they can't let go of. There is definitely still racism in the US today, but not like it used to be. But the left acts like our society is still locked in the much more racially divided early 1900s, but we are now so politically correct, casual racial slurs are not uttered in polite society anymore. But they want us to act and think as if it is still happening as if it's 1920. And moreover, they condemn anyone who doesn't fall in line with that thinking.

"The Left is not reaching out to persuade others. They are mobilizing a mob mentality" - PERFECT, well said.

Sorry for my rambly comment here, but you basically said it all and it is obvious that Facebook is a tool for the left agenda. Like I advised you before, I am not leaving Facebook, I think we can still have an impact on people there. I'll only leave when it is clear that they will decide to block everything on the right and nothing gets through.

Just looking briefly at the comments - you posted that they are censoring private messages!!! I just received a text from a friend saying the same thing, and I am waiting to open the link she sent until I can verify it's from her, but that's incredible - looks like it's true. However, I am not completely shocked and angered, Hotmail censors my emails too, no matter how many times I hit the "mark as not junk" button, emails from Michael Savage, the White House and CBN are constantly and with random frequency, sent to the junk folder. How dare they? Well, it's free email....

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on January 31, 2020:

T ~ Now be nice now. Everyone must play nice in the sandbox.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on January 31, 2020:

Leslie McCowen ~ I appreciate you swinging over to check out my article. I do not believe I am misinformed. My research for this article was methodical and meticulous. However, if you can cite any specific part of it where I am mistaken, I will be glad to make the appropriate edits.

The Logician from then to now on on January 30, 2020:

Lol! look who is calling the kettle black.

Leslie,

the living, breathing human cornucopia of misinformation. No circus in history has had such an absurd sideshow attraction as Mrs. McCowen!

Leslie McCowen from Cape Cod, USA on January 30, 2020:

Sucker berg congratulated Trump for being number one on Facebook.

I think you are misinformed. Just a tad.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on January 30, 2020:

Facebook Is Now So Determined To Ban Free Thought, They’re Censoring Private Messages! I knew that Facebook was desperate to keep anything remotely Christian, right-wing, or generally dangerous to the leftist status quo far, far away from their massive social network, but this shocks me.

The censor-happy Thought Police over at Facebook are now censoring private messages in a move that completely destroys any final claims they may have to neutrality or the protection of free speech. Facebook censored a PRIVATE MESSAGE because it has a link to Jordan Peterson’s Bible Lecture Series.

Where the link should have appeared in the PM, instead appeared the Orwellian warning, “This message was removed because it includes a link that goes against our Community Standards.”

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on January 28, 2020:

T ~ Very interesting comments, my friend. They must not see you as a threat.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on January 28, 2020:

Wesman Todd Shaw ~ Thank you for reading my article. I am sorry to hear that you have joined the long list of those mistreated by Facebook. Alex Jones has broken some stories. And some of his stuff is whacked too. However, I am dead set against censorship of him or anyone else unless the are preaching physical violence or terrorism. I like Tommy Robinson. He has been sorely mistreated by nearly everybody with the power to mistreat him.

The Logician from then to now on on January 25, 2020:

You know when Facebook first started I opened 5 phoney Facebook accounts with phoney names, pics for the accts like Boo Radley from the movies, cats and dogs, the three stooges and names that weren’t names at all but silly phrases.

I used them all when any website asked me to post them to Facebook or if I needed a Facebook acct for any reason to join anything. From the beginning of the internet I have always been anonymous on it no matter what the platform because I just don’t think it’s prudent (for me) to put personal information out there for the world to see! To each his own.

Facebook has never bothered with any of these accts, Never questioned them or so much as stopped sending them notifications. I still have them, since Facebook’s inception, over 15 years now!

Could it be someone there isn’t doing their job? I wonder how many Facebook accts are fake.

Wesman Todd Shaw from Kaufman, Texas on January 25, 2020:

In all seriousness, I've probably had around 20 Facebook profiles, and all of them have since been removed permanently, and not by me.

Once they did the whole facial recognition thing, it is now not possible for me to use my own face, or my own name and have a Facebook account. I'm as welcome as Alex Jones or Tommy Robinson. Alex Jones, of course, is the guy who was talking about Epstein's sex slave pedo party island TEN YEARS before anyone else was, and Tommy Robinson is the single greatest civil rights leader in all of Europe.

Me? I'm really just the guy who writes about guitars on Hubpages, and likes to upload as many right wing memes as possible.

I believe the vegans are what have done me in. Like a crackhead with his pipe....I simply can not stop myself from making fun of vegans.

Vegans are the most psychotic of all left wing extremists, and they will brigade you. Facebook gets enough complaints, whether the reports lead to actual violations of policy, or not, and they will absolutely delete your account.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on January 25, 2020:

T ~ You made my day with your awesome accolades. Thank you for the encouragement.

James

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on January 25, 2020:

Thomas Madison ~ Thank you for taking the time to read my article. Your story is sad, tragic, and grossly unjust. It was an amazing accomplishment that you "had over 300,000 Facebook followers." And you can always be proud that "President Trump tweeted one of my articles to the world in 2016."

The fact that FB destroyed your livelihood is sickening. How disgusting that "While I was paying them, they were restricting my traffic and eventually unpublished all of my pages."

I am sure sorry to hear it, sir. Thank you for sharing your story with us here.

The Logician from then to now on on January 24, 2020:

Thomas, you should check out the rest of James articles! He has to be among (is in my book) the most profound writers on hubpages!

Thomas Madison on January 24, 2020:

Tremendous article. I am a patriot publisher, owner of Powdered Wig Society (powderedwigsociety.com). Herr Zuckerberg unpublished all of my pages in the big conservative purge on October 11, 2018. I had over 300,000 Facebook followers at the time. President Trump tweeted one of my articles to the world in 2016. Therefore, the goons at Fascistbook despise me. My blogging income went from five figures a month in 2015 (and the trajectory was due north) to a total of $268 for all of 2019. This is all the work of Facebook, which I paid thousands of dollars to help build my brand and market my content. While I was paying them, they were restricting my traffic and eventually unpublished all of my pages.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 02, 2019:

Cheryl Green ~ You are welcome. Thank you very much for reading my article and sharing it. I appreciate your gracious compliments as well.

Cheryl Green on September 01, 2019:

This is a stellar article and I will be sharing it many times. Thank you and I hope eyes are opened after reading these truths.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 19, 2019:

JoEllen Holloway ~ Thank you so much for swinging by to take in my article. I am bolstered by your wonderful words of encouragement. If Facebook ever disappears me, you can find me here. :-)

Faithfully Yours,

James

JoEllen Holloway on March 18, 2019:

James, I appreciate all your hard work and getting the views out there that so many agree with..

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 15, 2019:

aka-dj ~ I thought the same thing! :D Thank you.

aka-dj from Australia on March 15, 2019:

Yes, James, it seems I was caught in the Facebook drama.

Timing was uncanny, so I assumed I was jailed, when only likes stuck, but all comments "failed to post".

It was only later I found out that there was a worldwide problem with the site.

Anyhow, keep up the good work.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 14, 2019:

aka-dj ~ Hopefully, you were just caught up in the worldwide problems Facebook was having yesterday. I hope you are not in jail. Thank you for your blessings. I appreciate the visit.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 14, 2019:

WellerM2090@yahoo.com ~ I sure appreciate your ongoing friendship and encouragement.

aka-dj from Australia on March 13, 2019:

Well, it looks like I'm in jail right now!

Can't post anything, nowhere!

I can't even log in using m.facebook. My app is working, I can like posts, but not comment.

Certainly can't post on my page, or any pages I'm admin to.

Go figure.

Blessings

Zol

wellerm2090@yahoo.com on March 13, 2019:

James, as usual you have hit the nail on the head.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 13, 2019:

And thank you, Brad, for that link. It is an interesting article. I am kind of ambivalent about that subject, too, breaking up big companies. So you've got two topics in a row that I am on the fence on.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 13, 2019:

Brad Nelson ~ Hey buddy! It is very good to hear from you. Thank you very much for reading my article. You know, I have always been ambivalent about net neutrality. I read some about it and wasn't convinced either way what is best. What are the pros and cons of it and why do you favor keeping it? It has to do with an open internet with a level playing field for all versus playing favorites with big players, yes?

The Logician from then to now on on March 12, 2019:

Brad.

What does net neutrality (or your link for that matter) have to do with the topic of this hub page?

Brad on March 11, 2019:

Shouldn’t have done away with net neutrality.

Brad Nelson on March 11, 2019:

Trump should have never done away with net neutrality.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 09, 2019:

Vivian Coblentz! I hear your essay and it is outstanding. Thank you for kindly providing the link to it.

James

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 09, 2019:

Vivian Coblentz ~ Thank you for taking the time to read my work. I am so glad to see that we are in agreeance. The main theme of Cultural Marxism was to take the commanding heights of all ways information is communicated, colleges, public schools, newspapers, television, and now the Internet. And Marcuse invented 'tolerance' specifically as "tolerance of me but not for thee."

I could not agree more with you more that "People want to feel good about their choices and not admit they are sinning, so they don't want Christians imposing standards of any kind. They get it so backwards--we aren't trying to condemn them. We are trying to help them be free and have eternal life."

That's why my favorite cartoon is 'It's not a fence! It's a guardrail.' Check it out if you haven't seen it.

Interesting you bring up the Devil. My latest book is entitled 'What Does the Devil Do All Day?'

'Ship of Fools' by Tucker Carlson? Amazingly that is the very book I am currently reading! I am on the last chapter and I love it.

Thank you so much for sharing my article on Facebook! I humbly consider that high praise indeed. :-)

Vivian Coblentz on March 08, 2019:

OMG! I agree with every word you just said! Big Tech has WAY too much power. I'll bet there are millions of people out there who share our same thoughts, but Big Tech makes sure it's hard to find them. The Left is the only one with a big voice out there anymore because the conservative ones are squeezed out and made to feel like a minority. I especially love your photo "Truth: It's the New Hate Speech." Yes! Tha